Bank holiday in London

There's plenty going on in the capital over the long August weekend



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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.

Notting Hill Carnival

  • Free

Enjoy floats featuring calypso, mas and pan bands as well as a series of soundsystems for alfresco dancing

  1. Notting Hill Chepstow Rd, Westbourne Grove, Ladbroke Grove, W11 1HT
  2. Sun Aug 24 - Mon Aug 25
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Camden Beach

  • Free

'Camden Beach' is returns with 900 square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150 tonnes of sand

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Until Sat Aug 23
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Meantime Brewfest

This third Meantime Brewfest festival sees 40 breweries from all over the world gather at The Old Royal Naval College

  1. Old Royal Naval College College Approach, SE10 9LW
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Mon Aug 25
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Regency Weekend

Gossip, rumours and scandal – discover the truth behind the glory days of Wellington

  1. Apsley House Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7NT
  2. Sun Aug 24
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Muse of Fire

Learn about the Globe's fiery history at a story-based treasure hunt that will engage all the family

  1. Shakespeare's Globe 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
  2. Until Thu Aug 28
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Kids Week

Forget its title, Kids Week has upped its game and returns for a whole month in 2014

  1. Various West End venues
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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Sensational Butterflies

The Natural History Museum's butterfly house returns for a sixth year this summer

  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
  2. Until Sun Sep 14
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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

The Garrick presets an all-new entertaining adaptation of Terry Deary's lurid children's history books

  1. Garrick Theatre 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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Regression Sessions

This night combines both house, ’90s hip hop, garage and drum ’n’ bass with plenty of interactive fun

  1. Islington Metal Works 7 Torrens St, off City Rd, EC1V 1NQ
  2. Sun Aug 24 - Mon Aug 25
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The Hydra

Simply one of the finest electronic music promotion crews in London, The Hydra present three top-noth nights this bank holiday

  1. Studio Space Pennington Street, E1W 2BB
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sun Dec 14
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Sunday West Fest 50th Anniversary of Carnival

House-heavy rave crew and Carnival party animals Sunday West return for another round of Notting Hill fun this year

  1. The Garden Bar 41 Bramley Rd , W10 6SZ
  2. Sun Aug 24 - Mon Aug 25
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XOYO Second Birthday Sessions

Celebrating two years of clubbing excellence since its refurb, XOYO continues the birthday celebrations with UK bass behemoth Oneman

  1. XOYO Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sat Aug 23
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Big brunches

Fill up for the long weekend ahead – go for a full fry-up this bank holiday

Sunday roasts

The diet can wait until Tuesday. Feast on the perfect roast dinner this weekend

Afternoon tea

Tea, cake and scones. There's nothing not to love about a delicious afternoon tea

Evening cocktails

With a three-day recovery period this bank holiday, we say it's cocktail o'clock

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Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Rated as: 4/5

Marvel's latest is crammed with wit, charm and action

Welcome to New York

  • Rated as: 4/5

An unflinching spin on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Rated as: 4/5

The sequel to the prequel is a knockout


  • Rated as: 5/5

A near-perfect film about growing up from Richard Linklater

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