What to see
The Notting Hill Carnival
This year’s carnival kicks off at 6:00 am on Sunday 25th August and ends at 10pm on Monday 26th and promises to be as colourful as ever. Sunday is being touted by organisers as a family day with kid friendly floats and a more relaxed feel while the party atmosphere ramps up during Monday’s festivities.
Wimbledon Park Food Festival
Sitting in the shadow of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, this peaceful stretch of green space is playing host once again to its annual food festival. You can peruse over 50 stalls selling everything from artisan produce to street food, all while enjoying food demos from world-class chefs and live music in the evenings.
Gallery Late at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture House is hosting its popular Gallery Late session this weekend on Friday 23rd August where it opens its doors to gallery goers in the evening, offering a hands-on approach to its latest exhibition. Art lovers will be able to immerse themselves in the world of 1930s London and try their hand at print making. An immersive life drawing session with Art Model Collective will be on offer as well as pop up tours of Cutting Edge: Modern British Print Making. Food and drink will also be available from the Gallery Café, Pavilion Bar, Gimlet Bar and Gosnells pop-up bar.
Where to eat
Eggslut, Notting Hill
Eggslut on Portobello Road is a hotly tipped new opening fresh from the U.S. On the surface, it’s nothing special – egg in a bun served up in multiple ways. But, judging by its popularity in the U.S. Londoners will soon be embracing the egg trend and forming an orderly queue outside the door.
Stampa serves up top-notch pasta at an affordable price – what’s not to love? Try the four cheese tortellini with charred romanesco, walnuts, cavalo nero and pecorino and you’ll be trotting home from this smart corner of London feeling very pleased with yourself indeed.
This Sicilian Trattoria can’t fail to put a spring in your step with its zesty approach to Southern Italian dining in the heart of Fitzrovia. Festooned with lights in the evening, it offers everything from their renowned Sfoglia Norma with Cinta Senese pork meat, Pizzas al metro and outrageous XXL desserts. Pace yourself.
Since we are sun-starved most of the year, Londoners don’t do sunshine by halves. As soon as the clouds part, the layers come off and the deckchairs are rolled out and we reach for the nearest ice cream. Make your cone count this weekend with our guide to London’s best ice cream parlours.
Where to drink
If you’re spending the weekend in the city but pining for the coast then Fulham Beach is for you – not only is it bringing a slice of beach fun to city dwellers, it’s also hosting an Ibiza White bank holiday party on Sunday 25th August.
Alternatively head to The Prince of Wales in Brixton for a bank holiday rooftop party and all-day BBQ food. With indoor and outdoor music, the line up includes Banoffee Pies, The Willers Brothers, Cameron Jack, Francesca Mackay, Tobias Lineker, Rowlando & Hold On, Electric Shamba.
Whichever part of the city you’re in, raise a glass to hot weather with our guide to the best drinks terraces