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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

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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
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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 September 30 2016 - Friday December 30 2016
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Sunday Papers Live

Pitched as a real-life incarnation of your favourite Sunday rag (think broadsheet rather than red-top), this many-sided day out is centred around a series of talks from experts on world news, fashion, food and much more. For an extra fee, there are also Sunday roasts served banquet-style on a long table, cocktails, coffees and guided walks. 

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Cecil Sharp House , Primrose Hill Sunday October 30 2016
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The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Belgian artist Carsten Höller (who set up a pair of spiral slides outside the Hayward Gallery as part of his 2015 exhibition) has designed this new addition to the Olympic Park's sculpture-cum-attraction. Guests can now fly down the world's longest and tallest slide as part of their visit.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit , Stratford Until Saturday December 31 2016
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The BFG in Pictures

Unlike the Big Friendly Giant’s ears, this exhibition of original drawings – some on display for the first time – is pretty tiny, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in charm. Quentin Blake himself has provided text for the labels (he is the gallery’s founder, after all), meaning they’re extra loveable and a little fact-light, but the joy here is being able to almost press your nose up to the beautiful illustrations that are so familiar and yet still so exciting to look at.

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House of Illustration , King's Cross Until Sunday October 2 2016
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Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: A Tribute to Doctor Strange

The Queen of Hoxton’s party-friendly Shoreditch rooftop is open again for the summer, with a trippy Summer of Love theme. Head up on any day of the week for food, fun and flower power – psychedelic ice cream sandwich, anyone? And check out the venue website for details of special events, including some in association with the Museum of Happiness. Far out.

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Queen of Hoxton , Shoreditch Until Saturday October 1 2016
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Painting with Light

Nineteenth Century British painting, let’s face it, wasn’t exactly the edgiest moment in art history. But this new Tate Britain considers the period afresh by examining how it responded to the arrival of photography. And guess what? It hit the ground running. 

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Sunday September 25 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

Comments

2 comments
arron
arron

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.

Paul
Paul

Aaah.... Carnival?