The Events To Book For Bank Holiday Weekend

This year, lockdown meant both May bank holidays were something of a write-off. To make up for lost time, this August bank holiday there are plenty of things to see and do in the capital and beyond. Here’s what to book in advance…


Premium meat delivery service Prime Feast has launched a trio of luxury BBQ boxes ahead of the bank holiday weekend. Three boxes are available in various sizes, including a ‘Beach BBQ Box’, filled with NY striploin, US ribeye, UK fillet, Norwegian king crab claws, burgers and rose harissa veg skewers; the ‘City Supper Box’ with Australian chateaubriand, UK bone-in ribeye, lobster rolls, whole lobster, grilled mixed veg and spicy peach salad; and the ‘Garden BBQ Box’  with tomahawk bone-in ribeye, US T-bone, burgers, 'jerk' shrimp skewers, corn on the cob and potato salad. Available for free nationwide delivery, the three boxes will come with in-depth cooking instructions.



This summer, Chelsea has gone al fresco. From Duke of York Square’s additional outdoor seating and the newly pedestrianised Pavilion Road, to Sloane Square’s pop-up restaurants and bars, the neighbourhood has transformed its outdoor spaces to support local hospitality and ensure visitors and staff stay safe this summer. The running track in front of the Saatchi Gallery is now open to the public to enjoy socially distanced picnics, complete with marked bubbles to help people stay safe. Best of all, Colbert has partnered with Lillet, the French aperitif, to launch 'Petanque in the Square' an open-air bar on Sloane Square. Extending Colbert’s Parisian-style café culture, the pop-up is running throughout the summer to give guests the chance to enjoy a game of boules and spritz cocktails.

Various venues across Chelsea



Battersea Power Station has lent itself as a backdrop to several silver screen classics over the years including, Alfred Hitchcock’s Sabotage, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and most recently, Batman’s The Dark Knight. Now, for the remainder of August and throughout September, it will become the backdrop to a new open-air cinema and theatre experience, ‘Summer Showtime’. The al fresco pop-up will feature theatre performances from The Turbine Theatre and film screenings from boutique cinema operator, Archlight Cinema; both of which can usually be found under the railway arches in Circus West Village. The bank holiday weekend will also see live performances of Horrible Histories, and screenings of Frozen, Joker, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and A Star Is Born.  

Circus West Village, Battersea, SW8 4NR



Plonk has launched a new brunch, consisting of crazy golf, bottomless drinks, arcade tokens and food. The outdoor nine-hole crazy golf course has views of London Fields park, while indoors, putters will find the Pinball Parlour which hosts more pinball machines than anywhere else in London, alongside retro arcade machines, shooters, foosballs and over 100 board games. The brunch itself lasts for two hours and cocktails can be supplied throughout the games and golf.

Arch 407 Mentmore Terrace, Hackney, E8 3PP; 30th August


HAVE A LAUGH HERE: Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace has announced its ‘Comedy On The Terrace’ events, a series of outdoor, socially distanced comedy gigs in one of London’s biggest beer gardens. Comedians such as Ed Gamble, Andrew Maxwell, Lou Sanders and Milton Jones will perform quick-fire sets of new material alongside the best of their current repertoire for audiences against a backdrop of Ally Pally’s panoramic views of London. Each line-up with feature three different acts and a compere who will host the night. Thursday 27th August will feature Lou Sanders, Garrett Millerick, Glenn Moore and Julian Deane. Alongside the acts, audiences can enjoy street food and a large, well-stocked bar, serving everything from independent craft beers and wine through to cocktails and soft drinks, all of which can be ordered and paid for via an at-table-app. Across the rest of the weekend, the terrace will be open for food, drinks and music.

Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, N22 7AY




Secret Cinema has launched a new event format at Goodwood Motor Circuit: a drive-in cinema in partnership with ice-cream brand Häagen-Dazs. In true Secret Cinema style, expect this to be a drive-in like no other, where the experience revolves around the audience. The excitement will begin as soon as you buy a ticket, as the audience is introduced to Frankie and Johnny Starlight via a pre-show online experience which creates the narrative from the off and provides tips on costume inspiration and car makeovers. On the night, an extended family of waiters and front of house team members will be on hand to serve food and drinks. Films across the bank holiday weekend include Knives Out, Fight Club, Dirty Dancing, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Moulin Rouge.

Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, PO18 0PH


EAT, DRINK & SHOP HERE: Buck Street Market

Home to the largest rooftop in Camden, newcomer Buck Street Market’s skyline garden is covered in plants and features a millennial-pink terrace complete with a big screen showcasing festivals, environmental films and talks. There are also more than 80 food, drink and retail traders which make up the market, all of which are committed to sustainability and eco-conscious practices and products. Having closed only ten days after its initial launch in response to the coronavirus crisis, Buck Street Market has since implemented one-way systems, installed multiple hand-sanitising stations across the site, and has encouraged its traders to operate within the government guidelines. 

Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 8QP

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HAVE A STAYCATION HERE: Sea Containers London

Sea Containers London has re-opened its rooms. Well placed to enjoy some of London’s newly re-opened cultural institutions – such as Tate Modern and Somerset House – the hotel also includes Sea Containers Restaurant, which has views out to the Thames and St Paul’s, and a large al fresco terrace. The hotel has also launched five new Patio Room packages created for groups of friends and family to spend quality time together. Each of these rooms feature an oversized ivy-clad patio and outside seating, ideal for al fresco drinking, dining and relaxing. Guests can book each of the experiences for a group of up to six people, with timings worked out on a bespoke basis up to 11pm. Those who want to stay the night can also book the room for an additional £100, with up to two people able to stay. The hotel has also teamed up with fitness studios Fame. Each Saturday in August, guests can book into a private session of its signature 70s barre class, complete with 70s tracks and disco lights for £10pp.

20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD



Brixton Village is laying on plenty of socially distanced, family friendly fun over the bank holiday. Live music and back-to-back DJs will grace the Brixton Village courtyard and there will be free face-painting stations set up across both markets for children to enjoy. Visitors can keep cool via a trip to Lalo’s Gelato, followed by fresh tropical juices mixed up by Oracle Vegan Juice Bar. The markets’ alleys and independent stores will also be open, offering shoppers to chance to buy plants and kitchenware at local favourite Brixton Cornercopia, summer hampers from Guzzl to enjoy at the park, plus a wide range of inclusive children’s books from Round Table Books.

Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8PS


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