Stuck for things to do in London this bank holiday weekend? Here's some city inspo just for you...

The August bank holiday is upon us – yay! Here are five fantastic things you could do in London this bank holiday weekend.

Covent Garden Cool Down – 22 to 26 August

With the sun well and truly set to put its hat on this bank holiday weekend, the Covent Garden Cool Down couldn’t have been more perfectly timed.

This 5-day ice cream festival is the stuff of dreams. Open from midday to 8pm on the East Piazza each day, forget your worries for a while and grab a sweet treat from vendors like Ladurée, Avobar and Morelli’s Gelato. Indulgence at its finest!

Shake it Up! Shakespeare Festival – 23 to 24 August

Forget Southbank – who knew that Shoreditch was the original London home of Shakespeare?! The Shake It Up! Festival is celebrating all things Shakes-y in the lead up to the opening of a new, permanent exhibition space where Shakespeare’s original theatre (called, ahem, The Theatre) once stood.

With candlelit choir concerts, pop-up performances of William’s works and even a spot of Elizabethan yoga, why not try something out of the ordinary for a bank holiday weekend to remember?

Explore the city’s street food scenes

London has a lot to offer when it comes to street food – think Instagrammable pop ups, age-old markets and a whole lot more. If you’re a food fanatic, free this weekend, and in desperate need of inspiration, here are our top street food spots from around the city. Check them out!


Family Festival at Buckingham Palace – 24 to 26 August

The rather royal Family Festival is returning to Buckingham Palace this year, and there’s plenty planned to keep you and yours entertained as you explore the Palace, Mews, and the Queen’s Gallery.

Learn all about female inventors and scientists from Victorian times, join in with some activities at the arts and crafts fete (watercolour painting, photography, etc.), and browse collections from the famous Leonardo da Vinci. Festival entry is included in the price of a regular palace ticket, which can be booked here.

A picnic in the park

London has plenty of parks and other green spaces, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, and when better to visit one than on a sunny August bank holiday weekend?

From usual favourites like Hyde Park, St James’ Park and Primrose Hill, to the lesser-known Walpole Park, Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Dulwich Park, grab your picnic blanket, snacks and a good book and take your pick.


Arden University has three study centres all in prime spots around London, so there’s always something to see or do in your spare time. To find out more about Arden in London, click the button below.

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