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August Bank Holiday clubbing

Get your August Bank Holiday party plans in order with our guide. One extra day means you can go even harder!

Bank holiday party © Eleonora Cecchini/Anomalous

The end of August means one final, glorious extended weekend to enjoy, so make the most of it by getting out and about and partying like a pro. And don't worry if you're not sure where to start – or end - your weekend, as our comprehensive clubbing guide for each day will guide you through.

Friday bank holiday clubbing

Dalston Summer Block Party

Critics' choice

Old-school garage galore from Heartless Crew's Fonti and Mighty Moe, plus fellow UKG stalwart Wookie and the party-starting Shorebitch crew. The action takes place in both Efes Snooker Club and basement club The Nest, hence the 'block party' title, but don't worry - tickets give you access to both venues. As well as plenty of top garage cuts, expect dancehall, jungle and ragga.

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The Nest, Dalston Until Saturday August 29 2015

Rhythm Section

Critics' choice

Started and run by NTS Radio and Boiler Room cohort Bradley Zero, Rhythm Section is a series of vinyl-only parties that help mark out Peckham as one of the prime places for alternative, attitude-free club nights. Music policy is as eclectic as you like - deep house, techno, disco, trippy electronica, funk – and some great names make guest appearances (Andy blake, Romare, Severino...), but headline names isn't what RS is about. Instead, the emphasis is on high quality, forward-thinking dancefloor vibes with a lack of pretence or expectation. They're regular-ish, but don't set your watch by them. In fact, don't even wear a watch to Rhythm Section – you'll be way too absorbed in the music to bother looking at it.

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Canavan's Peckham Pool Club, Peckham Rye Until Saturday August 29 2015

Special Request with Slimzee

Critics' choice

It's a grime special at the latest edition of the Special Request club night. Rinse FM architect and pirate radio kingpin Slimzee steps up to rep the old-school, with rising underground hotshot Mr Mitch repping the newer sound of grime, all for a bargain price.

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Bar A Bar, Stoke Newington Until Saturday August 29 2015

Summer Tales

Critics' choice

One thing that helped London make it through the last few arduous winters was Night Tales, a fantastic pop-up party full of creative cocktails, street food, DJs spinning dancefloor-filling tunes and general good vibes. Luckily, you don't have to wait until winter to indulge in the fun once again, as the NT crew are back with an ace summer-themed pop-up. As it's summer, there's a jungle theme in play, plush hammocks, rope swings and a 20m terrace to soak up the sun. Drinks are served at four bars, including the Lazy Flamingo Bar, where you can enjoy bespoke summery cocktails including a Mescal Mule and a Pin-Up Collada.

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Red Market, Shoreditch Friday August 28 2015

Turntables

Critics' choice

This super-fun pop-up seriously impressed us last year, so we're chuffed to hear that it's back in town. As before, it's set on and around the considerable terrace space of Hackney Wick canalside venue Shapes and once again, there'll be all kinds of delicious street food on offer, plus summertime cocktails and specially brewed Turntables lager. Once you've filled your boots (okay, your face), get dancing on the decked dancefloor to top DJs spinning deep house, twisted disco, soul, funk and more.

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Until Saturday August 29 2015

Saturday bank holiday clubbing

Bump and Hustle Music

Critics' choice

Bump your way across the dancefloor to a selection of classic house cuts, prime funk, soul, rare groove and disco from various expert selectors including the likes of John Morales, Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, Phil Asher and more.Read our John Morales interview.

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Bussey Building/The CLF Art Cafe, Peckham Saturday August 29 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

The Dalston Disco Day and Night Party

Critics' choice

A two-part party starting off at the 'Magic Roundabout' (Old Street roundabout) from 5pm-10pm, then moving to Dalston basement The Nest from 10pm until the early hours. Belgian disco dude Aeroplane headlines with a back-to-back set with Alex Metric, alongside Felix Dickinson, Marcus Murr and Grainger.

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Old Street Roundabout, Old Street Saturday August 29 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

Norman Jay presents Good Times Goes East

Critics' choice

Funk and soul maestro Norman Jay is known for his connection to west London, where he's held countless Good Times parties and Carnival bashes. But this year he's royally mixing things up and going east – all the way to the beautiful st John-at-Hackney church. It's a daytime bash, and Jay will be spinning all kinds of uptempo, soulful and sunny sounds, taking you on a thoroughly enjoyable pre-club trip.

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St John-at-Hackney Church, Hackney Saturday August 29 2015

Solar Indoor and Outdoor Day Party

Critics' choice

Fed up of dancing in dark, dingy dens? Well then, get the hell outside at this daytime party. Appropriately named Solar, you can (hopefully) soak up the sun at this alfresco daytime bash while dancing to DJs spinning house and deep disco. For full outdoorsy vibes there'll even be sun loungers, a Jacuzzi, hog roast, jerk shack and a beach area.

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The Old Baths and Cr8 Galleries, Hackney Wick Saturday August 29 2015

South West More

Critics' choice

If you're heading to Clapham Common's vast, two-day dance party South West Four, there's a very good chance you enjoy staying out all night and clubbing your socks off. In which case, you'll probably be searching for more beats and bass when the main event finishes at 11pm on each night, right? Thought so. Head straight to Electric Brixton on both nights for official afterparties, where you can hear dance music giants spin grooves until the early hours. Eric Prydz and Nic Fanciulli head-up the Saturday, while Maya Jane Coles, George Fitzgerald and Mano Le Tough lead the Sunday night antics. Get tickets quick if you're thinking of going, as these bashes usually sell out fast.

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Electric Brixton, Brixton Saturday August 29 2015 - Monday August 31 2015

SW4 Afterparty

Critics' choice

This official afterparty for Clapham Common beat-fest SW4 looks to match the quality and sheer fun of the vast festival itself. Taking place in Elephant & Castle mega-club Ministry of Sound, the party has a top-rate cast of DJs: Norse disco don Todd Terje playing live, Black Butter mainstay Kidnap Kid, funk junkie Krystal Klear and house maestros The Menendez Brothers. The perfect reason to keep the party going after SW4 finishes.

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Ministry of Sound, Elephant and Castle Saturday August 29 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

Sunday bank holiday clubbing

Gilles Peterson... Up on the Roof

Critics' choice

Global beats guru and broadcaster Gilles Peterson returns to the series of summer parties that hosts brilliant party DJs atop the terrace of Brixton venue the Prince of Wales. His smooth, soulful, discofied and jazzy tendencies are the perfect summer soundtrack.

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Prince of Wales, Brixton Sunday August 30 2015 - Monday August 31 2015

Groove Odyssey

Critics' choice

Groove Odyssey aren't going to get sued under the Trade Descriptions Act anytime soon. Their acclaimed parties celebrate classic house, late '80s/early '90s funk, R&B, soul jazz, boogie, disco and other upifting moods, via some superb DJs, including the likes of Louie Vega, Joey Negro and Phil Asher.

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Ministry of Sound, Elephant and Castle Sunday August 30 2015 - Monday August 31 2015

Highlife

Critics' choice

Musically speaking, there isn't too much Andrew Ashong can't do. He's a sharp-fingered DJ, savvy producer of some huge tracks and can play the guitar beautifully as well, damn him. Hear him flex his selector skills tonight at this night of electronic African sounds. Afrobeat ace and house innovator Auntie Flo is also on the bill, giving you another great reason to attend.

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Book Club, Shoreditch Sunday August 30 2015 - Monday August 31 2015

The Hydra 2015

Critics' choice

Welcome back, The Hydra! These underground party pros ripped through 2014 with some superb parties at their two permanent homes, Studio Spaces E1 and E2. Now they're back with a top-quality 2015 programme, bulging with more globally renowned DJ talent. Music-wise, expect plenty of techno and on-point house, plus disco, dub, mind-expanding electronica and plenty in-between. Essential stuff.

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Studio Spaces E2, Shoreditch Saturday August 29 2015 - Saturday November 21 2015

Krankbrother present Day and Night Canal and Warehouse Party

Critics' choice

If you're worrying about summer slipping away, squeeze the last drops out of it at this top-notch party. It starts off outside, on Shapes' spacious terrace, where you can sup cocktails, scoff barbecue grub and – most importantly – dance the day away to some belting DJs: New York house god Fred P, wild Dutch producer San Proper, Detroit techno family Octave One and furiously funky producer Space Dimension Controller.

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Shapes, Hackney Wick Sunday August 30 2015 - Monday August 31 2015

Notsosilent Garden Party

Critics' choice

Scottish-born party crew Notsosilent have expanded their low-frequency operations to London over the last few years. Last summer they helmed some great rooftop parties and for 2015 they've got a new open-air space to play with. It's located near Warren Street tube and the full address will be revealed nearer the time to ticket holders. We're also assured that there's a rain-defying option should the weather turn. Top DJs including Maurice Fulton, Roy Davs Jr and Mr Beatnick will be supplying forward-thinking house, techno and disco soundtracks to the alfresco revellers.

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Triton Street, Regent's Park Sunday August 30 2015

Promised Land

Critics' choice

This 'Summer of Love'-style voyage travels nostalgically, gloriously, through old school, rave, funky house, Chicago, '80s club classics, garage and more. Guiding you down memory rave lane are various secne-leading DJs from across the decades, soundtracking a massive and massively fun party. Oi oi, time for a proper large session!

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Egg London, Lower Holloway Sunday August 30 2015 - Monday August 31 2015

Secretsundaze

Critics' choice

Over the past 14, James Priestley and Giles Smith have created one of the most enduring and engaging London parties with Secretsundaze, bringing in some of the finest house, disco and techno selectors from around the globe to create some absolutely stellar events, attracting those who like to party hard.

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Oval Space, Bethnal Green Sunday August 30 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

South West More

Critics' choice

If you're heading to Clapham Common's vast, two-day dance party South West Four, there's a very good chance you enjoy staying out all night and clubbing your socks off. In which case, you'll probably be searching for more beats and bass when the main event finishes at 11pm on each night, right? Thought so. Head straight to Electric Brixton on both nights for official afterparties, where you can hear dance music giants spin grooves until the early hours. Eric Prydz and Nic Fanciulli head-up the Saturday, while Maya Jane Coles, George Fitzgerald and Mano Le Tough lead the Sunday night antics. Get tickets quick if you're thinking of going, as these bashes usually sell out fast.

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Electric Brixton, Brixton Saturday August 29 2015 - Monday August 31 2015

Everything you need to know about Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival 2015 guide

Europe's biggest street party takes place on Sunday August 30 until Monday August 31 2015 on the streets of west London. We've got the juice on the best soundsystems and travel info, plus tips on what to wear. 

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By: Elizabeth Darke

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