MAKING THE MOST OF THE AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY
Three-day weekends are a bit of a treat, but the August bank holiday is something else altogether. Falling right at the peak of summer it is an opportunity to enjoy outdoor events, as well as your partner’s company. London certainly knows how to put on a show for the long weekend, with plenty of events for you to choose from. From foodies to music lovers, everyone is catered for.
Notting Hill Carnival
Undoubtedly the biggest event to take place in London over the August bank holiday weekend is the Notting Hill Carnival. This spectacular of music, dancing, colourful costumes and delicious street food has been entertaining the people of the capital and visitors alike since 1966. With 36 sound systems and steel bands lining the parade route, it’s a party you should experience at least once in your life.
On the 25 and 26 of August the festivities take over Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.
Hampton court Palace Food Festival
If you and your other half are foodies then you will find the chance to indulge your passion too much to resist. The Hampton Court Palace Food Festival will allow you to sample delicious ingredients from leading artisan producers and learn top tips on how to prepare them from celebrity chefs. Whether you are a fan of Michel Roux Junior or Nadiya Hussain; real Indian food or Spanish churros; regional gin or prosecco, you will find plenty of delicacies to tickle your taste buds.
The grounds of Hampton Court Palace will be alive with flavours from 24 to 26 August.
South West Four
South West Four has the ability to pull in big names from the world of dance music and this year is no exception. With a headline slot from Andy C, as well as shows by P Money, Mabel and Example you will find the party has come to London. Summer is all about sounds like these, so be sure not to miss out.
Clapham Common is the perfect venue for such an event, which takes place on the 24 and 25 August.
From taking part in a chilli eating competition to sipping on cocktails in the Bar Bus, the Foodies Festival will have something to tempt you. Streking programme Food Avenue is enough to have you salivating and wondering which stall to try first, while the Cake and Bake Theatre means you and your loved one will leave with a whole host of new skills in the kitchen. Add in some MasterChef finalists Steve Kielty and Lorna Robertson and a judge from the BBC’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown – Rosemary Shrager – and you have the recipe for a great weekend.
It all takes place at Alexandra Palace on the 26 to 28 August.
Gin and rum Festival
If gin or rum is your thing, then make your way to Kia Oval this August bank holiday. With a choice of 60 different gins and 60 rums available to try, you are unlikely to find this variety anywhere else. Sample these and some old favourites, as well as getting involved in gin masterclasses and meeting some of the distillers in person. Upon arrival, you will receive your branded copa balloon glass to have filled and refilled throughout the event and to take home with you.
Starting on the Friday, the Gin and Rum Festival London will run from the 23 to 25 August.
Four Thieves Beer Festival
The Four Thieves Beer Festival will be held at the brewery between the 22 and 28 August. You can sample some of its own wares, as well as beers from all over the world, with 20 taps dispensing amber, brunette and dark glasses of deliciousness. For even more variety, pop to the outside bar and peruse the selection of bottles and cans on offer.