Even if you’re not braving the crowds at Notting Hill Carnival over the August bank holiday, there are still lots of city-based opportunities to make the most of the last long weekend of the year.
From beach parties in Clapham to rock and roll in Camden, there are plenty of ways to kick back in the capital.
Groove to beach-bar vibes at The Frog, Clapham
This fun cocktail bar is setting itself up as the Café del Mar of Clapham Common for the bank holiday, with punchy cocktails, all-day food and live music. Friday night will see an extended happy
hour from 4-7pm, plus live music on the terrace; on Saturday, DJ Goldenchild will take to the decks with a mix of urban and chill-out tunes; and on Sunday, the entertainment will segue from sexy
saxophonists in the afternoon to a live DJ come nightfall.
Tuck into beer and chicken buckets at Honky Tonk, Chelsea (pictured, above)
On Sunday night, to see in the last bank holiday of the year in style, New York-inspired restaurant and bar Honky Tonk will host an all-American themed evening of ice-cold beers, fried-chicken
buckets and live bands. Then, on bank holiday Monday, diners can nurse their hangover with a New York-style brunch, complete with bloody Marys, other reviving cocktails, and live blues and jazz.
Get a different kind of herbal fix at Herbfest, Southbank
From the August bank holiday weekend until 8 September, The Southbank Centre will unveil a pop-up greenhouse packed with fragrant herbs including basil, lemon verbena, lavender and mint. Guests can
browse this lush oasis before retiring to the Riverside Terrace Café for specially created snacks such as pine-nut and rosemary cookies, and orange-and-lavender loaf cake – or they can sip
herb-infused cocktails at the centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden. Perfect for anyone with the munchies.
See out your Sunday with Prohibition cocktails at Archer Street, Soho (pictured, above)
It’s back to the roaring 1920s this bank holiday weekend for swish Soho bar Archer Street, which will jazz up the weekend with a speakeasy-style makeover. On Sunday, don your flapper dresses,
cloche hats or zoot suits and you’ll be rewarded with a complimentary jazz-themed cocktail to get the party started – then it’s up to the bar’s resident DJ to keep you dancing into the early hours
of Monday morning.
Rock out on Sunday and waltz in on Monday at The Blues Kitchen, Camden
Camden’s spirited soul shack will be hosting two special evenings over the bank holiday weekend. On Sunday, the live-music stalwart will be focusing on rock and roll, with a host of bands and DJs
playing until 3am. Then, on Monday, The Blues Kitchen's finest resident musicians will reproduce Martin Scorsese's 1978 concert film The Last Waltz for diners from start to finish.
Get those hips wiggling at La Sophia
This Westbourne Park bistro will be celebrating the bank-holiday weekend with a live DJ playing salsa and Angolan kizomba music outside the restaurant, plus a Carnival-style after-party for diners.
Are you Ghana go their way?
As part of Covent Garden’s Africa Centre Festival, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen will be enlightening Londoners about
Ghanaian cuisine. Founder Zoe Adjonyoh’s pop-up (which runs until 12 September) will serve themed menus to up to 20 guests every night, with a different line-up each night, sometimes from guest
cooks. From 25-26 August, Adjonyoh will present Ghanaval at Dalston Roof Park, with Ghanaian street food, azonto dancing, live DJs playing thumping beats, and more.