Hamlet at the Barbican Hamlet at the Barbican © The Barbican Theatre

What's on in London this August

Immerse yourself in hops at an urban beer festival, indulge your contemporary art fetishes at the Royal Academy or ladies, swoon over Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet

If you feel you have been there, done that, got the t-shirt at events such as the Notting Hill Carnival (which, for those who do want to go, is heading to the streets of the leafy north London neighbourhood over the August bank holiday weekend) or ticked off the ubiquitous London icons and sights, then it is time to dig a little deeper into London’s off duty endeavours. Here are five new ways to enjoy London this August...

Get crafty and unearth the UK’s best beers

© London Craft Beer Festival/Facebook© London Craft Beer Festival/Facebook

As well as enjoying a lazy and undoubtedly hazy summer’s afternoon sampling some of the UK’s finest artisan beers to a soundtrack of live music, the London Craft Beer Festival is also an opportunity to join the country’s top brewers in giving the UK’s beer scene the recognition it deserves. Held at the very cool Oval Space in Bethnal Green, East London, this is a celebration and festival of British beer like no other, complete with your very own beer tasting glass. Cheers. London Craft Beer Festival, 13 – 16 August, Oval Space, Bethnal Green, www.londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk

Watch a movie in London’s most historic cinema

UOW Cinema-106Regent Street Cinema 

The Regent Street Cinema, built in 1848, was the first cinema to show moving pictures back in 1896 and its silver screen is open for business once again, but this time to contemporary audiences, following a recent renovation. The summer bill features everything from the SpongeBob movie and Moomins for the little ones to grown up movie classics such as The Godfather Trilogy and pioneering and influential documentary double bills. www.regentstreetcinema.com

Get your chopsticks around sushi, underground

2© Secret Sushi

London is home to endless dining options, and for those who find booking a table at a conventional restaurant a little passé, why not head underground for a secret sushi dinner party in the basement of a cinema in Dalston, northeast London. From the creators of Monograph, London’s super cool Japanese pop up restaurant, this new sushi supper club offers diners an underground vibe, dinner party banter, scrumptious sushi from their new brand Supersonic, and you can bring your own booze. Champagne and sushi here we come. Tickets £29, August 21st and 28th, www.monographlondon.com

Marvel at over 1000 works of contemporary art

Summer Exhibition Royal AcademySummer Exhibition at the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition may have been showcasing its wonders of art every year since 1789, but there is always something new to discover. With 80 Royal Academicians showcasing this year including 14 sculptors, 12 architects, eight print makers and the rest painters, the rooms and walls of the Royal Academy are bursting with contemporary art. All proceeds of sales from the exhibition go to the Royal Academy Schools, so peruse, dig deep and help support Britain’s future artists. The Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, until 16th August, www.royalacademy.org.uk

Swoon over Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet

bc2Hamlet rehersals at the Barbican theatre © Barbican

This month sees Benedict Cumberbatch taking to the stage in his latest and highly anticipated role, as Hamlet, in Lindsay Turner’s new production of the Shakespearian classic. But you have to be on the ball if you want a ticket to what has been the fastest selling show in theatre history – all 100,000 tickets released last August sold out in minutes. Luckily the Barbican is selling an additional 30 tickets each day priced at £10, so act fast and you might just be one of the lucky few to see Mr. Cumberbatch in action. Hamlet, The Barbican from 5th August, www.hamlet-barbican.com

Lose yourself in the wonder of watercolour

The Westbury Horse, 1939, Eric Ravilious'The Westbury Horse', 1939, Eric Ravilious

Art exhibitions are as prevalent in London as its buses, but if there is one exhibition you must see this month, it has to be Ravilious at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. This much-revered exhibition is the first major showcase of the watercolour masterpieces of celebrated British artist Eric Ravilious and showcases over 90 of his beautiful works. Ravilious, The Dulwich Picture Gallery, until 31st August www.dulwichpicturegallery.org

1 London Craft Beer Festival
2 Regent Street Cinema
3 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
4 Hamlet at the Barbican
5 Dulwich Picture Gallery