Guide to August Bank Holiday Weekend
With temperatures soaring and the heatwave set to last the weekend, head down to the river to enjoy a sizzling August Bank Holiday on London’s South Bank.
Cultural Pursuits and Relaxation
Last chance to catch a performance at Riverstage, the National Theatre’s free, outdoor event space. This weekend’s programme includes a screening of the award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors, music from Brassroots and Munro as well as dance from CanDoCo. Why not cast aside your inhibitions and take to the stage at Monday afternoon’s participatory Tea Dance?
The Southbank Centre’s summer-long Festival of Love reaches a climax with the joyous Big Wedding Weekend. Scores of couples will tie the knot, plus you’ll get the chance to dress like a bridesmaid and kick up your heels at the Cut a Shine Ceilidh.
If you’re not in the mood for sunshine and fiesta step into a cool, calming parallel world at Aurora Spa. Book yourself a rejuvenating massage or luxury treatment and while away the long weekend with some well-earned rest and relaxation.
If you’re in need of retail therapy, OXO Tower Wharf is home to an eclectic mix of galleries, retailers and designers offering everything from jewellery to clocks, and ceramics to textiles. You’re sure to find something stylish and unique!
Feel like you’re stuck in Groundhog Day? The Voices Off programme which accompanies this sell-out production at the Old Vic Theatre is presenting a Mindfulness Workshop on Monday to soothe your troubled mind.
IWM London present some fascinating free exhibitions. This weekend is your last chance to see both the work of documentary photographer Edmund Clark, and a thought-provoking collection from artist-photographer Edward Barber in Visions of War.
Join the crew of the USS Enterprise as they set out to explore the furthest reaches of uncharted space in Star Trek Beyond. The 13th film in this perennially popular franchise, with a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, comes to Europe’s largest cinema screen at BFI IMAX this summer.
Wining & Dining
Gillray’s Bar at Marriott County Hall boasts one of the finest views in London: treat yourself to one of their legendary cocktails and sip it in style as you gaze across the Thames to Big Ben.
City Cruises are offering 20% off all dining packages throughout August. From traditional Afternoon Tea to their late night Showboat they offer a river trip to suit every mood and occasion.
New York comes to London at Mondrian’s new Hamptons-inspired terrace. Here you can dine al fresco on oysters, ceviche tacos and champagne, or head to the Lobster Shack for the ultimate takeout.
For sunshine on a plate, the seasonal menu at OXO Tower Brasserie is hard to beat! For just £32 you’ll get three courses (and a Bacardi Crush Cocktail) from a summery menu where options include gazpacho, salmon and fennel salad, and Eton mess.
Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Year aboard the Coca-Cola London Eye who have teamed up with Gordon’s Gin and Schweppes to present a refreshing G&T Experience. Nibbles and gin tasting included!
Ending 30th August, the CLAW Pop-up at Skylon serves delicious fresh crab, sourced directly from local fishermen in Start Bay, Devon. Don’t miss your last chance to sample the famous CLAW crab burger!
Fun with the Kids
It’s literally and metaphorically cool at the House Vans, where deep in the underground vaults you’ll find a 100-seat (or beanbag!) cinema showing FREE screenings on a first-come-first-served basis. Catch Adventureland or Big Hero 6 followed by a drop-in session at the Glow Tee Screen Printing Workshop and you’ll keep the kids entertained without spending a penny.
A combined ticket from Coca-Cola London Eye and Thames Clippers will allow you enjoy the sights of the city from every angle. Why not make a day of it with a hop-on-hop-off River Roamer ticket?
The London Duck offers a sightseeing tour with a difference: start with a road tour hosted by a witty and informative guide, then brace yourself for the big splashdown as your amphibious vehicle hits the water for a relaxing boat trip.
Celebrate the release of Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory at SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Children can join an interactive trail to learn all about real-life creatures of the deep, including the fascinating habits of our favourite blue tangs and clownfish.
For an experience that is hilarious and terrifying in equal measure delve into the London Dungeon and thrill the kids with an interactive journey through 1,000 years of the city’s murky past.
Take a trip to the land of Far Far Away at Shrek’s Adventure from Dreamworks. This magical attraction incorporates rides, storytelling and animation, plus the chance to meet Donkey, Fiona and all their friends in person.
The Florence Nightingale Museum celebrates the life and work of the Lady of the Lamp, and provides a fascinating insight into the history of nursing. A new temporary exhibition presents Great Ormond Street Hospital’s rarely seen Peter Pan archive to uncover the real story behind J M Barrie’s classic play.