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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 a whole three days to let your hair down with seasonal fun, exploring and family activities. Read More


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

When visiting London, you can expect to see safety measures in place, including widely spaced tables, queuing systems, table service, handwashing stations and contactless payments. Remember to check the venue is open first and if booking is required before heading out.

You'll also start to see the “We’re Good to Go” industry standard mark. This is to ensure the restaurants you visit are adhering to government and public health guidance.

Take a look at this pick of the best activities to keep you busy over the bank holiday. If you're not in London, find things to do from home over the bank holiday weekend.

Just remember to stay safe, responsible and follow social distancing guidelines while out and about.

Unmissable bank holiday events in London

Get your dancing shoes ready

Europe's largest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival, usually takes place over the August bank holiday. This year's carnival is brought to you online with celebrations in form of Notting Hill Carnival: Access All Areas

Run your heart out

Sign up for the Spitfire 10K! Usually held each year at the Royal Air Force Museum, this year's fun run is a virtual event. So lace up your trainers and run the distance in your local area.

Activities in 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.

Enjoy an alfresco movie night

Grab a deckchair or drive up to one of London's outdoor cinemas, and immerse yourself in cult classics and new releases.

Party to electronic hits

Although South West Four has been cancelled this year, you can still tune in to online gigs and festivals and have a dance at home. Or learn more about electronic music with the Design Museum's immersive exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers

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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. If you're not in London, navigate between the bridges with this Illuminated River virtual tour.

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

Tick off those must-see attractions

Many of London’s top attractions are reopening across the city for you to enjoy if you're in London.

You can still also experience many from the comfort of your own home. Take a look at some of the virtual tours available including a peek into Buckingham Palace's regal Throne Room.

Refresh your wardrobe

Shop for designer threads in London's top shopping destinations.

Wander along Oxford Street for big name brands, explore Bond Street's upscale boutiques, try out beauty products in Covent Garden or find retro style in Carnaby. Head off the main thoroughfares to explore independent boutiques in elegant Jermyn Street, pretty South Molton Street and laid-back St Christopher’s Place. Or do it all under one roof at the capital's top shopping centres and department stores.

Uncover a new area

Enjoy bank holiday days out in London, from areas nearby to those further away. 

  • In the east, Greenwich mixes maritime attractions with markets, stunning parks and historic sites.
  • Venture north to Brent, which hosts plenty of activities as the Mayor of London's Borough of Culture.
  • Go 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).

Find more things to do with teenagers in London and discover more of the top family attractions for kids.

August bank holiday opening times

Opening times may vary and many attractions and venues require advance booking. Check with the individual venues before you go.

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 the London events calendar for key events. Find more inspiration for weekends in London with these handy weekend guides.

If you're not able to visit London this bank holiday, plan ahead for the next public holidays in London.

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