Things to do in London in August 2020

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The ianVisits guide to August's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Saturday 1st August

Go to the top of a restored Grade II listed water tower that was formerly located close to St Pancras mainline station.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Kings Cross
Open Days at St Pancras Waterpoint
Community celebration organised by Regent’s Canal Heritage to mark the day in 1820 when the Regent’s Canal was officially opened east of King’s Cross.
 12pm to 5pm
 
 Bow
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Tooting

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Sunday 2nd August

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
 All Day
 
 Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
Community celebration organised by Regent’s Canal Heritage to mark the day in 1820 when the Regent’s Canal was officially opened east of King’s Cross.
 12pm to 5pm
 
 Bow
Monthly open day at Gatton Park, the core 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Reigate
Gatton Park's monthly open day

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Wednesday 5th August

Join George Hoyle in Southwark Cathedral and learn about brewing, it’s history in Southwark, and the links with the Cathedral.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
Beer in Southwark- Exploring the Historic Brewery Connections of Southwark Cathedral

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Sunday 9th August

Monthly opening of the only surviving fully working watermill in Surrey.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Cobham
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill

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Saturday 15th August

Monthly tour of the former Inland Revenue offices, now a artists workshop.
 Starts at 1:15pm
 
 Strand
Somerset House Studios Tours

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Sunday 23rd August

Open days usually feature the restored engines in operation, a light railway trip, and walks around the Victorian buildings.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Abbey Wood
Open day and steaming at the Crossness pumping station
How did Nightingale and her friends such as Dickens and Lovelace influence each other?
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Southwark
Florence Nightingale and Inspiring Friendships

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Tuesday 25th August

Although open daily, the Supreme Court also has a number of special open days with events and tours through the year.
 9:30am to 4:30pm
 
 Pimlico
Open Day at the Supreme Court

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Wednesday 26th August

Although open daily, the Supreme Court also has a number of special open days with events and tours through the year.
 9:30am to 4:30pm
 
 Pimlico
Open Day at the Supreme Court

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Saturday 29th August

Monthly open day at a wood and nature reserve that's next to the railway at Forest Hill.
 1pm to 4pm
 
 Forest Hill
Monthly open day at Dacres Wood nature reserve

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Sunday 30th August

A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney

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Bank Holiday Monday

Open day at the restored Victorian steam powered pumping station, with the machine running regularly throughout the day.
 11am to 5pm
 
 South Tottenham
Victorian steam engine - steaming day

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