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5 Reasons to visit London in August

Are you planning a trip to London? London hosts Europe's biggest street party in August, summer festivals are in full swing, and family-friendly attractions keep children entertained during the holidays. Here are the 5 things to experience during August 2017.

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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House: Film-lovers will be able to gain rare access to the insights of industry insiders and enjoy a host of film-focused activity ahead of selected screenings in one of London’s most spectacular settings. There will be DJ sets ahead of each film showing, as well as a movie print exhibition, talks and workshops for all ages. Dates: 3-23 August 2017

The IAAF World Athletics Championships descend on London in August 2017. Watch track and field events in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, plus cheer on the athletes racing in the Marathon and Race Walks in Central London. The IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 takes place between 4 - 13 August 2017.

Sunfall Festival: Catch big dance names and cult heroes at this new day-and-night dance festival. There are two parts to Sunfall: a day of raving in Brockwell Park, followed by eight eclectic after parties across south London with no extra tickets needed. Headline acts include Gilles Peterson and Horsemeat Disco. It is on 12 August 2017

Gladiator Games

The Gladiator Games: Cheer on a troupe of Roman gladiators as they battle for glory in a gripping show based on research of 1st century gladiatorial combat. Step back to Roman Londinium on the Guildhall Yard site which sits above the remains of London’s Roman amphitheatre. It is on 25 August 2017

Europe's largest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, comes to West London with a huge Caribbean party. Join more than one million people for three days of colorful floats, parades, music and dance. Carnival traditionally takes place on the bank holiday weekend at the end of August. This year it's on 27-28 August 2017. The celebrations take over the areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.

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