August Bank Holiday: Top 5 things to do in London

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The Summer Bank Holiday will soon be upon us and according to weather reports it looks like it will be warm and dry in the capital (though in typical British fashion, this could all change!) The annual holiday traditionally marks the end of the summer and rather fittingly, this year it falls on the last day of the month.

As this is the last official holiday before Christmas, WeAreTheCity have put together our top 5 events so that you can make the most of your day off.

Serpentine Pavilion

Celebrate the Serpentine Gallery’s 15th annual pavilion! This year’s psychedelic pavilion has been designed by the architect duo, Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano – and is well worth a visit. Located in Kensington Gardens, the artist instalment can only be described as a colourful maze made of the same plastic as the Eden Project domes. Fortnum & Mason have also set up a café within the pavilion providing sandwiches, cakes and other refreshments.

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Mind Sports Olympiad

For those wanting a mentally stimulating way to spend the holiday, look no further than the Mind Sports Olympiad. Perfect for those who enjoy card and board games, the Olympiad offers the chance to either participate or spectate in games of Monopoly, Scrabble, Texas Hold’Em and chess. Running from Sunday 23rd August, the Bank Holiday marks the final day of the tournament.

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York & Albany’s Beach Hut

Running until 31st August, York & Albany, located between Camden and Regent’s Park, have transformed their venue into a seaside resort. The courtyard of the hotel, bar and restaurant, owned by Gordon Ramsay (yes, that one), has been transformed this summer, with sand, deckchairs and a beach hut. There is seaside related food on offer including mini fish and chips, sticks of rock and a DIY ice cream machine. A barbeque is also available as well as summery cocktails, like Pimm’s and seaweed martinis.

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Street Feast

A food market with a difference! Street Feast takes over Dalston Yard and offers night markets selling delicacies from Korea, Taiwan and America. There is also bars offering specialist cocktails and the Gin Store has 20 different gins available. There are a variety of restaurants participating in the market including B.O.B.’s Lobster, Duck ‘N’ Roll and Kimchinary.

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Notting Hill Carnival

No Summer Bank Holiday would be complete without a visit to London’s most famous street carnival. Taking place from Sunday 30th to Monday 31st August, the carnival showcases the Caribbean’s finest offerings – from delicacies to music and costumes. The festivities begin with a children’s day on the Sunday, which is more family-friendly and less busy. The main event takes place the following day and features floats, performers and numerous types of music. Think bright colours, delicious food and fun and entertainment.

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Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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