Things to do in London on August Bank Holiday




What are you doing this Bank Holiday weekend? If you're looking for fun, excitement and entertainment for all ages, there's no other place for it – London is your ticket to the most memorable weekend away. The capital city is the most vibrant, buzzing hub of Bank Holiday delights this August, making for the perfect excuse for a mini-break. Find our top picks of things to do here...

For a girls or boys weekend away...

The Bank Holiday is an ideal time to get the gang together and reunite for an extended weekend of fun. And the best way to get your fix? Notting Hill Carnival, of course! It's Europe's biggest street festival, filled with vibrant colours, music and all the revelling that you could ask for, and it's coming to the streets of London on the Sunday. Spread throughout W10 in West London, the celebrations take over the areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park and include carnival bands, floats, performances, music, streetfood stalls and more. The vibe is a solid mixture between West Indian calypso and hippy chic, so get on your dancing shoes and join the other 1 million people who attend this event annually in celebrating one of the real gems of British Culture. What's more, the carnival takes place on both the Sunday and the Monday of the Bank Holiday, so why not make the most of your three days off work and stay for three whole nights in the capital and save with us? Our longer stay offers gives you 15% off bookings of this length, so you can stay for longer for less.


For a romantic stay in the city...

The list of things to do for couples in London this Bank Holiday is endless, but one of our favourites has to be the Festival of Love at the Southbank Centre. With a programme of exciting, mostly free music, dance, theatre and other events, this is definitely the place to be this Bank Holiday. Sunday night is officially 'date night', where couples are invited to explore the Southbank's historic archives followed by some good old fashioned mingling over wine. Or why not try a dance workshop during the day time and show your other half how to move and shake it in the city? And it all leads up to the official closing party on the Sunday night. Enjoy the best funk and love songs on the beautiful Festival Terrace, overlooking the Thames in one of the most vibrant areas around. And for all of this, there's our Deluxe French Riviera rooms, of course with luxurious Christian Lacroix interiors. Who needs a romantic weekend away to France when you can have all of the Lacroix-inspired character of the coast right in your very room?


And for the kids...

The best thing about having kids is how they let you relive your own childhood, right? So bask in your youthful memories whilst entertaining the little ones this Bank Holiday at the Clangers, Bagpuss & Co. exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood. It's got everything you did and didn't know about these wonderful childhood shows and more – you can even make your own stop motion animation with the kids! And don't think that you have to miss out on the Notting Hill Carnival fun just because you have the kids with you, either. Sunday is 'family day' at the carnival – still with the same quintessential carnival energy, but with smaller crowds and child-friendly floats that the whole family can enjoy. And why not treat the family to a suite over the weekend to make it a real occasion? Cosying up together in one of our large, stately rooms is the perfect way to fit in some quality time with the kids. Plus, with our 'Its a Suite Life' offer, you can benefit from a 15% discount in our restaurant, Reform Social & Grill, 25% off at the bar, free breakfast and even get a complimentary cocktail to welcome you on your stay. If that wasn't enough, Kids under 12 eat free in our restaurant during Kids Month... as well as our Mini Afternoon Tea offering so the little ones can learn our very British tradition from early on. 


So, that's the Bank Holiday well and truly sorted. Now all that's left is to book!