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Your London August Bank Holiday Plans Sorted

Summer Bank Holiday is here again, and if you're looking for things to do, here's some great ideas on how to make the most of the long weekend in London...

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1 This Bright Land festival, Somerset House

Somerset House's This Bright Land wraps up this weekend, so here's your last chance to ride on the 35 metre Ferris wheel, cut some shapes at a vogue ball, catch a flick at Everyman Cineama's pop up, or enjoy a day time street party. Watch weekend takeover performances by creative collectives such as Drag Syndrome, Vogue Rites and Figs in Wigs, or stroll through Jo Malone London's sensory garden. 

Dates: August 1-29

Tickets: Free -£22.50

Address: Somerset House, Strand, WC2r 1LA

Website: somersethouse.org.uk

2 Drag Brunch with Tayce, Between the Bridges, South Bank

Enjoy the sun, food and the closest thing most of us will ever get to competing on Drag Race, with Between the Bridges' Drag Brunch. The bank holiday edition features Drag Race UK contestants Cheryl Hole and Elektra Fence who will compare a Lady Gaga-inspired boozy, foodie, challenge filled brunch session that comes with death drops, prizes lip syncs, and Thame-side views. 

Date: Saturday, August 27

Time: 11.30am-2.30pm

Price: £28

Address: Between the Bridges The Queen's Walk, SE1, UK

Website: betweenthebridges.co.uk

3 Immersive Experiences, London-wide

All the craze right now, immersive experiences are having their time in the sun at the moment, so why not get on board? Choose from the Stranger Things, Klimt or the Mexican Geniuses immersive experiences which take you into the world's of the popular TV programme or revered artists. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is still running if you're yet to catch it, and try Phantom Peak or Jurassic World if you've got kids in tow. 

4 The Little Scarlet Door, Soho

A house party in a bar, Soho newcomer has a flat party going all weekend long, with djs, kitchen discos, and probably long chats in the bathroom. It's latest venue from the Little Door crew, that have coloured doors of various colours scattered across London, are portals to house party parties and fun nights out. 

Date: Friday - Monday, August 26-29

Time: Friday & Saturday 2pm-late; Sunday & Monday 4pm-late

Address: 12-13 Greek Street W1D 4DL

Website: thelittlescarletdoor.co.uk

5 Dim Sum at Park Chinois, Mayfair

Perhaps one of the more extravagant Dim Sums in London, Park Chinois is all about a serving a hefty slice of theatrics with everything on the menu, in venue that is drenched in the romance of 1930s Shanghai. Dine out on the restaurant's dim sum, or pick sharing dishes off the menu for next level Chinese food. You can of course chose any of the fine tipples off the drinks list, but for those looking to be somewhat moderate over the long weekend, Park Chinois has a thing going with French Bloom, an alcohol-free French wine currently. 

Address: 17 Berkeley Street W1J 8EA

Website: parkchinois.com

6 Brunch at Isabel Mayfair

A glamourous brunch for the long weekend, Sunday sees The Legends, a band playing Latin and Cuban music, soundtrack your meal. Brunch dishes are American-style, so think eggs Benedict, fried chicken with waffles and maple syrup, pancakes with whipped cream and banana; or berries and Pain Perdu with créme fraiche and a dusting of cinnamon. 

Date: Sunday, August 28

Time: 12.30pm-4pm

Address: 26 Albemarle Street  W1S 4HY

Website: isabelw1.london

7 Swingers City's Sixth Birthday, City

Come bank holiday Monday, crazy golf just got crazier, when Swingers City opens its doors for free crazy golf, all day. But wit, there's more. You've also got a special birthday cocktail to slurp down and half price Perrier Jouet Champagne to quaff too, as well as £6 dishes available from Swingers' street food vendors. The free slots are for walk-ins only and on a first come, first served basis. 

Date: Monday, August 29

Time: 11am-10pm

Price: Free

Address: 8 Brown's Buildings, EC3A 8AL

Website: swingers.club

8 Tropical Brunch Party at 100 Wardour Street, Soho

100 Wardour Street injects a little bit of the tropics into the long weekend with its clubby bank holiday brunch. Opt in to either free-flowing bubbles or the signature Jungle cocktail as you tuck into a globally-inspired feast of the likes of chicken taquitos with pico de gallo, avocado and salsa; Cajun-spiced salmon burrito with tomatillo sauce; and Moroccan shakshuka with harissa and flat bread. 

Date: Sunday, August 28

Time: 12pm-6pm

Price: From £30

Address: 100 Wardour Street W1F 0TN

Website: 100wardourst.com

9 Get On The Floor at Louche Soho

Bank Holiday Sunday is looking good at three-storey music and performance venue, Louche Soho. The venue is putting on Get On The Floor, a funk and disco special featuring DJ Matman playing party tunes and good time bangers. House of Burlesque dancers will be put on shows throughout the night, including Bootsy Bonafonte and Mimi Sugar Pill's 70s themed performance. 

Date: Sunday, August 28

Time: 10pm-2am

Price: TBC

Address: 5 Greek Street W1D 4DD

Website: louchesoho.com

10 Carnival Brunch at The Laslett, Notting Hill

Notting Hill Carnival is the undoubted star of the bank holiday and to celebrate its return, The Laslett is hosting a Carnival Brunch on Sunday and Monday August 28-29. Book ahead to bags your spot on the newly-launched terrace, so you can watch the passersbys and feast on the likes of the Laslett burger or French toast, and sip on a rum welcome cocktail. 

Date: Sunday & Monday, August 28-29

Time: 12pm-3pm

Address: 8 Pembridge Gardens W2 4DU

Website: living-rooms.co.uk

11 Bread-Making Workshop at Sauce by The Langham

If, since the lockdowns, you've let your bread-making skills go a little, you can now brush up on the delights of dough making. The Langham's state of the art cookery school, Sauce, has launched breadmaking classes, in which participants make freshly baked focaccia, milk buns, tiger bread and soda take home, along with your knew skills. 

Date: Saturday, August 27

Time: 9.25am, running for a half day

 Price: £150 per person, including a welcome tea or coffee, a light lunch and wine 

Address: 1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA

Website: saucebylangham.com

12 All Points East, Victoria Park 

Nick Cave, Michael Kiwanuka, Aldous Harding, Anna Calvi, Kae Tempest and Joan as Police Woman - this year's line up is a doozy. Always a good festival for music lovers and trashbags, All Points East wraps up this year in spectacular form - fingers crossed the weather holds. 

Date: Sunday, August 28

Tickets: £74.15

Address: Grove Road, E3 5TB

Website: allpointseastfestival.com

13 Skylight, Tobacco Dock

Grab your date or a bunch of mates and head to Skylight Tobacco Dock for a Sunday afternoon session. The Wapping rooftop bar has 50 percent off games of croquet or pétanque for the rest of summer, so if you're after an excuse to visit, there you go. There's also table tennis and shuffle board, or a bar full of cold beers and a kitchen whipping up street eats, if you just want to relax while soaking up the view. 

Date: Sunday, August 27

Address: Tobacco Dock E1W 2SF

Website: skylightbars.com

14 Skylight, Peckham

Over in Skylight's younger south London sibling, you've got a BBQ brunch which you can make bottomless. On Bank Holiday Sunday head to the this roof bar to get stuck into a smokey Portuguese feast - either meaty or vegetarian - to start your mid-morning with. Bottomless options come with beer, fizz or cocktails. 

When: Sunday, August 28

Cost: £16 or £39.99 for bottomless

Address: Theatre Walk, 120 Peckham Hill Street SE15 5JT

Website: skylightbars.com

15 Notting Hill Carnival 

Back for the first time since the pandemic, London's ultimate street party will light up west London with dancing, floats and music, oh so much music. Bigger than Glasto, so they say, and with equally colourful outfits and positive vibes, get swept up in the raucous fun and roll along with the day. For families, there's a stage that's suitable for those with children in tow.

Dates: August 27-29

Website: nhcarnival.org

16 Barbican Open Air Cinema

Bask in the Barbicans' concreate brutalist splendour while watching Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke or Daughters of the Dust - a story about female relationships and the film which inspired the look of Beyoncé's Lemonade clip. 

Dates: Sunday, August 28

Time: 8.30pm

Tickets £18

Address: Silk Street EC2Y 8DS

Website: barbican.org.uk

17 The Cadogan Arms Summer Series

The King's Road pub has launched a music series filled with summer time vibes. Opened last year, and recently celebrating it's first birthday, the pub now hosts live music every Saturday until August Bank Holiday. Enjoy an acoustic session from 9pm, which is then followed up by a DJ playing tunes until late. 

Dates: Saturday August 29

Time: Acoustic from 9pm; DJ from 10pm

Address: 298 King’s Road SW3 5UG

Website: thecadoganarms.london

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