The August Bank Holiday is fast approaching, and with London being one of the best places to enjoy it and the warm weather set to continue for the rest of the summer season, you might even have too much do over the weekend. Whether you’re visiting the city with your family, on a romantic getaway or as a solo excursion, there’s plenty going on in London over the last weekend of August to keep you entertained. The temptation can be to hide away and relax at home, but the reality of the situation is that there’s plenty going on in the last weekend of August to keep you occupied.
Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival takes place on the bank holiday weekend of August and is one of the most popular annual events in London. Set over Sunday 26th and Monday 27th of August, the Bank Holiday Weekend sees Notting Hill spark with colour for the locally organised event which sees DJ’s and musicians from around the world come to West London to celebrate Black British Culture. Organised by the local West Indian community, Carnival sees parades and music from the local afro Caribbean community and is a must-see spectacle which brings the city together. With many budget hotels in London situated in the area, you’ll find it easier than ever to explore the can’t help but dance atmosphere of Notting Hill Carnival.
London Day Trips
Perhaps the bank holiday weekend is the perfect time for you to explore further afield. With so many secret corners of the UK easily reachable from London, you can go as far as Hastings, Kent and Brighton in an hour or less. With Brighton’s buzzing arts scene and popular beach destination you have a whole new city to spend the weekend exploring. What’s more, the Sussex countryside is a nearby hiking and nature reserve destination for those in London looking for some for some of England’s pastures green.
Hastings is another prime destination, this Sussex based seaside town is an up and coming neighbourhood with plenty of history behind it. The beautiful beaches and hilly town centre are no doubt worth a day trip to explore.
Keep cool by the pool
With the heatwave bringing cripplingly hot temperatures to the city, we can be set to see more warm weather as August rolls in. This means that if you want to keep cool, you should probably reserve yourself a space by one of the many lidos around London. With London Fields, Brockley and even Hyde Park giving way to a great range of outdoor swimming pools, you can be sure to find them filling up during the summer season. Find your nearest local lido and you can be sure to be transported to a world of 30’s art deco, historical buildings and cool fresh water.
Take a cultured trip to the theatre
London is the home to some of the best theatres in the country, if not the world. The wide range of diverse shows will surely bring something for everyone, whether it be a West End musical or a fringe theatre drama. Some of the best theatres in the city include the Gielgud and the Barbican. With many hotels in Barbican London, the Barbican centre is one of the cultural hubs for international performance. Whether you’re looking for a theatre or dance from the worlds leading performers, the Barbican will have something to wow you.