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Things to Do in London on August Bank Holiday Weekend

Posted:August 20, 2020 at 10:41 am

From Caribbean parties, the battle of the bakes and plenty of fun family activities, soak up the last of London’s summer vibes with our Bank Holiday picks.

While the weekend will bloom with locals and tourists alike, you can expect to see safety measures in place, including widely spaced tables, wearing masks indoors, queuing systems, table service and handwashing stations. We also recommend that you check that venues are open first and if a booking is required before heading out.


Notting Hill Carnival

For the first time in its 54-year history, Europe’s largest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival, will be held online this year.

The virtual incarnation – ‘Notting Hill Carnival: Access All Areas’ – will start with a live countdown on the large screen at Piccadilly Cirus. The performances will also be streamed across four channels over the weekend.

Register for access

Image by Notting Hill Carnival


Luna Drive-In Cinema

If you’re driving into town for the weekend, we recommend a trip to the Luna Drive-In Cinema, taking place in West London’s Gunnersbury Park from August 19. 

The line-up of movies features a mix of ’80s classics Dirty Dancing, and Back to the Future, to recent favourites Rocketman and Knives Out. 

You can make the most of your retro evening by ordering food and drink, either as a pre-order with your ticket or ordered from your car on the night.

Book now

Image by Luna Drive-In Cinema


The Illuminated River 

Experience the River Thames by night as the Illuminated River installation paints London’s iconic bridges with light. Grab your camera for the perfect nocturnal shot.

Designed by Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the illumination uses the latest LED technology for this free public art trail spanning 4.5 miles along the city’s famous waterway.

Find out more

Image by The Illuminated River


The Big London Bake

Fancy getting wildly competitive this bank holiday? Challenge your friends and family to a bake-off! All the ingredients are given to you, a top baker will be at your side, there will be an irresistible monthly baking theme making for an unforgettable experience, with only one winner.

You have 90 minutes to create a winning bake or a right old mess. Rest assured that safety measures are in place, including an open-air venue with a maximum of only 24 customers.

Book now

Image by The Big London Bake


The Science Museum

The Science Museum has re-opened just in time for the Bank Holiday. However, all visitors are now required to pre-book a free ticket in advance.

The museum is one the whole family can enjoy (no boredom in sight). During your visit, be sure to visit Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries. The exhibition features three thousand objects and covering an area equivalent to 1,500 hospital beds.

Pre-book your free ticket


Climb The O2

Up at The O2 takes you on an exhilarating 90-minute climb over the roof of the world’s most popular entertainment venue. Each climb has been reduced to less than half the capacity previously in place (from 30 to 10 people), giving a more exclusive experience to visitors. 

See a different side of the city, by day, at twilight or at sunset. You’ll have a guide with you every step of the way giving you their rundown of the sights.

Book now 


The Churchill Arms

Dripping in flowers and crammed with Churchill memorabilia, The Churchill Arms was first built in 1750 and in time, Winston Churchill’s grandparents became regulars which eventually led to the naming of the pub after World War 2. 

Nowadays, it’s known for serving real ales and authentic Thai cuisine in the heart of South Kensington. This is one watering hole you must tick off this bank holiday.

Book a table

Image by The Churchill Arms


Local Attractions

To complement your stay with us at The Harrington, here’s our roundup of things that are open in and around South Kensington featuring eateries, pubs, spas, entertainment and more.

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