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Make the most of the long weekend with our guide to the August 2019 bank holiday in London

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Sound the long weekend klaxon! August is upon us and you know what that means – there's a bank holiday on the horizon. Although we've already had the fun of the Easter long weekend and two Mondays off in May, the August bank holiday (Sat 24-Mon 26 August 2019) is the most important for Londoners. Yes, it’s the last bank holiday until Christmas rolls around but most importantly, it coincides with the dates of Notting Hill Carnival, the second biggest carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro’s, so you better make it a good one.

There’s heaps happening across London for the August bank holiday, so where do you start making plans? Right here, that’s where. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to celebrating the holiday weekend. Whatever you like to get up to in your spare time (well, within reason), we’ve got you covered with all the best new art exhibitions, new theatre shows, day trips and the best clubs in London. Don’t think about Tuesday. Tuesday does not exist. You have one sweet, empty Monday to fill. Make it count!

The best bank holiday events in the city

August events in London
Things to do

August events in London

August in London is teeming with fantastic events, cultural happenings and things to do. Take advantage of the sunny weather (fingers crossed) by heading out into London’s great outdoors, eating alfresco at one of London's best rooftop restaurants and sinking a cocktail or two at one of these bars with a view. Don’t forget to hit up Europe’s biggest street party Notting Hill Carnival or bag a seat at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. August in London is also the month of the summer bank holiday, Meltdown Festival - curated by Nile Rodgers this year - South West Four Festival, Cocktails in the City, London Craft Beer Festival, 51st State Festival and Buckingham Palace’s Summer Opening. Here’s your guide to the best pop-ups, parties, events and things to do in August in London 2019.  RECOMMENDED: The definitive London events calendar

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

Top ten things to do this August bank holiday

Make the most out of the last – and longest – weekend in August (Saturday August 24 - Monday August 26 2019). Yes, you can always jump in a London lido or snooze in a big old London park, but this August bank holiday is positively packed with things to do. You’ve gained a day off work, so make it count.  Check out top ten ways to let loose from Friday to Monday and before term time (or Tuesday) kicks in again. RECOMMENDED: Our full guide to the bank holiday in London

17 alternative ways to spend the bank holiday
Things to do

17 alternative ways to spend the bank holiday

Make those sweet 72 hours count 

The best weekend breaks from London
Things to do

The best weekend breaks from London

Getaways within easy reach of London – no passport required

Bank holiday clubbing
Clubs

Bank holiday clubbing

A three-day weekend (August 24-26) means two things: more time to party and more time to recover

Notting Hill Carnival guide
Music

Notting Hill Carnival guide

Given that an estimated two million people attended last year, Notting Hill Carnival totally deserves its reputation as Europe’s biggest street festival. The annual event is a vivid and thrilling spectacle that celebrates and showcases London’s rich, varied and magnificent multicultural past and present. And for any party lovers, the Carnival weekend is a vital date in the calendar. Still, the sheer size and excitement of Carnival can be overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure of exactly what you should be doing. So, to get totally prepared and ready for the celebrations, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide, which includes invaluable information, tips and travel details about Notting Hill Carnival 2019. What is Notting Hill Carnival?A yearly celebration of London’s Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, which has been taking place since 1966. The Carnival takes places over two days and features a parade and fantastic live music, including reggae, dub and salsa. There are also 37 static sound systems, soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of delicious Caribbean food. Where does Notting Hill Carnival take place? The Carnival spreads throughout W10 in West London, with celebrations taking over the areas of Notting Hill (obvs), Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. The main parade begins on Great Western Road, moving its way along Chepstow Road, before leading on to Westbourne Grove. It then travels down Ladbroke Grove. When does Notting Hill Carnival

Get out and about this August bank holiday

London’s great outdoors
Things to do

London’s great outdoors

Forgotten what outdoor London looks like? Take a peek

Day trips from London
Travel

Day trips from London

Feel like getting out of the city? Give Rye a try

London's best BBQ spots
Things to do

London's best BBQ spots

Places with a green light to grill  

Take a dip in London’s lidos
Things to do

Take a dip in London’s lidos

When the sun comes out, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as diving into a pool

Bank holiday eating in London

The best brunches in London
Restaurants

The best brunches in London

Start the long weekend well 

Rooftop restaurants in London
Restaurants

Rooftop restaurants in London

Elevate your eating this bank holiday

London’s best riverside restaurants
Restaurants

London’s best riverside restaurants

Dinner with an enviable view 

Amazing outdoor dining in London
Restaurants

Amazing outdoor dining in London

The best alfresco dining in town

FInd more great food options in London

Get a culture fix over the August bank holiday

Outdoor cinema in London
Film

Outdoor cinema in London

Add outdoor cinema to your bucket list

Top 10 art exhibitions in London
Art

Top 10 art exhibitions in London

The most exciting art in the capital right now

Alternative places to visit
Things to do

Alternative places to visit

Try these London sights for sore eyes

Outdoor theatre in London
Theatre

Outdoor theatre in London

Pack a brolly, alfresco theatre season is here

Bank holiday drinking in London

Best bars with a view
Bars and pubs

Best bars with a view

Get high in the capital

The 100 best bars and pubs
Bars and pubs

The 100 best bars and pubs

The very best of London boozing

London’s best rooftop bars
Bars and pubs

London’s best rooftop bars

Bars with serious altitude 

Brilliant beer gardens
Bars and pubs

Brilliant beer gardens

Pubs with space for sun-soaked sipping

Find more great drinking options in London