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Best August Bank Holiday Parties in London

By Christian Rose-Day (28 Oct 14)
Tags: august holiday,bank holiday,summer holiday,bank holiday,weekend party,parties in london,what to do in london,things to do in london,

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Your summer bank holiday weekend is here and London is buzzing with anticipation for the upcoming Notting Hill Carnival with all its sound systems, parties, costumes and Red Stripe lager.

Looking for things to do in London this weekend? It's time to let your hair down and enjoy the last remaining remnants of summer. No matter how you start your long weekend, you'll want to end it on a bang, so allow us to give you a few bank holiday party ideas.

There's a full bank holiday weekend line up at The Lost Angel in Battersea. Friday sees a night of dancing until you drop at Plastic Dreams, with past and present hits being dropped from 7pm until 2am. Take yourself to Eastern shores on Saturday with a Full Moon Party, featuring bucket cocktails, satay BBQ and a neon body painter (7pm-2am). Then, to the warm climate of Hawaii on Sunday with The Endless Summer Luau – a day of musical beach vibes, Hawaiian roasts, hula hula competitions and DJs late into the night. There's no work on Monday after all.

The Water Poet pub hosts their annual cider festival in the beer garden this Bank Holiday weekend. Head down any time from midday Saturday until Monday - the pub is located between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations - to sample scrumpy in the funkiest flavours (as well as the traditional kind). You can also feast on a sumptuous hog roast, finished off with cider cocktails and ice cream from The Drunken Dairy. All the while, a live steel band (from 6pm) will bring a touch of Notting Hill Carnival to East London.

Looking for something significantly more chilled than the hectic streets of Notting Hill this Bank Holiday weekend? Head to Alice House in Queen's Park where, on Sunday, Londoners will be able to soak up some house and electric beats from an impressive array of DJs. Open until the wee small hours, tickets start at a mere £8, and punters can enjoy an all-night party vibe while supping on tropical cocktails, all in the sanctuary of this pub. Think Carnival without the chaos.

For a taste of East Coast Island living without leaving London this Bank Holiday, head to Skylounge's summer rooftop pop-up, Nantucket Beach Club, in Tower Hill. Kick back and relax in this island inspired retreat, complete with its very own lighthouse and swing-bench. Indulge in their hearty and delicious seafood dishes; from lobster mac and cheese to their signature Rhode Island spicy calamari and lobster rolls. Wash it down with refreshing Snow Queen vodka slushies, whilst soaking up the sun and taking in the stunning views across The City.

In a departure from the typical Carnival-inspired parties happening elsewhere in London this weekend, the hilariously-named Kensington nightclub Beaver Lodge is hosting a frat-party themed knees up in their Wild West-esque surroundings. Expect American beer aplenty, red cups and DJ Lumberjack (seriously). So if you're looking for a hoedown with beer pong alongside cheerleaders - and let's face it who isn't? - don your best red, white and blue threads and head down this Sunday.

If you're torn between a long weekend in bed and a raucous night of partying, Barts in Chelsea could be your perfect answer. Don your silk pyjamas and velvet smoking jackets from 6pm on the bank holiday Sunday for a slumber soirée. The night will see midnight snacks, pillow fights and sleep-preventing tipples.

Sunday is the new Friday at Dirty Martini bar in Covent Garden where happy hour is until 9pm. A bank holiday Sunday to remember, or potentially not, with martinis at £6 all night long. Get yourself and your hombres on the guest list:

Another Sunday bank holiday party (6pm-1am), but at Callooh Callay carnival (in Shoreditch) is the name of the game. Pretty much the dream if you can't face the near-death experience Notting Hill presents. Free jerk chicken and plantain chips will keep hunger at bay, while a fruit stall allows you to choose what fruit you have made into a frozen daiquiri to keep thirst levels acceptable. Inflatable fruit and umbrellas will be on display for no other reason other than they're fun.

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