Lead image: Croquet at Eccleston Yards (photo courtesy Jones Family Kitchen)
1 Notting Hill Carnival
The inimitable Notting Hill Carnival kicks off with the UK National Panorama Steelband Competition on Saturday 25 August, taking place at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park from 6pm-10pm. It’s an early start on Sunday, with J’Ouvert – the ‘opening of the day’ where revellers dance and get messy with colourful paints and powders (head for Sainsbury’s on Ladbroke Grove from 6am). Then it’s the children’s parade with family friendly floats, live music and street food in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park and Powis Square. The Grand Finale takes place on Bank Holiday Monday (27 August) with the huge Grand Finale Parade, which starts at 9am on Great Western Road, heading along Chepstow Road, Westbourne Grove and then Ladbroke Grove. Check the parade route map for sound systems, loos and stages.
See nhcarnival.org for further information and to download the app
2 Carnival Vegan Vibes, Greenwich Market
Kick off your Carnival weekend early with a specially themed Vegan Vibes street food festival at Greenwich Market, organised in partnership with vegan-themed event company Plant Bass LDN. A celebration of the capital’s best vegan street food, Carnival Vegan Vibes will showcase the tastiest vegan street food from Eat Vital, Patty by Nature, Irie Kitchen, Red Tent Ethiopia, Little Leaf Pizza, Veganuti, Vegan Garden and En Root, alongside vegan beers, cocktails and wines. You can also chill out in the Love Shack to tunes from Ragu Zulu Rebel with a live band and DJs Jey Flash and DJ Deccy. 6pm-10pm.
Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ; greenwichmarket.london
3 La Tomatina Festival at aqua nueva, Regent Street
Contemporary Spanish restaurant aqua nueva is bringing La Tomatina Festival, the famous tomato-throwing riot hosted in Spain every August, to London on Saturday 25 August. The event begins with a civilized Ketel One cocktail, shot of gazpacho and tomato-based tapas menu, before descending into a messy tomato fight! Choose three dishes from a tapas-style menu including Iberian ham croquettes, crispy pork skins and marinated mackerel with aubergine & tomato pisto. Following lunch, you’ll make your way to nearby Downstairs at Carousel in Marylebone for a Bloody Mary masterclass followed by the hour-long tomato-fuelled tussle (you’ll be given an aqua nueva x Ketel One poncho and can tag in and out of the fight). Tickets £49. From 12.30pm.
5th Floor, 240 Regent Street W1F 7EB. To book see designmynight.com
4 Crystal Palace Skatepark Summer Jam
London’s Crystal Palace has a rich skateboarding history dating back to the 70s, and Crystal Palace Skatepark, which opened in early 2018, aims to keep that legacy alive. This Saturday, the Friends of Crystal Palace Skatepark are hosting their first Summer Jam, a free, family-friendly event with free skate lessons (11am-1pm) by Learn to Skateboard, demos by pro riders, session for young rippers, prizes for best tricks, music and more. 11am-4pm.
National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace Park SE19 2BB; facebook.com
5 Lin May Saeed, Biene, Studio Voltaire, Clapham
Until 26 August
Berlin artists Lin May Saeed presents Biene at Clapham’s Studio Voltaire. The new commission of sculptures spans a narrative of human–animal relationships from the prehistoric, to the present day, confronting our conflicted relationships with animals, at times characterised as companions, votives, an exploited labour force or food source. The exhibition features a pantheon of carved, life–sized animals, alongside a steel gate sculpture, painted reliefs and a large back-lit paper cut-out. Also, on Saturday 25 August, join a walking tour through the queer history of Clapham and Brixton, paying special attention to activism and the AIDS crisis, with writer, artist and academic Theo Gordon and Catwalk4Power. Starting from Studio Voltaire at 3pm and finishing at 5pm at the Two Brewers. Tickets £3.
1A Nelson’s Row, Clapham SW4 7JR; studiovoltaire.org
6 Wimbledon Park Food Festival, Wimbledon
The Wimbledon Park Food Festival is back for a fifth year in 2018 during this August’s Bank Holiday. There will things for people of all ages and if you’re looking to stay for a drink, they will have a later closing time this year. There will be over 45 stalls with all sorts of different food items. For the family, there will be a pop-up petting farm, face painting and a kids zone. Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for kids and 5 and under get in free.
Wimbledon Park SW19; fantasticbritishfoodfestivals.com
7 The Monster at Alexandra Palace
The world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course, The Monster, lands at Alexandra Palace this Bank Holiday weekend. Bounce, jump, slide and dance your way around the 300 metre course and unleash your inner child on 42 brand new obstacles including the 18m Mega Slide, Tunnel of Love and The Bouncy Cage of Doom. Each day-long bonanza boasts street food from the likes of Bodean’s, hamburger experts Backstreet Diner, Peruvian sandwich pros Sangucheria and The Waffle Box. Drinks will be available from pop-up bars serving craft beers and cocktails, which you can enjoy on Ally Pally’s sunny terrace. Then, head for the glitter stations before you hit the huge dance floor. Open 10am-11am for kids aged 11-15 and 11am-11.30pm for adults.
8 Croquet at Eccleston Yards, Belgravia
Until 2 September
Eccleston Yards, the new wellbeing, co-working and retail hub tucked away in a Belgravia mews, has launched a croquet pitch. Created in collaboration with St Andrews Club charity, which helps young people educationally, socially and personally through sport, art and practical skills, the croquet pitch is the perfect place to practice your mallet skills. It costs £5 to play for 6 balls for half an hour, and all proceeds go to St Andrew’s Club. You can also play doubles croquet with 12 balls. Croquet sets can be collected from Jones Family Kitchen from Monday to Saturday, 11am till midnight (note: closed Bank Holiday Monday).
Off Ecclestone Place, Belgravia SW1W 9AZ; ecclestonyards.com
9 Smithfield 150: London’s biggest birthday party
Culture Mile, together with Museum of London, is taking over the market in Smithfield as well as the surrounding streets, lanes and hidden spaces around Farringdon for a free, fun-filled festival spectacular. Smithfield 150 celebrates the 150th anniversary of Smithfield Market and will showcase the best of London’s vibrant culture and creativity. Have a drink at the Roller Disco, dance at the main stage, be disgusted by London’s gory past with Horrible Histories, watch Stealing Sheep’s all-female percussion procession, invent party drinks with Company Drinks or let little ones chill-out at their own mini-festival hangout. The Smithfield 150 programme extends across six festival zones and two stages, showcasing talent, music, food and entertainments from across the capital set against a Victorian backdrop. 11am-8pm.
Smithfield Market EC1A 9PS; culturemile.london
10 Hopes & Dreams by Sam Warr, Greenwich
Until 27 August
Photographer Sam Warr got used to market life as a child growing up in Greenwich, where his mother had a market stall. It was this introduction to London at an early age that began his interest in the surrounding architecture and environment. This month, Sam will be showcasing some of his best work at Ben Oakley Gallery on Turnpin Gallery, in a new exhibition titled Dreams & Hopes.
Turnpin Lane, Greenwich SE10 9JA; benoakleygallery.com
11 The Underdog Gallery’s Summer Show, London Bridge
Until 30 August
The Underdog Gallery in the arches below London Bridge station is kicking off its Summer Show 2018 this week. The exhibition offers you the chance to explore fresh new artwork from a selection of the gallery’s top artists.. Artists include Chris Guest, Mason Storm, Not Now Nancy, Pam Glew and Urban Solid, showcasing a cool mix of original paintings, sculpture and limited-edition prints.
ARCH 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge SE1 3JW; facebook.com/events
12 Wright Brothers Seasonal Series: Native Lobster, various locations
Until 31 August
This August, seafood specialists Wrights Brother’s are celebrating the Native Lobster with an amazing deal: A whole Native Scottish or Cornish lobster grilled with garlic butter, served with fresh green salad and fries for only £20 per person. As the warmer months bring a bountiful supply sourced from the waters around the Cornish and Scottish coast (softer in flesh and richer in flavour than their Canadian cousins, which are usually available all year round), you’ll be able to enjoy the offer across all Wright Brother’s London restaurants (Battersea Power Station, Soho, South Kensington, Borough and Spitalfields). Available on a first-come first-serve basis, available Monday-Friday 12pm-5pm until 31 August. Booking recommended.
13 FLOCK 2018 Graduate Exhibition at GX Gallery, Camberwell
Until 31 August
GX Gallery presents FLOCK, the gallery’s annual graduate exhibition, showcasing the work of new art graduates selected from across London’s Art Schools and Universities. Artists have been selected from BA and MA Fine Art courses at art schools and universities including Central Saint Martins UAL, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and Wimbledon College of Arts UAL. For the first time, work has also been selected from the Painting Programme at TURPS Art School in south London. Curated by Alice Phillimore and Carmen Cortes Martin.
43 Denmark Hill, Camberwell SE5 8RS; gxgallery.com
14 Little Shop of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Until 15 September
The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a London landmark – a firm fixture of summer in the city, providing a cultural hub in the beautiful surroundings of a Royal Park. Following a successful run of As You Like It,Little Shop of Horrors takes to the stage, running from 3 August until 15 September. Directed by Maria Aberg, the production sees Seymour, Audrey and East Side florist Mr Mushnik tussle with a new plant that has killer potential. Tickets £55-£59. For our Pick of London’s best alfresco theatre, click here.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4NU; openairtheatre.com
15 Audrey Hepburn: Beyond the Screen, Proud Central
Until 30 September
This month Proud Central gallery will be showcasing a selection of Audrey Hepburn photographic portraits exploring her life beyond the screen on the 25th anniversary of her death. Captured by a selection of high profile photographers including Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson, Bob Willoughby and Eva Sereny, the images capture Hepburn in each artist’s distinctive style. Renowned for her legacy of iconic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face, Hepburn remains one of the most influential actors of the 50s and 60s, as well as being well known for her charity work.
32 John Adam Street WC2N 6BP; proud.co.uk