Enjoy the perfect August bank holiday with our guide to the best events in the city.
This is it: the last free day off between now and Christmas! Embrace three days of shimmering summer (OK, it’s going to be 19℃) with our guide to things to do in London during the August bank holiday, all available via Fever. [Header photo: @bow_bells_city]
Go crazy for Carnival
One of the biggest street parties in Europe, Notting Hill Carnival promises two days of free Caribbean festivities in the heart of west London. Head along on Sunday for family-friendly vibes, or Monday to really get your twerk on – a colourful parade and XX sound systems dotted throughout the area will be causing commotion all weekend long. See our full Notting Hill Carnival guide.
Or just join in the afters
The beat goes on at a whole lot of Carnival after parties across the capital. Try joining at the fun at Ministry of Sound, The Macbeth, Fabric, Tropicana Beach Club or Vauxhall Street Food Garden – or, if you prefer to start the fun early, try the Reggae Brunch at FEST Camden. Talking of which…
Have a brunch less ordinary
Long weekends call for some naughty daytime party action, and London isn’t letting you down. Along with the aforementioned Reggae Brunch you can try the Mexican Bottomless Brunch at the King’s Head, Pancakes & Prosecco at Camden’s Duo London, a Beach Party Brunch at Bunga Bunga Battersea, or even a karaoke brunch at Lucky Voice. Or take a look at our bottomless brunches in London guide.
And you can’t forget…
⭐️ Is that a long weekend on the horizon? Cheers to the Bank Holiday with a Pimm’s. For recipe inspiration, head to www.anyoneforpimms.com. For all the facts visit drinkaware.co.uk. (Sponsored). ⭐️
Head to a free festival
In Smithfield (or Farringdon, to everyone else) there’ll be two days of family-friendly fun at Smithfield 150: fairground rides, a roller disco and musical performances await across Saturday and Sunday. Plus a SAUSAGE DOG WALK at 2.30pm on Saturday. Well worth dachshund along to!
Sip something special
London’s most delicious new pop-up is Covent Garden’s Chocolate Cocktail Club, where cocoa and booze come together in divine combinations. Try a Chocolatini or Caramel King – this sweet spot is open all weekend. Get tickets for £10 here. Alternatively, top-notch restaurant Mac & Wild is hosting ‘Drams in the Dark’ whisky tasting sessions for Scotch sippers.
Dance all night long
There’s an extra night of extravagance to be enjoyed over the August bank holiday – and club nights to match! Things kick off Friday with Little Festival at Greenwich superclub Studio 338; on Saturday, try the misleadingly-titled ‘No Party Here’ at rooftop bar Jin Bo Law, disco/house sesh Bydaybynight at Brixton’s Prince of Wales, Electric Soul at Blues Kitchen Camden, or Mathew Jonson, Matthew Dear & Drumcell at Fabric. (The Zoo Project With Dana Ruh, Djebali & Kidnap take over Fabric on Sunday night.) Or, if you’ve got a head for heights, join a late-night DJ set at the View from the Shard.
Mix it up entirely
Fancy something a little bit different? We’ve got ya! Sing along to Grease in Clapham! Try a new crazy golf course in Peckham! Join in with a ‘Friends’ quiz and ’90s pizza party! Experience an immersive Cold War thriller in a Kensington library! Soak up some candlelit music in a beautiful church! See some hot stand-up comedy in Leicester Square! Marvel at some feather-shaking cabaret off Embankment!
Now that’s an eclectic selection.
Keep on exploring…
There’s always somewhere new to check out in the city – scroll through our constantly-updated guide to cool places to visit in London!