There’s a lot going on for kids in August and on the August Bank Holiday, but there are also plenty of fun events for adults. So if you and your partner, or a group of friends are planning a city break in London in order to make the most of the long weekend. We’ve been taking a look at the best Bank Holiday events for you.
Ultimate bouncy castle and street food fair
The Beast is coming to Ally Pally. The Beast is the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course, making it the ultimate bouncy castle for grown-ups. If you’re Wipe Out-fit or just fancy a go (you can easily bypass the difficult obstacles!), you’ve got 272 metres and 32 obstacles to bounce over. And to reward yourself for your hard work, there’s a festival of street food, cocktails, craft beers and, according to the organisers “Prosecco on tap” surrounding the Beast! As well as live DJs, and sound and light shows.
The Museum of London is staging live gladiator games at Guildhall Yard, the site of London’s only Roman amphitheatre. If you are a fan of Spartacus or “Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife”, this could be the event for you.
The annual Gin Festival at Tobacco Dock will give you the chance to sample up to 100 different gins, some of them exclusive to the event. You can also learn more about gin, as well as sampling gin-based cocktails, delicious food and enjoying live music. Strictly for over 18s.
The BBC Proms
If you’re a classical music fan, the BBC Proms will be in full swing over the August Bank Holiday and you can not only go to concerts by world-class orchestras, but also listen to complementary talks, and maybe try something a little bit different. Classical music will be played at the Royal Albert Hall each evening, with introductory talks taking place at Imperial College London in the afternoons. And if you fancy something different, the Multi-Storey Orchestra will be holding short concerts at Peckham multi-storey car park on the afternoon of Saturday 26th August.
Underwater silent disco
Well, not exactly underwater, but there’s a silent disco at the London Aquarium on the evening of Friday the 25th, but the fish will be able to watch your moves! Over 18s only.
Notting Hill Carnival
One of the world’s most famous carnivals, the Notting Hill Carnival, is now in its 51st year. The annual celebration of Caribbean music, food, drink and culture takes over the entire area and always attracts huge crowds. On the Sunday, it’s more of a family day with child-friendly activities and a Children’s Parade. The Bank Holiday Monday is the day for the main parade and grand finale, with 60 bands and amazing, colourful and wonderful costumes.
If you’re planning a long weekend in London at the end of the month, use one of our North London serviced apartments as your base. It’ll have everything you’ll need to help you get ready for, rest and recover from your August Bank Holiday activities.