Best bank holiday events in London and Surrey
The top bank holiday events taking place across the capital and Surrey to make sure this year’s August long weekender is a good ‘n
Notting Hill Carnival
The ultimate celebration of colour, culture and West Indian food, music, drink and dance returns yet again to Notting Hill. Catch the procession as it makes its way through the inner-city town’s backstreets, try authentic jerk chicken or goat curry straight from a local kitchen, and mosey from sound system to sound system. An estimated two million attended last year’s spectacle, making it the ultimate end-of-summer showdown.
24-25 August; free
August bank holiday on the jetty
To finish off the summer in style, Battersea Power Station’s Coaling Jetty – an historic Grade II jetty – has been transformed into a tranquil garden of Eden with an array of activities, events and mouth-watering food taking place this bank holiday. Enjoy everything from live music to high energy kids activities, plus OyoGo yoga and the river walk market. Vagabond wines will also be hosting an English wine masterclass, plus Fiume will be entertaining the crowds with a bottomless brunch.
23-26 August; see website for details
Returning to the Common for yet another bank holiday bonanza, SW4 is back to satisfy the revellers of south London with the likes of Andy C, Basement Jaxx and plenty of other big names acts on the bill.
24-25 August; £62.50
Head north to Ally Pally and take on the 300-metre long giant inflatable obstacle course, appropriately called The Monster, that has been taking over the palace every bank holiday for the last few years. With a bouncy slide, unicorn ball pit, and 40 hazards in total, unleash your inner child, then reward your efforts with a craft beer and some street food.
23-28 August; from £20
We are the fair
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens will be hosting a traditional Victorian fair this August bank holiday, with age-old traditions dating back to the late 19th century played out, including authentic entertainers, stilt walkers and you’ll be bound to spot a penny farthing bike or two.
24-25 August; free
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
Morden Park House 90s cinema
This much-loved park will be hosting outdoor cinema screenings to take you back to the 90s, with an eccentric selection of cult films that made waves in the later half of the 20th century. Pulp Fiction fans can enjoy a usual helping of Tarantino-style bloodshed and kids of the 90s can enjoy a special screening of Jumanji.
26 August; from £11
Morden Hall Park
Wimbledon Park Food and Drink Festival
With over 45 stalls offering a wide selection of food and drink, Wimbledon Park will be taken over this bank holiday with foodies coming from all across the capital to the Fantastic British Food Festival’s Wimbledon series. Keep your eyes peeled for artisan breads, pastries, cheeses, charcuterie and organic fruit and vegetables.
24 August; 10am-7pm; from £16
Richmond Riverside Festival
The annual summer riverside festival returns to the banks of Richmond Riverside, with its glorious vista overlooking the bridge transformed for an all-out summer party with a whole day of live music. This year, expect performances from The Mustangs, Jump 66, plus plenty more bands playing right on the riverside, all for free.
24- 25 August; all day; free