To ensure you make the most of the precious Bank Holiday, we've whipped together a list of the who, what, and where in London from Friday 26 August to Monday 29 August 2016. Just don't come crying to us if you don't make it into work on Tuesday. You're most welcome.
Notting Hill Carnival After-Party
This bank holiday weekend, on Sunday 28 Aug, Dirty Bones will be hosting a Notting Hill Festival After-Party from 8pm until late. Plus, ons bank holiday Monday, both the Kensingonton and Soho Dirty Bones will be running special boozy brunches.
Close to the Carnival
Enjoy a week of exciting festivities at the Notting Hill Arts Club until 28th August in celebration of carnival time. Hip underground DJs and vibrant sounds abound at this venue, which is close to the heart of all the action. Highlights include award-winning Rampage Sound System, Restless Funk, and Gin and Juice.
Bank Holiday Rooftop Party
With the sun high in the sky there's only one place to celebrate the start of a long weekend: 100ft above Kensington at The Roof Gardens. This Friday you can enjoy top DJs, delicious cocktails and a sizzling BBQ in the beautiful gardens in the sunshine. Entry is £15 before 11pm. Get on the guest list and for VIP tables.
The Alfresco Party
Kicking off the August bank boliday weekend at Red Market is illusive Londoner The Pushamann, taking time away from heading up his Nature or Nurture party collective to play Friday 26 August with Two and Eight plus Jac The Disco, before ReviveHER bring the vibes on Saturday 27 August to launch their brand new record label with performances from rising funk oddity Sultan Shakes, Rub 'N' Tug, Young Marco and more. On to Sunday and the party continues with Defected Records' stalwart Sam Divine who leads the line up alongside house duo Maze & Masters and young maestro FACES for a one-off Shoreditch Summer Terrace special until midnight.
Old School Clubbing
Spend your August bank holiday weekend at one of London's most clued-up and hedonistic clubs, Egg LDN (pictured above). Three days of parties will feature international talent over three floors and endlessly adaptable dance floors, including a Garden room and alfresco terraces on every floor.
Kicking things off in bubbling style on Friday 26 August is the Wavy Carnival Warm Up Party featuring UK garage legends Artful Dodger Vs DJ Luck & MC Neat. On Saturday 27 August, Sabajaq bags a London exclusive from legendary Chicago techno/house pioneer, Green Velvet raising the roof alongside Paride Saraceni, Othon, Just Her, Warboy and guests. Rounding things off on Sunday 28 August is the classic old skool house party, The Promised Land: UK House Special with elder statesmen, Mr C, Fabio (House set), Colin Dale, Terry Farley and Upfront House from Flashmob, Arkoss plus three more rooms playing including 80s soul &disco, funky house and classic jungle/D&B and going through till 8am Monday morning, if you've got the stamina!
All-Day Shoreditch Party
Head to Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in Shoreditch - one of East London's most vital small music venues and cultural hotspots - for A Summer Affair, a day-to-night summer party on Sunday 28 August, to celebrate the venue's 15th birthday. Kick-off at 1pm with a visit to the independent label market and the launch of a a new photography exhibition co-curated with YOUTH CLUB, celebrating seminal live music experiences and the British rite of passage of attending your first gig. Stay longer for the good-time tunes by UK band Frankie & The Heartstrings (supported by Johnny Foreigner). Don't miss the after-party: special guests Everything Everything will play a DJ set alongside Raw Meat's cool DJs running until 3am.
The uniquely redeveloped railway station that is Oslo Bar & Kitchen in Hackney provides an intimate yet cool destination for the Hus Av Blues show, on Sunday 28 August. Set against a Nordic, atmospheric aesthetic, Oslo's cool ground floor restaurant and bar is the perfect environment for a night of toe-tapping, rustic, live blues music, roast dinners and a whole host of DJs spinning all things Motown, Rock n Roll and more. The show opens with soulful Joe Corbin, and you can be entertained free of charge from 6pm to midnight.
The Bank Holiday Cider Festival and Hog Roast at The Water Poet returns this year to celebrate the August bank holiday and all things cider. From traditional scrumpy to the funkiest of flavours, The Barn and garden will be overflowing with a who's who of the best new and classic cider producers around. There will also be live music each day in the garden, a huge spit roast hog and a photobooth to capture all the glorious moments after a cider or two.
Bloody Mary Bingo Party
For a sure-fire way to spice up your Bank Holiday, head to The Folly bar and restaurant on Sunday 28 August to indulge in a game of Bloody Mary Bingo. Comedian, Victoria Kember, and exquisite burlesque performer, Loretto Lebonke, will be on hand to make sure everybody is suitable entertained from 12pm until 4pm with booze, banter and bingo. Guests can stamp their way through the games whilst indulging in specially created brunch and booze packages whilst winning surprise prizes along the way. Enjoy three Bloody Marys or Bellinis for £15, or taste-test their summer menu at £25 for a main meal and three Bloody Marys or Bellinis.
Or, try out Bloody Mary Bingo at Drake & Morgan at King's Cross on Sunday 28 August for an afternoon of hilarious entertainment and delicious cocktails. Coordinating the bingo and providing you with outlandish acts and performances will be the fabulous Alfie Ordinary alongside the frighteningly good Arran Shurvington. One drag prince, one lovable monster. From 12pm to 4pm, the same deal applied as The Folly above. Surprise prizes are also up for grabs if your numbers come up!
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