The thought of grinding through the streets, getting splashed with rum and wandering around struggling to find an afterparty (because who plans ahead?!) might not appeal to everyone. Thankfully, you live in London, so it’s pretty damn easy to steer clear of Notting Hill and entertain yourself. If you’re avoiding Europe’s biggest street party this Bank Holiday, here are a few things going on elsewhere.
Trade in the sticky rum splashes with some soapy suds and combine partying and washing this Bank Holiday. Indulge in your student days at one of Tunnel 267’s much-loved foam parties, boogying down to easy-to-love chart hits (it’s ok to enjoy a bit of the “mainstream” stuff sometimes) and enjoying the pleasantly cheap drink bargains. 241 cocktail offers run until midnight, as well as non-stop discount Corona buckets!
When: Sunday 28th from 10pm
267 The Broadway Wimbledon, SW19 1SD
It’s supposed to be a sunny one this Bank Holiday, so why not take things to the rooftops? Join Roxx club as they invade the Sanctum Soho Hotel Roof Gardens to lay down the finest daytime summer tracks: house and party tunes laced with rock classics. And nothing compliments a rooftop bar party more than a slightly ridiculously large sharing cocktail – ‘Roxxstar Skull’. The braver amongst you might even want to take a dip in the jacuzzi, so don’t forget your swim suit. The party officially ends at 10pm, but with some special connections to nearby clubs, the Roxx team will take care of all your late-night partying needs.
When: Saturday 27th August from 3pm
20 Warwick Street, W1B 5NF
3. Notting Chill Carnival
This Bank Holiday weekend, The Common slice – the newest destination food and music venue – is putting on a collaborative daytime party from Cult Events and Platta. The backdrop will be on the beautiful canal-side setting of The Common slice in the newly launched, world’s largest co-living building, The Collective Old Oak. Expect a collective mix of music, tasty food and great weekend vibes.
When: Sunday 28th August 2pm-11pm
The Common, Old Oak Lane, London, NW10 6FF
This one’s for the gaming geek in all of us – a retro gaming pop-up, Retrotainment, is taking place aboard the impressive 108-metre Sunborn Yacht, where you’ll be transported back to the golden era of Sega gaming. There’ll be Master Systems, Mega Drives, Saturns, Dreamcasts, chilled beverages, cool tunes, pixels, vectors, polygons, 80s style 3D gaming, CRT TVs, projector screens and an exclusive competition with great prizes. If you don’t know what any of the above are, then it’s still an opportunity to grab glorious riverside views over London and do a bit of silent disco dancing with it.
When: Friday 26th August from 7pm
Royal Victoria Dock, Western Gateway, E16 1AL
5. Water Poet Cider Festival & Hog Roast
Head to one of East London’s loveliest beer gardens this Bank Holiday to celebrate all things cider (including homemade cider ice cream!). The Water Poet are putting on another one of their ever-successful cider festivals, complete with an extensive selection of craft ciders and a delicious hog roast, across the weekend. There will be a different live band playing daily, mixing it up with a bit of steel sounds and a bit of salsa. Pints are £5 each and the hog roast bap is £7.
When: Saturday 27th August Monday 29th all day from 12pm
Tickets: Free Entry
9-11 Folgate St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX
Get ready for a night of live music and DJ sets in one of the most glamorous and opulent venues in London. Head to the West End’s theatrical 1920’s style nightclub, Café de Paris, for some of the finest live musicians in the capital and the friendliest party crowd this side of the English Channel. At Blitzed at the Café, there’ll be performances from Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronica, Philip Salon, Chrissy Darling, Daniel Lismore, Lalashockette And Jennie Belstar (lead singer of The Belstars), as well as DJ sets from Chris Sullivan, Fat Tony and DJ TV Queen Bitch.
When: Sunday 28th August
3-4 Coventry Street, Leicester Square, W1D 6BL
7. AfroBeach @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Head to the UK’s largest urban beach for a day party bringing the ultimate summer vibes. Explore the manmade beach in Stratford, complete with beach huts, food and drink, giant beach games and plenty of music. Whether you’re after a pre-carnival warm up or would rather go mad and skip the West London event altogether, it’s definitely worth squeezing into your Bank Hols.
When: Saturday 27th August from 12pm
Tickets: From £7. Check out Beach East’s website for more information