The best things to do this bank holiday
Notting Hill Carnival 2018 is a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. This August bank holiday, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide, which includes invaluable Notting Hill Carnival information, route details and tips on having fun and staying safe. Feel the energy of the mas bands, watch the Notting Hill Carnival Children’s Day parade and don’t be afraid to get a little lost in the streets of the Grove.
Smithfield Market reaches the grand old age of 150 this year. And, like anyone celebrating a centenary-and-a-half, it’s having a massive bash. Smithfield 150 will take place in the market and its surrounding areas on August 25 and 26 for a massive street party that’s all totally free. Across two days, you’ll be able to hear live music from experimental psych-pop trio Stealing Sheep, get involved with women’s music project Girls Rock London, and have a bop to the party sounds of Disco Loco. It might be a meat market, but this party is a family friendly affair.
More than a hundred artists, craftspeople, chefs, musicians and budding entrepreneurs are filing into Victoria Park for this five-day celebration of creativity. Visitors will be able to get hands-on with pottery wheel taster sessions from ceramic group Turning Earth and catch performances from comedians, puppeteers and physical theatre groups. Let’s get making.
At 300 metres long, The Monster obstacle course is supercharged inflatable fun at its finest. Zoom down an 18-metre mega-slide, crawl through the tunnel of love and escape from the bouncy cage of doom before jumping straight in to a giant adult ball pit. Take note: your ticket only gets you one lap of the course (which typically takes 20 minutes) so don’t be a hero by rushing to the finish line. Find it at Alexandra Palace this August bank holiday.
Gather around campfires in the Brunel Museum’s rooftop garden for a toast with botanical cocktails and plenty of marshmallows before venturing into a giant subterranean concert hall. On Fridays, you’ll find Piccalilli from Surrey Docks Farm on the roof providing a feast of fine food and artisan bread. On Saturdays, the Great Greek Grill will be dishing up grub.
Want to watch movie under the stars on the top deck of a boat, after a cruise along the Thames? Time Out will make that dream a reality in the summer of 2018 with Movies on the River – London’s first ever cinema on the Thames. The bank holiday weekend screenings bring two choices with plenty of drama: ‘Romeo + Juliet’ and surprise singalong hit ‘The Greatest Showman’.
Big fan of chocolate? Even bigger fan of cocktails? Then prepare for a serious sugar rush at this pop-up which combines the two. You’ve got an hour-and-a-half to drink your weight in chocolate and alcohol. Though seriously, try not to go Augustus Gloop on this one – cocoa won’t protect you from a hangover.
Tottenham has gone all tropical on us. London’s first nightclub with an outdoor pool is has arrived at The Cause, complete with 15-foot palm trees and London's first ever Bring Your Own barbecue at a club. No wonder everybody is hitting the Hale.
This is a small but very popular pizzeria in Kingsland High Street, owned by the people behind Dalston Superstore. Voodoo Ray's sells pizza by the slice and in whole pies, and make creates a number of unorthodox toppings, such as chicken skin, confit garlic, squash and spring onions on a cream base.
Venue says We bake massive 22” New York-style pizzas and serve them by the slice.