Top 10 things to do this August bank holiday

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

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Forget about work, shift yourself from the sofa and make the most of the long weekend. Plan your August bank holiday to the minute with our round-up of the very best events taking place in the capital from Saturday August 23 to Monday August 25 2014.

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  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Sun Aug 24 and Mon Aug 25

    Since Notting Hill Carnival debuted in 1964, the event has undoubtedly grown and morphed, attracting ever more revellers with its spectacle of floats featuring calypso, mas and pan bands as well as a series of soundsystems for alfresco dancing. You can be sure of dense crowds and a vibrant celebration of music, movement and masquerade together with Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken and fried plantain. The more family-friendly Sunday is the best day to take children to the Carnival, with the main parade on Monday.

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  • Camden Beach

    Until Sat Aug 23

    NW1 isn't usually on the list of coastal getaways but, thanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse, 'Camden Beach' is returning this summer with 900 square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150 tonnes of sand. Installed on the venue's terrace, the free Camden Beach comes complete with deck chairs, beach huts and, as if you need telling, a fully stocked bar. You'll also find end-of-the-pier attractions (arcade games, air hockey, ping pong and the like), a blissfully stationary ice-cream van, and pop-up restaurants to complete the atmosphere.

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  • Meantime Brewfest

    Sat Aug 23 – Mon Aug 25

    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.

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  • Sail Awake Sunday: A Morning Gloryville Boat Party

    Sun Aug 24

    Feeling blotchy, pale and bloated after too many late nights and spontaneous kebab stops? What you need is a Sunday cruise with the terrifyingly peppy Morning Gloryville crew. They specialise in 'conscious clubbing', putting on (alcohol-free) 7am dance sessions for early risers wanted to start the day with a natural endorphin rush, but this boat party's a slightly different kettle of fish. Departing from Tower Millennium Pier aboard the Dutch Master, the MG 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.

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  • Mind Sports Olympiad

    Sun Aug 17 – Mon Aug 25

    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 currently taking registrations for its sedentary 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. Register in advance for your chosen tournaments at the Mind Sports Olympiad event page to get on board.

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  • Up Hill Down Hall – An Indoor Carnival

    Sat Aug 23

    If you just can’t wait for Rio 2016 to get your carnival fix, and want to get into the swing of the Notting Hill celebrations early, then head to the Tate Modern for this unique contemporary art procession extravaganza. The all day event will feature artist’s works that have been informed by the history of the Notting Hill Carnival and performances combining Brazilian and Caribbean carnival traditions.

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  • Model Market

    Fri Aug 22

    The makers of Street Feast are bringing their night-time street food party to an abandoned 1950s covered market in Lewisham, so now the foodies of south east London don't have to cross the river to tuck into delicious portable dinners from the likes of Breddos Tacos, Yum Bun and SmokeStak. Booze comes in all sorts of varieties, most notably alcoholic slushies and shandies served from an old hair salon. Find a spot among the outdoor and indoor eating spaces, or head up to the rooftop to catch the evening sun.

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  • Regency Weekend

    Sun Aug 24

    Gossip, rumours and scandal – discover the truth behind the glory days of Wellington. From the heyday of the Prince regent and the rigours of courtly life to the regimes of the Red Coats during their combat campaign. Experience life and laughter in regency England.

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  • South West Four

    Sat Aug 23 – Sun Aug 24

    The Clapham Common weekender returns for another weekend of classic club-flavoured dance business, overflowing with anthems and arms in the air. If you're longing for superclub sounds but loath to spend the last days of hot 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. Clubbing veterans reunite to raise those hands and gurn on Clapham Common. 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.

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  • Silent Disco at The View from The Shard

    Sat Aug 23

    The silent disco phenomenon reaches new heights at these exclusive Time Out events. Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away at 1,000ft. The View from The Shard is the visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, The Shard. With unparalleled, panoramic views, it offers visitors a unique perspective on the capital.

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Notting Hill Carnival

Sun Aug 24 and Mon Aug 25

Since Notting Hill Carnival debuted in 1964, the event has undoubtedly grown and morphed, attracting ever more revellers with its spectacle of floats featuring calypso, mas and pan bands as well as a series of soundsystems for alfresco dancing. You can be sure of dense crowds and a vibrant celebration of music, movement and masquerade together with Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken and fried plantain. The more family-friendly Sunday is the best day to take children to the Carnival, with the main parade on Monday.

Read more about Notting Hill Carnival


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Paul
Paul

Aaah.... Carnival?