Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations

Top Things to do in London this August

Home > London > Day Trips | Escape the City | Fun Things To Do | Outdoor | Parks
by Serena Reidy (subscribe)
Freelance writer and avid reader living in the North of London. Check out my blog at www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com
Published July 30th 2022


Are you short on inspiration for how to spend your free time in London this August? While the weather can be unpredictable at this time of year, there is still plenty to do in London over the next few weeks. From visiting a new park to getting lost in a different neighbourhood, here are the top things to do in London this August:

1. Day trip



We all need to escape London once in a while, and a day trip is the perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With one of the best transport systems in the world, you can easily get to other parts of the country from London. Popular destinations like Brighton, Bath and Cambridge are less than two hours from the city via train. If you want to venture further afield, other major cities such as Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham can easily be explored within a day too. There are also numerous quaint villages and towns outside London that should be on everyone's bucket list, such as Waddesdon, Wendens Ambo, Rye, Lavenham, St Albans and Windsor.

2. Claremont Park



Head to north London on your next day off for an afternoon of exercising, relaxing and immersing yourself in nature at the new Claremont Park. Situated near Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Claremont Park has just recently opened and has amenities for all ages to enjoy. There are multiple sports facilities, grassy areas for picnicking and sunbathing, and a community-run ice cream parlour by Gussy's. Children will love the water facilities and nature trails. Until Brent Cross West Station is completed in December, Claremont Park will open from 7am until 8pm, seven days a week.

3. Notting Hill Carnival


Europe's biggest street party returns this August after a two year hiatus! Pop over to west London on the bank holiday weekend for an unmissable colourful Caribbean carnival. Notting Hill Carnival started in 1966, and is spread across Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. The streets will be filled with flashy costumes, delicious food and traditional music. Set out early to make the most of the event, and be sure to leave any unnecessary valuables at home as thieves are known to roam the area. Find out more on the official website.

4. Open air swimming in Canary Wharf



Apparently, there are going to be more heatwaves this summer, and there's no better way to cool down than going swimming! For the first time ever, Canary Wharf has opened up its waters for the public. Enjoy the views of One Canada Square and Newfoundland while you splash about. If you're worried about the cleanliness, there's no need, as Canary Wharf has partnered with Love Open Water to ensure that the water is regularly tested and is safe to swim in. Anyone over the age of 10 can access the water, and you'll need to purchase a NOWCA membership for 15 per year in advance (which is valid for all 40 NOWCA venues across the country), and pay 8 for each session.

5. Greenwich



Greenwich is one of my favourite places in London to while away a sunny afternoon, and I'm sure there'll be many of those this August. Situated on the south of the River Thames, Greenwich Park is a beautiful neighbourhood known for its stunning park, royal heritage and popular market. Take the DLR train from Canary Wharf to Cutty Sark, and snap a pic of the huge ship before strolling along to the vintage market, where you'll find lots of affordable jewellery and gifts. Afterwards, you can admire the Old Royal Naval College and explore the National Maritime Museum. Of course, you can't miss Greenwich Park. This Royal Park is a great spot for having a picnic, finding deer, and discovering one of the best views of the city. Check out Ranger's House, a Georgian mansion that appears in Bridgerton.


How are you spending this August? Are you staying in London or going on holiday?

Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  54
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Enjoy your time off work
Your Comment
Good suggestions Serena. You show there is more to see in London than just the things in the tourist brochures.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4272) 16 days ago
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions