While the weather may be unpredictable, that doesn't keep tourists or locals from enjoying the end of summer in London each August. With several annual and ongoing events taking place throughout the month, there's no shortage of things to do on your trip to England this year.
Peak tourist season happens earlier in the summer, but you should still expect large crowds near popular traveler destinations and at the free music concerts and movie screenings throughout the month. However, don't let the hordes keep you away—you might miss Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street festival in Europe.
August Weather in London
July and August are the warmest months of the year for London, especially with the high humidity expected for the city. In August, the average high is 95 percent humidity and the average low is 62 percent.
While not quite as sunny as June, you can still expect an average of six sunshine hours a day throughout most of the month. But there can still be plenty of rainy and overcast days that will bring temperatures down. The city experiences an average high and low of 73 and 53 degrees Fahrenheit.
What to Pack
To best prepare for the volatile weather of London in August, pack clothing that's lightweight but versatile. While some days can reach up to 91 degrees Fahrenheit, which will equate to shorts, T-shirts, and sunglasses, chillier nights and wet days might require a light jacket, raincoat, or umbrella to keep you dry and comfortable. You should also wear close-toed shoes, especially if you plan to do a lot of walking around the city.
August Events in London
From tours of the United Kingdom's Parliament to a multi-day beer festival, the event calendar for August is full of fantastic celebrations of the culture, history, politics, and people of London. Ongoing events include The Proms classical music festival, cricket test matches, Opera Holland Park, the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, and a chance to see the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery.
- The most popular and well-attended event is Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place each August during the Bank Holiday weekend. This colorful celebration of London's Caribbean communities dates back to 1959 and features live music, dancing, vibrant parades, steel bands, and classic Caribbean street food, including jerk chicken and fried plantains.
- Summer Opening of Parliament: During the parliament's summer recess, U.K. residents and overseas visitors can buy tickets to tour the historic houses of Parliament from August to September.
- Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace: Peek inside the Queen's London residence and explore the State Rooms, the Queen's Gallery, and the Royal Mews all month long.
- Great British Beer Festival: This celebration of British beer takes place in Olympia each August, and showcases over 1,000 real ales, ciders, and perries, along with a wine and gin bar, street food, entertainment, and live music.
- Carnaval del Pueblo: This lively annual festival takes place in Burgess Park in south London and is Europe's largest outdoor Latin American event.
- Camden Fringe Festival: Launched in 2006 as an alternative to the Edinburgh Festival, this annual arts event runs for four weeks and takes place across a number of eclectic venues in Camden, London.
- London Mela: This free two-day family-friendly event is a celebration of Asian culture, creativity, music, and food at Southall Park.
- Football Season: The football (soccer) season runs from August through May, so you can catch one of the first games of the season for teams like Arsenal and Chelsea.
- Kid's Week at West End Theatres: During the month of August, you can take the children under age 16 for free (with paid adult admission) to the West End to see some of London's top shows.
August Travel Tips
- July and August are the busiest months of the summer tourist season, so you should book your flights, dinner reservations, West End tickets, and accommodations in advance to avoid higher prices and sold out venues.
- The U.K. celebrates a Bank Holiday on the last Monday of August. Federal buildings, banks, and some offices and businesses will be closed, but tourist destinations, food and hospitality services, and most shops will still be open.
- Since the Notting Hill Carnival, Bank Holiday, and South West Four Weekender all happen at the same time, the last weekend in August would probably be the best time to visit—but also the most expensive.