August Bank Holiday in London

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Last Days of Shoreditch: The Enchanted Garden
Underbelly Festival
Notting Hill Carnival
Pergola Paddington
The Queen of Hoxton Summer Rooftop: The Lost Vegas
The Monster
London Bridge City: Summer by the River
Hampton Court Palace Food Festival
Neverland London


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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Pergola Paddington

Secret hideaway in West London with green foliage and a covered dining area for 850.

5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, London, W2 6PY

Tube: Paddington Station


Following its first summer, when Pergola Paddington proved to be a big hit, the fashionable food court is back. This secret hideaway in the heart of West London comes with a covered dining area for 850, four food outlets and seven comfy day beds on the top deck terrace - perfect for soaking up the sun. Bringing green foliage to Paddington's urban surrounds, the two-floor space serves food by burger legends Patty & Bun and Mexican fast food specialists DF Mexico, as well as new additions including shredded duck restaurant Canard and Vietnamese barbecue masters MAM. You can book in for free for as many as 199 people or simply walk in on your tod, no booking required.


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: 6th April to 30th September 2018


The unrivalled Underbelly Festival returns to South Bank, between the Southbank Centre and London Eye, from April 2018 and they're pulling out all the stops, presenting over 70 shows for their 10th birthday. In a temporary theatre - surrounded by street food and one of London's biggest outdoor bars - you'll find London's largest programme of affordable comedy, circus, cabaret and children's shows. Festival highlights this year include a six week residency by Circus Abyssinia which makes its London premiere with Ethiopian Dreams. There's more high flying circus with Circolombia, comedy from Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel as well as big names like Nina Conti and James Acaster. Children will enjoy Aliens Love Underpants and The Amazing Bubble Man but for something completely different go see The Thinking Drinkers: History of Alcohol or Festival of the Spoken Nerd: You Can't Polish A Nerd.


Neverland London

Enjoy the Thameside beach with white sand, palm trees and pastel painted beach huts.

Albert Wharf, , London, SW6 2TY

Tube: Parsons Green Station


Dates: 3rd May to 1st September 2018


After a successful inaugural season last summer, Neverland London returns in 2018, relaunching as Fulham Beach Club. London's only Thameside beach, it provides the chance for a cheeky staycation with white sand, palm trees and pastel painted beach huts offering a unique, affordable alfresco experience. Food comes courtesy of Jimmy Garcia's pop-up restaurant, the BBQ Club, while two bespoke bars serve up cocktails and beer. There will also be a Bottomless Beach Brunch every Sunday - encompassing bottomless prosecco, cider and frozen pina coladas - yoga and circuit sessions on the beach, cocktail masterclasses, glitter artists, sand sculpting and a myriad of games, including croquet, shuffleboard, putting pong and table tennis. Bookable areas include cabanas, daybeds, beach huts, feasting tables and a private dining room.


Rooftop Film Club at Roof East

Classic favourites and new releases are screen al fresco.

Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station


Dates: 3rd May to 1st September 2018


On the 8th floor of a multi-storey car park in Stratford the Rooftop Film Club returns for another summer of new releases and cherished classics. The season kicks off on 3rd May with Dirty Dancing, Jumanji and Clueless, alongside recent releases Baby Driver, The Greatest Showman and Murder on the Orient Express. Not only do you get to see a film, there's also great food and cool refreshments on offer to enjoy with your favourite flick. All this in an unique alfresco setting where you can see the movies under the stars. One of four Rooftop Film Club locations in London, you can also find them at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, and The Roof Gardens in Kensington.


The Queen of Hoxton Summer Rooftop: The Lost Vegas

The rooftop is transformed into a dystopian version of Las Vegas.

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

Tube: Liverpool Street Station


Dates: 3rd May to 5th October 2018


The Queen of Hoxton has been given a makeover once again, transforming into The Lost Vegas Rooftop just in time for summer. One of east London's most popular party destinations, the rooftop has become synonymous with good times and this season is set to be no different. This year's theme invites guests to Las Vegas, but not as they know it. A dystopian playground set in the year 2030, Lost Vegas comes after a revolt that saw the US rise up and stick it to The Man. Eco-warriors and neo-hippies have charged towards a brand-new future, where plants and animals flourish and jungles consume the ruins of cities that are now co-habited by animals, birds, plants and a new breed of eco-conscious humans. Visitors to Lost Vegas will be able to meet Elvis in the overgrown Little Vegas Wedding Chapel, feast on a McVegan burger served from an abandoned yellow school bus bar, play the slot machines, and purchase goods from the vending machines, which are stocked with everything from craft beer to wedding rings. Cocktails come from Three Dots and Five Miles Brewery and further food items include an Out N In Burger, a veggie Xora Dog and a Phoney Island Chilli Dog. There will also be a series of sustainability-themed immersive events and workshops throughout the season.


Zip Now 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: 22nd May to 4th September 2018


Zip Now London gave us a thrilling ride through the London skies last summer and this year it's back and it's giving us a triple treat. That's right, adrenaline junkies, there's an additional wire this year so three people can ride on the fastest zip wire in a city, side by side. They've also added a new 'Mega Drop' so you can freefall to earth to round off the adventure in style. The rides go on until 8.30pm, so you can zip through the air at up to 50 kilometres per hour, one hundred feet above Archbishop's Park (that's the height of more than nine double decker buses), as the sun sets. Located in south east London, close to Waterloo, the wire is perfectly positioned for stunning views of the Thames, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, all experienced at the speed of a downhill ski racer. 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.


Last Days of Shoreditch: The Enchanted Garden

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

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

Tube: Old Street Station


Dates: 24th May to 15th September 2018


The much-loved Last Days of Shoreditch is back for its eighth year in 2018 with three months of street food, art, music, karaoke, and sport on one of the biggest screens in London. 'The Enchanted Garden' sets the tone so you'll find a tropical beach area, swinging hammock beds and a tree-house at this summer hotspot. Expect summer cocktails and craft beer bars alongside street food from Seth Troxler's Smokey Tails, Cheeky Burger and pizza from Crust Bros. The dance floor is soundtracked by a star-studded DJ line-up. One of the many highlights is the return of the XOYO Saturday daytime takeovers throughout July with Late Nite Tuff Guy plus a who's who's of talent including Eli Escobar, Alexis Taylor, Dan Shake and Normay Jay.


London Bridge City: Summer by the River

A summer hub of live entertainment, food and drink.

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

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 1st June to 2nd October 2018


London's largest free festival, the London Bridge City's Summer by the River transforms the iconic riverside location into a summer hub of live entertainment, food and drink. Running from June through to September, the summer festival's line-up includes free outdoor cinema at The Scoop kicking off with The Greatest Showman on Tuesday 25th June. Further outdoor screenings include La La Land, Guardians of the Galaxy and the summer lovin' Grease, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. There's big screen summer sports (including Wimbledon, Ascot and the cricket), theatre, live comedy and music performances, fun family days, fitness classes and a host of events to let your hair down on a Friday.



Try your hand at crafts activities, with live music and immersive theatre thrown in.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: 23rd to 27th Aug 2018


A festival for makers and doers, MAKEMORE is a new summer jamboree in Victoria Park where you can try your hand at crafts activities, with live music and immersive theatre thrown in. An uplifting festival where you eat, drink, socialise and have a go at making something, take part in bushcraft activities with The Exploration Society, turn wood with Barn the Spoon or venture into the world of model animation with Wallace and Gromit creators, Aardman productions. Create your own posters, join a printing workshop, see how tiny house building is done, learn how to throw a pot and join Whelans Weaving for a live interactive art installation. Foodies are very well catered for too with Angela Clutton pulling together a who's who of published talent from Charlotte Pike, award-winning food writer and author of Smoked, to Masterchef's Dhruv Baker. Performing arts include a mix of cabaret, comedy, burlesque and puppetry from Frantic Assembly, Little Angel Theatre and Polka Theatre, supplemented by live music from London choir, Some Voices.


The Monster

The ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th Aug 2018


They gave us The Beast last year and now they're back with more Bank Holiday fun and this time they're bringing The Monster, the ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults. Arriving at Alexandra Palace for four days over the August Bank Holiday, the popular inflatable assault course proves that bouncy castles aren't just for kids. The Monster is over 300 metres long with 42 brand new obstacles including an 18 metre mega slide, a tunnel of love and The Bouncy Cage of Doom. Added to that there's street food, refreshing super-cocktails, craft beers, DJs, giant adult ball pits and other crazy fun activities.


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: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2018


Now a firm favourite on the London festival calendar after 15 successful years, South West Four is back for two days of dance music and big names over the Bank Holiday weekend, on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August. Dizzee Rascal, Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren and masked superstar Marshmello play the main stage on Saturday. The anonymous American brings his 'Melloville' concept to London for the first time and he's joined by his 'Twinbow' collaborator Slushii. On Sunday Chase & Status, Craig David and grime star Lethal Bizzle top a line-up filled with many stars of the dance scene. Filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to get up for work the next day, the festival finishes around 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.


Hampton Court Palace Food Festival

Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain and Melissa Hemlsey will be cooking up a storm in the demo kitchen.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 25th, 26th and 27th August 2018


Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Hampton Court Palace 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 Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain, Lisa Faulkner, Melissa Hemlsey and Dr Rupy Aujla who'll take part in live cooking demonstrations. The festival also offers tastings and masterclasses, pop-up restaurants, book signing opportunities and over 100 producers of speciality foods. Feast on street food, enjoy afternoon tea, sip on cocktails, quaff Champagne from pop-up bars and leave time to visit Hampton Court Palace - all tickets include free entry into the beautiful home of King Henry VIII.


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: Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August 2018


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.Photo by (c) David Godfrey - - All rights reserved

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