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Notting Hill Carnival

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Notting Hill Carnival
South West Four
One Day At The Disco
Hampton Court Palace Food Festival
The Monster
Wimbledon Park Food Festival
The Luna Cinema: Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Camden Fringe
The Ship Of Tolerance
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill, , London, W11 3AG

Tube: Holland Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August 2019

 

Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was originally a local affair for west London's homesick Caribbean community, this has evolved into Europe's biggest street party. Carnival sets London on fire in a blaze of Caribbean spirit as extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, giant sound-systems and steel bands are joined by over a million revellers of all ages. Sunday is officially children's day, but there are loads of kids on both days enjoying the bright colours of the floats and the dancers' feathered costumes. Adults can shake their booty at dozens of stages and there are tunes for all tastes at over 30 static sound systems, from house to hip-hop. It's a huge area and can get very crowded, so be prepared for an exhausting day out, but for anyone who loves a party, carnival remains the absolute highlight of the London summer. Photo by (c) David Godfrey - www.davidgodfreyimages.com - All rights reserved

 
 
 

South West Four

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2019

 

A firm favourite on the London festival calendar after 15 successful years, South West Four is back on Clapham Common for two days of dance music and big names over the late August Bank Holiday weekend. Martin Garrix, Craig David and Chase and Status headline the two-day electronic music extravaganza. On Saturday Martin Garrix and Tinie Tempah are the main stage headliners while Craig David presents TS5 Takeover at the indoor tent. They're supported by a strong lineup of Basement Jaxx (doing a DJ set), UK House star James Hype, highly popular songstress Mabel, and Heldeep Records head honcho Oliver Heldens. South London rap star Yungen, and Sigma, returning after mesmerising 30,000 fans at the festival last year, also put in an appearance. Sunday sees Plan B on the main stage outside while Ms Dynamite sings live and Chase & Status presents RTRN II JUNGLE indoors. Expect many stars of the global dance scene, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to get up for work the next day. The festival finishes around 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.

 
 
 

Hidden Brunch

McQueen, 59-61 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4AA

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: Sunday 25th August 2019

 

Providing Londoners with an August bank holiday to remember, Love Parties Group - famed for creating epic brunch concepts across the UAE - is bringing its Hidden Brunch to the capital. Taking place at McQueen in Shoreditch, the one-day event will combine party tunes with free-flowing booze for the ultimate bottomless brunch experience. A set food tasting menu will be served alongside either unlimited prosecco or prosecco, house spirits, beer and wine, depending on which package you choose, for a period of two hours, and the likes of CJ Sax Live, Billy Cocks, Sam Lashmar and Nana B will provide soulful, deep, commercial and house music across three rooms. An After Party will keep the occasion going until the early hours.

 
 
 

One Day At The Disco

Three Mills Island, Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU

Tube: Bromley-by-Bow Underground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 24th August 2019

 

A massive ten hours of disco and house are certainly one way to put the fun into the August bank holiday. Boogie on down to One Day At The Disco at Three Mills Island and you'll be strutting your stuff to music from Norwegian DJ Todd Terje, DJ duo 2ManyDJs, also known as the Belgian groove-gurus Soulwax, Chicago house legend Derrick Carter and platinum-selling recording artist, label boss, festival promoter and cultural champion Kevin Saunderson, whose stage name is Inner City. There will also be classic house and obscure disco beats by Detroit Swindle, disco, house and boogie from CC:Disco!, New Yorker Mister Saturday Night, Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy as well as East London clubbing favourite Chaka Khan't.

 
 
 

Hampton Court Palace Food Festival

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 24th, 25th and 26th August 2019

 

Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Hampton Court Palace Food Festivalcomes to Hampton Court Palace giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well-known cooks and chefs. Top chefs including Michel Roux Jr and Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain are joined by nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert and TV presenter Chris Bavin as four of the food experts and celebrity speakers in the kitchen. The festival also offers tastings and masterclasses, pop-up restaurants, book signing opportunities and over 100 producers of speciality foods. Feast on street food, enjoy afternoon tea, sip on cocktails, quaff Champagne from pop-up bars and leave time to visit Hampton Court Palace - all tickets include free entry into the beautiful home of King Henry VIII.

 
 
 
 

The Monster

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 23rd to 28th Aug 2019

 

This August Bank Holiday they're bringing The Monster back and this time you can also enjoy drag queen karaoke, boozy bingo, mega beer pong and the wheel of glitter at the party playground for adults. Arriving at Alexandra Palace for six days including the Bank Holiday, the popular inflatable assault course proves that bouncy castles aren't just for kids. The Monster is over 300 metres long with 40 obstacles including an 18 metre mega slide, the exterminator and the house of hell. Added to that there's street food, cocktails, craft beers, DJs, giant adult ball pits and other crazy, fun activities plus this year there will also be special summer holiday sessions for kids and families when the experience will include the ultimate NERF battle. Teams of four to six people are tasked with taking on the Monster inflatable obstacle course with the NERF blasters. Plus there's a themed zone for trick shots and challenges as well as an inflatable sports arena where kids can play with the latest NERF sports kit including footballs, howlers and basket balls and hoops.

 
 
 

Wimbledon Park Food Festival

Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Park, London, SW19 7HX

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station

 

Dates: 24th, 25th and 26th August 2019

 

The Wimbledon Park Food Festival returns for its sixth year this August Bank holiday, bringing 50 stalls of food and drink to the south London venue. This year's line-up includes MasterChef Champions Angellica Bell, Dhruv Baker and Kenny Tutt with demonstrations from Leighs Cookery School, Howard Jones from Lucknam Park and a host of other experts who will be on hand to answer questions and provide some valuable cooking tips. Visitors will be able to feast on everything from artisan bread, pastries and crepes to smoked BBQ pulled pork, cheese and charcuterie. There will also be local and international beers, ales, cider, gin and wine to sample and gates stay open late, until 9pm on Sunday.

 
 
 

The Luna Cinema: Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 25th August 2019

 

The Luna Cinema returns to the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park with three evenings of outdoor cinema. First up is Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the 1964 original in which the magical nanny endears herself to a whole new generation of children. It's the perfect family film and you can sing-along to this one on a summer's evening 'underneath the lovely London sky' plus there are reduced price tickets available for under 16s. In September, the hit musical movie A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is up on the big screen. It's followed by Monty Python's Life of Brian which is back with a cast which includes original Pythons John Cleese, Michael Palin and Eric Idle. If this doesn't make you look on the bright side of life nothing will.

 
 
 

Camden Fringe

 

Various Venues Dates: 29th July to 25th August 2019

 

Bringing together comedy, theatre, poetry, dance and much more, the Camden Fringe boasts 300 different productions and (some very odd) shows at 27 venues in the north London borough throughout August. Whether you want to enjoy a theatre show starring Jesus, an improvised road trip movie, a comedy about sadomasochism or a show that blends clownery with games and stationary theatre, the festival has it all. The rapidly growing four-week festival is offering fresh opportunity for both new and established acts to get themselves noticed in a creative environment outside Edinburgh. Rather than being centred around the high street, venues cover the whole borough of Camden, from Upstairs at the Gatehouse to the Etcetera Theatre and from Tristan Bates Theatre to Camden People's Theatre.

 
 
 

The Ship Of Tolerance

Royal Docks, 17 Western Gateway, London, E16 1GB

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 3rd to 31st August 2019

 

Putting the artworks of a thousand primary school children, refugee groups, hospitals and cultural organisations on the sails of a wooden ship, The Ship of Tolerance is a stunning, floating large-scale installation by artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, whose work was exhibited at Tate Modern in 2018. Moored in Royal Docks (from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 31st Aug) and moved to the river next to Tate Modern (for one weekend only, from Saturday 4th to Sunday 6th October), the ship is a highlight of Totally Thames 2019 and sends a message of support for tolerance and diversity.

 
 
 

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