Summer Bank Holiday is here again, August 27-29, and here’s a few things to do and great ideas on how to make the most of the long weekend in London…
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1 All Points East, Victoria Park
Nick Cave, Michael Kiwanuka, Aldous Harding, Anna Calvi, Kae Tempest and Joan as Police Woman – this year’s line up is a doozy. Always a good festival for music lovers and trashbags, All Points East wraps up this year in spectacular form – fingers crossed the weather holds.
Date: Sunday, August 28
Address: Grove Road, E3 5TB
2 Skylight, Tobacco Dock
Grab your date or a bunch of mates and head to Skylight Tobacco Dock for a Sunday afternoon session. The Wapping rooftop bar has 50 percent off games of croquet or pétanque for the rest of summer, so if you’re after an excuse to visit, there you go. There’s also table tennis and shuffle board, or a bar full of cold beers and a kitchen whipping up street eats, if you just want to relax while soaking up the view.
Date: Sunday, August 27
Address: Tobacco Dock E1W 2SF
3 Skylight, Peckham
Over in Skylight’s younger south London sibling, you’ve got a BBQ brunch which you can make bottomless. On Bank Holiday Sunday head to this roof bar to get stuck into a smokey Portuguese feast – either meaty or vegetarian – to start your mid-morning with. Bottomless options come with beer, fizz or cocktails.
When: Sunday, August 28
Cost: £16 or £39.99 for bottomless
Address: Theater Walk, 120 Peckham Hill Street SE15 5JT
4 Notting Hill Carnival
Back for the first time since the pandemic, London’s ultimate street party will light up west London with dancing, floats and music, oh so much music. Bigger than Glasto, so they say, and with equally colorful outfits and positive vibes, get swept up in the raucous fun and roll along with the day. For families, there’s a stage that’s suitable for those with children in tow.
Dates: August 27-29
5 Barbican Open Air Cinema
Bask in the Barbicans’ concreate brutalist splendor while watching Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke or Daughters of the Dust – a story about female relationships and the film which inspired the look of Beyoncé’s Lemonade clip.
Dates: Sunday, August 28
Address: Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
6 The Cadogan Arms Summer Series
The King’s Road pub has launched a music series filled with summer time vibes. Opened last year, and recently celebrating its first birthday, the pub now hosts live music every Saturday until August Bank Holiday. Enjoy an acoustic session from 9pm, which is then followed up by a DJ playing tunes until late.
Dates: Saturday August 29
Time: Acoustic from 9pm; DJ from 10pm
Address: 298 King’s Road SW3 5UG
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