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    What's on in London in August 2015 near Canary Wharf

    Prudential Ride London

    The month starts with a fantastic free family cycle around London passing lots of the landmark sights. Prudential Ride London FreeCycle is on Saturday 1 August at 9am to 4pm and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is on Sunday 2 August 2015. Prudential Ride London is an annual two-day festival of cycling. The FreeCycle looks like a lot of fun as you can join and exit anywhere along the route and there are 'Festival Zones' to stop at in Green Park, St Paul's Churchyard and many more locations, plus a music zone near Trafalgar Square.

    Beach East

    Another legacy from the London 2012 games is the wonderful Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. You'll want to visit this month as they've added the UK's largest urban beach until the end of August. A thousand tons of sand will mean there's space for everyone to build sandcastles! As this isn't actually by the sea there's also a children's paddling pool so kids can splash about and the grown-ups can enjoy the two beach bars. This is a great summer addition to a free day out at the park.

    Sinatra

    If you are looking for evening entertainment, ol' blue eyes is back. For a centenary celebration, Sinatra returns to the London Palladium, 65 years after he made his UK debut on the same stage in 1950. Sinatra: The Man & His Music uses rare footage of the legend himself, plus a 24-piece orchestra and sensational live dancing. On until 10 October.

    Open-Air Entertainment

    Do you prefer your entertainment to be outside during the summer? You can also see Happy Birthday Mr Sinatra at Canada Square Park on Tuesday 11 August for free.

    There are more open-air music opportunities in Canary Wharf this summer too. You can enjoy The Music of Queen on 4 August, and The Soul of Disco on 18 August. And it's the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival on 14-16 August. It's London's largest free jazz festival and a great way to enjoy new artists.

    If you'd prefer to watch a movie, Classic films from the BFI archives are being screened for free, also in Canada Square Park.

    Sail Royal Greenwich

    Tall ships are coming to Greenwich from 27 to 31 August. Sail Royal Greenwich means lots of cruise options on offer. But you can also enjoy the views from the riverside and there are fireworks each evening (at 9.15pm on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and at 9.45pm on Saturday). There is lots to do in Greenwich so it's worth spending the whole day here.

    Urban Golf

    There's a new 60-bay two-tier driving range next to The O2, overlooking Canary Wharf. N1 Golf has fantastic views and every bay has a sofa and table for dining from the 'range menu' making this a social place too.

    Gladiator Games

    If you prefer to watch sport then get the DLR to Bank as Gladiator Games is back in Guildhall Yard. As this was the location of London's Roman amphitheatre it's the right place to watch shields, swords and spears using in realistic combat. On between 8 and 16 August.

    West End Theatre

    For wholesome family entertainment Hetty Feather is back in London at the Duke of York Theatre from 6 August to 6 September. Adapted from best-selling children's author Jacqueline Wilson's novel, the tale of a plucky young Victorian girl is brought to life on stage.

    Kinky Boots previews from 21 August and is a feel-good musical based on the Hollywood movie, with songs by Cyndi Lauper. Inspired by the true story of Charlie Price, who reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory and saves the business from bankruptcy when he meets Lola, a transvestite cabaret performer, who needs new stilettos.

    Royal Visit

    The summer opening of Buckingham Palace means we can visit while the Queen goes away for her annual holiday to Scotland. From 1 August to 27 September we can explore the opulent Palace State Rooms and have tea and scones overlooking the Palace gardens.

    Clarence House, the London home of Prince Charles and Camilla, is also open for the whole month, and also has beautiful gardens.

    Caribbean Carnival

    The month ends with the annual spectacular Notting Hill Carnival on 30 and 31 August. Sunday is Children's Day with less crowds and family-friendly floats. Bank Holiday Monday's Parade is the Grand Finale and there's all day fun and music. Expect great costumes, lots of whistles and the irresistible desire to dance for hours.

    By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in July. Check-out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon!  

    Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as@AboutLondonLaura.

    Image credit: Gordon Joly, Visit Britain
    Buckingham Palace image credit: Visit Britain