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What's on August

Ends 31 Aug 2019 at 11:59 PM

Awesome activities taking place across London's riverside this August


Do more at The O2

The O2 is home to the world’s most popular music, sport, entertainment and so much more. This August, you can get up to 60% off superstar brands at ICON Outlet shopping where there will be kid’s crafts, mindfulness sessions, and hairstyling as well as new store openings. Up at The O2 will be hosting fitness sessions on the roof, both Hollywood Bowl and Oxygen Freejumping will be putting on extra family activities and London’s biggest cinema, Cineworld at The O2, will be showing the latest blockbusters. There's even a new virtual reality zone and free interactive family fun at Sky Studios.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

Illuminated River

The first four bridges of the Illuminated River have been lit! The ambitious project to paint the city's crossings with light and create the world’s longest piece of public art currently stretches from London Bridge to Millennium Bridge via Cannon Street and Southwark Bridges.

The project is best viewed from the river and you can book onto one of our official guided tours from just £4.50 at

Nearest piers: tours leave from London Bridge City or Tower (depending on date)

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life

Tate Modern’s radical new exhibition opened on Tuesday 11 July. Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life features captivating installations that will make you become aware of your senses, people around you and the world beyond. Some artworks introduce natural phenomena such as rainbows to the gallery space. Others use reflections and shadows to play with the way we perceive and interact with the world. Many works result from the artist’s research into complex geometry, motion patterns, and his interest in colour theory and all but one of the works have never been seen in the UK before.

Nearest pier: Bankside

Moon exhibition

The National Maritime Museum is currently playing host to The Moon Exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. The Moon exhibition is the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to Earth’s celestial neighbour and features over 180 objects, including artefacts from NASA's Apollo 11 mission.

The Moon is at the National Maritime Museum until January 2020 but over the summer holidays, the museum is hosting a range of free drop-in extraterrestrial activities including 'Rocket Races' which gives children the opportunity to design their own rockets.

Nearest pier: Greenwich

Summer Garden Party at The Coaling Jetty

The Coaling Jetty, a historic Grade II*-listed jetty located on the River Thames in front of Battersea Power Station, is now open to the public. The jetty was originally constructed around 1930 and was used to transfer coal from barges on The Thames into Battersea Power Station until its decommissioning in 1983.

To celebrate the Jetty's opening to the public, Battersea Power Station will be hosting a Summer Garden Party on the industrial outcrop. Inspired by Battersea’s agricultural past, The Coaling Jetty's Summer Party offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in an enchanting riverside garden, whilst enjoying a fantastic line-up of live music, morning wellness sessions, family activities and summer food and drink pop-ups, throughout August.

While you're at Battersea Power Station, check-out their Riverwalk Market pop-up street food traders, high-quality independent makers, local producers, sellers and artisan food producers as well as special live music sessions for summer. Open every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

Summer by the River

London Bridge City has been transformed into an elegant coastal retreat for the return of their Summer by the River programme. With live music performances, including BBC Music Introducing Live, pop-up bars, street food, an open-air cinema, live comedy, big-screens, family days and fitness classes, London Bridge is the place to be this summer. Summer by the River runs until the end of the month.

Nearest pier: London Bridge City

London Transport Museum

All aboard! Sail along the Thames to Embankment Pier and let the kids take the wheel at the London Transport Museum while the little ones explore, climb and role-play their way around classic London transport characters including a real bus, mini tube train, and Thames ‘Nipper’. Even the older kids will be fascinated while they fix a broken-down mini tube train.

Nearest pier: Embankment

Zip Now London

Ever wondered what it’s like to fly through Central London? Now you too can experience London from above at Zip Now London. Reaching speeds of up to 50kph, you can soar 35m above Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth, taking in bird's-eye views of the Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace, Waterloo, and of course, the Thames.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo)

Nile Rogers’ Meltdown at Southbank Centre

This month, Meltdown returns to the Southbank Centre for the 26th time. This year, Nile Rogers will be joining names such as Yoko Ono, David Bowie and John Peel on the legendary list of meltdown curators. From Saturday 3 – Sunday 11 August, attendees will be treated to an eclectic mix of music, talks and performances selected by the trendsetting producer, singer-songwriter.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo)

Seed - a circus by Circumference

What do we stand to gain from a greener future? How we get there? Seed - a circus by Circumference will be asking these questions at Potters Fields Park in London Bridge on Wednesday 7 (13:00) and Thursday 8 August (18:00). This interactive performance offers you the opportunity to enjoy outdoor circus fun as well as to take part. The performance relies on crowdsourced and reused materials to encourage a greater connection with our local natural environment; so be sure to bring along a plant, a small disposable object or an item of clothing to incorporate into the growing installation, and receive a plant seed to take home.

Nearest pier: London Bridge City

London Craft Beer Festival

Hop on over to Wapping’s Tobacco Dock between Friday 9 and Sunday 11 August for London Craft Beer Festival. As well as featuring samples and presentations from breweries across the UK, the three-day celebration of beer, food and music will also bring Tobacco Dock to life with live DJ sets from artists including Friendly Fires, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, and Kaiser Chiefs.

Nearest pier: Tower

Royal Wharf Summer Fête

For the second year running, the Royal Wharf Summer Fête will return to Royal Wharf Park on Saturday 17 August, 11:00 to 19:00. This free event will feature a soft play area, face painters, balloon modellers, Gandini jugglers, bubble performers and much more!

There will be food from around the world, a pop-up Fuller’s pub bar, ice cream and coffee as well as live music, all in aid of Richard House Children’s Hospice, a charity which supports children and their families in East London.

If you’re heading over to the fête, be sure to say hi to MBNA Thames Clippers! We will be on-hand providing family fun and prizes to be won; as well as more information about Royal Wharf Pier which will be opening soon.

Nearest pier (for now!): North Greenwich then Emirates Air Line

Fantastic Feats of Cinema

Continuing the Fantastic Feats programme of events exploring the building of The City and its influence on the world, Fantastic Feats of Cinema will see Guildhall Yard transformed into an open-air cinema! Starting on Monday 19 August with a screening of Jurassic Park, Guildhall Cinema will be showcasing cinematic triumphs at 20:45 every evening until Wall・E on Saturday 24 August.

Nearest pier: Blackfriars

Torch Song at Turbine Theatre

Bringing a touch of the West-End to South West London, Battersea Power Station’s brand new Turbine Theatre’s inaugural season begins on Thursday 22 August. Torch Song will be raising the curtain at London’s latest playhouse. Presented by Bill Kenwright, Torch Song is a new revival of Harvey Fierstein’s dizzyingly funny and deeply touching landmark play and is directed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom, On The Town). Torch Song runs until Sunday 13 October.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

Luna Cinema at Old Royal Naval College

This August, Luna Cinema will transform Old Royal Naval College into a unique outdoor cinema at the centre of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Three films will be lighting up the temporary silver screen: Les Miserables, The Greatest Showman and Bohemian Rhapsody, on Thursday 29, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August respectively.

Nearest pier: Greenwich