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Get set for another fabulous summer weekend in London: see world class art, marvel at some thrilling sport or take the kids to their first festival.
World Rugby Sevens at Twickenham
The inaugural World Club Rugby Sevens is a major new 7s tournament which brings together some of the globe’s biggest names in club and provincial rugby for two days of thrilling sport. Taking place in Twickenham Stadium, the spiritual home of rugby, the tournament will see 12 teams competing to be crowned champions. As well as home sides such as the Harlequins, teams come from countries such as South Africa, Australia, Argentina, America and Russia, so expect to see lots of national flags on show! Tickets start from £30. 17 – 18 Aug
The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
Don’t miss your last chance to see the 245th Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, which displays more than 1,000 works by artists ranging from Academicians to those starting out in their career. Chosen from thousands of entries by a panel of experts, the works include paintings, sculpture, photography and more. Highlights this year include a series of six tapestries by the renowned Grayson Perry, as well as a large-scale sculpture by Anthoy Caro. Tickets start from £10. Until 18 Aug
Eid Festival in Trafalgar Square
Celebrate the end of the Muslim Ramadan at this free Eid festival in Trafalgar Square, which takes place between 1.30pm and 6pm. Spectators can enjoy a range of entertainment on the festival stage from the likes of Adam Ali, Saif Adam and Fursaan, as well as exhibitions, children’s activities and much more. In addition, to mark the end of the Ramadan fast there will be a food festival offering delicacies from across the Islamic world. 17 Aug
The Lollibop Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
This vibrant event is the UK’s biggest festival for kids, and a perfect chance to introduce your young ones to the thrills of a festival in a suitable environment. Under 10s can see performances from popular figures such as Rastamouse, Shaun the Sheep and the Go!Go!Go! Show, as well as enjoy dance lessons, circus workshops, cooking classes and much more. The festival emphasises interactive play, and your kids will be kept busy all day long with the huge array of activities on offer! Tickets start from £23.50. 16 – 18 Aug
The Great British Beer Festival at Kensington Olympia
The UK is famous for its ales, and you can get a taste of this world-class reputation at the 36th Great British Beer Festival, the biggest event in the beer festival calendar. More than 800 real ales, ciders and perries will be on offer, allowing you to sample a huge range of styles that ranges from pale ales and milds to stouts and barley wines. Food, live music and pub games also feature, or you can simply soak up the fantastic atmosphere created by the tens thousands of real ale enthusiasts who attend over the festival’s five days. Tickets are £8 and available on the door; you will also need to rent a festival glass which you’ll be able to take away as a souvenir. 13-17 Aug