Your August bank holiday weekend in London

By Hannah Roberts

It’s been a painfully-long three month wait but finally it has arrived. The return of our much-loved bank holiday weekend! Three beautiful days to fill with whatever you so wish. And in celebration of this extra day’s grace I’ve put together a tidy breakdown of the naughtiest things to do in London this weekend…

First up, what I’m sure is topping the majority of your agendas; Notting Hill Carnival! The festival’s vibrations can be felt across London this weekend with numerous bars and clubs open their brightly decorated doors to host a series of carnival-flavoured celebrations. From warm-up events to sunrise welcoming parties, London will be buzzing this weekend.

Trouble vision are kicking things off nice and early this Friday with hip-hop royalty and Beat Junkies forefather, J Rocc, and the likes of Norwood Soul Patrol over at Corsica Studios. Alternatively Shoreditch’s Horse & Groom are hosting their fruity Carnival Friday with Mr Bongo Soundsystem taking lead.

Notting Hill Carnival
Is that a truncheon in your pocket Officer?
Those loyal carnival-goers out there will already be aware of the general layout and how things run over the weekend. For the first-timers, it’s pretty simple; a selection of Soundsystems and their party people that start beating from 10 am on the Sunday and Monday, dotted in between the region of Ladbroke and Westbourne Grove. To give you a more visual idea and for listings of what’s on, Timeout have created this handy map to help you navigate your way through the crowds. One thing not to miss out on (which I have successfully done each year) is the parade which sets off at 9am on both days from Great Western Road.

In terms of tips, it’s the same with any big festival or city celebration, leave your valuables at home, and take it easy on the alcohol – ladies the toilet situation is the stuff nightmares are made of. Drink wisely; short cocktails over long. Food? Simply follow the sweet smell of jerk, you will not be disappointed.

And for dessert? There’s a number of post parties to feast on from Sancho Panza’s takeover of the Supperclub, Krankbrother’s super-secret after party and Dollop X Swamp 81’s Carnival special at Heaven.

Everything other than Carnival
Outside of the carnival hype zone there’s plenty of other things to get involved in around London. Inner city dance festival South West Four are celebrating their tenth anniversary this Saturday and Sunday on Clapham Common with their biggest line-up yet. As the summer draws to a close so does another fun London attraction; this is your last chance to check out the Roundhouse’s summer pop-up, Camden Beach. The theme this Friday is Caribbean (unsurprisingly) with a concoction of sand, cocktails, barbecues and buckets full of reggae to get involved in – for free!

If you’re after something a little more stimulating this weekend, head down to Peckham’s Hush House Super Market, a creative market trading everything from clothing and art to gourmet artisan ice lollies and scotch eggs. Delish.

The school disco just got serious
If you haven’t already checked out Skate Kings Cross; get yourself down there this Friday. There’s boozy milkshakes and guilt-inducing American-style grub to be enjoyed at the Disco Bistro, frozen margaritas to be inhaled at the raved-about outdoor grill and bar, Shrimpy’s, and of course, a roller disco. Another attraction that’s hit our radar over the past week is pop-up Smokey Tails. With top Detroit DJ Seth Troxler named as one of the founders, they’ve rightly labelled it as a “banging riverside BBQ business”. If you’re into cocktails, ales, smoked meat and decent beats; this one’s for you.

As for me, I’m escaping down to Cornwall tonight for a few nights’ peace and quiet before revelling in Sunday’s Sancho Panza’s soundsystem with Krankbrother’s for afters. Happy bank holiday!

Hannah is a Digital Marketing Executive at Inspiring. She tweets about all things golden here: @hlcroberts and pins all things pretty here: gildthelilly. You can also connect with Hannah on Google+