Suddenly found yourself with the exciting – yet daunting – prospect of filling in three days of fun over the fast-approaching long weekend?
Though it may seem like every man and his dog has tickets to one unmissable event or another (which you obviously missed out on), don’t panic. We’re here to let you know that there are still plenty of things to do in London this August bank holiday weekend, with no ticket or prior planning required.
Read more to see what’s going on to cater for those who like to fly by the seat of their pants.
Notting Hill Carnival
Europe’s biggest street party has been held for over 50 years and is a must-see experience, full of colour and flavour. This fiercely proud event celebrates the multi-cultural community of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park, with the passion for unity likely to be stronger than ever following this year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The festival is still an incredibly popular feature in the annual August bank holiday calendar but requires no tickets, so you can go along without any prior organisation if you’re at a last-minute loose end.
Mardi Gras Harlem Swing Train Spectacular
If it’s a night on the town you’re after but just can’t find a single establishment left to purchase tickets from, worry not – Blues Kitchen Camden have you covered.
Far from making you feel you’ve had last dibs on the bank holiday frivolity, this no-ticket-required event (if you arrive before 9pm) has everything you need. Take it back to the 1920s with Palace Avenue Dixieland for a Prohibition-era party with the New Orleans jazz outfit. Then get your swing on with Palace Avenue Swing for rhythm and riffs to have you hot-steppin’ into the early hours.
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Ah, so much organised fun to be had by those more prepared than you. But don’t fret – if you’re at a loss over how to spend your weekend, look no further than the South Bank. The Underbelly Festival continues after a six-month residence at the cultural heart of London, with a packed schedule of entertainment to choose from. Check the site for ticket availability and times across a range of shows spanning comedy, music, theatre and more. Aside from that, there’s plenty more you can enjoy for free, with one of the biggest outdoor bars in London to savour the (hopefully) good weather along with a variety of food stalls.
Want to hit the beach without leaving the city? An impossible dream, some might say – but what do they know? Now you can feel your toes in the sand, soaking up the tropical vibes of Camden, with The Roundhouse’s sixth annual event bringing the coast right to central London.
Open until 11pm every day, the man-made oasis allows you to recline in a deckchair with an exotic cocktail or two, selecting delicacies from the food hut and brandishing your bucket and spade to all and sundry. Check it out at Roundhouse Beach – and turn up at your leisure.
Grayson Perry Exhibition
How about taking in some culture if all the frivolity gets too much for you? For art without the stuffiness, head to the Serpentine Gallery for Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! See a selection of the Turner Prize-winning alternative national treasure’s most prolific pieces, from the ceramic pots he made his name with to tapestries, skateboards and custom-made motorbikes. View them all through the eyes of his trademark political slant and navigate themes from masculinity to marriage, class divides to suicide rates. It’s only on until September, so catch it absolutely free anytime over the bank holiday.
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