Something for the Bank Holiday Weekend in London: August 23-26

Matilda Egere-Cooper

Hush Puppies Dark Room 685x340 300x148 Something for the Bank Holiday Weekend in London: August 23 26Ah, the beloved four-day weekend. Get ready to eat to your heart’s content at the Real Street Food Festival, ride a wave of photography nostalgia at the Truman Brewery, play with unusual instruments at the Barbican, get musically refreshed around Portobello, or join millions of revellers at the largest street party in Europe. You can sleep it off on Monday.


ALTERNATIVE: Hush Puppies Darkroom at Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QU

How much: FREE

We say: Love photography? Then get down to Brick Lane this weekend for this four-day pop-up event where you’ll be able to hire a 35mm analogue camera and explore the area,  before learning how to develop your snaps in a darkroom. There will also be interactive workshops in street photography and how to make your own pinhole camera. Runs until Bank Holiday Monday.


ARTS & CULTURE: External Excess: A Solo Exhibition by James Balmforth, 18 Hewett Street, London, EC2A 3NN

How much: FREE

We say: This London-based artist presents a multi-media show exploring the transformation of various materials – like the flowers exposed to light in the video installation The Consumptive Sublime. Thought-provoking stuff with stunning outcomes.



ARTS & CULTUREJazz Re:Fest at The Flyover Portobello, 3 – 5 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL

How much: FREE

We say: After 10 years of hosting their weekly live residency of Jazz-inspired music, Jazz Re:Freshed are marking their anniversary with a festival featuring some of those amazing bands and acts that have shown them love at some point or other. Come with an open mind (and your dancing shoes!) for this pre-carnival warm-up.


ARTS & CULTURE: Conrad Shawcross Timepiece all-nighter at Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London NW1 8EH

How much: Pay what you like

We say: To mark its final showing, the Roundhouse will be hosting an all-night opening of this ground-breaking exhibition that uses the ceiling and walls of venue depict a faceless clock. The clock’s three hands keep to the actual time, and it uses the 24 supporting beams of the Main Space as half-hour markers.



ALTERNATIVE: Cave of Sounds at The Barbican, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS

How much: FREE

We say: Cave of Sounds is an installation where visitors will get to play bespoke instruments that have  been invented before coming together in one accord for what could be quite the jam session – especially as it will encompass body movements and new technology.


ALTERNATIVE: The Book Club presents… Bookstock-On-Sea, Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A

How much: FREE

We say: The Book Club’s street parties have earned quite a rep over the last three years – so head here for amazing music, food and camaraderie at this enjoyable fest which is running with a seaside-meets-Shoreditch theme this round.



ARTS & CULTURE: Notting Hill Carnival

How much: FREE

We say: It’s carnival time! Here’s to a double-day of soca, rum cocktails, jerk chicken and some of the flyest dancers (in the best costumes EVER). So go Sunday for Family Day or Monday for a more boisterous day out.


EAT & DRINK: Real Street Food Festival at Southbank, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX

How much: Various

We say: The people who run the Real Food Festival are hosting an event dedicated to the exceptional street food available in the capital. It runs over the Bank holiday weekend and be a feast of flavours from around the world.


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  • gingerpops

    The carnival is dreadful, very over-rated. I attended it once – never again.

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