"Nah, Not The Notting Hill Carnival" Bank Holiday To Do List

Written by: Sophie Taylor


As long as you’re not one of those smug office knobs who took the Friday off (yeah, we see you), you deserve to ease yourself in with an after work pint and gear up for your long weekend of not using the bank.

By the way, did anyone else look at their iCalendar the other week, punch the air and book a three-day fun binge because it said it was a Bank Holiday Monday? Then realised it only applied to Scotland? I know, I know. Well, chin up you over excited big kids you, your time has come!

So, as we have all come to the depressing conclusion that it takes at least a week to recover from one pint these days, you may as well push the boat out and have a big old late one on the Friday and recover in September.

On the 26th August at The Garage in Islington, battle winning club and festival DJ, Mr. Thing will be playing over four hours of classic hip-hop, soul and funk in his Throwback Lounge. The DMC Champion (that’s the Disco Mix Club Championships for the uneducated) and former Scratch Perverts member will be dipping into his mammoth catalogue of music, accrued across years playing venues and events around the world, to try to impress us North Londoners… and impress he will. 

Tickets are £6 in advance or £10 on the door, so get booking good looking.

Go on, play the YouTube video we’ve lovingly embedded for you and keep it playing while you read. He’s right good that Mr Thing. I think I’m a bit in love with him now. Anyway, on to Saturday…

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Whether you’re feeling fresh as a daisy or rough as the worm that just crawled out from under it, Saturday morning is for eating and lounging. So why not do it on the beach? Camden Roundhouse imported 150 tonnes of sand just for you to scrunch your toes in and get all annoyed about when it’s still in your shoes come Christmas. Pack a spade* and a belly for filling because they’ve got BBQ rum & coke spare ribs, deep fried polenta, cocktail bars and obligatory ice creams. 

Every Saturday they have live music from ‘young emerging musicians and DJs who have all come through the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios’. Hey guess what else? It’s completely free. Unless you want to book a VIP beach hut, which seem to be going fast, so if you like the sound of your own private summer house with ‘cushioned seating and exclusive outdoor space’ with either 2 bottles of prosecco, a fridge of lager, 12 ciders (or soft drinks), popcorn and rock, food from the BBQ, App ordering and waiter service to your hut and a souvenir beach mat get clicking here.

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Now that you’re full on sticky ribs and crunchy sand, it’s time to get your hot pants and your rave on at KOKO just up the road on Camden High Street.

From 9pm it’s The Hot Wuk Truck Party. Expect ‘pure dancehall hype’ until 3am and lots of twerking. Personally, I think it’s a massive excuse to wear comfy, comfy flats and be a complete and utter sweaty mess judgement free.

They say to book early to avoid disappointment but there are still tickets left and some available on the door (£10-20 advance or £25 on the door).

Koko – 1a Camden High St, London, NW1 7JE

Photo from Heatwave 


It’s Sunday and it’s time to chill out before you realise you’ve got Monday off. So instead of hysterically switching off Antiques Roadshow and over compensating with ill-judged last minute grand schemes, slow down. Use Sunday to catch your breath with some more relaxed plans.

Try heading to The House of Illustration in Kings Cross and catch much-loved children’s illustrator, Quentin Blake’s exhibition on until 2nd October. Have a read of our review of The BFG in pictures.

Then why not be one of those self-satisfied Sunday strollers that actually do bottomless brunch. But do it right, without the cheap prosecco, at Victory Mansion in Stoke Newington and leave deservedly smug. Or, if you’re a ‘more runny eggs, less hangover at sunset’ types why not pick and choose from our top four recommended Darling Let’s Do Brunch suggestions. 

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But if that’s not enough celery and tomato juice for you, meander down to Drake and Morgan in Kings Cross for Bloody Mary Bingo where you can ‘indulge in booze, banter & bingo downstairs in our Green Room Bar’. We’re a sucker for a spot of alliteration.

The bingo will be coordinated by fabulous drag prince Alfie Ordinary with Arran Shurvinton. You can go for the drinks package: £15 for 3 bloody mary’s / bellinis or the set menu: £25 for a main meal & 3 bloody mary’s or bellinis.

Book your space by emailing info@drakeandmorgan-kingscross.co.uk

Or give em a ring-a-ling on 0845 468 0107


It’s time to get schooled. You may well be suffering from Bank Holiday FOMO at this point, so quash it with a panic planned novelty class. Like a Burlesque Dance lesson. Even if it’s not your friend of a friend’s hen do you can still don some vintage heels and gloves and get involved with a lesson in empowerment from Sharon T, founder of the highly-acclaimed London school of burlesque.

‘Embracing diversity is the Burlesque Baby mantra. From 18 year old girls to women in their late sixties – Tesco cashiers to supermodels, city bankers to royalty – Sharon believes that all of these women are united through one desire- to feel empowered!’ she says, referring to herself in the third person and slightly muffled through some feathers. Preach it Shazza, Sophie is with you on that one.

Photo via Burlesque Baby

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If that sounds like a bit too much belly shaking after your big weekend and massive Monday breakfast, how about venturing into Hampstead for a supper club and masterclass? Learn how to ‘perfectly smoke and cook low and slow’ at The Flask. Their resident food buff and General Manager, Mark Gourdie, will teach you about their fantastical Big Green Egg cooker, covering everything from charcoal/wood choice, cooking techniques, rubs, sauces, meats, vegetables, and sides. Once you’ve learnt more than you bargained for from a huge green egg thing, they’ll be serving up a feast with each dish matched to a ‘crisp & refreshing beer from Signature Brewing Company’.

Book yourself in here why doncha.

Photo via The Flask

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