Events in London - Thursday 8th August

Pick of the day – A Star Is Born at Hampton Court

How about watching a movie on a big outdoor cinema screen at Hampton Court? The screen will be situated on the East Front Lawn with Henry VIII's Tudor palace as the floodlit backdrop. You'll also have to time to walk around some of the gardens beforehand (although entry to the palace itself is not included). Tonight's movie is the Oscar nominated performance fi... more

 

Need some inspiration for 8th August? The Beatles’ Abbey Road photoshoot took place on this day in 1969, when they strode over the zebra crossing outside their studio. Why not go and walk across it yourself? Have a read of Craig’s Abbey Road review first so you can see where the tourists congregate whilst they wait for a gap in the traffic.

Theatre shows on 8th August

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Thursday 8th August

The Tempest at Westminster Abbey

Outdoor production of The Tempest

8 Aug 2019 Watch an outdoor production of Shakespeares The Tempest round the side of Westminster Abbey in Deans Yard
As You Like It at Globe Theatre

Shakespeares As You Like It

8 Aug to The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeares cross-dressing romantic comedy As You Like It
Night Of The Iguana at Noël Coward Theatre

The Night Of The Iguana

8 Aug to Clive Owen will be starring in Tennessee Williams last great play about a group of lost souls thrown together in a rainforest hotel
Jesus Christ Superstar at Barbican Centre

Jesus Christ Superstar

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

Music and comedy on 8th August

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

Luisa Omielan at Soho Theatre

Luisa Omielan (work in progress)

8 to Luisa Omielan is coming to the Soho Theatre to practice her new stand-up show God Is A Woman And Jesus Was A Feminist

Family & Kid’s events on 8th August

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 8th August

Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre

Catch The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

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

Beasts of London

8 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

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

8 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

Art & Museum exhibitions on 8th August

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

Royal Academy of Arts

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

8 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

8 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

8 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

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

Royal & Religious events on 8th August

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

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace and Garden Highlights

8 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

8 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 8th 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

8 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

8 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
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)

Classical music on 8th August

Thursday 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 8th 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

8 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 - 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

Sports events on 8th August

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Thursday 8th August

Middlesex at Lord’s

T20 Vitality Blast - Middlesex v Surrey

8 Aug 2019 Watch some T20 cricket at Lords Cricket Ground when Middlesex take on Surrey in a T20 Vitality Blast game
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 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 8th August

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

A Star Is Born at Hampton Court Palace

A Star Is Born at Hampton Court

8 Aug 2019 Hampton Court Palace will be showing the Lady Gaga movie A Star Is Born on an outdoor cinema screen on the East Front Lawn
London Olympia

The Great British Beer Festival 2019

8 to Get yourself down to the Great British Beer Festival where you can try over 900 different types of beer ciders and wines at London Olympia
St. James’s Park

Hire a deckchair in one of Londons parks

8 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
 
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