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Top 6 things to do this August in central London

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Everything you need to make this August a month to remember…

Make your idyllic vision of summer a reality with our carefully curated list of the best things to do this August in London.

Afternoon teas with a difference

It’s Afternoon Tea Week this month but no matter the date, afternoon tea in London is always a good idea. Raise the bar with Rockwell at The Trafalgar St James’s tipsy take. Explore perfect pairings of expertly crafted cocktails and decadent fare in its Tipple Tea.

If you’re looking for another innovative twist on the classic British afternoon tea, visit Ginza and wash down mini sushi and sashimi plates with a selection of Japanese teas. With specialist afternoon teas in many of our local hotels and restaurants, you could sample something special every night of the week.

Pick your knick-knacks

Catch summer rays snacking away in one of central London’s parks and gardens with an iconic picnic blanket and wicker basket duo from Fortnum & Mason or take a quick peek into our ultimate picnic guide to gather all the ingredients for the perfect picnic soiree.

Catch artful experiences

An essential part of summer in London since 1769, don’t miss the Summer Exhibition 2022 at the Royal Academy – an open submission art exhibition, showcasing artworks in all forms. Curate your own experience with a wander around St James’s world-renowned art galleries and exhibits.

Find your des(sert)tination

Get a serving of pure happiness at one of central London’s top ice cream parlours. Scoop into the gloriously English Knickerbocker at Fortnum's or take your tastebuds to Sicily with Italian gelato at Grom. That first spoonful moment is matchless.

Raise a toast on a summer terrace

Heatwave you say? Sofitel St James’s ‘Flora’ terrace is a summer garden oasis. Get ready to lounge with al fresco nibbles and thirst-quenching, feel-good drinks. Or settle in at one of Maison Francois’s sun-ready plush outdoor tables. Soak up summer and book your spot now at one of our neighbourhood’s best outdoor dining restaurants.

Book a staycation

Yearning for a last-minute getaway? Find your holiday haven in our guide to the best staycation spots in the capital. Fill your itinerary with a day of unparalleled shopping at our Royal Warrant Holders, followed by seasonal fare at Fallow, chic cocktails from The American Bar and end with a show at Jermyn Street Theatre or Theatre Royal Haymarket – a truly authentic West End getaway.

Looking for more inspiration? Read our guide to central London’s best brunches or perhaps review our holiday essentials list to make sure you are fully packed and ready for your next vacation.