7 Wonderful Things to do in London This Bank Holiday Weekend (23-25 August 2019)

19 Aug 2019 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Carly McCormack

This long bank holiday weekend, watch Phoebe Waller-Bridge on stage, cut loose at Notting Hill Carnival and enjoy an intimate evening of throwback jazz at Ronnie Scott’s pop-up club

Notting Hill Carnival (Sunday-Monday)

Some 50,000 revellers will descend on Notting Hill this weekend for Europe’s largest street festival. The two-day multi-coloured celebration of Caribbean culture is soundtracked by steel pan bands and the best of reggae and bashment music. The bassline kicks off at 9am and continues until 8.30, before the party continues at various after-parties.

Date: Sunday 25 – Monday 26 August 2019 Time: 9am-late Closest Stations: Notting Hill Gate, Westbourne Park, Royal Oak

Taco Club at Allpress Lates, Dalston (Friday)

Allpress in Dalston continues its series of lively late-night Friday events this week with a Taco Club, hosted by chef Emilie Fuller and her sister Alice. Expect hand-ground tortillas loaded with fresh salsa; slow-cooked braises and melted cheese, served with zesty tequila verdita slushies. Arriba!

Date: Friday 23 August 2019 Time: 6-11pm Price: Free entry Location: Allpress Espresso Roastery & Cafe, 55 Dalston Lane London E8 2NG Closest Station: Dalston Junction

Website: eventbrite.co.uk

Fleabag at Wyndham’s Theatre, Covent Garden (all weekend)

Seeking a Fleabag fix? Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns to the West End stage this weekend for her final swansong. The wickedly funny one-woman show comes home to London following a sold-out run in New York, directed by long-time collaborator Vicky Jones, with sound design by sister Isobel Waller-Bridge. While the majority of tickets have long sold out, there is a lottery for 50 tickets for each day’s performance, priced at £15.

Date: 20 August – 14 September 2019 Time: Mon-Sat 7.30pm and Thu-Sat 4pm Price: from £27.50 per person Location: Wyndham’s Theatre Charing Cross Road, Covent Garden, London WC2H 0DA Closest Station: Covent Garden

Website: sohotheatre.com

OpenTable x Carousel, Mayfair (Thursday-Saturday)

OpenTable has partnered with Carousel in Marylebone to bring you LDN 195, an experimental three-day pop-up that spotlight six underrepresented cuisines in London. Feast on the likes of Ukrainian barbecued khorovats and Goan fish curry to Armenian flatbreads and pistachio and walnut baklava, served within Carousel’s signature convivial setting. The package includes a welcome cocktail, six dishes, half a bottle of wine and a digestif.

Date: Thursday 22 August – Saturday 24 August Time: 7pm Price: £50pp for the sharing-style menu Location: 71 Blandford Street Mayfair London, W1U 8AB Closest Station: Baker Street

Website: opentable.co.uk

The Old Place Pop-up at Ronnie Scott’s, Soho (all weekend)

A two-week immersive pop-up opens at Ronnie Scott’s this week, to mark the world-famous jazz club’s 60th anniversary. A replica of the original Ronnie Scott’s club has been created at Gerry’s Club, located down the road from Ronnie Scott’s at 52 Dean Street, decorated with archival artwork and photography. Coined The Old Place, the pop-up will host a toe-tapping, raucous line up of jazz musicians, who will play homage to the likes of Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery and John Coltrane.

Date: Until Saturday 31 August Time: 1st show 6.30pm and 2nd show 9pm Price: £21.36 Location: Gerry’s Club, 52 Dean Street, Soho Closest Station: Leicester Square

Website: ronniescotts.co.uk

England vs Ireland, Twickenham (Saturday)

Watch The Red Roses take on The Shamrocks this weekend at Twickenham Stadium, in this Quilter International. Feel the highly charged atmosphere as the home crowd belt out ‘Swing Low’, or toast the game with a glass of Bollinger Champagne, official champagne partner of the Rugby Football Union, in the plush surrounds of the Bollinger Tent situated in the West Fan Village.

Date: Saturday 24 August 2019 Time: 2pm kick-off Price: from £25 Location: Twickenham Stadium Closest Station: Twickenham

Website: autumninternationals.co.uk

The Monster: The World’s Largest Inflatable Obstacle Course, Alexandra Palace (all weekend)

What’s that coming over the hill? Alexandra Palace is being transformed this bank holiday weekend by a gigantic inflatable ‘Monster’. The 300-metre course features more than 40 exhilarating obstacles, including an 18-metre ‘mega slide.’ The inflatable spectacle is accompanied by a roster of adult entertainment including drag queen karaoke; boozy bingo; late-night live DJs and plenty food and drink options.

Date: 23 August – 28 August Time: 10am-10pm Price: £25 Location: Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY Closest Station: Wood Green

Website: themonster.co.uk