Bank holiday in London

Make the most of the long weekend with our guide to the August 2020 bank holiday in London.

‘Gaia’ Luke Jerram
Photograph: ‘Gaia’ Luke Jerram

It’s the last – and longest – weekend in August (Saturday August 29 - Monday August 31 2020). Even though we’re still trying to get used to the new normal way of things, thanks to the ingenuity of London’s creatives and event organisers there’s still plenty of things to do and see across the three-day weekend. 

Make the most of the last of the summer days by exploring London’s glorious parks, sink a drink on one of the city’s rooftop bars taking bookings now, or take a dip in a lush lido (if you can brave it). Despite restrictions due to social distancing, there’s also lots of IRL events to enjoy like Greenwich Docklands International Festival - south London’s annual celebration of outdoor theatre, Hackney’s Oval Night Market, or a Carnival-style DJ set at new alfresco space Brixton Courtyard. 

You can also let your virtual hair down at this year’s online Notting Hill Carnival, one of Queer House Party’s LGBTQ+ Zoom shindigs, or at Creamfield’s virtual fest. Whether you’re spending the bank holiday weekend indoors or out and about, we’ll see to it that you’re never stuck for something to do! 

The best bank holiday events in the city

Things to do in London this weekend
Things to do

Things to do in London this weekend

Not sure what to do with your long weekend? Let us help. 

Notting Hill Carnival
Music

Notting Hill Carnival

London’s biggest party is becoming London’s biggest online party.   

Top ten things to do this August bank holiday
Things to do

Top ten things to do this August bank holiday

Our pick of the best. 

London’s prettiest walks
Things to do

London’s prettiest walks

Fancy stretching your legs and exploring the city at the same time? 

Get a culture fix over the August bank holiday

The best new movies to see this month

The best new movies to see this month

The biggest, best and most unmissable movies coming to cinemas in August. 

Your guide to Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2020
News

Your guide to Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2020

Socially distanced outdoor theatre.

The top ten museums in London
Attractions

The top ten museums in London

London’s world-class museums closed in March, but one by one, most of them have announced their reopening. 

The British Museum is reopening this week
News

The British Museum is reopening this week

Take a one-way stroll through millennia of history and culture. 

Films to watch this bank holiday

Review: ‘Tenet’
Film

Review: ‘Tenet’

Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated frosty espionage sci-fi. 

Review: ‘Babyteeth’
Film

Review: ‘Babyteeth’

An intoxicating Australian coming-of-age drama. 

Review: ‘Proxima’
Film

Review: ‘Proxima’

Eva Green captivates as an astronaut preparing to leave Earth and her daughter. 

Review: ‘Coup 53’
Film

Review: ‘Coup 53’

Shadowy spies and questing journalists abound in this taut, compelling doc. 

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. 

What to know about dining out in the New Normal
News

What to know about dining out in the New Normal

Eating out? Bear this advice in mind. 

The best DIY meal kits to order from London restaurants
Restaurants

The best DIY meal kits to order from London restaurants

We tried them all. Here are the best. 

Bank holiday drinking 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.