From a disablity festival to a Harry Potter fests, we’ve rounded up five of the best events and things to do London for family and friends taking place between August 28 to September 3.
1 LIBERTY Festival, Croydon
The Mayor of London’s flagship disability arts festival heads to Croydon for one weekend, featuring stand up, fitness sessions, and a family friendly garden party. Stand ups including Francesca Martinez, Aaron Simmons and Steve Day, and the festival finale features Candoco Dance Company, poet Ellen Renton, Inner vision Orchestra and Rachel Gadsden, a visual and performance artist.
Date: September 1-3
Tickets: Events are individually, starting from free
Address: Various locations around Croydon
2 Back to Hogwarts, King’s Cross
Wave the Hogwarts Express off for another year from King’s Cross’s platform 9 ¾ as part of London’s annual Harry Potter fest at the central London station. Children and fans are invited to dress up in their wizard and witchy finest to quaff Butterbeer, play Hogwarts Legacy and get amongst the other themed activities running across the weekend.
Date: Hogwarts Express departs on September 1, Back to Hogwarts runs September 1-3
Time: Countdown at 11am
Address: King’s Cross Station, Euston Road, N1 9AL
3 See Freddie Mercury’s Exhibition at Sotheby’s, Mayfair
It’s your final chance to see the Queen leadman’s personal collection before it gets auctioned off on September 6. Taking over all of the galleries in Sotheby’s London, the exhibition features iconic costumes and outfits, handwritten lyrics and pieces of art from his private collection.
Date: Running until September 5
Address: 34-35 New Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 2RP
4 Bartholomew Fair, City of London
The first weekend of Bartholomew Fair’s public art programme kicks off this weekend, opening with Resurgam, a death-defying vertical dance performance held on the façade of St Paul’s Cathedral by California-based company Bandaloop. Taking place in public spaces across City of London, look out for clowning, puppetry and circus shows.
Date: Thursdays-Saturdays, August 31-September 16
5 Meatopia, Tobacco Dock
London’s big BBQ festival is back for its 10th year, with another superb line up. Over the course of the four-day line-up more than 100 chef will charr, grill, smoke and broil a stack of delicious food. International chefs include America’s Tuffy Stone, Thalía Barrios García from Mexico and Holy Smoke are driving their van and smoker from Sweden for the festival. New Notting Hill venue Empire Empire, Caribe’ and Decatur are among the British contingent.
Date: Thursday, August 31 – Sunday, September 3
Tickets: From £28.62
Address: Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, Wapping E1W 2SF