As well as the free London Bridge City Summer Festival and its sport, music, theatre and open-air films (mentioned last month) there’s a series of art installations and events happening across London Bridge and Bermondsey this summer too.
Revealed includes artworks which take inspiration from nature, bringing pockets of colour to locations in the London Bridge area and highlighting some of the top attractions nearby including HMS Belfast, The View from The Shard, Unicorn Theatre, the Fashion & Textiles Museum and Tower Bridge.
Summer Screen at Somerset House
For more open-air screenings, there’s the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House from 4 to 17 August. This is London’s largest outdoor cinema for two weeks featuring the UK premieres of Things to Come, Julieta and Captain Fantastic. The schedule also includes cult classics such as RoboCop, Jackie Brown and Trainspotting.
Dr Johnson’s House
Also as mentioned last month, this is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Dr Johnson’s House, just off Fleet Street in The City, is commemorating the Two Great Fires of London: 1666 and 1940.
Samuel Johnson compiled and wrote the first English dictionary and, in London, is most well-known for saying, “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”.
His former home is a Grade 1 listed small historic townhouse built in 1698 as part of local reconstruction after the Great Fire. It was saved from the Blitz some 240 years later thanks to the Auxiliary Fire Services who used the building as their meeting ground.
For this exhibition a special selection of archival material is on display in the very garret that still bears scars from the Great Fire of 1940.
Height of Summer at The Shard
Visit The View from The Shard before 18 September and you can see London’s highest summer garden.
In celebration of The Year of The English Garden, the open-air Skydeck on Level 72 (800ft above ground level) has a temporary garden featuring thousands of blooms.
Visitors can enjoy the colourful British plants with a garden-inspired cocktail from the Skydeck pop-up bar, and take in the panoramic views.
Director Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell – four of the creators of the international sensation Matilda The Musical – have joined forces with writer Danny Rubin to collaborate on this new musical based on his 1993 hit film starring Bill Murray.
Groundhog Day is at The Old Vic until 17 September with American actor Andy Karl taking the lead role. His Broadway credits include Rocky, Jersey Boys, Wicked and Saturday Night Fever so this looks like a real must see.
While international games sell out in advance it’s usually possible to get tickets on the day for a County Cricket league game at Lord’s.
Middlesex is the London team and they get to call Lord’s their home ground. Middlesex has matches on 2 August, 4-7 August and 13-16 August.
Punk on Film at BFI Southbank
Punk on Film at BFI Southbank is on for the whole of August with a season of films curated by the film director, DJ and musician Don Letts. Through documentary, archive footage and feature films, the season draws attention to the diversity of the punk movement, how it has been depicted on film, and its huge influence on filmmakers past and present.
You can see iconic films from pioneering filmmakers such as Derek Jarman (Jubilee) and Kenneth Anger (Scorpio Rising); films that embrace Punk’s DIY ethos including Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat… Kill! Kill! and David Lynch’s Eraserhead; and features and documentaries which feature seminal punk bands such as Alex Cox’s Sid and Nancy and Don Letts’ Grammy award-winning documentary The Clash: Westway to the World.
There are also introductions from key commentators, and special events dedicated to Women in Punk, Punk on TV and the unique intersection between Punk and the Jamaican music scene.
This south London Art Deco palace has lots of fun for families this month. The Kings and Queens event on 1-3 August is likely to be popular as children can try to impress royalty, master their curtsy, bow like a pro and train to amuse without being a fool.
This is followed by the Ugly Bug Safari on 8-10 August giving kids the opportunity to grab magnifying glasses and join the big hunt for some mini beasts and discover a bug’s life.
Curtains rise for mini leading men and daring divas at Curtain up for the Theatrical 30s on 15-17 August. Young visitors can shine in the limelight as they take to the stage 1930s style and discover theatre from the great golden age.
New for 2016, children need to choose their side and start their training at Heroes and Villains on 22-24 August. Summer is rounded off with Train the Troops on 29-31 August. Little ones can train to become a home-front hero and get hands on discovering Eltham Palace’s secret wartime past.
If you would like even more ideas for this month have a look at the Things to Do in London in August 2016 from Kensington House Hotel, our sister hotel.
The Landlubbers’ Maritime Folk Festival is at the National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark in Greenwich on 24 September. Stomp your feet to sea shanties, hear the salty yarns of the figureheads or try your hand at some traditional maritime crafts.
This is just one of the events for the Totally Thames Festival in September. Totally Thames brings the river to life with a month-long season of river-related events: art, music, open days, family fun, talks, walks and boats galore.
And another event for the 40th anniversary of punk is Punkplay at Southwark Playhouse on 7 September to 1 October. The play is told at breakneck pace with a killer soundtrack. It’s a coming-of-age story about subcultures, friendship and not-fitting-in – all on rollerskates.
Do check out the latest offers as London Bridge Hotel has weekend rates from as low as £99. You can sign up for special offer alerts here. And when you can’t be at the hotel, you can try making the Quarter Bar’s cocktails with these recipes.
Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.