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What’s on in London this Bank Holiday weekend?

If you’re looking for what’s on in London this bank holiday weekend from the 23rd – 25th August, read on to make the most of this three day weekend. As the last bank holiday in the year, it's tradition that it goes off with a bang - and as the weather is set to hold, we can promise you lots of fun and lots of frolics if you follow our recommendations. From this Saturday - Monday (some even start on the Friday night!) you’ve got three days of some of the best events in the year, hosted in venues dotted around the city. With events for both adults and kids, there’s plenty to do, you just need to know where to find it... Notting Hill Carnival London’s famous carnival takes to the streets of Notting Hill once again for the annual event spread over two days. Celebrating its 50th year it’s a great weekend activity for both adults and families – and it doesn’t cost a penny to participate. Dispersed with large sound systems, play areas, Caribbean food stalls and arts and crafts, it’s a vibrant affair which draws people from around the city into Notting Hill borough. Catch the calypso and flotilla parade as it winds its way down from Great Western Road down to Ladbroke Grove. Make sure you plan your route in advance as some stations are closed and others with limited access – and make sure you’re good with crowds as it’s a popular occasion! BBC Good Food Festival The celebrated food festival takes over Hampton Court Palace this weekend for a gourmet feast! With well-known faces like presenters John Torode and Greg Wallace from Masterchef, to renowned chefs like Steve Groves and Gennaro Contaldo, it’s a great opportunity to explore a wide range of food, produce, watch the professionals in action and just have a great day out in general. Housed in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, it’s the perfect setting with the stunning royal residence as a backdrop. If you’ve got time, head inside and explore King Henry VIII’s famous Tudor kitchen which used to feed 600 men a day! SW4 Festival Something less family friendly, SW4 is a two day dance festival spread over the weekend in Clapham Common. Hosting world famous names like Laurent Garnier, Maya Jane Coles and Claude Vonstroke it’s a guaranteed banger of a weekend. From morning til night, make sure you’ve got comfy shoes and plenty of energy – there’s a full schedule of some of the best DJs on the scene so explore the stages and protect your ears, it’s going to be a non-stop party! Meantime Brewfest If you’re a fan of ales, beers and lagers, this festival is for you. A festival dedicated to the brewing of craft beers, Brewfest is back from 23rd – 25th, a three day extravaganza. In the beautiful setting of the Old Naval College in Greenwich, visitors can sample and taste over 150 beers with over 80 draft lines, not to mention bottled beers from around the globe, too. You can also take part in a beer and cheese tasting session in The Old Brewery for those who are interested in developing their culinary expertise. Teddy Bear’s Picnic A great one for the kids, take them out to Greenwich for a true teddy bear’s picnic. Get them involved in this fundraising childhood tradition, which involves a barbeque, fun interactive games, craft stalls and lots of activities for you and the kids to enjoy. Cuddly bears are a must – so make sure you bring your furry friends. Children’s tickets include a picnic and entertainment. The event is held at the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice and all proceeds go to the charity. A great way to do your bit of good.

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