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12 Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

Wondering how you'll fill this August Bank Holiday weekend? We've rounded up the best things to do in London to make the most of it...

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There’s a whole host of exciting things to do in London this Bank Holiday weekend, so make the most of it! With so much on offer, we’ve narrowed it down to the 12 best things for the ultimate weekend jam packed with food, fun and culture. Take your pick, or do ’em all… 

The 12 Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

The advantage of Carnival being so beloved and popular is that the rest of London is left a veritable playground. Here are the best things to do this Bank Holiday weekend to ensure you make the most of it…

1. Bottomless Bank Holiday Brunch at The Prince

10 Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

West Brompton local outdoor/inside terrace The Prince, with a hoard of delicious food traders and a long bar, all adorned in foliage and flowers, is hosting a bottomless brunch for the bank holiday. Accompanied by live music, guests will enjoy unlimited prosecco, Aperol Spritz’s and Bloody Mary’s for three hours accompanied by a dish from new food trader Wildcard’s new brunch menu, featuring Scrambled Eggs & Salmon on Toast, Buttermilk Pancakes, Egg, Bacon Chop and Chips, and Avocado Bagels. Brunch runs from 1-4 pm on August 26, costing £35 pp. Book by emailing [email protected] 

2. Glass Room’s Sunset Sails

10 Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

Book either a three or five-course fine dining experience on the water-bound restaurant Glass Room. You’ll sup on modern dishes made with well-sourced ingredients whilst gliding along the Thames as the sun sets over some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Packages start at £59pp with the Deluxe Dinner Sail which includes a complimentary glass of rose fizz. Book your experience at

3. Savage Sundays at Savage Garden

Savage Garden

Savage Garden presents a special bank holiday event: Savage Sundays. The line up of live music features Joanna McGowan, Dame and Scarlett Rose and will set the summer scene as you enjoy views from the 12th floor of The Double Tree by Hilton hotel near the Tower of London.

4. Chucs x Sharky & George Bank Holiday Brunch

10 Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

Serpentine restaurant Chucs has partnered with children’s entertainers Sharky & George to put on a bank holiday brunch with a seaside theme. For the kids: 3 hours of entertainment including a treasure hunt, outdoor games, seaside themed arts and crafts and brunch. For the adults: bloody mary on arrival, a two-course brunch and bottomless coffee. Tickets cost £25pp and include all food and entertainment. Book your spot at

5. Notting Hill Carnival

10 Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

Head to the annual street party that is Notting Hill Carnival to celebrate Caribbean Culture and all its wonders, from artistic talents to community spirit. It began back in 1966 branching from Trinidad Carnival, and is now Europe’s largest street festival, attracting 2 million attendees.

In our piece on the best LGBTQ+ bars in London, we touch on taking up space as someone who isn’t part of a certain community. Before attending Carnival, if you are not part of the culture it is by and for, read this article to find out the history of Carnival to understand your place there and how to be a respectful guest.

6. Boozy Bottomless Brunch at The Piano Works

10 Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

The Piano Works Farringdon and West End are bringing back their popular boozy bank holiday brunches. From 1pm – 1am, The Piano Works’ roster of talented musicians will be taking audience requests until a DJ takes the stage until 4am. Choose from bottomless St. Germain Spritz, Bloody Marys, Italian Pink Sparkling Wine, Prosecco, Bellini, Rossini or mocktails plus two courses. Tickets cost £30pp, get yours at

7. Aperitivo Hour at Al Dente, Fitzrovia

10 Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

Al Dente, the restaurant which specialises in homemade pasta, is the place to be for traditional aperitivo cocktails this bank holiday weekend. Head there from 4:30pm – 6:30pm to take advantage of their special offer of 2x negronis or aperol spritz’s for £10, paired with classic aperitivi such as buratta, bruschetta, tagliere ham and more.

8. Rum Weekender Party at The Eagle

10 Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

Caribbean rum brand Duppy Share is taking over the bar at The Eagle in Ladbroke Grove on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend, with free entry. Expect a heart warming rum-inspired menu to accompany (think jerk chicken and chips).

9. British Gardens

Chelsea Physic Garden Flickr Chuck b 2011

If the weather is on top form, here’s a direct way to make the most of it: take a picnic to one of England’s most beautiful parks. Chelsea Physic Garden, for example, is the oldest botanical garden in London and makes a serene setting for a summer sojourn.

10. Afternoon Tea at The London EDITION

Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

Taking the bank holiday as an opportunity to relax and let someone else take care of you? Book in for afternoon tea in the Berners Tavern restaurant, found inside glitzy and grand hotel The London EDITION. Surrounded by interiors which are artistic and decedant – think high ceilings adorned with paintings and intimate booths where chatter and champagne meet – the afternoon tea at Berners offers a selection of savoury and sweet treats: violet macaroons; poached chicken and truffle baguettes; salmon tartare; raspberry mousse with meringue, and more. Reserve a table quoting ‘TEA TIME’ and enjoy 25% off Afternoon Tea, which costs £39.50 pp. Book by August 31 to redeem.

11. Harry’s Dolce Vita’s Italian Summer

10 Best Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

Dreaming of a way to enjoy a slice of Italy without boarding a plane? Head to Harry’s Dolce Vita which has had an Italian-Riviera style makeover. Enjoy the specials once entering through the beach hut style entrance, such as Insalata Panzanella and Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

12. Pink Free-Flowing Brunch at Nobu Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Brunch

The bank holiday weekend is the last chance to make use of Nobu Shoreditch’s Pink Free-Flowing Brunch, which includes two hours of unlimited sparkling rosé and Japanese Palomisha cocktails, alongside access to the Brunch and Dessert Bars where oodles of fresh sushi and deserts are ready to be devoured. To celebrate the bank holiday, the hotel is also promoting a special package: the Summer City Break, which includes 20% off the Best Available Rate and a welcome cocktail on arrival plus breakfast.

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