13 Reasons Why August In London Is Going To Be Totally Kick-Ass

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August used to be the month of no school, family holidays and anticipating the start of the new academic year…

Now, it’s the month of battling your way through armies of school kids on pavements, listening to people moan about the unpredictable weather and anticipating the start of the bank holiday weekend.


1. Party at Notting Hill Carnival

S Pakhrin
Credit: S Pakhrin

It’s that time again. Get ready for lots of flamboyant outfits, jerk chicken, Red Stripe and Notting Hill residents moaning about the youths of today. Carnival takes place across the bank holiday weekend (27-28 August) in, er, Notting Hill.

Here’s everything you need to know.


2. Live on the veg at a vegan street food festival


On the 18th and 19th August, 8 vegan traders will be serving up a little taster of their very best show-off dishes in order to win the Golden Carrot (yes, seriously). KERB will be taking over King’s Cross Canopy with the ultimate vegan stand off; serving nothing but plant-based, veggie goodness. And don’t worry, there’ll be strictly no super healthy salad bowls and aubergine brownies: that’s not what this is about. Food will range from Thai curries and Bahn Mi baguettes, to buffalo “wings” and posh chip butties.

Livin’ On The Veg will take place Friday 18 August  6-11pm and Saturday 19 August 12-5pm, 6-11pm. You’ll find it at West Handyside Canopy, Handyside Street, near King’s Cross, N1C. To see the full line-up of traders and to get your tickets, GO HERE.


3. Battle ‘The Beast’: the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course

The Beast Bouncy Castle

On the August bank holiday weekend, the world’s largest bouncy castle for adults, a 272-metre long inflatable obstacle course known only as ‘The Beast’ is, quite literally, popping up in north London.

It’ll be open 11am – 11pm from Friday August 25 until Monday August 28. Grab tickets at thebeastlondon.com.


4. Be dreadfully classy on board a sushi & gin bus

B Bakery

The wonderful people over at B Bakery have been hard at work redecorating their vintage Routemaster with all things bright, beautiful – and they’re switching Victoria sponges for poke bowls and California rolls. But, fortunately for us, they’ve kept the free Hayman’s gin. Their new Sushi Bus Tour, starting this month, allows guests to take in London’s best sights on a classic double-decker, kitted out with booths and tables fit for a gin-loving sushi addict. The menu was created by Michelin-starred chef Gohei Kishi and spans from sweet to savoury Japanese dishes with modern French twists. Expect the likes of salmon nigiri, snow crab California rolls and sweet treats like green tea Swiss rolls and jasmine macarons.

Prices start from £65 per person and is strictly over 18’s only. The Sushi Bus Tour departs from Grosvenor Square, Mayfair every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout August 2017. Book here.


5. Feel the buzz at London’s espresso martini festival


Mr Black, the coffee liqueur legends from Oz, are teaming up with DrinkUp.London to launch London’s very first Espresso Martini Festival: a 3-day celebration of the cocktail that was created back in the 1980s after a customer asked for a drink that would “wake me up and then f*ck me up”. Running between August 10-12th, the festival will take place across some of London’s very best cocktail bars, including Milk & Honey, Cocktail Trading Company, 46 & Mercy, London Cocktail Club and various Grinds.

Tickets to the festival cost £10 and you can get them here. Once you have your festival pass, you can flash it at any participating bar to get a £5 Espresso Martini at any time, as many times as you like. You can download an app to help you find all participating bars – just search ‘DrinkUp.London’ in the app store.


6. Enter a town governed by fun at the Elrow closing party

© Photography by Sin Mei Lam
© Photography by Sin Mei Lam

Taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Elrow Town is a town governed by fun where everywhere you step is a dancefloor. Across two stages with impressive props and performances, watch the likes of Jamie Jones B2B Seth Troxler, Idris Elba and Route 94. Expect lots of madness, laughter and plenty of colour. There’s still a few tickets left for Sunday’s closing party on August 20th so go go go!

Get your tickets here.


7. Sip and scoff at London’s first burger & milkshake festival


Shake Your Patty, London’s first ever burger and milkshake festival is landing in time for some summer feasting. This genius idea will be hosted by London Garden Events and Studio 338, and will be the first of its kind to come to the capital. Besides lots of 0% ABV options, there will be more than enough hard shakes to help you get your boozy fix. Expect an impressive line-up of some of the best burger joints and shake makers in the capital and some banging live DJ sets.

Get your tickets here and get a slider burger and milkshake included in the ticket price.


8. Dance all day and all night at South West Four


Calling all EDM fans! South West Four is back with a kick-ass lineup this year and, although Saturday tickets are all sold out, we’ve got £55 Sunday tickets (they’re usually £67.50) because we like to treat ya. Taking to the stage(s) are the likes of Deadmau5, Knife Party, Sub Focus, Bakermat and Martin Solveig and we’re pretty certain it’s going to be epic. So head to Clapham Common on August 27th for a truly spectacular day of music and dancing.

Get your tickets here.

9. Get cheesy at Clapham’s pop-up raclette bar


The Raclette Bar is a magical faraway land of melty cheese, mighty meats and wondrous wines. Or, in less poetic terms, a humble little restaurant opposite Clapham North station. Around for just one week in every month, The Raclette Bar rocks a rocking set menu of, as you’ve probably guessed, cheese. Tuck in to a selection of French cheeses to melt on your very own candle-lit raclette burner. You’re then able to pick from either alpine meats or seasonal vegetables to cover in gooey goodness, plus unlimited potatoes, fries, cornichons and green salad.

You’ll find The Raclette Bar at The Treehouse, 409 Clapham Road, SW9 9BT. It’s only open for one week in every month, so make sure you reserve a table. This month it’s open between the 1st and 6th of August, but it will also be around on the following dates: 5th until 10th of September, 3rd until 8th of October or 7th until 19th of November.


10. Sample great cider at the Great British Apple Festival 

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An entire festival dedicated to apples? What the…?!

Okay, let us rephrase: it’s a lovely festival with a huge Cider Village, street food, live music and a farmer’s market. Does that sound better? Coming to Shoreditch Park on August 12-13th, the Great British Apple Festival will be a celebration of all things appley (and cidery).

Get your tickets here.


11. Play arcade games with a futuristic twist…

Credit: Maurizio Pesce
Credit: Maurizio Pesce

In London’s latest futuristic venture, Other Worlds VR are reviving the arcade concept and bringing it to London. In an immersive experience like no other, there’ll be mind-blowing VR thrills for the casual gamer right though to the seasoned pros. So, whether you’ve tried VR before or you’ve been looking forward to trying it out for a while, get ready to be amazed. Plus, besides all the wicked virtual reality experiences, there’ll also be lots of food and plenty of music.

Get your tickets here.


12. Attend a proper Sausage Fest

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Credit: jev55

Details are limited at the moment but we do know that it’s definitely going to be a BANGER! There’ll be room for 2000 sausage loving fanatics, lots of beer, cider, bunting and hay bales. Fill your buns and expect everything from trusty Cumberlands and fiery chorizo to a cheeky chipolata or two.

Slap August 19th in your diaries and register for tickets here. The venue and location are still to be announced but you keep up to date with the event via Facebook.


13. Head to a Wind in the Willows-themed supper club

[The Literary Hour]
The Literary Hour is paying homage to The Wind in the Willows with a five-course multi-sensory feast in Toad Hall. They’re offering you a chance to spend an evening immersing yourself in Kenneth Grahame’s much loved novel, with an evening of nostalgic nosh. While the event’s organisers aren’t giving too much away for us, we do know that lucky guests are in for a five-course meal and a welcome cocktail inspired by The Wind in the Willows and each course will be punctuated with a short reading from the novel. They’re also ‘positively encouraging’ attendees to BYOB.

Tickets to the supper club cost between £53 or £59 depending on the day, and you can get your tickets here. The dinners run from 17th August to 3rd September and – although the theme might invoke childhood nostalgia – the event is adults only.


Feature image: Pablo Recio

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