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August offers up a veritable feast of fests. From beers to bikes, films to food, we find the top 10 events that celebrate a few of our favourite things.


When: August 9 & 10

What’s going on: Get on your bike and enjoy eight milesof traffic-free roads from 9am-4pm on Saturday August 9. You (and some 50,000 others) can cycle free of worry, honking horns and scary buses, taking in some of London’smost iconic sights including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and Guildhall. In its second year, Prudential’s RideLondon is building on 2013’s event with more festival zones and activities including ramp parks, pro BMXers, mountain bike tracks, a bling-your-bike stand, bike polo, stunt unicyclists, bike art and a bike bell orchestra. Sunday 10 is aboutshowing your support to the cyclists taking part in theLondon-Surrey races, with the finish line at The Mall.

The mood: Power to the pedal people. Cyclists come out intheir droves on push bikes of all shapes and sizes as well as stilt bicycles, penny farthings, rickshaws and ‘bike bands’. It is a family affair, with healthy food and lots of activities encouraging Londoners to get outside and on their bikes.

What not to say: “This is the perfect opportunity to debut my Lycra onesie.”

Free; central London, see website for route map of road closures.


London Craft Beer Festival

When: August 14-17

What’s going on:  Love the smell of beer in the morning? You might want to check in to AA... but before that get yourself down to the London Craft Beer Festival. With 24 local breweries sharing their carefully crafted brews, you are given a glass on entry, which, if you wish, you can use to try every beer on offer, although measures are sample size, bar four 1/3 pints of your favourites. You are also given a programme which tells you the back-story to each brewery. Live music and DJs create the vibe, while local producers cook up special dishes to complement the beer.  

The mood: It’s being held in east London, which tells you all you need to know: hipsters, cool music, and independent producers. Held in the shadow of the Bethnal Green gas holder, the industrial location is softened with twinkling fairy lights and lanterns, a canal-side setting and leafy terraces. 

What not to say: “Is that beer froth or just your poor excuse for a beard?”

£35; Oval Space, Bethnal Green


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