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Things to do on August bank holiday weekend 2022 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.

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Caribbean parties, alfresco attractions, fun family fun... soak up the last of the summer vibes with this pick of what’s on during the bank holiday weekend in London. 

Activities in London on the August bank holiday

Tick off those must-see attractions

Use the extra day off to check out many of London’s top attractions from your must-see list.

The long weekend gives you even more time to discover your London, so why not pick up a sightseeing pass such as The London Pass, the London Explorer Pass or Merlin Attractions Pass, which give you access to multiple attractions.

Or spot the sights from the top deck on a bus tour, including a hop-on-hop-off tour allowing you to see as much or as little as you like. Alternatively, take to the river to discover key landmarks from a different angle on a boat tour.

Book a West End show

Four dancers leap across the stage in lion costumes in The Lion King.

Be dazzled by London's top theatre shows and see long-running musicals, classic comedy and innovative plays on the West End stage. 

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Refresh your wardrobe

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

Wander along Oxford Street and Regent 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 stylish 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.

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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Immersive and adrenaline activities

A woman and man walk down the side of The O2, hanging onto a rope and wearing harnesses, during the Up at The O2 experience.

What to do on bank holiday for cool kids

A lady and three children draw on a white wall, which already has a lot of drawings on it.

It’s nearly the end of the school holidays, so make the most of the final days with these family-focused events and activities over the weekend.

Discover more of the top family attractions for kids or find more things to do with teenagers in London.

Unmissable bank holiday events in London

Get your dancing shoes ready

A lady, dressed in a carnival headdress and clothing, dances as red ticker tape fills the air.

Europe's largest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival, takes place over the August bank holiday and brings infectious atmosphere to Notting Hill all weekend long.

The party vibes continue at Yam Carnival, which celebrates Black music, culture and food with a host of acts and activities to enjoy over the weekend.

Enjoy an alfresco movie night

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

Book a spot for a concert

Tune in to concerts this weekend, including the BBC Proms, which dedicates the weekend to Family Proms and French composers.

If you'd rather soak up the sun, check out free concerts at St Martin's Courtyard's Summer Stage throughout the weekend.

  

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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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