17 August events in London

Need some inspiration for 17th August? The Princes in the Tower were murdered on this day in 1483. Suspicion fell on the Duke of York who usurped the throne as Richard III soon after the uncrowned Edward V and his younger brother disappeared. Their skeletal remains were later found in the Tower of London and buried in Westminster Abbey.

Theatre shows on 17th August

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Saturday 17th August

Les Miserables Staged Concert at Gielgud Theatre

Les Miserables all-star concert

17 Aug to Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will be starring in this all-star concert version of the long-running West End show Les Miserables
As You Like It at Globe Theatre

Shakespeares As You Like It

17 Aug to The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeares cross-dressing romantic comedy As You Like It
Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear at Dorfman Theatre

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

17 to Can Polly help Padlock the Bear escape the evil clutches of Mr Gum in this all-singing all-dancing adventure for kids?
Jesus Christ Superstar at Barbican Centre

Jesus Christ Superstar

17 to Andrew Lloyd Webbers and Tim Rice’s classic rock opera musical Jesus Christ Superstar will be playing at the Barbican
Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre

Catch The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

17 Aug to The Gruffalo is a musical adaptation of the award winning childrens picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at London Palladium

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

17 Aug to Andrew Lloyd Webbers iconic musical is returning to the Palladium to celebrate its 50th anniversary
Peter Gynt at Olivier Theatre

Peter Gynt - National Theatre

17 Aug to Follow Peter Gynt as he travels from Florida to Scotland via Egypt and a mountain of trolls in a new version of Henrik Ibsens story

Music and comedy on 17th August

Have a night out at one of these rock and pop concerts or comedy gigs

Skunk Anansie at O2 Academy Brixton

Skunk Anansie at the Brixton Academy

17 Aug 2019 Skunk Anansie are still touring off the back of Anarchytecture and you can hear it at the Brixton Academy in August

Family & Kid’s events on 17th August

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 17th August

Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear at Dorfman Theatre

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

17 to Can Polly help Padlock the Bear escape the evil clutches of Mr Gum in this all-singing all-dancing adventure for kids?
Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre

Catch The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

17 Aug to The Gruffalo is a musical adaptation of the award winning childrens picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

17 Aug to Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle
Medieval Banquet London at Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet with minstrels and knights

Enjoy a medieval banquet and be entertained by English knights and singing minstrels and King Henry VIII
London Zoo

Meet the animals up close at London Zoo

Heres your chance to enter the animal enclosures and get close to some of the friendliest animals at London Zoo
Royal Observatory

The night sky tonight (planetarium show)

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich puts on a daily show at their planetarium to show you what will be visible in the sky tonight
Namco Funscape London at Namco Funscape

Play arcade games at NAMCO Funscape

NAMCO Funscape is like an indoor funfair with arcade games pool tables 10-pin bowling bumper cars and a sports bar
Emirates Air Line Cable Car at The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

Cable car across the River Thames

This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

17 Aug 2019 to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers

Art & Museum exhibitions on 17th August

How about spending a few hours on Saturday in one of London’s art galleries or museums?

Royal Academy of Arts

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

17 Aug to The Royal Academy of Arts will be putting on an exhibition of work by the Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck
Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern

17 Aug 2019 to Olafur Eliasson is back at the Tate Modern with some more of his immersive installations that focus on environmental issues
Royal Academy of Arts

Felix Vallotton at the Royal Academy

17 Aug to The Royal Academy of Arts will be putting on an exhibition of work by the French painter and printmaker Felix Vallotton
National Portrait Gallery

Cindy Sherman - National Portrait Gallery

17 Aug to A forty-year retrospective of Cindy Shermans entire career including her ground-breaking series Untitled Film Stills
National Portrait Gallery

BP Portrait Award 2019

17 Aug to The National Portrait Gallerys annual BP Portrait Award is one of the most prestigious portrait painting competitions in the world
National Gallery
free

Bermejo - Master of the Spanish Renaissance

17 Aug to The National Gallery will be showing two masterpieces by the Spanish painter Bartolome Bermejo
British Library

Leonardo da Vinci - A Mind in Motion

17 Aug to The British Librarys Leonardo da Vinci exhibition will bring together pages from three of his extraordinary scientific notebooks

Royal & Religious events on 17th August

See inside some beautiful buildings with one of these Royal or religious events

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace and Garden Highlights

17 Aug to Why not combine a visit to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening with a tour of the Queens gardens as well?
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

17 Aug to Step inside Buckingham Palace and see the lavishly decorated State Rooms and all the treasures from the Royal Collection
Windsor Castle Tour at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
Westminster Abbey
free

Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Evensong Mass at St Pauls Cathedral

If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free

Political & Military events on 17th August

Parades are always popular with tourists, so here are some military events and political debates

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament tour with afternoon tea

Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament and then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames
Houses Of Parliament Saturday Tour at Houses of Parliament

Saturday tour of the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament offers guided tours on most Saturdays when the MPs have returned to their constituencies
Churchill War Rooms

Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms

Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
Dismounting Ceremony At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

4 OClock Parade or Dismounting Ceremony

The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards
Tower of London

Yeoman Warder tour at the Tower of London

One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
Changing The Guard At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to Buckingham Palace but its less crowded and takes place every day
Tower of London
free

Ceremony of the Keys – Tower of London

The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has been taking place every night for 700 years

Classical music on 17th August

Saturday sounds like a good day to go and watch an opera, ballet or listen to some classical music

Royal Albert Hall

Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall

This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium

Sightseeing tours on 17th August

When was the last time you sat on the top-deck of a sightseeing bus, or enjoyed a boat trip up the Thames?

Jason’s Trip

Jasons Trip from Little Venice to Camden

17 Aug to Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock
London Bike Tour at BrakeAway Bike Tours

Guided tour of London on a bicycle

Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike and see the sights and landmarks of London from your saddle
See London By Night Tour at See London by Night

See London by night - on a sightseeing bus

The See London By Night bus tour will show you Londons most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky
Ghost Bus Tour London at Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tour around Londons dark past

The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through Londons gruesome past and into the dark heart of the capital
Thames Rockets at Thames Rockets

Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat

A trip on a Thames Rocket is something youll never forget speeding down the river underneath the Londons bridges
City Cruises at City Cruises

Boat trip down the Thames with City Cruises

City Cruises offer one-way return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich stopping off at Tower Bridge
Trs Boat Cruise London at TRS River Cruise

TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich

Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich and see some of the sights along the river
Big Bus Tour London at Big Bus Tours

London Bus Tour - open-top sightseeing bus

This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions with a free river cruise and guided walk
Original Bus Tour at Original Bus Tour

The Original Tour - Open-top sightseeing bus

The Original Tour is one of Londons most popular sightseeing buses and its also a great way to travel around the capital

Sports events on 17th August

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Saturday 17th August

England Cricket at Lord’s

Test Match at Lords - England vs Australia

17 to Dust off your whites and get yourself down to Lords Cricket Ground for a Test Match between England and Australia
Lord’s

Guided tour around Lords Cricket Ground

Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC - Tour of Stamford Bridge

Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC - Tour of the Emirates Stadium

Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium tour

Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup

Other London events on 17th August

Here are some other London events that will be taking place on Saturday

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge scheduled lift times

17 Aug to Here is a list of the scheduled lift times for Tower Bridge so you can see the roadway open and close and grab a photo
St. James’s Park

Hire a deckchair in one of Londons parks

17 Aug to Hire out a deck-chair in one of Londons Royal parks and have a nice relaxing sit-down and do a bit of people-watching
Bateaux London at Bateaux London

Dinner cruise on the river with Bateaux London

Bateaux London offers you great cuisine and live entertainment onboard the boat as it sails serenely down the Thames
Thames Clippers at Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers from Putney to Greenwich

Thames Clippers offer one-way return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich
Fortnum & Mason

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
The Ritz

Afternoon tea in the Palm Court at the Ritz Hotel

Dress up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
O2 Arena

Climb to the platform at the top of The O2

Climb to the top of The O2s tented roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform
 
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