August Bank Holiday in London

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Notting Hill Carnival
South West Four
South West Four
BBC Good Food Festival
BBC Good Food Festival
Foodies Festival, Alexandra Palace
BeachEast
London Shuffle Club
London Bridge City Summer Festival
Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera
Pergola on the Roof
Hampstead Beach
Serpentine Pavilion 2017: Designed by Francis Kere
Underbelly Festival
LEGO Mini Missions: Ninjas in the City
The Beast
Danny Boyle's SHUFFLE Festival
The London Street Photography Festival
FrightFest
Gladiator Games
 

 

Once again the Notting Hill Carnival tops the billing in the long list of great things to do in London over the August bank holiday. But there's so much more on offer in this annual swansong of summer - including food and music festivals, street food pop ups and urban beaches.

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Notting Hill Carnival

Two-day festival of Caribbean culture is Europe's biggest street party.

Notting Hill, , London, W11 3AG

Tube: Holland Park Station

 

Dates: 27th - 28th August 2017

 

Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was originally a local affair for west London's homesick Caribbean community, this has evolved into Europe's biggest street party. Carnival sets London on fire in a blaze of Caribbean spirit as extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, giant sound-systems and steel bands are joined by over a million revellers of all ages. Sunday is officially children's day, but there are loads of kids on both days enjoying the bright colours of the floats and the dancers' feathered costumes. Adults can shake their booty at dozens of stages and there are tunes for all tastes, from house to hip-hop. It's a huge area, and can get very crowded, so be prepared for an exhausting day out, but for anyone who loves a party, carnival remains the absolute highlight of the London summer.

 
 
 

Zip World London

Fly through the sky at up to 50 miles per hour on the fastest zip wire in a big city.

Archbishop's Park, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7JY

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 06th July - 01st October 2017

 

Zip through the skies at up to 50 miles per hour on the fastest zip wire in a big city. From one hundred feet above Archbishop's Park (that's the height of more than nine double decker buses), the zip wire will take just 30 seconds to transport you on the 225-metre journey from one end of the park to the other. Located in south east London, close to Waterloo, the wire is perfectly positioned to allow you to take in views of the Thames, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at the speed of a downhill ski racer. Based on the success of Zip World in Wales, whose operators are partners here, Zip World London brings the adrenaline pumping experience to the city for the first time and for a limited time only. NOTE: the minimum age is eight years, children from eight to 15 years need to be supervised and one adult can accompany up to three children.

 
 
 

London Bridge City Summer Festival

A summer hub of live entertainment, food and drink.

London Bridge, 203 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JX

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 01st June - 31st August 2017

 

London's largest free festival, the London Bridge City Summer Festival transforms the iconic riverside location into a summer hub of live entertainment, food and drink. Running from June through to August, the summer festival's line-up includes live streaming of Royal Opera House performances; screenings of Wimbledon, the World Athletics Championships, and the ICC Cricket Champions Trophy; fitness and dance classes; a Nightspot Cinema; and cycle speed dating courtesy of cycling café Look Mum No Hands. Pop-up food and drink experience the London Riviera also returns with cocktails, craft beer and tacos.

 
 
 

London Shuffle Club

The club has an outside space for summer with Miami-chic decor.

The Yard, 89 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BF

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 05th July - 02nd September 2017

 

Moving to Worship Street in Shoreditch for the summer, the Shuffle Club gets an outside space from July to September; perfect for soaking up the rays while you shuffle. After a successful winter pop up at the Truman Brewery, the club continues to convert Londoners to this social sport - a mash up between ten-pin bowling and curling, where you get to wear your own shoes. Dating back to Henry VIII's time, Shuffling comes to London via the States - the game has taken grip in the fashionable warehouses of Brooklyn and Miami, according to London Shuffle Club founder Graeme Hawkins. Decor at this summer pop up is Miami-chic with palm trees and flamingos as well as cocktails, pizzas and DJs plus seven full size shuffleboard courts.

 
 
 

BBC Good Food Festival

The food festival returns to Hampton Court Palace.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 26th - 28th August 2017

 

Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, the BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well-known cooks and chefs. This year welcomes Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge, James Martin, The Hairy Bikers, Raymond Blanc, Tom Kitchin, Nadiya Hussain and Joe Wicks. The chefs will take part in live cooking demonstrations and the festival also offers tastings and masterclasses, pop-up restaurants, book signing opportunities and a collection of quality producers showcasing their wares.

 
 
 
 

South West Four

Two days of top class dance music on Clapham Common.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 26th - 27th August 2017

 

Now a firm favourite on the London festival calendar, South West Four is back for two days of dance music and big names over the Bank Holiday weekend. This year's Saturday headliner is Pendulum with further performances from Eric Prydz, Sigma, MK, and Maya Jane Coles and Heidi. Sunday, meanwhile, welcomes Deadmau5 to headline, back in London for the first time in three years, as well as Marco Carola, London duo Dusky, Gareth Emery, Gavin Lynch aka Matador, and Dutch maestro Nicky Romero. SW4 has proved a great success over the past thirteen years, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to slum it in a tent and that there's no work the next day - so the party can go on and on. The music may finish around 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.

 
 
 

Pergola on the Roof

This rooftop food court brings a slice of Long Island living to London.

Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London, W12 7RJ

Tube: Wood Lane Station , White City Station

 

Dates: 03rd May - 01st October 2017

 

After its glorious summer last year (the most Instagrammed pop up of summer 2016? - we think so) Pergola on the Roof is back. This time the rooftop food court on top of a car park at BBC Television Centre is bringing a slice of Long Island living to Shepherd's Bush. Done up to look like The Hamptons, the al fresco food court also brings in new restaurants with Breddos Tacos joining Patty & Bun, 8 Hoxton Square and Bonnie Gull spin-off 'Salt 'n' Sauce'. With white-washed decking, palm trees and thirteen person day-beds, it's the perfect place to enjoy summer in The Hamptons without leaving London.

 
 
 

Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera

Three months of street food, art, music and clue solving.

Red Market, 288-299 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DP

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 25th May - 16th September 2017

 

The much-loved Last Days of Shoreditch is back for its seventh year in 2017 with three months of street food, art, music and a clue solving mini adventure experience. Events are part of the attraction and as well as 'Plumbottom's Magnificent Return' - a fun, frantic five minute pop-up which challenges teams of two to three players to help the ghost of Plumbottom - the XOYO DJs take up a Saturday daytime residency, Lucky Voice are in charge of karaoke and the Riviera even brings its own urban beach, overlooked by palm trees and decking. Look out for Artwork's Art's House pre-party, Maribou State hosting an exclusive pre-party as well as summer sessions from Stuart Patterson, Phil Mison and The Dr Orders. Food comes courtesy of Nanny Bills serving burgers and croquettes as well as Belli Freschi, a new veggie pop up from local Italian restaurant Bottega Prelibato.

 
 
 

BeachEast

The UK's largest urban beach with white sand, a paddling pool and beach activities.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 21st July - 02nd September 2017

 

Nearly one thousand tons of white tropical sand has been deposited at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to create Beach East, the UK's largest urban beach. Overlooking the canal, Olympic Stadium, beautiful parklands and with a huge paddling pool, it's an ideal spot to while away the summer days. This year they have introduced ride wristbands to give access to all rides and attractions for a one off payment. Other new additions for 2017 are Private Hire Beach, extreme rides and beach fitness classes. With beach activities, a double decker beach bar, live entertainment and regular events you can forget overcrowded trains to the south coast and hop on the tube to east London instead. NOTE:one bag per person. Picnics or food from outside are not permitted on site.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Alexandra Palace

The likes of Ed Baines, Rakesh Nair and Will Stayner attend this year.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 26th - 28th August 2017

 

The Foodies Festival is back at Alexandra Palace this summer, taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend. This year's line-up features a range of culinary elite, including Ed Baines, Rakesh Nair, Matt Hill, Will Stayner and Jane Devonshire as well as MIC favourite Jamie Laing. There will also be pop up restaurants, shopping opportunities, a BBQ arena, chilli eating competition, cake and bake theatre, street food avenue and feasting tent. Drinking events include a wine and champagne masterclasses, vintage cider tent, Pimm's tea pot, Appleton Estate rum bus and a bar bus.

Foodies Festival London 2017 dates: Syon Park 27th-29th May | Blackheath 7th-9th July | Alexandra Palace 26th-28th August

 
 
 
 

Hampstead Beach

There's golden sand, free entry and good food and this urban beach.

JW3, Finchley Road, London, NW3 6ET

Tube: Finchley Road Station

 

Dates: 02nd July - 01st September 2017

 

Summer's coming to Hampstead with an urban beach at JW3 with golden sand, free entry, good food and thirst quenching cocktails to get you in the mood for long summer evenings. Special events laid on at Hampstead Beach throughout the summer include the Mad Hatter's Summer Beach Party on Thursday 6th July. Young professionals in their 20s and 30s can feast, drink and dance the night away at a Wonderland-themed party on the beach. A ticket includes a free drink to get you started down the rabbit hole. Look out for 'eat me' treats, the Off With His Head! cocktail, a Through the Looking Glass photobooth and summer beats from DJ BeardNoBeard and The Rebbitzen's Disco.

 
 
 

Serpentine Pavilion 2017: Designed by Francis Kere

A highlight of the annual art shows in London during summer.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 23rd June - 08th October 2017

 

The award-winning architect Diebedo Francis Kere brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens for the Serpentine Pavilion 2017. A highlight of the annual art shows in London during the summer, the pavilion tasks an architect who hasn't previously has a structure built in the UK with the commission. For his design Kere, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kere Architecture, was inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, west Africa. He has positively embraced the great British weather, creating a structure which offers shelter - just like a tree's canopy - while gathering rainwater and channelling it into the heart of the pavilion.

 
 
 

The Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Bangarang

This summer's rooftop residency takes a Peter Pan theme.

The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 04th May - 07th October 2017

 

The Queen of Hoxton's seasonal rooftop parties have become a legendary addition to the capital's event calendar and this year is no different with a Viking-themed addition to see Londoners through winter and Neverland inspired offering for the summer. Open from the beginning of May, Bangarang invites generation Peter Pan to a land where dreams are born and time is never planned. Forget adult responsibilities and run away to a world of imagination and escapism, where instead of growing up you can lounge in a seashell with mermaids, refill your glass at The Lost Boy's hideout bar and climb aboard the pirate ship to meet your fate. Sip on special cocktails such as the Mermaid Slushie, made with frozen prosecco, fruit juice and blue curacao; the Floating Fairy absinthe cocktail; or the Blue Lagoon, made with gin, lemon and blueberries. Mermaid shots served in clamshells will also be available as well as Never Never Land Ribs, a Bangarang Burger and Peter Pan Prawns. This is what dreams are made of.

 
 
 

Underbelly Festival

A multi-arts extravaganza with comedy, circus, cabaret and more.

Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 28th April - 30th September 2017

 

This year, the Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground merge together to form the Underbelly Festival. Taking place in the same South Bank location as the two former festivals, between the Southbank Centre and London Eye, the multi-arts extravaganza presents London's largest programme of affordable comedy, circus, cabaret and children's shows in a city festival environment with street food and one of London's largest outdoor bars. Highlights on this year's programme include the London premiere of Driftwood from acclaimed Australian circus company Casus; the London premiere of popular Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Flip FabriQue; and the UK premiere and longest ever London run from cult boylesque cirque-cabaret act Briefs. The line-up also welcomes comedians James Acaster, Sara Pascoe and Ed Gamble.

 
 
 

Gin Festival

The UK's largest gin event is back for summer.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 25th - 27th August 2017

 

After a sell-out show in February, the Gin Festival returns to Tobacco Dock this summer. The UK's largest gin event, the festival has over 100 gins to showcase and gives visitors the chance to sample exclusive and new gins from a variety of producers. You'll be given a special Gin Festival glass and a brochure detailing information about each of the gins and producers, with a suggest garnish for each. As well as the gin, there will be live entertainment, talks from gin industry experts and food.

 
 
 
 

LEGO Mini Missions: Ninjas in the City

Two LEGO worlds come together for the first time.

South Bank, , London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 26th - 28th August 2017

 

LEGO presents Mini Missions: Ninjas in the City this August bank holiday weekend. Taking place on the South Bank, the pop-up experience brings together the two worlds of LEGO City Police and LEGO Ninjago for the first time ever, with visitors invited to join top City Police detective Chase McCain and the legendary Ninjago Ninjas to form a heroic crime fighting team. Upon arrival, you'll be given a mission briefing and a mission pack before being asked to complete missions, find clues and solve puzzles. It will be a race against the clock as you make your way towards the final stand-off with the evil Lord Garmadon. The free, interactive experience is the perfect way to keep little ones entertained this summer.

 
 
 

The Beast

The ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 25th - 28th August 2017

 

Brilliant and slightly bonkers Bank Holiday entertainment, The Beast brings the ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults to Alexandra Palace for four days this August. Proving bouncy castles aren't just for kids, The Beast presents a 272 metre long inflatable obstacle course and 32 obstacles for you to dance your way around. Added to that there's street food from festival favourite Saucy Chip, Taco Revolution (the Mexican Taco makers cooking up a storm at The London Riviera in London Bridge) and others. Wash that down with cocktails, craft beers and prosecco on tap while DJs keep the party going until 11pm.

 
 
 

Danny Boyle's SHUFFLE Festival

Two days of films, performances, talks, installations and more.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, The Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, London, E3 4PX

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 26th - 27th August 2017

 

Originally masterminded by Danny Boyle back in 2013, Shuffle Festival is back for 2017 with two days of films, performances, talks, installations, music, walks, installations and food. With a screening of both Trainspotting and T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyle will be attending this year's festival for a post-screening Q&A and discussion. Other films on the line-up include Inside Out, Bullet Boy, Tiny Furniture and American Beauty. There will also be an animation workshop, an immersive sound walk, a light show installation and a talk on the psychology of space.

 
 
 

The London Street Photography Festival

An exhibition alongside workshops, lectures and competitions.

Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, Fish Island, London, E3 2PA

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 25th - 28th August 2017

 

A non-profit event, the London Street Photography Festival showcases street photography and provides a platform for networking, learning and development through a programme of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and competitions. The festival will also feature works from a contest in four categories: Best Single Photograph, Best Photography Series, Best London Photograph and a special contest for under 21s. The exhibition, which takes place at Stour Space, will feature work by the finalists.

 
 
 

FrightFest

Be scared witless this bank holiday weekend at this freaky film festival.

Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, Soho, London, WC2H 7BY

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 24th - 28th August 2017

 

FrightFest puts the horror into this August bank holiday weekend with five days of screenings at Cineworld Leicester Square and Prince Charles Cinema. The home of horror, the festival has been running for 17 years and has rapidly grown in popularity. Audiences can expect to be scared witless with a devilishly delightful line-up of premieres, previews and special screenings of fantasy and horror films. Zombie films, cinematic apocalyptic visions of the future and revenge thrillers fill the festival with the finest films of this genre. This year's line-up includes Cult of Chucky, Death Note, Attack of the Adult Babies and Return of the Living Dead III.

 
 
 

Gladiator Games

Take a journey back to Roman Londoninium.

Guildhall, Gresham Street, City of, London, EC2P 2EJ

Tube: Bank Station , Moorgate Station, St. Paul's Station, Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 25th - 29th August 2017

 

Guildhall Yard, the site of London's only Roman amphitheatre, hosts the Gladiator Games this August. Taking visitors back to Roman Londinium, it will be an epic re-enactment of London's gladiatorial games, with titans battling it out. Unlike the real thing, however, this won't be a battle to the death and instead the crowd picks its winning side. An Emperor will preside over the battles and there will be pre-show entertainment and a bar serving drinks and snacks.

 
 
 
 
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