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What's on in London in August 2016 near Canary Wharf

There is so much going on in Canary Wharf this month from summer concerts and outdoor theatre to movie walks and a jazz festival. What's not to love?


Let's work through these in date order as there is literally so much do in the area in August.

On Monday 1 August you can see free outdoor theatre as The Scarlet Pimpernel is being performed in Jubilee Park at 6.45pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy the original songs, spectacular sword fights and a little bit of romance.

On Tuesday 2 August there's a free summer concert in Canada Square Park. Opera Al Fresco starts at 7pm and features performances of arias and overtures from operas including Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, The Marriage Of Figaro, Tosca, Pearl Fishers, La Boheme, La Traviata and more.

From Friday 5 to Sunday 14 August, you can play table tennis in the West Wintergarden for free. Ping! is part of London's Street Ping Pong Project, where during the summer months tables will spring up across the capital's squares, landmarks and unusual locations for all to enjoy and take part.

From Friday 5 to Sunday 21 August you can watch the Rio 2016 Olympics for free on a big summer screen in Canada Square Park. There are plenty of nearby restaurants so you can stay for longer.

One for the families, on Sunday 7 August there's a free performance based on David Walliams' children's book Ratburger in Jubilee Park starting at 3pm.

On Monday 8 August, at 12.30-2pm, you can enjoy a free ballet performance in Canada Square Park. Déjeuner au Ballet is a wonderful lunchtime treat from The London Ballet Company. And over at Jubilee Park in the evening there's free outdoor theatre with a production of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights from 6.45pm.

On Tuesday 16 August there's a free summer concert in Canada Square Park at 7pm. Great American Songbook is an evening of timeless songs from composers and songwriters including George Gershwin and Cole Porter, with a 30 piece orchestra and performers from the West End.

On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August it's the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival in Canada Square Park. This is the 10th year of London's largest free jazz festival so do enjoy some live music.

On Sunday 21 August at 2pm the Museum of London Docklands has a film locations in the docks guided walk to explore the rich and varied history of cinema within London's docks.

And on Saturday 27 August there are Big Wow Small Wonder performances in the Crossrail Place Roof Garden. Advance tickets have all been claimed but more free tickets will be released 15 minutes before the start of each performance (1pm and 2.45pm).


The Crossrail Place Roof Garden was completed last year and is open daily to the public until 9pm (or sunset in summer). It's free to visit and the plants reference the history of the area as an international trading hub. Crossrail Place sits almost exactly on the Meridian line and the planting is arranged according to which hemisphere they are from with Asian plants such as bamboos to the east, and plants such as ferns from the Americas to the west.


Beach East is back at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 23 July to 4 September. It's the UK's largest urban beach and is open from 10am to 10pm daily this month. A thousand tons of fine sand make this a lot of fun for families but there are also beach bars for the grown-ups.

There's live entertainment and DJs to get you in the carnival atmosphere, and from 6 to 21 August the Official Team GB FanZone is open to watch live coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on the big screen and participate in some of the sports.

There's a small entry fee (£2 for adults and £1 for under 12s, under 3s go free).


As this is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London the Museum of London has a new major exhibition. Fire! Fire! opened on 23 July and runs until 17 April 2017. It tells the story of the fire's destruction through the eyes of people who were there at the time.

This interactive exhibition is designed to be one of the Museum's most immersive to date. Visitors walk down a recreated Pudding Lane and into the bakery to see the fire start. They then walk into an 'oven' to watch the fire spread.

Against a 10 metre long backdrop in the room showing London on fire, you can see a variety of incredibly fragile flame-scarred archaeological artefacts that reveal the destructive power of the inferno. And you can even try your hand at rebuilding the London that rose again from the ashes.


Each year the summer opening of the Buckingham Palace State Rooms has a special exhibition included and this year's it's Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe.

Dresses worn by The Queen for two of the most significant occasions in Her Majesty's life can be seen together for the first time ever. The wedding dress worn by Princess Elizabeth for her marriage to The Duke of Edinburgh on 20 November 1947, and The Queen's Coronation dress, both designed by the British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell.

Constituting the largest display of The Queen's dress ever mounted, the exhibition charts important events in The Queen's life and the nation's history through Her Majesty's wardrobe, encompassing themes such as State occasions, international tours and family celebrations. The Queen's support of British couture and millinery is highlighted through outfits created for a world stage by renowned designers, including Hartnell, Hardy Amies and Ian Thomas.

The Palace is open daily until 2 October.


This summer the Nomad Cinema pops up on the picturesque lawns of The Queen's House in Greenwich. Ahead of the screenings, bring a picnic and listen to Royal Museums Greenwich's choir-in-residence, the London Oriana Choir.

On Thursday 11 August you can see the 1992 film Orlando based on a novel by Virginia Woolf. Tilda Swinton stars as the androgynous Orlando in 16th century London. Commanded by Elizabeth I to never grow old, the film follows the character through centuries of British history as he experiences several lives, loves and gender-swaps along the way.

On Friday 12 August you can see Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst in this tale of the rise and very dramatic fall of the wife of Louis XVI and the monarchy in the midst of the French revolution.

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! 

You can also check-out what's on in Kensington, by clicking here

Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com 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 credits: Queen Elizabeth II standing in the White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace. Official portrait by Cecil Beaton, 1968: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016