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Summer may be drawing to a close, but there are still plenty of things to do in London in the coming weeks. There's Notting Hill Carnival, for starters, plus loads of music festivals, city beaches and blockbuster film releases. Heading up to Edinburgh for the Fringe? Here's our guide to the fest's best comedy and theatre. You're welcome. 

Below is a handful of great happenings in the city just this week. Got a tip for something hot happening next week? Tweet us your suggestion and it might just make our top ten!

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The ten hottest things to do this week

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Sunday and Monday

    Sun Aug 24 and Mon Aug 25. Various Notting Hill locations

    Europe’s biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival is a vivid spectacle representing London's multicultural past and present. Since 1964 the capital's Afro-Caribbean communities have celebrated their culture and traditions with a two-day festival of fantastic live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa, soca floats, steel bands, uplifting beats, jerk chicken. This weekend, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide to Notting Hill Carnival, which includes our invaluable Carnival map and tips on travel, having fun and staying safe.

    Read 50 things you didn't know about Notting Hill Carnival

  • Meza

    A tiny Tooting Lebanese joint. 34 Trinity Road, SW17 7RE

    A tiny Lebanese licensed restaurant, Meza has a kitchen smaller than a Beirut takeaway stall, but manages to turn out a sizeable menu of meze and grilled dishes freshly made to order. Sitting at the bar counter, as we did, you can see why the expression ‘open kitchen’ was coined – no sprig of flat-leaf parsley can be out of place when you’re under this sort of scrutiny. Fortunately, the chefs never put a fuul wrong, from the perfectly crisp-shelled falafels to the aubergine dips seared with the whiff of the charcoal grill. Highlights? Everything. Even the Lebanese wine was enjoyable, and priced keenly at around £15 a bottle.

    Read our full review of Meza

  • Paw Pageant

    Monday

    Mon Aug 25. Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, E1 6AA

    Paw Pageant, the annual pooch parade raising funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, is set to be the biggest fashion event of the summer. For dashing doggies, that is. This bank holiday Monday, see local canines don designer duds and strut (trot) down the 'dog walk' in Lilly Shahravesh of LoveMyDog’s canine couture, all before entering your pet into the Paw Pageant awards judged by a panel which includes famous photographer Rankin. If your mutt doesn't take home a medal, he can always receive a piece of metal in the form of a free microchip and tag by the Battersea Dogs team instead.

    Read more about Paw Pageant

  • Meantime Brewfest

    Saturday to Monday

    Sat Aug 23 – Mon Aug 25. Old Royal Naval College, College Approach, SE10 9LW

    Meantime Brewing produce craft beer in Greenwich all year round, but this third festival of their's sees 40 breweries from all over the world gather at The Old Brewery, in the grounds of the Old Naval College for three days of beer tasting, food pairing and live music over the long weekend. Your ticket includes a branded glass, tasting notes and six beer tokens to get you started, but with more than 150 options you might need to splash out on a few extras, or prepare to be very decisive.

    Read more about Meantime Brewfest

  • Sail Awake Sunday: A Morning Gloryville Boat Party

    Sunday

    Sun Aug 24. Tower Millennium Pier, near Traitor's Gate Tower Of London EC3N 4DT

    Feeling blotchy, pale and bloated after too many late nights and spontaneous visits to the kebab shop? What you need is a bright-and-early Sunday cruise with the terrifyingly peppy Morning Gloryville crew. They’re London’s experts on ‘conscious clubbing’, putting on dance sessions at 6.30am for early risers wanting to ‘rave their way into the day’ with a natural endorphin rush. After the success of their morning parties, Morning Gloryville are taking to the water. Departing from Tower Millennium Pier aboard the Dutch Master, the crew will host three decks featuring live acoustic music, spiritual workshops, massages and yoga, deck games and a brunch and juice bar, plus the usual dancefloor action.

    Read more about Sail Awake Sunday

  • The Snack Happy Parlour

    Thursday to Saturday

    Thu Aug 22 – Sat Aug 24. 15 Bateman Street, W1D 3AQ

    Not all snack-lovers have a mouth full of sweet teeth, y'know, and this pop-up ice cream parlour knows it. Savoury snack experts Jacob's is catering for anybody who has ever craved a refreshing frozen treat that's sugar-free. And we don't mean saccharine-packed, we mean salty. The ice cream they'll be dishing up comes in flavours such as 'blue cheese and crackers' and 'a pint of ale and a packet of Twiglets'. It's all free, too, so there's really no excuse not to challenge your tastebuds to something a bit (ok, a lot) different.

    Read more about The Snack Happy Parlour

  • South West Four

    Saturday and Sunday

    Sat Aug 23 – Sun Aug 24. Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE

    The Clapham Common weekender returns for another weekend of classic club-flavoured dance business this weekend, overflowing with bangin' anthems and arms in the air. If you're longing for superclub sounds but loath to spend the last days of summer in a dark, sweaty room, head to SW4 for your fix of house, electro, techno and trance, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles. Masked trance superstar Deadmau5 is the big-name Sunday headliner, with trance and electro-house kingpins Above & Beyond headlining Saturday, alonsgide other huge artists over the weekend, including dubstep-turned-disco don Skream, superstar EDM spinner Alesso, and tech-house maestro Maceo Plex.

    Read more about South West Four

  • Two Days, One Night

    Released Friday Fri Aug 22. Cinemas Londonwide

    Belgium's acclaimed filmmaking siblings Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne ('The Child', 'The Son', 'The Kid With a Bike') return with the topical-sounding 'Two Days, One Night'. Marion Cotillard (surely the biggest star ever to appear in a film by the Dardennes) plays a woman who has just one weekend to convince her colleagues that they should take a drop in income to allow her to save her job from redundancy. As ever, the film will be set in the industrial/working-class heartland of French-speaking Belgium where the brothers have always set their films.

    Read our review of Two Days, One Night

  • Your Mum's House: Carnival Special

    Sunday

    Sun Aug 24. XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP

    'What did you do for Carnival?' 'Oh, I went to Your Mum's House. It was dirty and loads of fun.' Upping the potential for 'your mum' jokes wherever they go, raucous party crew YMH break out the goods for Carnival, teaming up with clothing brand American Apparel to unleash a rock-solid line-up of bass, hip hop, garage and house DJ talent. The line-up includes Stylo G playing live, Woz (from the ace Black Butter Records), Syron and many more. Expect a good few more dancehall anthems than usual tonight – whistles at the ready!

    Read more about Your Mum's House: Carnival Special

    See more Notting Hill Carnival warm-up and after parties

  • Mind Sports Olympiad

    Until bank holiday Monday

    Sun Aug 17 – Mon Aug 25. Jewish Community Centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

    There are, it seems, myriad ways of proving your prowess – and winning gold, silver or bronze medals – that don’t involve getting sweaty. This annual festival of the mind is a showcase of tournaments in more than 60 board games. Classics such as chess, draughts, Scrabble and Monopoly all feature alongside more recent hits such as Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. Card games, an amateur poker world championship, a general knowledge quiz, and even a Tetris tournament are also on the schedule. Board game geeks, get involved: there are £8,500 worth of prizes to be won.

    Read more about Mind Sports Olympiad

Notting Hill Carnival

Sunday and Monday

Sun Aug 24 and Mon Aug 25. Various Notting Hill locations

Europe’s biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival is a vivid spectacle representing London's multicultural past and present. Since 1964 the capital's Afro-Caribbean communities have celebrated their culture and traditions with a two-day festival of fantastic live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa, soca floats, steel bands, uplifting beats, jerk chicken. This weekend, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide to Notting Hill Carnival, which includes our invaluable Carnival map and tips on travel, having fun and staying safe.

Read 50 things you didn't know about Notting Hill Carnival

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