What’s on in London for August 2014

blue-badgeHoliday time is here, if you are coming to London this month there is lots to see and do. This is also the start of the soccer season so we have picked some London Premiership games to go to. Have a great time whatever youy do this month and enjoy the weather.

No 1. 1st to 31st August 2014 “Kids Week”

Enjoy a wide range of family-friendly shows and secure free kids’ theatre tickets, and take part in activities at top West End theatres as part of Kids Week.

Now in its 17th year, the theatrical spectacular was dreamt up to inspire children to enjoy live theatre from a young age, encouraging them not only to view some of the best shows in town but to also join in with fun activities.Taking place at various West End theatres, this magical event allows children under 16 to see any number of 36 shows for free, when accompanied by an adult.

As well as enjoying the likes of Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Top Hat or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the youngsters can also get involved in everything from ballet and tap dancing classes to tea parties and even backstage visits. With such a wide range of shows and activities to choose from, Kids Week is sure to implant a lifelong love of theatre for all children.

No 2. 2nd August 2014 ” Eid in London” at Trafalgar Square.

Come along to the Mayor of London’s Eid Festival, a free celebration .There will be a food festival where you can sample a host of delicious global cuisines, live music performances and fun activities for children including face-painting, henna, calligraphy and sports. Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslim communities around the world and marks the end of Ramadan.

No. 3. 5th August to 6 September 2014 “Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles” at Leicester Square Theatre

It looks into the world of the legendary musical entrepreneur who famously managed the fab four. Despite being a household name, his controversial private life remained very much secret until his death from an accidental overdose in 1967. This two hander play imagines his troubled final days, whilst looking back at his notable career. From drama school student to managing one of the biggest bands on the planet, this is an involving examination of a man who shaped music and styles across the globe. Starring acclaimed television and stage actor Andrew Lancel and bright newcomer Will Finlason, the show premiered in 2012 as part of the celebrations marking 50 years of The Beatles. Tickets from £30.

No.4. 9th to10th August 2014 “Prudential Ride London Event Week 2014”

Get on your bike and join the Prudential Ride London, a world-class festival of cycling in London.

Take a look at our where to watch page to make sure you know where the best spots are to see all the action. There are a whole host of events and activities for you and your family to get involved in at this year’s Prudential Ride London so be sure to look at the special offers they have put together for you.

Events for 2014 include: Saturday 9 August:Prudential Ride London FreeCycle, 09:00-16:00

Join this eight-mile family ride past iconic views of London. Prudential Ride London Grand Prix

Women’s youth and hand-cyclist race around St James’s Park.

Sunday 10 August: Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100, from 06:00. A 100-mile challenge for keen amateur cyclists. Prudential Ride London-Surrey Classic.A chance to see professional cyclists race through central London and Surrey.

No.5. 14th to16th August 2014 “Equestrian: Longines Global Champions Tour” at Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall.

Showcasing the highest calibre of equestrian show jumping, this thrilling competition,will feature the top 30 riders in the world. Olympic medalists from the London 2012 Games will compete in the British capital once again, building on the legacy of London 2012’s success.

The debut of the Longines Global Champions Tour in London in 2013 produced one of the most exciting Grand Prix jump offs in the history of the championship series, with the top five riders separated by only two seconds. Britain’s Olympic team gold medalist and current world number one Ben Maher emerged as the champion in London beating British show jumping legend Nick Skelton by a fraction. With the London 2014 event only two weeks prior to the World Championship, this offers a fascinating moment for all show jumping fans.

No.6.   16th August 2014 “Barclays Premier League: Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace” at Emirates Stadium

First game of the season, Arsenal will be set to show off their new signings and start the season with a win in this London Derby game.

No.7. 23rd August 2014 “Barclays Premier League: Chelsea Vs Leicester City” at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea will be looking to start the season well with a win in their first home game of the season.

N0. 8 . 24th to 25 August 2014 ” Notting Hill Carnival 2014″

The streets of West London come alive every August Bank Holiday weekend as London celebrates Europe’s biggest street festival. With a Caribbean theme that sees West London packed with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls, the Notting Hill Carnival is a huge party. And everyone is invited! Expect a sea of colour as amazing floats and costumed performers wind their way through the streets of London. Whether you want to join in the fun or simply watch the crowds go by, don’t miss the chance to be part of one of London’s biggest and best annual events.

No.9.   26th August to 1st October 2014 “Kate Bush” at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

The iconic Kate Bush makes her long awaited return to live performances. The unexpected announcement earlier this year that her new project, Before the Dawn, would have a multiple night residency at the Apollo drove a media and ticket buying frenzy. With her renowned passion for perfectionism, this first show in over 35 years and is unlikely to disappoint. As brilliantly creative as she is mysterious, speculation as to the contents of the live set is rife, with many admirers hoping that the likes of hits such as Wuthering Heights and Hounds of Love (last performed in 1979) are resurrected. Whatever the contents of Before the Dawn, Bush’s beautiful soprano voice, genius for eclectic song writing and drive for brilliance are sure to make this one of the unmissable gigs of recent times.

No.10. 28th August to 13th September 2014 “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Treat yourself to the stage version of Harper Lee’s classic. The show was originally staged in 2013 to great critical and popular acclaim. Returning due to popular demand, this is a chance to catch one of the greats of American literature in the beautiful, open air surroundings of the capital’s famous park. Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, the play tells a powerful story that covers issues such as race relations and even rape. Set in the Deep South during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the plot follows the lives of a brother and sister and their widowed father, Atticus Finch. The small family is thrown into chaos when Atticus, a lawyer, chooses to defend a black man accused of rape, a controversial move at that time and location. Despite the serious themes of the work, this production offers much charm and humour, with subtle performances complimenting Harper Lee’s brilliantly crafted dialogue to perfection. Tickets are from £25.

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