Events in London - Sunday 18th August

Last chance to see – Test Match at Lord's -- England vs Australia

England will be taking on Australia in a Specsavers Test Match at Lord's. The last time we played a Test Match against them was rather painful.. they whitewashed us 4-0 in the Ashes — although we did have better luck during the One Day International series that followed. You can check out the full calendar of cricket matches in London here.

 

Need some inspiration for 18th August? Despite our best efforts, we can’t find a single interesting historical event that happened on the 18th August. Honest! So how about just going to watch one of London’s parades instead? The Dismounting Ceremony and Changing the Guard at Horse Guards are often overlooked.

Theatre shows on 18th August

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Sunday 18th August

A Midsummer Nights Dream at Kenwood House

A Midsummer Nights Dream

18 Aug 2019 An outdoor performance of Shakespeares comedy about the king and queen of the fairies and a couple of confused lovers at Kenwood House
Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre

Catch The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

18 Aug to The Gruffalo is a musical adaptation of the award winning childrens picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Comedy Of Errors at Globe Theatre

The Comedy of Errors

18 to Shakespeares witty play of mistaken identity sees two sets of estranged twins wandering through the streets of the same town
Twelfth Night at Globe Theatre

Shakespeares Twelfth Night

18 to Twelfth Night is a farcical tale of mistaken identities and is one of William Shakespeares most popular comedies

Family & Kid’s events on 18th August

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 18th August

Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre

Catch The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

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

Family-friendly walk around Roman London

18 Aug 2019 A child-friendly walk through the streets of Roman London to show them the old fort city wall and amphitheatre

Beasts of London

18 Aug 2019 to Meet the animals that have shaped the city throughout history with voices provided by Kate Moss Pam Ferris Brian Blessed and Joe Pasquale
Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

18 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

Art & Museum exhibitions on 18th August

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

Royal Academy of Arts

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

18 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

18 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

18 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

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

Royal & Religious events on 18th August

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

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace and Garden Highlights

18 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

18 Aug to Step inside Buckingham Palace and see the lavishly decorated State Rooms and all the treasures from the Royal Collection

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 18th August

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

National Army Museum
free

70 years of the WRAC - Rise of the Lionesses

18 Aug to An exhibition exploring the role of women serving in the military since the WRACs formation 70 years ago
National Army Museum

Wartime Posters - The Art of Persuasion

18 Aug to An exhibition of posters by the wartime artist Abram Games during his time as Official War Poster Artist in World War II

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
Speakers Corner Hyde Park at Speakers’ Corner
free

Listen to a speech at Speakers Corner

Visit Speakers Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech
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

Classical music on 18th August

Sunday 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 18th August

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

The City

Family-friendly walk around Roman London

18 Aug 2019 A child-friendly walk through the streets of Roman London to show them the old fort city wall and amphitheatre
Jason’s Trip

Jasons Trip from Little Venice to Camden

18 Aug to Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock

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

Sports events on 18th August

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Sunday 18th August

Surrey at Oval

Surrey vs Nottinghamshire

18 Aug to Enjoy some cricket when reigning champions Surrey take on Nottinghamshire in a County Championship game at the Oval
Surrey at Oval

County cricket game - Surrey vs Hampshire

18 to Enjoy some cricket at the Oval when reigning champions Surrey take on Hampshire in a County Championship game

Test Match at Lords - England vs Australia

18 Aug 2019 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
Hackney Marshes
free

Sunday football on Hackney Marshes

Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams

Other London events on 18th August

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

St. James’s Park

Hire a deckchair in one of Londons parks

18 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
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
 
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