Things to do in and around London this bank holiday weekend

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Things to do in and around London this bank holiday weekend

Many of the bank holidays this year have been very limited and so we’re all keen to squeeze what we can from this last long weekend of 2020. Here are some events in and around London to keep you occupied this weekend.

Music and the arts

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Notting Hill Carnival (Online): Access All Areas

When: 29 – 31st August

Where: Anywhere

Nothing stops this legendary carnival and if performers and revellers can’t take to the streets to celebrate then they’ll come to your home. That’s right – Noting Hill: Access All Areas will take place online this year giving you insight into the behind the scene action of the festival and offering you your fill of glitter and feathers so you don’t suffer withdrawal from the glamour!

Virtual Reading and Leeds Festival

When: 28 – 30th August

Where: Anywhere

This weekend should also play host to the annual Leeds and Reading Festival which is a showcase and celebration of the very best Rock, Indie and Pop artists the UK music scene has to offer. With the festival cancelled, BBC 1 and iPlayer are celebrating the very best of performances over the years by replaying some of the most exciting, heart-warming and rock and roll performances from the festival for you to watch and listen from home this bank holiday. See more info online at

Ballet at the Docs

When: Performances take place on an ad hoc basis and are likely to continue through to October

Where: 55 Laburnum St, London E2 8BD

Royal Ballet member Chisato Katsura and Valentino Zucchetti have been supporting their fellow performers talent throughout the lockdown period by setting up DistDancing. The project gives dancers the opportunity to practice in the absence of their usual grander venues for audiences down at Hoxton Docks. You can head to the project Instagram page for updates on the next shows which, weather permitting, take place in front of socially distanced crowds in Hackney @_distdancing_. Performances do not take place at set times and the project’s Instagram page update on upcoming performances with fairly short notice although 3,5 or 7pm on Saturdays or Sundays tend to be a good bet.

The Sunday Art Club

When: 30th August

Where: Voxonica, Crooked Billet Yard, Kingsland Road E2 8AF

Hosted by Voxonica in Shoreditch, The Sunday Art Club is a celebration of talented of artists and contemporary musicians gathered together to make for a fantastic showcase of art and music. Exhibitions of talent include; a live mural painting, DJ sets from artists influenced by a range of genres from Jazz to hip-hop, a short film from award winning director, choreographer and performance-art extraordinaire Greta Mendez. Attendance is free both online or in person though a donation to the talent involved in putting on the event is strongly encouraged. You can get your tickets on

Screenings on The Coaling Jetty

When: 21 August – 20 September

Where: The Coaling Jetty, Battersea Power Station Pier, London SW8 4NR

This bank holiday weekend you can catch an array of shows at the open-air theatre at The Coaling Jetty at Battersea Power Station’s open-air theatre which is hosting an array of theatre performances throughout August and September. You can enjoy the following screenings this weekend with views of the river and food and drinks from local venders;

Friday 28th August

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (7.30pm)

Saturday 29th August

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (5.30pm)

Joker (8.30pm)

Sunday 30th August

Frozen (4.30pm)

A Star is Born (8pm)

Head to the Battersea Power Station Website to book tickets or to see the schedules for shows throughout September:

Food and Drink

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Covent Garden Cool Down

When: 27 – 31st August

Where: 14 James St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8BU

Whilst we’re not basking in the sun in quite the same way as we were a few weeks ago, we’re keeping everything crossed that the weather will be kind this bank holiday weekend. Whether you’re cooling off or just fancy a sweet treat then head to Covent Garden’s Cool Down Festival for a range of cooling goodies including gelato, frozen cocktails, coffees and slushies around different locations in and around the Market. For details and participating locations, see the Covent Garden Website: 

Summer Sessions at the Printworks

When: 28 – 31st August

Where: Surrey Quays Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7PJ

Brew London are hosting are hosting a socially distanced beer festival over the bank holiday weekend at Printworks London where attendees can enjoy a selection of beers, ciders and craft ales on tables bookable for up to 6 people. There will also be some top-quality food served up by Only Jerkin and Prairie Fire. For more information or to bag your seat visit Brew London’s website: .

The Oval Night Market in Bethnal Green

When: 28 – 31st August

Where: Surrey Quays Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7PJ

Head down to the Oval Night Market in Bethnal Green where closed roads allow the market to extend out for socially distanced shopping, drinking, food stalls and all round good vibes until 11pm. More info on the website:

Get on the Water

When: Anytime

Where: Merchant Square, Paddington, London W2 1AS

Go Boat have bases in Kingston and Paddington. With no prior boating knowledge required and 6-8 people per boat, you can pack up some drinks and snacks and head out on the river to navigate yourself around the river for a picturesque afternoon cruise. See for more info: .   


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Virtual tours

Many venues across London have embraced their recent closure and taken the opportunity to set up online facilities for virtual tours so guests can still get their fix of galleries and museums from all over the world without having to actually visit. Here’s just a few of the venues that you can enjoy a virtual tour of this bank holiday weekend;

The national gallery London-

J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles -

Vatican Museums, Rome -

Natural History Museum, London -

Musée d’Orsay, Paris -

Step out to London’s sights

Many tourist hot spots have re-opened with enhanced safety procedures so if you’re missing your favourite London sites then you should be able to book to pay a visit this weekend or if the weather is kind enough take a stroll along the Thames and view from a distance. Many galleries and museums have been able to re-open their doors to visitors by appointment, you can book your slot direct on their websites and get your London culture fill this weekend;

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