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Top ten things to do this August bank holiday

Staying at home is just not an option this August bank holiday weekend...

No matter how old you get, September will always conjure up feelings of back-to-school dread and an irrational desire to buy a brand new pencil case. All the more reason to make the most out of the last - and longest - weekend in August (Saturday August 27 - Monday August 29 2016). Check out top ten ways to let loose before term time (or Tuesday) kicks in again.

RECOMMENDED: Our full guide to the bank holiday in London

The best things to do this bank holiday


Notting Hill Carnival

Europe’s biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival 2016 is a vivid spectacle representing London's multicultural past and present. This August bank holiday, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide, which includes invaluable Notting Hill Carnival information, route details and tips on having fun and staying safe.

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By: Hayley Joyes

Festival of Love

The Southbank Centre's having quite the love-in this summer with the return of their Festival of Love – a summery collection of installations, activities, pop-ups and performances that celebrate humankind's most overwhelming emotion. Some weekends will explore specific themes; look out for the Big Wedding Weekend (Saturday August 27), which will involve a number of mass ceremonies in which couples may wed, renew their vows or convert their civil partnership into marriage.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Monday August 29 2016

Night Tales


It’s back! One of London’s most popular pop-ups, with as much emphasis on dance music and good times as tasty food and drink, is setting up for a two-month stint at a new venue in Hackney Wick. There’s a solid line-up of DJs announced and, if past Night Tales events are anything to go by, you can count on a few bigger names dropping in at the last minute.

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1-2 Hepscott Road , Hackney Wick Friday August 26 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016

South West Four


The mighty SW4 – Clapham Common’s bank holiday dance music explosion – returns for another weekend of big drops, club anthems and arms in the air. If you’re longing for big beats but can’t afford Ibiza and are loath to spend the last days of summer in a dark room, head to SW4 for your fix of big-room house, EDM, electro, techno and trance, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles. 

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Clapham Common , Clapham Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016

Afrobeach Bank Holiday Beach Party

Head to Beach East for a bank holiday bash complete with summertime drinks and dishes, giant games and beach huts to kick back in. The seaside-inspired sand haven will have a carnival soundtrack pumping out into the evening, treating guests to afrobeats, dancehall and basement sounds.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park , Stratford Saturday August 27 2016

Travel Photographer of the Year

Explore the world without having to get on a plane at this free exhibition of awe-inspiring images. The winning entries of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 are on display at the University of Greenwich's new buidling, next to Greenwich Park. 

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University Of Greenwich , Greenwich Until Sunday September 4 2016

Just Ditch

Feign an illness, clock off early and get yourself down to the Mondrian London's rooftop bar for some Friday afternoon fun. There will be DJs on the decks, cocktails to sip on, and views for miles. Avoid snapping them for Instagram though as your boss might catch you out.

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Rumpus Room , South Bank Friday August 26 2016

Natural History Museum Late

Party like an animal at this week's National History Museum Lates, a monthly after-hours opening of the museum and temporary exhibitions. Enjoy hands-on activities, improv comedy, animals doing party tricks and even a Museum scientist and mixologist discussing intoxication in the animal kingdom. 

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Natural History Museum , Brompton Friday August 26 2016 - Friday December 30 2016

Jorge Otero-Pailos: The Ethics of Dust

Spanish preservationist and artist Jorge Otero-Pailos has filled Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament with one of the best sculptures you’ll see this summer. The idea is simple: in the process of cleaning this Unesco world heritage site’s walls, the artist covered them in latex and peeled it off to trap centuries of pollution, dust and dirt. The result is two huge sheets hanging from the rafters in the 900-year-old hall. And it’s absolutely stunning.

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Westminster Hall , Westminster Until Thursday September 1 2016


Watch acrobats fly across the city skyline. Seven performers build and tear down new cities from 20 blocks in this new performance by NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse Dance Compan, combining acrobatics and choreography. Leaps, jumps, falls and springs tell the story of city life, and the fast moving relationships in it.

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Bell Square , Hounslow Saturday August 27 2016 - Saturday September 3 2016

Make the most of the three-day weekend

Day trips from London

City life can get a bit suffocating, which is why every Londoner ought to get the hell out every once in a while, if only just for a fleeting weekend break or even just a day-trip. Handily, London is well located for a variety of different excursions, ranging from blissful beach chill-outs to culturally rich history tours, days out with kids to walks and tours for adults and everything in-between.

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By: David Clack



Its great to have a celebration and music but can any one listen to one music from the other?

i have noticed its very unorganised with music being blasted left and right. surely how can you appreciate any of the music and does any one know the roots of this. Can it be placed in a park like other civilised gatherings in the year 2014. im very suprised it still is such a mess with smoke of nasty smelling food and people walking around like they have lost a dog.


Aaah.... Carnival?