Things to do in London in August 2021

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.

Sunday 1st August

Better than half price entry to the Painted Hall on the first Sunday of the month.
10am to 5pm
 
Greenwich
Monthly cheap entry to the Painted Hall
Historical re-enactors will be setting up camp on the forecourt at the British Museum, offering you the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of early Roman Britain.
11am to 4pm
 
Russell Square
Meet the Romans
A beautiful historic parkland designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown with Edwardian gardens in Reigate, Surrey.
12pm to 5pm
 
Reigate
Monthly open day at Gatton Park
Angela Clutton and Mark Riddaway discuss how food shaped the landscape of Bankside, and how, in turn, Bankside came to influence the food culture of the entire country.
3pm to 3:45pm
 
Southwark
Bananas, breweries & Borough Market: a history of food in Bankside

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Monday 2nd August


Online events / webinars

Explore the world of film noir through its stars with acclaimed documentary film maker Steven C. Smith
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Hollywood Noir: Femme fatales to smiling psychopaths

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Tuesday 3rd August

Get a closer look at some of the hidden treasures in the St Bride collection.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
City of London

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Wednesday 4th August

This illustrated talk explores the events surrounding the tragic death of Walpole’s tabby cat Selima.
6:30pm to :
 
Twickenham
Horace Walpole's Cat
Join Robert Lyman and Richard Duckett as they discuss the SOE's secret missions in Burma during the Second World War.
7pm to 8pm
 
Chelsea
The Special Operations Executive in Burma

Online events / webinars

This summit will here from public and private sector voices giving an update on London’s active travel priorities as the capital prepares to opening up following easing of government guidelines regarding lockdown restrictions.
9am to 10:30am
 
Follow in the footsteps of Matthew Shardlake, Jack Barak, and a host of historical characters.
11am to 1:30pm
 
WALK: Shardlake’s London
In this talk, author Ysenda Maxtone-Graham recalls the vivid summer memories of real mid-twentieth century people.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
British Summer Time Begins: The School Summer Holidays 1930-1980

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Thursday 5th August


Online events / webinars

Join Michael Pollan in conversation with Jules Evans to discuss psychoactive plants from coffee to opium.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
This is your mind on plants
An evening of three talks about Stoke Newington's history from different perspectives organised by local history enthusiast Amir Dotan .
7pm to 9:30pm
 
A panel debate on the aims of the forthcoming climate change conference.
7:30pm to 8:45pm
 

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Friday 6th August

Professor David Lambert discusses the establishment of the West India Regiments and explores the debates that surrounded their formation.
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
Establishing the West India Regiments
Over the next few weeks, a walking boat will be in the Royal Docks - and yes, it's art.
4:30pm to 5:30pm
 
Victoria Dock
Walking boat demonstration

Online events / webinars

In this talk, we delve into the reasons why people took the decision to naturalise so they could celebrate becoming British
2pm to 3pm
 
Becoming British!
Join Librarian Ann Martin as we look at Caroline, her ill-fated marriage and her unlikely role as the standard bearer of the oppressed in Georgian Britain.
2pm to 3pm
 
Online: Caroline of Brunswick - “Injured Queen of England”

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Saturday 7th August

The occasional open days for the London Transport Museum's overflow depot in Acton where all their trains and trams are stored.
10am to 4pm
 
Acton
London Transport Museum depot open days
Step back in time to the heyday of the track and relive the incredible thrill of a day at the Brooklands races.
10am to 5pm
 
Weybridge
Brooklands Relived
Home to Hodge, Southwark Cathedral are delighted to be hosting this day all about cats
10am to 5pm
 
Southwark
Southwark Cathedral and Hodge the Cathedral Cat Presents Stories of Cats
Monthly opening of the museum dedicated to the life and work of the "lady with the lamp".
10am to 4pm
 
Southwark
Monthly opening of the Florence Nightingale Museum
Approx 1 acre garden with a blaze of colourful displays in perennial borders and the 8 cartwheel centre beds.
11am to 4pm
 
Southwark
Visit a garden - Buckhurst Road (Westerham)
Over the next few weeks, a walking boat will be in the Royal Docks - and yes, it's art.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Victoria Dock
Walking boat demonstration

Online events / webinars

Join NLA and explore and understand Bankside's regeneration, including such game-changing projects as the Tate Modern and The Shard.
2pm to 4pm
 
New London Architecture Walking Tour – Bankside

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Sunday 8th August

The occasional open days for the London Transport Museum's overflow depot in Acton where all their trains and trams are stored.
10am to 4pm
 
Acton
London Transport Museum depot open days
Monthly opening of the museum dedicated to the life and work of the "lady with the lamp".
10am to 4pm
 
Southwark
Monthly opening of the Florence Nightingale Museum
Approx 1 acre garden with a blaze of colourful displays in perennial borders and the 8 cartwheel centre beds.
11am to 4pm
 
Southwark
Visit a garden - Buckhurst Road (Westerham)

Online events / webinars

Lecture on the collection of curses and cursed objects at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall
8pm to 9:30pm
 
Witchcraft Curses of the Twentieth Century

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Monday 9th August


Online events / webinars

British art has gone from strength to strength, making the UK one of the leading centres of western art at the beginning of the 21st century. Join Arts Society Lecturer Frank Woodgate to learn more.
2pm to 3pm
 
Online: The Second Elizabethan Age –British Art since 1952

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Tuesday 10th August

A notice that a tall sailing ship will pass through Tower Bridge and spend a few days in London.
3:45pm to 3:45pm
 
Southwark
Sall sailing ship to pass through Tower Bridge

Online events / webinars

Award winning author, speaker and Computing specialist Susanne Tedrick will be discussing her brand new book 'Women of Color in Tech'.
7pm to 8pm
 
Women of Colour in Tech

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Wednesday 11th August

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the year.
12:01am to 5am
 
Perseid meteor shower 2021
The occasional open days for the London Transport Museum's overflow depot in Acton where all their trains and trams are stored.
10am to 4pm
 
Acton
London Transport Museum depot open days
Over 1,100 different plants connected with the history of plants in medicine in this garden.
11am to 4pm
 
Camden
Visit a garden - Garden of Medicinal Plants (Regents Park)

Online events / webinars

A talk by Alfred Hawkins tracing the history of the Chapel Royal and Royal Peculiar of Saint Peter ad Vincula within the Tower of London
6:30pm to :
 

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Thursday 12th August

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the year.
12:01am to 5am
 
Perseid meteor shower 2021
The occasional open days for the London Transport Museum's overflow depot in Acton where all their trains and trams are stored.
10am to 4pm
 
Acton
London Transport Museum depot open days
Professor Anthony King launches his latest book which examines the character and impact of urban warfare in modern times.
7pm to 8pm
 
Chelsea
Urban Warfare in the 21st Century

Online events / webinars

A presentation about the opening in August 1820 of the completed Regent’s Canal.
2pm to 3pm
 
Online: ‘Still Pushing the Boat Out’ – The Regent’s Canal Two Centuries On
An online talk about Edward Alleyn - Elizabethan actor at the Rose Playhouse Bankside and Church Warden at Southwark Cathedral.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Edward Alleyn's London - An Online Talk

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Friday 13th August

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the year.
12:01am to 5am
 
Perseid meteor shower 2021
The occasional open days for the London Transport Museum's overflow depot in Acton where all their trains and trams are stored.
10am to 4pm
 
Acton
London Transport Museum depot open days
Join Professor Patrick Major as he marks the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall by exploring the crisis that followed.
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
The Berlin Wall

Online events / webinars

In this new talk, AM Cliff Spink will talk about his experiences as a pilot and commander during his time in the RAF in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.
11am to 12pm
 
My Cold War – Fighters and Lots More
Uncover how paupers easily found themselves disciplined or 'punished' for writing letters of complaint about how they were treated by local poor law authorities.
2pm to 3pm
 
In Their Own Write: Punishing the Victorian Pauper Complainer

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Saturday 14th August

The occasional open days for the London Transport Museum's overflow depot in Acton where all their trains and trams are stored.
10am to 4pm
 
Acton
London Transport Museum depot open days
Local community fair in Thamesmead - music, parade, arts.
12pm to 7pm
 
Abbey Wood
Thamesmead Festival
This is an exotic garden, themed on the foothills of the Himalayas in India.
12pm to 5pm
 
Dagenham
Visit a garden - New Road (Dagenham)
Six Thames Rowing Barges will be rowed by apprentice waterman along a 7-mile course between Greenwich and Westminster.
1pm to 3:45pm
 
Alex Hickman Apprentice Barge Row
A notice that a tall sailing ship will pass through Tower Bridge and spend a few days in London.
3:15pm to 5:15pm
 
Southwark
Sall sailing ship to pass through Tower Bridge

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Sunday 15th August

The occasional open days for the London Transport Museum's overflow depot in Acton where all their trains and trams are stored.
10am to 4pm
 
Acton
London Transport Museum depot open days
Celebrate a staggering legacy of motorcycling at Brooklands matched with the best of today’s bikes and super-machines.
10am to 5pm
 
Weybridge
The Brooklands Motorcycle Show

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Monday 16th August

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 17th August

From an acclaimed writer twice shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of The Year Award, Outlandish is a stunning, transporting work of preservation.
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Soho
Outlandish by Nick Hunt

Online events / webinars

Greek myths and legends have inspired some of the most beautiful and memorable works of art ever created in the Western world. Join Arts Society Lecturer Val Woodgate to learn more.
2pm to 3pm
 
Online: Greek Myths and Legends

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Wednesday 18th August


Online events / webinars

Join NLA and take a walk through the historic and financial heart of London, where the oldest and youngest buildings stand side by side.
10:30am to 12:30pm
 
New London Architecture Walking Tour – The City
Enjoy the Cathedral’s beauty – and hear its history and some stories along the way.
2pm to 3pm
 
Online: Welcome to St Paul’s Cathedral - A Virtual Tour
In this talk, author Leo Hollis restores the history of child brides, mad heiresses, religious controversy and shady dealings through an exploration of the life of Mary Davies.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Inheritance

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Thursday 19th August


Online events / webinars

Discover the beautiful mosaics at the Bank of England.
12:30pm to 1:30pm
 
Mosaics at the Bank of England
Join the Royal Academy of Dance for a panel celebrating the life and influence of Dame Margot Fonteyn, in conjunction with V&A/RAD display 'On Point'
4pm to 5:15pm
 
Celebrating Dame Margot Fonteyn
Christine Riding, curator of Turner’s English Coasts, explores Turner’s life-long engagement with the sea in the context of Britain as a naval and maritime power, from national events to the rise of domestic tourism.
7pm to 8pm
 
Turner and Maritime Britain

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Friday 20th August

Join Matilda Greig as she explores the fascinating lives and afterlives of Napoleon’s soldiers and the stories they told.
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
Dead Men Telling Tales

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Saturday 21st August

Featuring over 40 different craft hot sauce makers, street food, music and craft beer.
11am to 7pm
 
Peckham
Hot Sauce festival
The carnival – believed to be the oldest in London – is run by the community for the community.
12pm to 6pm
 
Hanwell
Hanwell Carnival
Occasional open day at a railway cutting nature reserve in Forest Hill.
1pm to 4pm
 
Forest Hill
Monthly open day at Dacres Wood Nature Reserve
Come and visit this green oasis in an urban setting it is a one of the many local green lungs in Forest Hill where you can find some interesting wildlife.
2pm to 5pm
 
Forest Hill
Garthorne Road nature reserve open days

Online events / webinars

Adele Emm tells the story of how the silk industry arrived in England.
10:30am to 11:30am
 
Silken Threads

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Sunday 22nd August

Featuring over 40 different craft hot sauce makers, street food, music and craft beer.
11am to 6pm
 
Peckham
Hot Sauce festival

Online events / webinars

Myths and Monsters is an online event that shares some historical tales of all things... mythical and monstrous.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Myths & Monsters

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Monday 23rd August

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 24th August


Online events / webinars

This webinar will give an overview of the criminal records The National Archives holds and how to search them.
2pm to 3pm
 
Top level tips: Tracing your criminal ancestors
Discover where they dined, what they ate and how much they were willing to pay.
2pm to 3pm
 
Online: More than Just Buns: Dining Out with The Georgians
Join Tina Baxter for a virtual promenade through Soho Square to discover it’s secret history.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Life & Times of Soho Square: Brothels, Botanists, Masquerades & Pickles!
This lecture follows Mary’s life through the buildings she lived in and knew, both in England and abroad.
6:30pm to :
 
The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu

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Wednesday 25th August

Join us with the wonderful travel writer and journalist Tharik Hussain and his new book Minarets in the Mountains, a magical eye opening account of a journey into a Europe that rarely makes the news and is in danger of being erased altogether.
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Soho
Minarets in the Mountains:  A journey into Muslim Europe by Tharik Hussain
Explore the castle at twilight for a 90 minute tour of the house that is gothic and gloomth at this most eerie time of day.
Starts at 7pm
 
Twickenham
Twilight Tours of Strawberry Hill

Online events / webinars

Meet some of the specialist contractors and organisations working across the UK to carry out the mammoth task of repairing and restoring the historic Elizabeth Tower, home of Big Ben.
6pm to 7pm
 
The people behind Big Ben: DBR
Learn about Benjamin Britten's wartime trip to America from music historian Lucy Walker
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Benjamin Britten in America with Lucy Walker
From music halls to football, well-known historian Lee Jackson uncovers how the Victorians had fun.
7pm to 8pm
 
Palaces of Pleasure: How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment
Science City 1550 - 1800: The Linbury Gallery tells the story of how London grew to become a global hub for scientific and technological innovation, but where does it stand in 2021?
7:30pm to 8:45pm
 

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Thursday 26th August

Hidden away behind the high walls of a medieval monastery is a large garden, which will be open three evenings in 2021.
5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Clerkenwell
Open gardens at The Charterhouse

Online events / webinars

Hear about new research in the history of nursing, and find out why history is important for understanding nursing today.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Germs and Governance: The past, present and future of infection prevention
An online explanation of old fashioned medical procedures.
6pm to 7pm
 
 Surgery and the Victorian Operating Theatre
Online talk by Dr Emily Cockayne on her latest publication Rummage: A History of the Things We Have Reused, Recycle and Refused to Let Go.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Rummage - An Online Talk by Dr Emily Cockayne

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Friday 27th August

Join Professor Ian Beckett as he explores the late Victorian Army and the complex relationships between its leading figures.
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
 Personality, Politics and Patronage in the Late Victorian Army

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Saturday 28th August


Online events / webinars

A talk on the work of head gardeners in country houses with Dr Judith Hill, who wonders why they were invisible to history.
2pm to 3pm
 
The Role of the Victorian Head Gardener

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Sunday 29th August

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Monday 30th August

Village fair with stalls in the large barn and events across the gardens.
12pm to 5pm
 
Rayners Lane
Headstone Village Show

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Tuesday 31st August


Online events / webinars

This event aims to bring together the latest research on embalming, from religious beliefs to practical techniques, using ancient textual sources, scientific analyses and archaeological work.
1pm to 4pm
 
On the anniversary of the 'riots' we review the mainstream history and pay tribute to those who fought back against violent racism
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Remembering the 'Riots' 1958 Notting Hill and Black Resistance
This talk highlights three pioneers of British burlesque and striptease and will digitally visit the cemeteries in which they rest.
7pm to 9pm
 
London Legends of Burlesque and Striptease

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