What’s Going on in London This Bank Holiday Weekend

What’s Going on in London This Bank Holiday Weekend


From hurtling through central London 35m above ground, to sampling a nymph-inspired afternoon tea, we’ve compiled a round-up of the best ways to spend the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend in the Capital.


Notting Hill Carnival 

What’s the August Bank Holiday weekend without Carnival? The Caribbean-inspired party kicks off on Saturday 25th August and lasts until Monday 27th August. Expect vibrant parades full of colour, sound stations on every corner, street food and steel band competitions. 

Address: The parade begins on Great Western Road and moves through Westbourne Grove and Ladbroke Grove

Tickets: Free admission


Fulham Beach Club 

After the success of last year, Fulham Beach Club, the only Thameside beach in the Capital,  is back once again. Expect to find white sand, palm trees and pastel beach huts offering great food and cocktails. Book ahead for cabanas, daybeds, beach huts, feasting tables and their private dining room. 

Address: Albert Wharf, Fulham, SW6 2TY

Tickets: Entry, £5; bottomless brunch, £25; activities, various prices


Michael Jackson: On the Wall at the National Portrait Gallery 

The highly-anticipated Michael Jackson exhibition has arrived at the National Portrait Gallery. Expect to find a show full of Michael Jackson inspired art, including Kehinde Wiley’s ostentatious portrait of MJ sat astride a horse, David Lachapelle depicting him as Jesus and Candice Breitz’s video installation of 16 Germans performing ‘Thriller’. 

Address: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE

Telephone: 020 7306 0055

Tickets: Tickets with donation, £17.50-£22. Tickets without donation, £15.50-£20. It’s also worth noting that every Friday, 500 £5 tickets are available for anyone aged 25 years-old and under.


Little Shop of Horrors 

Get yourself down to the Open Air Theatre for this summer’s performance of the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. It’s the first major revival in a decade of the horror comedy musical which focuses on a luckless florist who raises a bloodsucking plant.

Address: Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR

Telephone: 0844 826 4242

Tickets: From £25-£59


Zip Now London at Archbishop's Park 

If adrenaline is your thing, then take a ride on the world’s fastest urban zip wire at Archbishop’s Park. Experience life in the fast lane as you zoom past some of London’s most iconic sights, such as The Shard, Big Ben and the Coca-Cola London Eye. At its fastest, the zip line tops speeds of 30mph and is 35m above the ground below.

Address: Archbishop’s Park, Carlisle Lane, Lambeth, SE1 7LE

Telephone: 0330 058 3477

Tickets: Children (8-15 years-old), £18.50; concession, £20.50; adult, £26.50


BBC Proms 

The BBC Proms is one of the not-to-be-missed events during the London summer season. Hosted by the Royal Albert Hall and in venues across the Capital, the Proms features two months’ worth of music concerts, with the aim of bringing classical music (with contemporary guests) to as many people as possible. It truly is a sight to behold. 

Address: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AP

Telephone: 020 7070 4441

Tickets: Prices vary depending of the performance and venue (£6-£100)


Titania's Tea Garden & Puck's Gin Emporium 

Sat on the banks of the Thames, The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe has been transformed into an enchanted world. Inspired by ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the set is full of beautifully hand-crafted flora and fauna. Titania’s Tea Garden has also been set up to serve a special afternoon menu from 12pm to 5pm, while from 6.30pm to 11pm, the scene changes for cocktails prepared by Puck’s Gin Emporium.

Address: 21 New Globe Walk, South Bank, SE1 9DT

Telephone: 020 7928 9444

Tickets: Bookings made via website


Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium

If you’re a sports fan, then you’ll no doubt be aware that The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup is taking place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 25th August. The event will see the country’s two best Rugby League sides battle it out to win the sport’s most prestigious competition. 

Address: Wembley Stadium, Wembley, HA9 0WS.

Telephone: 0800 169 2007

Tickets: Children, £5-£15; concessions, £15-£37.50; adults, £18-£80


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