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Things to do on August bank holiday weekend 2020 in London

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August bank holiday weekend in London means only one thing: a whole three days to let your hair down with seasonal fun, exploring and family activities. Read More


Caribbean parties, leafy parks to explore and oodles of fun family activities. Soak up the last of the summer vibes with our pick of what’s on during the bank holiday weekend in London.

Unmissable bank holiday events in London

London's vibrant events calendar looks a little different this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, but there are still plenty of activities to keep you busy over the bank holiday. Here's our pick...

Get your dancing shoes ready

Europe's largest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival, usually takes place over the August bank holiday. Although this year's carnival has been cancelled due to the current coronavirus outbreak, you can still join in with the online celebrations. 

Be transported out of this world

Grab a deckchair or drive up to one of London's outdoor cinemas, and immerse yourself in plethora of movie genres.

Party to electronic hits

Although South West Four has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, you can still tune in to online gigs and festivals and have a dance at home.

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Explore London on the August bank holiday

The long weekend gives you even more time to discover your London, from hidden gems to lesser-known areas and iconic sights.

See the Thames in a new light

The Illuminated River art installation sees four of London’s bridges lit up at night. So grab your camera for that perfect #nofilter shot.

And don’t miss the exhibitions, events and workshops as part of the Totally Thames festival hosted across London and online until the end of September – there are usually a few installations in place by the August bank holiday weekend.

Visit the sights for less

Pick up a London Pass or London Explorer Pass for entry to many of London’s top attractions – not sure which is right for you? Take a look at our guide to sightseeing passes.

Tick off those must-see attractions

Some of London’s top 10 attractions are closed at the moment due to the coronavirus outbreak, but you can still experience them from the comfort of your own home. Take a look at some of the virtual tours available including a peak into Buckingham Palace's regal Throne Room.

Refresh your wardrobe

Shop for designer threads in Oxford Street and Bond Street, beauty products in Covent Garden or retro style in Carnaby. Or seek out independent boutiques in elegant Jermyn Street, pretty South Molton Street and laid-back St Christopher’s Place.

Uncover a new area

Enjoy bank holiday days out in some of the city’s outer boroughs. 

  • In the east, Greenwich mixes maritime attractions with markets, stunning parks and historic sites.
  • Go north to Brent, which hosts plenty of activities as the Mayor of London's Borough of Culture for 2020.
  • Head west to Richmond for riverside walks, a sprawling park full of deer and charming pubs.
  • In south London, Tooting fuses south Asian delicacies with markets full of bargains. 

Venture into the great outdoors

As the world’s first National Park City, there are plenty of green spaces where you can indulge in some “me time”.

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What to do on bank holiday for cool kids

It’s nearly the end of the school holidays, so make the most of the final days by creating memories to last a lifetime (or to brag about to your friends).

Get your teenage kicks

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FOMO-inducing family activities

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August bank holiday opening times

Many shops, restaurants and attractions have re-opened after the temporary closure in response to the current coronavirus outbreak. However, opening times may vary so check with the individual venues before you go.

Travel during August bank holiday

Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, the UK government has instructed that public transport must only be used for essential travel. If you do need to take public transport, you must wear a face covering and try to avoid peak times. Check the latest rail updates for any disruptions before you travel and make sure to plan your journey.

In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to explore London from home, including online classes, virtual tours and live webcams from London attractions. If you are already in London you can explore your local area by cycling or walking; but ensure you stay safe by following social distancing guidelines.

Find official UK coronavirus information and travel advice for London.  

More bank holiday ideas

If you’re looking for “bank holiday events near me” and more things to do in London on bank holiday weekend, download the Visit London app.

Alternatively, discover what’s on in London by day, more August activities or browse our London events calendar for events throughout the year. Find more inspiration for weekends in London with our handy weekend guides.

If you can’t visit this time, learn when the next public holidays are in London.

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