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1 The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Tour the Palace's 19 lavishly furnished state rooms, which are festooned with dazzling treasures from the Royal Collection. The tour includes admission to the special exhibition Royal Gifts, which chronicles The Queen's reign through a display of official gifts presented to Her Majesty during the past 65 years.

When: Mar 24-May 1, Mon-Sun 5.30pm, Jul 22-Aug 31, Mon-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm, last adm 5.15pm, Sep 1-Oct 1, Mon-Sun 9.30am-6.30pm
Where: Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Road, London. SW1A 1AA
Contact: +44 (0)20 7766 7300
More Details: www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace

The STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition opens at The O2 in London, featuring over 200 props, models, costumes and artwork from the original films.
Photo: Craig Gunn.
Copyright: PA Wire/PA Images. TICKETED

2 Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

An interactive exhibition for aspiring Jedis and Sith Lords, which features over 200 props, models, costumes and artworks from the Star Wars canon, draw from the original trilogy right up to the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Visitors taken on a 90-minute identity quest and leave with their own personalised and unique Star Wars character.

When: From Nov 18, Mon-Sun 10am-7.30pm, last adm 6pm, except Dec 24, 26, 31, Jan 1, 10am-5.30pm, last adm 4pm, closed Dec 25, ends Sep 3
Where: The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, London. SE10 0DX
Contact: 02037847998
More Details: www.starwarsidentities.com

A visitor enocunters Pinocchio at Shrek's Adventure! London.
Photo: Mikael Buck.
Copyright: Merlin Entertainments. All Rights Reserved. TICKETED

3 Shrek's Adventure! London

A walk and ride attraction for the whole family based on the popular DreamWorks animation, which invites visitors to take a 4D bus ride to Far Far Away to meet the ogre, as well as Princess Fiona, Donkey and Puss In Boots in a series of interactive scenes featuring live actors. The adventure is for ages 6-12 or younger knights and princesses who feel especially brave.

When: Mon-Wed, Fri 10am-4pm, Thu 11am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Where: Shrek's Adventure! London, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London. SE1 7PB
Contact: +44 (0)871 221 2837
More Details: www.shreksadventure.com/london/

Superman by Nathan Sawaya at the Art Of The Brick: DC Superheroes exhibition.
Photo: Dominic Loneragan. TICKETED

4 Art Of The Brick: DC Superheroes

Celebrated LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya uses nearly 2,000,000 coloured bricks to create large-scale sculptures of characters, vehicles, environments and themes from DC Comics including works devoted to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and Harley Quinn. The immersive galleries tap into themes of transformation and reinvention, strength and weakness, and good versus evil.

When: From Mar 1, Mon-Wed, Sun 10am-6pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10am-7pm, ends Sep 3
Where: Upper Ground, South Bank, London. SE1 9PP
Contact: +44 (0)333 247 0620
More Details: www.aotbdc.co.uk

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5 The Beast

Stretching to 272 metres in length, The Beast is the world's largest inflatable obstacle course for adults, boasting 32 challenges that require fit and fun-loving participants to overcome through a combination of strength, skill and good fortune. Wear loose clothing for your bare-foot run then enjoy an array of most mouth-watering street food, craft beers and cocktails.

When: Aug 25-28, 10am, 10.15am, 10.30am, 10.45am (ages 11-15), 11am-11pm (adults only, start times at 15 min intervals), ends Aug 28
Where: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London. N22 7AY
Contact: +44 (0)20 8365 2121
More Details: www.thebeastlondon.com

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6 Foodies Festival

Michelin star chefs, MasterChef winners and TV personalities cook up a storm for the Bank Holiday weekend, serving up tips, advice and demonstrations. There will also be pop up restaurants and a live music stage to garnish the programme with the perfect soundtrack. Special guests include Rosemary Shrager, chef Atul Kochhar and Great British Menu winner Adam Simmonds.

When: Aug 26 & 27, 11am-7pm, Aug 28, 11am-6pm
Where: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London. N22 7AY
Contact: +44 (0)20 8365 2121
More Details: www.foodiesfestival.com

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7 Adam Buxton's Bug: David Bowie Special

Buxton presents a special show celebrating some of David Bowie's music video and other on-screen appearances, providing an opportunity to enjoy key moments from the iconic performer's life and acknowledge the indelible mark he made on the cultural landscape. Proceeds from this London show will be donated to the charity TeamEvie.

When: Aug 26, 7pm, doors
Where: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, London. N1 2UN
Contact: +44 (0)20 7226 1686
More Details: www.adam-buxton.co.uk

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8 LEGO Mini Missions: Ninjas In The City (Over 5s)

The coloured building bricks take over the South Bank as families take part in an immersive experience that tests puzzle-solving skills and teamwork. Receive a briefing at Mission Central before completing as many Mini Missions as possible including the formidable Fire Wall and Water Fight, before a final showdown with evil Lord Garmadon. Children must be accompanied at all times.

When: Aug 26-28, 10am-6pm
Where: The Queens Walk, near Southbank Centre, Lambeth, London. SE1 8XX
More Details: events.lego.com/ninjasinthecity

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9 The Beach Brent Cross

The award-winning temporary beach returns to north London with hundreds of tonnes of golden sand for families to enjoy the summer sun plus Punch and Judy shows, a splash and paddling pool, water games, rides for all thrill seekers including a children's log flume and river rapids, plus traditional fish and chips, and drinks aplenty.

When: From Jun 23, Mon-Fri 12noon-10pm, Sat & Sun 11am-10pm, ends Sep 10
Where: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Prince Charles Drive, Hendon, London. NW4 3FP
Contact: +44 (0)20 8202 8095
More Details: www.thebeachbrentcross.com

Samba drumming band Batala perform in the Monday parade during the second and final day of the Notting Hill Carnival, west London.
Photo: Jonathan Brady.
Copyright: PA/Press Association Images. FREE EVENT

10 Notting Hill Carnival

Europe's largest street festival bursts to life over the August Bank Holiday weekend on the streets of W11. Festivities include a Family Day awash with colourful children's costumes and the main carnival parade of floats and bands on Bank Holiday Monday. Roads and public transport in west London are always extremely busy so plan ahead.

When: Aug 27 & 28, 9am-7pm
Where: Great Western Road, Chepstow Road, Westbourne Grove, Ladbroke Grove, London. W11 1AA
More Details: www.thenottinghillcarnival.com

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