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Bank holiday in London

Make the most of the long weekend with our guide to the August Bank Holiday 2021 in London.

Written by
Things To Do Editors
Katie McCabe

It’s almost time for that delicious August Bank Holiday (Saturday Aug 28 - Monday Aug 30 2021), the one everyone forgets about until that three-day weekend lands in their lap. It’s like finding a big chunk of pound coins in the sofa, or waking up with a jolt at 9am and realising it’s actually a Saturday. It’s having dinner with a friend at a fancy restaurant, only to come back from the toilet and realise they’ve paid for the whole thing. And it’s arrived just on time. Everyone is hot and exhausted. We need that extra day off, so let’s make the most of it. 

During the last Bank Holiday, we were all scrambling to make indoor dinner reservations or secure a coveted spot in a beer garden. This time, your options are wide open. You can check out a major Paula Rego restrospective at Tate Britain, see Lily Allen’s stage debut in ‘2:2 – A Ghost Story’, go south to see a recreation of the Northern Lights Greenwich + Docklands International Festival or try out brand new music festival with Yam Carnival, where Davido and Kehlani will be headlining on the mainstage in Clapham Common. You can even go to a night club. The possibilties! 

Need more ideas for the Bank Holiday? We have loads of them. Just read on. 

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