School's out, summer's here and there's so many adventures to be had across the city this month! Below you can find some of the great goings-on in London that you can sail to this August.

Please bear in mind that all events listed are subject to change, check whether they are going ahead and book in advance where possible. Remember, you must wear a face-covering aboard our services, and measures are still in place for the safety of our staff and fellow customers.

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Let a magical sphere take you on an outdoor sonic adventure around London Bridge from 11 - 15 August.

Seemingly possessed of its own mind, the sphere leads you through familiar and unfamiliar terrain. Can you keep the sphere ‘happy’ by going in the right direction? In return the sphere will take you on a listening voyage to the mysterious final destination where you will encounter a meeting of the spheres, a chiming, pulsing web of electronic sound.

Congregation takes 35-45 minutes, involves outdoor walking around London Bridge and costs just £5.

Nearest pier: London Bridge City

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Have you ever seen a ship that can walk on land? James Capper's amazing and ambitious new work 'Mudskipper' is a large-scale amphibious sculpture that was unveiled at Battersea Power Station last month.

The sculpture, which has been co-funded by Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms and the Royal Docks, will emerge onto the Royal Dock's foreshore, at North Woolwich, to demonstrate its abilities on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August as well as Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September.

Nearest pier: Woolwich (Royal Arsenal), then cross the river via foot tunnel or ferry.

From Sunday 8 August, Mudskipper will also be on display at the Royal Victoria Dock, accompanied by a free exhibition of James Capper’s drawings and photography charting the making of Mudskipper. The exhibition will be in the Good Hotel, next to where Mudskipper is on display, from Monday 2 August.

Nearest piers: North Greenwich, then cross the river via Emirates Air Line, or
Royal Wharf, then a 30 minute walk.

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Summer Showtime at the Coaling Jetty

Summer Showtime At The Coaling Jetty Credit John Sturrock

This month, Battersea Power Station's Arches Cinema and Turbine Theatre have joined forces to present London's most unique open-air cinema and theatre experience.

Summer Showtime takes place on the historic Coaling Jetty, on the River Thames in front of the Grade II* listed Power Station until 30 August. Screenings include Frozen, Mamma Mia! and The Dark Knight, which actually used Battersea Power Station as a set! A theatrical production of The Wind in the Willows, written by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes,  Romeo & Juliet and Jane Eyre are just some of the live performances which will take to the unique Summer Showtime stage.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

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Summer Lights

A colourful collection of natural light exhibitions celebrate the summer months across the Canary Wharf Estate. Unlike Canary Wharf's Winter Lights, the Summer Lights are designed to be appreciated in the day as the sun's rays create colourful patterns around the modern business district.

The Summer Lights are free to explore and can be viewed from sunlight till sunset every day until 21 August.

Nearest pier: Canary Wharf

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Typhoon Clipper and Tower Bridge

Boat Builders at Tower Bridge

Inspired by the boats that pass under London's most famous bridge each day (including us!), Tower Bridge invites you to help create a giant fleet on their Glass Floor. Head to one of Tower Bridge's Family Activity Days on Tuesdays 3, 10, 17, 24 or Saturday 21 August to make an origami boat and add your very own vessel to the bridge's paper boat flotilla!

Nearest piers: Tower or London Bridge City

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Meet Me at the Pier

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This summer, sail to Royal Wharf’s beautifully landscaped riverside between Lyle Park and Thames Barrier Park, and discover Meet Me At the Pier, a brand new exciting summer events programme for East London’s community.

Taking place 18 August - 26 September, highlights include the Riverscape Pop-Up, a pop-up bar right beside the pier with live music and stunning views which starts from 28 August. Friday 27 August will be Street Food Friday and there'll be plenty of family fun, free things to do and waterfront sundowners.

Save 20% on all food and drink at the Riverscape pop up  – simply show your recent Uber Boat by Thames Clippers ticket to the staff serving you.

Nearest pier: Royal Wharf

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London in the Sky

London’s most unique dining experience has returned to The O2 for three months this summer, offering a range of exciting sky-high experiences every day. Experience first-class food, delicious drinks and unparalleled views of the capital’s skyline, all while suspended 100ft in the sky.

Throughout the summer, guests at the 22-seat tables can enjoy a range of specially curated experiences & menus including Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Cocktails and Dinner. Tickets for London in the Sky are on sale now and the sky-high dining experience is open until 26 September.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

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In the City of London


Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August, Guildhall Yard

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Taste delicious food from Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and more. With delicious cocktails and other refreshments, dance performances and Latin DJs, this is a celebration of all things Latin American.

Taking place 12:00 - 22:30 on Saturday and 12:00 - 21:30 on Sunday, FestLatAm is part of the City of London Corporation’s outdoor arts programme, A Thing of Beauty.

Nearest pier: Bankside

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Carnival City

Friday 27 - Monday 30 August, Guildhall Yard

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An ode to the Masquerade where sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean come to life, Carnival City will see Guildhall Yard transformed into a space of colour and life using sustainable and upcycled materials.

There will be a programme of activities focused on Caribbean and Carnival culture for the whole family with sound system music, live performances, food, rum punch festival, masquerade, arts and culture. It's one not to be missed so why not bring an old costume and 'play ah mas'.

Nearest pier: Blackfriars or Bankside

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Exposure: Lives at Sea

Life at sea can be dangerous, tiring and breathtakingly beautiful.

The National Maritime Museum's Exposure: Life at Sea is a new photography exhibition examining what life is really like at sea today, through a seafarers’ lens.

The exhibition is free to visit but you must book a trip in advance.

Nearest pier: Greenwich

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Borough Market - now open on Sundays!

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Borough Market can trace its origins back for over 1000 years. Throughout the millennium, traders have gathered at the south entrance to London Bridge every day except Sundays, until now!

Selling speciality foods and drinks, the Victorian market halls beside Southwark Cathedral are criss-crossed by the railway viaducts leading into London Bridge Station. The uniquely London market is popular with visitors and Londoners alike.

Though much of the market is outdoors, please bear in mind that it can get busy and customers are requested to wear a face covering around the stalls.

Nearest pier: Bankside or London Bridge City

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Dodge at Somerset House

Somerset House

Experience dodgems with a difference! Somerset House's famous courtyard has become a bold, bright and beautiful summer fayre featuring food, drinks and dodgems! 

The courtyard itself is free to visit but booking in advance is recommended.

Nearest pier: Embankment

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Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe has reopened for a season of love and life, so discover the joys and wonder of the beautiful wooden ‘O’ on the south bank of the River Thames. Reduced capacities and the COVID procedures they have in place mean you can visit it safely, and still enjoy yourself.

In the open-air theatre space, they have productions to suit everyone’s taste. Come and join the fiesta at A Midsummer Night’s Dream, their colourful, chaotic and ‘utterly joyous’ (Time Out) show (26 May - 30 October). Cry tears of laughter with the multi- talented musical company at the comedy As You Like It and find the magic on the island as the same company perform The Tempest, a tale of betrayal, love and forgiveness (8 June – 29 August). Experience a fiery new version of Twelfth Night, infused with the mesmeric nostalgia and soulful music of the world of Americana (6 August – 16 October). Try a playful new piece of theatre inspired by Ovid’s powerful collection of myths, written bespoke for our candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (30 September - 30 October). Or find new significance in a fresh production of the ill-fated Romeo & Juliet (26 June – 17 October). Celebrate all that unites us – stories, laughter, tears and nature – and get up close with live performances of our most famous poet’s plays once again.

You can also book guided tours to uncover the secrets of the iconic playhouse once again, which are available Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am – 12.00pm and Sunday 10.00am – 11.00am.

Nearest pier: Bankside

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