Bank holiday in London
There's plenty going on in the capital over the long August weekend
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- Explore the great outdoors
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If ever there was an excuse to go out and enjoy the capital, a bank holiday is it. This year's August bank holiday takes place on Monday August 25 and, as always, we've got some fabulous ideas on how you can make the most of it in London.
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has enticing plans for the summer. Visitors can go au naturel (from the ankles down) to wander the barefoot walking trail: balance on beams, hop across tree trunks, experience the moist, bouncy softness typical of rainforest floors and get muddy in the squelch zone. For those who are more about tasting nature than touching it, the gin and tonics garden will be open, teaching tasters about the forgotten medicinal properties of cocktails (no, really). More sensory experiences will be available at the Palm House. At Rainforest Remedies, visitors can learn how indigenous peoples from around the world have used nature for healing purposes over the years. Visitors can wander around a gigantic human-shaped horticultural display, The Healing Giant, which will showcase the effects of plants on the different parts of the body, or take part in Tai Chi sessions on Syon Vista. Kew's experts will be running weekly workshops on creating remedies, lotions and potions using the plants growing in your back garden. There will be plenty of entertainment for little-ones, too. Look out for Mrs M and her cartload of curiosities and roaming performers, who will be telling stories, singing songs and instigating games of family croquet. Most of the activities are included in the standard ticket price but check online for additional information and workshop prices.
- Kew Gardens Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
- Until Sun Sep 7
Fill up for the long weekend ahead – go for a full fry-up this bank holiday
The diet can wait until Tuesday. Feast on the perfect roast dinner this weekend
Tea, cake and scones. There's nothing not to love about a delicious afternoon tea
With a three-day recovery period this bank holiday, we say it's cocktail o'clock
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Or if the sun is shining this bank holiday...
- Real Food Market
- More London Free Festival
- An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition
- Silent Disco at The View from The Shard
- Urban Food Fest
- Appearing Rooms
- The Alternative London Tour
- This Morning I Woke Up from the Most Amazing Dream...
- Rooftop Film Club: Queen of Hoxton
- Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War
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