How To Spend Your Bank Holiday In London
It’s going to be a glorious London bank holiday! And as true Brits talk about the weather, here we are, excited that this August Bank Holiday is set to enjoy a blistering one with temperatures of up to 30C.
Here are our suggestions on how to spend your bank holiday in London, in Marylebone, Mayfair and all around London.
You Could Carnival
The annual street festival in Notting Hill returns on Sunday 25 August for two days of dancing, drinking and Caribbean food. Entertainers and open-air BBQs. Families should go along on the first day, known as ‘Children’s Day’ and considered much more family-friendly than the Monday (26 August).
One Scoop Or Two?
Covent Garden is hosting a five-day event, aptly named ‘Cool Down’ with all the frozen treats your heart desires. Start off with iced macarons at Ladurée, then swing by Avobar for a superfood soft-serve and finish off with a classic Italian gelato at Morelli’s or Venchi’s. Vegans should pop into Amorino and try a sorbetto, like the Marwardi Pistachio.
Mixology magic in our very own Reform Social & Grill. Take a spin at making the perfect G&T, from our ‘Perfect Serve’ menu. Or learn how to flare like the pros to make your home entertaining that much more impressive. Mojitos and Sangria anyone? Something with the kids? Why not book in for our Ladies Afternoon Tea, Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea and Mini Afternoon Tea. All parties satisfied. Check firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the parks in all their glory from Regent’s Rose Gardens all the way to Primrose Hill to Hyde Park’s Serpentine with a row along the lake. Casual strollers and super keen hikers are all covered.
Screenings Under The Stars
Catch an outdoor screening, our favourite - The Luna Cinema. Across London you can catch ‘The Favourite’ at Kensington Palace, ‘A Star Is Born’ at Crystal Palace Park and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Hampton Court Palace.
Catch Some Comedy
The UK’s hottest up and coming talent, as seen on the Phoenix Arts Club’s Cabaret Awards, take to Underbelly’s for one night only on Saturday 24th August. They’ll be joined by some of the world’s most respected cabaret artistes for a night of singing sensations, burlesque, variety and comedy. Tickets from £17. 7.15pm. Spend the day on the Southbank and head straight to this.
Bank Holiday Weekend at Flat Iron Square & Omeara
Head for Flat Iron Square for street food, Pimm’s and late-night parties. The Pimm’s Garden, complete with stripy deckchairs and free garden games including giant Jenga and mini-tennis keeps the day time activity going. On Saturday night at Omeara it’s outrageous performances, high-energy dance shows and the best international queer music talent.
On Sunday 25 August, the Buena Vista Cuban Carnival takes over Omeara for an authentic Cuban carnival presented by Sambroso Sambroso where you can learn Rumba or Cuban Salsa followed by a Buena Vista tribute band and DJs.