Bank holiday in London

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

Alexandra Palace
Photograph: Alexandra Palace

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. 

RECOMMENDED: Find out what else is happening in London this month. 

The best things to do this August Bank Holiday

Start booking events for August
Things to do

Start booking events for August

We’ve never been so happy to have plans

10 great things you can do over the August bank hol
Things to do

10 great things you can do over the August bank hol

There are MULTIPLE music festivals to choose from

Have dinner at one of London’s best restaurants
Restaurants

Have dinner at one of London’s best restaurants

Indoors, outdoors, the choice is yours

Got kids? Find great child-friendly activities for summer
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Got kids? Find great child-friendly activities for summer

Cool off in Waltham Forest’s new state-of-the-art fountain

Get a culture fix over the August bank holiday

Plays to see ASAP
Theatre

Plays to see ASAP

See Lily Allen’s West End debut in ‘2:22 - A Ghost Story’

Top photography exhibitions
Art

Top photography exhibitions

Lose yourself in all kinds of new worlds

Massive art exhibitions
Art

Massive art exhibitions

Fill your day with the brutally honest paintings of Paula Rego

See great art for free
Art

See great art for free

There’s a shed-load of free art exhibitions in London right now

Films to watch this bank holiday

Starlit cinema in London
Film

Starlit cinema in London

It’s open season for movie fans 

The 30 best movies to watch on Netflix UK
Film

The 30 best movies to watch on Netflix UK

Have you yet to watch the stress fest that is ‘Uncut Gems’?

Get back to your local cinema
News

Get back to your local cinema

London’s cinemas are back with a vengeance 

Find the latest releases to stream
Film

Find the latest releases to stream

Make time for the Oscar-nominated ‘Sound of Metal’

Bank holiday eating in London

The absolute best restaurants in London - back open again
Restaurants

The absolute best restaurants in London - back open again

Guess who’s back? 

London’s best outdoor dining
Restaurants

London’s best outdoor dining

Forecast says sun? Wine and dine alfresco

Bank holiday boozing in London

London’s best rooftop bars now taking bookings
Bars and pubs

London’s best rooftop bars now taking bookings

Get a taste of the high life

London’s best beer gardens
Bars and pubs

London’s best beer gardens

This way for socially-distanced drinking