Summer is racing on by, but there’s still plenty of great stuff going on in London this August. Check out our pick of the best!

1. Get your Summer Fashion Fix at Spitalfields 

If you’re looking for a hot festival look, cool holiday wear or unique vintage garms, then ‘Wasted Chic’ at Spitalfields is the place to head. Young designers and stall holders will be taking over one of London’s oldest and most iconic markets for a second date this summer. Best of all, you can grab some tasty street food and a cocktail (or two!) to keep up your energy levels as you browse!

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When? Saturday 5th August 2017
Where? Old Spitalfields Market
Nearest Station? Liverpool Street / Shoreditch High Street Overground 
How much? Free entry!

2. Watch the best ‘werk it’ at the Barbican

‘Ballroom,’ for anyone not in the know, is an underground LGBT subculture in which people ‘walk’ (meaning ‘compete’) for prizes and trophies at events known as balls. This summer, the Barbican hosts ‘Werq.’ Come along to catch contenstants compete in fierce battles in categories such as ‘runway,’ ‘realness’ and ‘performance’ categories. DJ Biggy C will be spinning the tunes and there’ll be performances from Chicago-born rapper Mister Wallace and international superstar Kiddy Smile.

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When? 5TH August 2017 
Where? The Barbican 
Nearest Station? Barbican 
How much? Tickets £15

3. Get those creative juices flowing with Neon Naked Life Drawing!

I bet those are a few words you never thought you’d hear in a sentence together. But that doesn’t mean that Neon Naked Life Drawing doesn’t make complete creative sense. This innovative artistic experience combines an industrial UV light with reactive body paints to create a spectacle that’s bound to get those creative juices flowing. Come and unleash your inner artist (and grab a pint whilst your at it).

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When? 7th August 2017 
Where? The Duke of Wellington Pub
Nearest Station? Dalston Junction  
How much? Tickets £11.99

4. Go raw at Raw Fest

If healthy, natural living is your bag then Raw Fest is probably your Valhalla. Escape the hustle and bustle of London and enjoy a beautiful weekend in nature whilst tucking into some incredible raw and vegan food. Head along to talks, get involved with wild plant foraging, yoga and healing workshops and enjoy the live music over the course of the weekend.

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When? 10th – 13th August 2017 
Where? Ascot, Berkshire 
Nearest Station? Sunningdale 2.3 miles, Ascot 2.4 miles
How much? Tickets £95 (Entry and weekend camping) 

5. Party up high with Into the Woods

‘Into the Woods’ has quickly garnered a reputation as one of East London’s most respected underground parties. Starting life in the forests of Hackney Wick, it has since expanded to set up in some of London’s most unique spaces. With a focus on the more groovy, minimal side of techno, you’ll find yourself surprised and delighted by the sounds at Into the Woods. Tickets don’t hang around, so grab one quick.

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When? 12th August 2017 
Where? Dalston Roof Park
Nearest Station? Dalston Junction 
How much? Tickets £18

6. Experience another side to Pride at Deptford LGBTIQ+ Community Pride 

If all the razzle and dazzle of the main pride event in Central London just isn’t for you, then this is just the ticket! Organised by Georgia Little, a queer feminist activist based in South East London, this free event is all about stimulating conversations on social change and intersectionality. Come along and get involved with workshops, catch some amazing performances and have a boogie!

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When? 12th August 2017 
Where? Deptford Market Yard
Nearest Station? Deptford
How much? Free! 

7. Delve into the History of Disco! 

Looking for a lesson on the history of those funky, booty shaking, love making disco sounds? Well here it is folks! Head to Oval Space, in the heart of East London, where things will be getting super groovy  as DJs pay homage to all things D.I.S.C.O. If you really want to get in the spirit of it, make sure to come dressed in your finest disco gear, and get down down and dirty with your best disco moves.

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When? 12th August 2017, 4pm – 6am
Where? Oval Space 
Nearest Station? Cambridge Heath 
How much? Tickets £12.50 in advance (day and night party) 

8. Sip fizz and soak up the beats

Don’t know about you, but the sound of a Prosecco and Percussion festival sounds pretty much like a dream come true. Head along to catch live music DJ’s sending out the best vibes with Funk, Jazz, House & Disco, accompanied by live saxophone and percussion. And when it comes to drinks, you won’t be short of choice. Choose from 20 different types of Prosecco, a delectable selection of local ales and a cocktail or two to whet your whistle. If hunger strikes, grab a bite from one of the many street food stalls.

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When? 27th August
Where? TBA
Nearest Station? TBC
How much? TBC 

9. Get in the party mood at Notting Hill Carnival 

This carnival really needs no introduction. Europe’s biggest street festival is the most anticipated event of the summer. Celebrating London’s Caribbean communities, the streets of Notting Hill come to life with colourful floats, music and dancing! For a totally authentic experience make sure you also try some of the jerk chicken and fried plantain from one of the many street vendors.

When? 27th-28th August
Where? Notting Hill 
Nearest Station? Notting Hill 
How much? TBC 

10. Appreciate ‘Queer British Art’ at Tate Britain

The Tate presents the first ever exhibition dedicated to queer British art. The exhibition explores how artists sought to express themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender / sexuality were being questioned. With works from Singer Sargent through to David Hockey, the exhibition reveals an incredible range of stories and identities relating to lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer artists.

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When? 5th April – 1st October 
Where? Tate Britain 
Nearest Station? Pimplico
How much? Tickets, £16.50 

Well that’s it guys and girls, our round up of all the good stuff happening this August in London!

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