August might be synonymous with the bank holiday and Notting Hill Carnival, but there’s lots for people to get excited about before then.
It’s the last stretch of the school holidays, which means plenty of families will be enjoying the (patchy) summer weather – make sure to check out our family-friendly guide.
This weekend is also a good time to hit up London’s markets, with special events taking place in Paddington and Coal Drops Yard. Beatles buffs also have the chance to learn about one of the most famous locations in music too.
London’s food lovers are in for a big few days, with street food festival and celebrations of all things sweet taking place in the capital.
Here's our pick of what to get up to this weekend.
Abbey Road Studio lectures
50 years after The Beatles posed for their iconic Abbey Road album cover, the studio is opening its doors to the public. Abbey Road studios – which were the first purpose built studios anywhere in the world – is hosting a series of lectures, offering the public the chance to walk in the footsteps of countless musicians who have recorded in this celebrated space.
August 16-18, 3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood, NW8 9AY, abbeyroad.com
Sink the Pink at Finsbury Park
LGBTQ+ collective Sink the Pink are taking north London by storm this weekend, bringing their latest party to Finsbury Park. The event will see more than 40 drag queens take to the stage, plus there’ll be a performance from Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud.
August 17, Finsbury Park, N4 1HN, Sinkthepink.co.uk
The Floating Market at Paddington Central
The Floating Market returns to Paddington Central for the second year this week. The canal-side event sees market traders pitch up on the water, offering street food and artisan produce, while musicians also give live performances throughout the day. Why not head down and find yourself a barge-ain?
Until August 18, Canalside, Paddington Central, W2, paddingtoncentral.com
Wine Car Boot 2019: London’s Independent Wine Market
Stash the barolo in the boot this Saturday, with London’s Independent Wine Market parking up in Coal Drops Yard. Dozens of independent retailers and producers will showcase their produce from the boot of their cars at the event, which is free to attend.
August 17, Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DQ, coaldropsyard.com
The London Dessert Festival
Those with a sweet tooth are in for an almighty treat this weekend, with The London Dessert Festival arriving at the Truman Brewery. The event is split into four areas, with guests sampling from the Chocolate Zone, Frozen Zone, Patisserie Zone and Vegan Zone. Nosteagia, Miki's Paradise and Whipped London are just some of the stalls to look out for.
August 17 & 18, 91 Brick Ln, Spitalfields, E1 6QR, londondessertfestival.com
StrEATlife at Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace has got the munchies this weekend, with StrEATlife satisfying hungry punters in N22. Over 30 traders are taking part in the street food and craft beer event, which also features DJ sets and live music. It’s free to attend and runs from midday until late.
August 17, Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY, streatlife.alexandrapalace.com
Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life
The most Instagrammable exhibition of the year, In Real Life by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, is a must-visit at the Tate Modern. The exhibition includes a 39-foot corridor filled with brightly-coloured fog, a mirrored tunnel and a room filled with rainbow-coloured mist, among other immersive installations. It’s an assault on the senses from the off, and one of the unmissable works in the capital.
Until January 2020, Tate Modern, tate.org.uk