Five great things to do in August


Since when did silent discos and the Cutty Sark go together? Since now!

Time Out Silent Disco, Cutty Sark , 7 August2015

Get your headphones out, put your best dancing shoes on and hit the deck for Time Out’s silent disco. This time it’s sailing down to Greenwich and taking place aboard the world-famous ship. Sailors will be able to dance the night away to their favourite music on-board the sole surviving tea clipper. There will also be the opportunity to explore the history and discover the tales of the ship that travelled across the world. For more informationclick here

Iconic Cinema, Various Locations, August

Luna cinema has returned for another year to the immaculate gardens of Kensington Palace. Across four evenings (4-7 August), cinema-goers are invited to bring their rugs and picnics and watch films within the stunning backdrop where kings once wandered. This year The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lost Boys, Notting Hill and West Side Story will grace the iconic screen. If you fancy a bit more of the royal treatment, the Orangery restaurant will be offering a special pre-show meal, before taking your seat under the stars. For more information click here. The Royal Opera House’s stage will play host to not only world-class opera but also one of the most beloved films of all time, Casablanca. Casablanca: Live, will be screened over two nights (7-8 August) in the auditorium and accompanied by a live performance from Cinematic Sinfonia. For more information click here

The Deck: Pop Up Comedy Week, National Theatre, 24-29 August

The National Theatre’s rooftop venue, The Deck, will be transformed into a pop-up comedy club for one week only. The venue will stage British comedy talent across the week, with each night featuring a key theme, including: LGBT night, an All-Star night offering a signer for deaf and hard-of hearing attendees, Play to the Whistle’s Seann Walshas well as a special guest yet to be announced on the final day. The line-up showcases the wealth of British comedy geniuses and is guaranteed to give many laughs high up above London. For more information click here

Queen Anne’s Summer Palace, Hampton Court Palace, 8-9 August

This summer Hampton Court Palace is offering visitors the chance to be entertained like royalty. Guests will have the chance to meet Queen Anne, the last Stuart monarch, as she arrives in a horse- drawn carriage, before enjoying Baroque entertainment from 18th century court. Music composed during Queen Anne’s life and reign will come from the magnificent Gabrieli Consort & Players. The Privy Garden will act as the stage for dancers performing Anna Morrissey’s royal homage. There is even the chance for lessons in dining and court etiquette. For more informationclick here

Gladiator Games, Museum of London, 8-16 August 2015

This summer Londoners are invited back in time, all the way back to the Roman Empire to be precise. The live summer spectacular will see steel clash as performers take to London’s only Roman amphitheater with a re-enactment of gladiatorial games. Once the battle has commenced, life and death will be in the hands of spectators, as the Emperor presides, the crowd picks its side, and the fate of the fighter is sealed by Londoners with a thumbs up or down. For more informationclick here  


Moya Maxwell is chair of Unique Venues of London

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