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Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Europe’s largest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival is a vivid and thrilling spectacle that celebrates and showcases London’s rich, varied and magnificent multicultural past and present. This year’s Carnival takes place from Saturday August 24 to Monday August 26, 2019. It all kicks off with the UK National Steelband Panorama Competition event on Saturday evening, with Sunday reserved for family day and the main parade on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Carnival centres around the streets of west London within the W10 & W11 post codes, with celebrations spreading over Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. Further information, and carnival map can be found on the official carnival website.

Nearest stations are Notting Hill Gate, Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines but check out TubeMap  before you set out as stations might close or become overcrowded. Here’s a run-down of Advanced Information:

  • Bayswater and Paddington will be open as usual. It is advisable to use these stations rather than stations with restrictions.
  • Holland Park closes at 6pm on both days.
  • Ladbroke Grove will be closed on both days.
  • Latimer Road will close at 11.30pm on both days.
  • Notting Hill Gate will be exit-only from 11am-7pm on both days. Circle and District line trains will not stop here between 11am-7pm on both days. There will also be no interchange between the District and Circle and Central lines all day on both days.
  • Royal Oak will be exit-only from 11am-6pm on both days and will close at 6pm.
  • Westbourne Park will be exit-only 11am-6pm both days and will close at 11.30pm.

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Shakespeare’s Globe – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Four brawling lovers, caught in a dispute of increasingly magical proportions; a crew of keen mechanicals, determined to give it their all; and one roguish sprite, hell-bent on causing as much havoc as possible… What could possibly go wrong?

Performances Saturday 7.30pm, and Sunday at 1pm and 6.30pm over the bank holiday weekend. Yard seats (Standing) £5, Gallery seats (seated) from £23. Under 18 get £3 off all seats.

Nearby stations are Blackfriars and Mansion House on the District and Circle Lines, London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee Lines and St Paul’s on the Central Line. Book tickets online here.

Covent Garden Cool Down

Love ice cream? Pop to Covent Garden’s Piazza for a five-day festival of all things ice cream. Alongside your standard flavours, there will also be some fruity concoctions – including fruit and vegetable mixes. The event takes place from Thursday August 22 until Monday August 26<. You can find the website here.

Nearest stations are Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line and Leicester Square  on the Piccadilly and Northern Line.

Morden Park House 90s Outdoor Cinema

Why choose between being outdoors and having a movie day this bank holiday Monday? Do both by heading down to Morden Park House’s outdoor cinema and get ready to be taken back to the 90s. Grab your camp chairs, blankets, cushions and pack a picnic. Films are from 11:00am kicking off with Jumanji, followed by Clueless, Romeo and Juliet, Pretty Woman, Pulp Fiction. You can book here.

Nearest station is Morden on the Northern Line.

Stranger Pins: Stranger Things Bowling Party

On Saturday August 24 venture into the Upside Down at this bowling party with a difference.

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes will be dressing the venue and channelling their inner Eleven, Will, Hopper, Mike & all the rest of the crew for something a little different for bank holiday weekend. DJ’s will be playing 80’s synth bangers all night long with some classics thrown in for good measure.  Find out more here.

Nearest station is Russell Square  data-contrast=”auto”>on the Piccadilly line.

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