August Bank Holiday: London Events, Nightlife & Things to Do

The summer bank holiday is back, August 27-29, and here are some things to do and great ideas to make the most of the long weekend in London…

Main Image: Skylounge

1 All Points East, Victoria Park

Nick Cave, Michael Kiwanuka, Aldous Harding, Anna Calvi, Kae Tempest and Joan as the policewoman – this year’s lineup is a doozy. Always a good festival for music lovers and trash cans alike, All Points East ends this year in spectacular shape – fingers crossed the weather holds up.

When: Sunday August 28

Tickets: £74.15

Address: Grove Road, E3 5 TB

Website: allpointseastfestival.com

2 skylights, tobacco dock

Take your date or a group of friends and head to Skylight Tobacco Dock for a Sunday afternoon session. Rooftop bar Wapping is offering 50% off croquet or pétanque games for the rest of the summer, so if you’re looking for an excuse to visit, here you go. There’s also ping pong and shuffleboard, or a bar full of cold beers and a kitchen that does street food, if you just want to relax while taking in the view.

When: Sunday August 27

Address: quai du tabac E1W 2SF

Website: www.skylightbars.com

3 skylights, Peckham

At Skylight’s younger sibling in South London, you have a barbecue brunch that you can whip up without a bottom. On Bank Holiday Sundays, head to this rooftop bar to indulge in a smoky Portuguese feast – meat or vegetarian – to start your morning. Bottomless options come with beer, bubbly, or cocktails.

When: Sunday, August 28

Cost: £16 or £39.99 for Bottomless

Address: Theater Promenade, 120 Peckham Hill Street SE15 5JT

Website: www.skylightbars.com

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, they say, and with equally colorful outfits and positive vibes, get swept up in the loud fun and ride with the day. For families, there is a stage suitable for people with children.

Date: August 27-29

Website: nhcarnival.org

5 Barbican Outdoor Cinema

Soak up the brutalist splendor of the Barbicans by watching Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke or Daughters of the Dust – a story about female relationships and the film that inspired Beyoncé’s Lemonade music video look.

Date: Sunday, August 28

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Tickets £18

Address: Silk Street EC2Y 8DS

Website: barbican.org.uk

6 The Cadogan Arms Summer Series

The King’s Road pub has launched a musical series with summer accents. Opened last year and recently celebrating its first anniversary, the pub now hosts live music every Saturday until the August bank holiday. Enjoy an acoustic session starting at 9pm, which is then followed by a DJ playing tunes until late.

Date: Saturday August 29

Time: Acoustic from 9 p.m.; DJ from 10 p.m.

Address: 298 King’s Road SW3 5UG

Website: thecadoganarms.london

It’s still early, this guide will be updated…

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