It's August! It's finally August! And whilst jetting off somewhere with guaranteed sunshine is always preferable, there is PLENTY to do in our fair capital this month.
Whether you want to rave with the best of them at SW4, have a curry themed pizza in Liverpool Street or simply indulge in some damn fine coffee at a Twin Peaks themed dining experience, there's something you're sure to love this August.
Here's our pick of the top things to see, do, eat and drink this month...
Indian-inspired pizzas as Pizza Pilgrims join forces with Cinnamon Kitchen for one week only.
The delectable East-meets-West creations are being served al fresco at Cinnamon Kitchen (near Liverpool Street) 12pm – 9pm from Monday 3rd August to Friday 7th August and you can expect toppings like tandoori chicken, green chilli and cheese or cauliflower and green peas. Mmmmmmmmm. Get your mitts on one for just £8. More info here.
Have a burger or five for National Burger Day.
Mr Hyde's brilliant National Burger Day Party is back for a third year on August 27th and late night tickets go on sale at lunchtime on the 6th of August. All other party tickets have already sold out, but if you don't snap up a late night ticket you can still enjoy the burger fun! There are TONNES of restaurants offering burger discounts, just find one near you that takes your fancy on the dedicated National Burger Day website and download your voucher. Extra pickles for me, please.
Enjoy an immersive dining experience inspired by the world of Twin Peaks at The Owls Are Not What They Seem.
You're either a Twin Peaks fan or you're not and if you ARE then I don't need to do any more to sell this experience for you, but here are the details anyway: it's £66.50 per ticket and your ticket entitles you to a three course meal, one of the finest cocktails in the tri-counties and a night of fun which promises to feel like a slap up at the Double R, with some familiar faces here and there. The pop-up runs from 27th August to 17th October but tickets are selling fast so secure yours now. More info here.
Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Until the 5th of September you can marvel at the best in travel photography, for free, at The Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington. It's a gorgeous exhibition featuring stunning works from all over the world. Prepare to be inspired. More info here.
The British leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
I'm actually too scared to go to this myself, but if you like daredevil stunts and loop-de-looping planes doing crazy things then you may want to head to Royal Ascot to see the infamous pilots in action. Taking place across the 15th and 16th of August, adult tickets start at £30 and you're guaranteed to witness a LOT of action. More info and tickets here.
Catch a movie outside while you still can.
Whether you want to see something terrifying like The Babadook, a classic like Risky Business or a LOLsome flick like Napoleon Dynamite, there are plenty of screenings in August for those that like to watch their movies al fresco. There was a time when you only used to be able to see Grease or Top Gun at outdoor cinemas and while they're still hugely popular choices, it's good to see a broader range of movies being shown this summer. Take a look at Luna, Backyard Cinema and Rooftop Film Club for listings near you.
Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week.
I don't need any encouragement to celebrate scones, but as heaps of hotels and restaurants are putting on special offers for Afternoon Tea Week I'm sure I can take some time out of my diary to eat finger sandwiches. Who doesn't want more Victoria sponge in their lives? Afternoon Tea Week takes places from the 10th-16th of August and you can find loads of 50% off deals here.
Get your rave on at South West Four.
The Saturday tickets are all sold out but you can still get Sunday tickets if you fancy grooving on down to Basement Jaxx, Skillrex, Carl Cox, Roni Size and the like on the 30th of August. Don't worry, it's a Bank Holiday weekend so you can spend Monday wanting to die from the comfort of home rather than at your desk. More info and tickets here.
Shake your tail-feather at Notting Hill Carnival.
You don't need me to tell you that Ladbroke Grove will be awash with sequins and feather over the Bank Holiday weekend, but just in case you'd forgotten...the infamous Carnival returns on the 30th and 31st of August. Expect a more family friendly vibe on the Sunday and carnage by tea-time on Monday. Enjoy! More info on parade routes and timings here.
Sample the finest in craft beers at London Craft Beer Festival.
For a £38.50 ticket you can try unlimited small pours and have an unlimited amount of fun with some of the best brewers from every corner of the globe. If you like beer, you'll like this event. Takes place at Oval Space across 13th-16th August and it WILL sell out, so get more info and book a ticket here.
Raise a glass for Forge's 1st birthday.
Forge has officially turned ONE! How time flies eh? If you've not sampled the fantastic cocktail menu yet then WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! But seriously, whether you're a Forge regular or not now is the time to go and have a celebratory tipple. Because everyone loves a birthday, right? Booking and special offers here.
Try the Alsace Cooler.
This carafe of heaven (it's literally heaven) sees St. Germain elderflower liqueur blended with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, sparking soda water and hints of mint and lemon. It's dangerously drinkable. You'll find it alongside lots of other summer specials across Late Night London venues. Read about our other lush summer drinks here.