What to do, where to eat in London this August bank holiday


The last long weekend in London before Christmas is almost upon us (26 August), so what better to do than eat and drink your way through it?

Try these winning ideas from some of your favourites around London.

Notting Hill Carnival

Samba dancer

Feathers, music, drinks, fun, street parties and over 2.5 million people all make-up what’s renowned as one of London’s most Carribbean influenced, excitement-charged street festivals, the city-wide! Plan your route, don’t bring anything valuable and have a time.

Little Gay Brother

Little Gay Brother

Club kids, queer kids, all kids (over 18) assemble, this is the queer rave to end all queer raves. Though it’ll be back next year, too.

LGB is large, sexy, sassy and is open for biz from 10pm-5am. Don’t let him down.

Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride

Not in London, yes, but who cares! With acts like Ariana Grande, Kim Petras (who performed at Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras back in march) and Liberty X, there’s no reason to not head North for a bit of gay festivity to celebrate equality, diversity and just have a bloody good time.

Coya in Mayfair

Coya front

On Sunday 25th August, they’re putting a Peruvian Carnival spin on their brunch with cocktails, canapés and a party to rival Notting Hill Carnival. Complete with bottomless three-hour beverages, the affair will see guests sip on pisco sours and frozen mojitos whilst tucking into their favourite brunch dishes and more!

Avenue restaurant in St James

Avenue St James

They’re hosting the Pink Clink Brunch, a free-flowing rose affair is launching at Avenue made-up of a seasonal British fare in the form of a two or three-course brunch menu, which can be enjoyed with bottomless rose whilst a DJ gets those Saturday vibes going.

Mac & Wild in Fitzrovia

Mac Wild

The masters of meat have created a new lunch dish which is not for the faint hearted, the 12″ Fort Willy Steak and Cheese Super Sub (£16.50) is a thing of beauty is a thing of beauty. Get it for the long weekend.

Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair and Tavern in Covent Garden


Bar-come-Victorian Circus, Mr Fogg’s will transform on Friday 23 August and Saturday 24 August, enchanting guests by the medley of marvellous circus acts that take to the floor through the evening, whilst sitting back with a drink-in-hand. 

Meanwhile, the Tavern will launch an eye-catching floral installation and summer slushie cocktail menu just in time for the bank holiday. See more here!

Piano Works in West End and Farringdon

Piano Works club

Hosting Any Given Bank Holiday Sunday, on 25 August, the time’s come to celebrate summer the right way at London’s only non-stop live audience requested venue with the ever-popular bottomless Bellini brunch and party all day and into the night. Think drinks and DJs ’til 4am.

Hand & Spear in Weybridge

Hand Spear pub

On 24 August from 9pm, it’s all about live music by some amazing artists with genres spanning across Jazz, Soul, Modern and Cult Classics.

The Foley in Claygate

Foley pub

August 24 is all about live music with flavours like homegrown Hero Kitty O’Neal (better known as March) from about 19:30.