The end of August brings a beautiful Bank Holiday weekend for us all to enjoy, so it’s time to get a plan or two in the diary if you haven’t already! We’ve heard it’s set to be a scorcher, so get outdoors and make the most of it. Here’s our top picks of what’s going on in the capital this August Bank Holiday weekend.
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Across Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park
It wouldn’t be August Bank Holiday weekend in London without Notting Hill Carnival! The long-established street party extravaganza takes place across Notting Hill and the surrounding areas, bringing the Caribbean communities of London all to one place to celebrate their culture in traditional carnival style. Welcoming families to come and enjoy the celebrations, Sunday 28 is known as ‘family day’ as the parade takes place. The array of colours and mix of music make their way through Notting Hill, surrounded by crowds, food, drink and an electric atmosphere! Plan your day with the visitor route map.
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Bank Holiday weekend welcomes SW4 to Clapham Common, a dazzling dance music festival that returns year-on-year with some of the biggest DJs and artists from across the globe. If you’ve not had your festival fill yet this summer, now’s your chance to grab a ticket and join in on the fun. This year’s line-up includes chart-topping gurus Rudimental as well as the likes of The Chemical Brothers and Gorgon City. If you’re looking for an event to enjoy with your friends, get your hands on the last remaining tickets here.
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Tobacco Docks, E1W 2SF
The UK’s largest gin event is heading to London for a summer Bank Holiday special! With more than 100 different gins on offer and a number of distilleries displaying their range, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’ll also be a variety of entertainment across the weekend, from industry expert presentations to live music. If gin’s your tipple of choice, it’s well worth an afternoon out enjoying a taste or two with friends. Choose an afternoon or an evening session and buy your tickets here.
Wimbledon Park, SW19 7HR
Who doesn’t love a food festival? One for the foodies amongst us, this year Wimbledon Park will host a three-day long food fest! Hosted by the Fantastic British Food Festivals, the event will celebrate the very best of regional food and drink in idyllic London surroundings. Relax on hay bales, enjoy the live music and soak up the atmosphere while the kids enjoy a number of activities from garden games to storytelling acts. From retro ice cream sandwiches to pie and chips and a side of prosecco, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Buy your tickets here.
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Here East Canalside, East Bay Lane, E15 2GW
CineKids at 10am, Movie Night at 8pm
Why not extend your Bank Holiday and keep the plans going on Tuesday too? Here East’s recently-opened Canalside is an excellent spot to relax and lap up summer, and is hosting Summer Screen Tuesdays for three weeks fromAugust 23 to September 6. Whether you want to enjoy a film with the kids before they head back to school or you want to get your mates together and see the Bank Holiday weekend out, Summer Screen Tuesdays will suit your needs. Surrounded by cafes and bars and totally free of charge, why would you miss it? Keep your eye on the Here East Facebook Page for the film line-up.
What have you got planned for the Bank Holiday weekend in London? Share the events and activities that you’ll be enjoying in the comments below!