On & Around the Street


While thoughts of beaches, yachts and poolside-cocktails are tempting, there are so many fantastic things to do in Chelsea this August that you’ll soon forget distant shores and be glad you stuck around for the fun.

From your last chance to see blockbuster art to entrancingly immersive exhibitions and lots of great activities for little ones to take part in, here are the best things to do this month in Chelsea.

Creepy Crawling Garden Safari at the Che Chelsea Physic Garden


Enjoy long summer evenings at the Chelsea Physic Garden, which Garden was founded in 1673 by The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, and is open until 10pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Book in for an intimate talk and dinner with The Cooking Academy founder Kumud Gandhi, who will discuss “The Spice Trail” – the history and origins of spices and their importance in the global trade around the world, charting the use of spices in modern medicines and in culinary use for good health.

There are lots of treats in store for younger visitors, including a day of soap and candle making, while learning more about these traditional crafts and the natural ingredients used. Professional forensic botanist Dr. Mark Spencer will run a forensic biology workshop to explain how clues from nature solve real crimes. And there’ll be a morning Garden Safari for children aged 3-6 on the first Sunday of each month, herbal remedy making for children aged 6+ on the last Sunday of each month, and pond dipping afternoons for all ages on both days.

For more information, visit www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk.

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4HS

"Zog" at Cadogan Hall


Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved “Zog” comes to life in this truly magical adaptation, with creative puppetry, a gorgeous folk score and an imaginative set that will enchant young and old(er) alike.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, dragon Zog is eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn essential dragon knowledge. Zog bumps, burns and roars his way through three years at the school before he has to face his biggest challenge yet…

Tickets from £18 at www.cadoganhall.com. Enter “INCOFFER” at checkout for 20% off tickets (excluding Saturdays).

"Rise of the Lionesses- 70 years of the Women's Royal Army Corps" at the National Army Museum


The life and legacy of the designer Abram Games is the subject of “The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games“, which focuses on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War (until 24 November 2019), while “Rise of the Lionesses: 70 years of the Women’s Royal Army Corps” centres on the changing role of women in the British Army through the lens of the Women’s Royal Army Corps, and on Friday August 30, you can attend a free talk by author Dr Helen Fry on her new book, “The Walls Have Ears”, about the greatest intelligence operation of World War II.

Little ones will enjoy the Family Bootcamp (August 19-23), set up to test the skills of the whole family with military fitness-inspired activities, and there will be a climbing wall to test their fitness over the Bank Holiday weekend

Other activities for children include target practice with Nerf Guns and parachutes, which they will make themselves, a workshop to make their own plant-based insect repellent and a lesson in knitting for little fingers.

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4HT

"Sweet Harmony" at the Saatchi Gallery


August is all about immersive experiences at the Saatchi Gallery, where “Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today” is a multimedia retrospective devoted to presenting a revolutionary survey of rave culture through the voices and lenses of those who experienced it, while “Beyond The Road” merges the worlds of visual art, music and film, offering visitors a chance to lose themselves in a multi-sensory world led by sound. The show was created by created by Colin Nightingale and Stephen Dobbie of Punchdrunk fame with UNKLE’s James Lavelle, so expect plenty of arresting moments.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the first ever British Airways flight, “BA 2119: Flight of the Future” will open on August 1. The exhibition, created in partnership with the Royal College of Art, is the first-of-its-kind and will explore the future of aviation with a full motion VR experience that charts the history of aviation, while 40 postgraduate students from the RCA present a new project that imagines the future of flying in both digital and physical form.

Enter “CADOGAN” at checkout for 50% off “Beyond The Road” tickets on weekdays.

The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, SW3 4RY

"Passage" - Late at Tate Britain


It’s your last chance to catch “Van Gogh And Britain” before it closes on August 8, 2019. Explore over 50 works by Vincent van Gogh and discover how the infamous Dutch artist was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists.

On Friday August 2, learn about the 60-year career of great British abstractionist Frank Bowling in an exploration of the word “Passage“. Expect a night of interactive workshops, discussions and performances, looking at the significance of Frank Bowling’s own life passage.

Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG

Cocktail Masterclass


On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, you can take part in a cocktail masterclass at The Old Fashioned Cocktail Club. Guided by expert bartenders, each club meeting will have a different theme, giving guests the opportunity to learn how to mix, muddle and master a whole host of different cocktails from different eras.

Tickets from £16 at www.designmynight.com

The Goat, 333, Fulham Road, SW10 9QL

"The End Of History" (Image- Johan Persson)


The End of History“, starring Lesley Sharp and David Morrissey, explores the pitfalls of socialist parenting. Set in Newbury in 1997, it follows left-wing couple Sal and David, who are welcoming their grown-up kids back home for the weekend. The oldest is bringing his new girlfriend, the middle daughter is back from Cambridge and the youngest is just out of detention – all of them are named after their parents’ socialist heroes.

Tickets from £12 at www.royalcourttheatre.com

Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS

Juju bottomless brunch


True to its hedonistic reputation, the champagne is unlimited at Juju, where on Friday nights in August, you can indulge in bottomless flutes of Laurent Perrier served with the bar’s pan-Asian fare for £39 per person.

Visit www.designmynight.com to book.

Juju, 316-318, King’s Road, SW3 5UH