How to Spend August Bank Holiday Weekend in London for Free

Summer arrives in London as a naughty high school boy comes to the classroom – always late. But the wait is finally over. It’s summertime and the August bank holiday is just round the corner. Locals and travellers alike would definitely look for ways to spend the bank holiday in style. Whether you want to soak up the sun, party hard, explore a new place, or just spend time reading your favourite book, London always has something in store for you. And don’t worry! To ease off your search, we have compiled a list of activities and things to do during the bank holiday in London.

London Wonderground

Ladies and gentlemen, gear up to take a trip down memory lane, as London Wonderground is all set to roll in to make your childhood memories come alive. An exquisite line-up of circus acts, cabaret, and family shows, there is a lot happening at Southbank Centre during the August bank holiday weekend. Kids can have an enthralling and delightful time while adults can chillax at the bars or outdoor performance spaces. The last year’s smashing hit LIMBO show will make a comeback to amaze once again while the dark comedy musical The Tiger Lillies, and the cabaret diva Meow Meow will also be staged.

When:  Wed 7th May to Sun 28th September 2014

Where: Southbank Centre, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Nearest Tube station: Waterloo

Nearest Hotels to Waterloo Tube Station: Grange City Hotel, Grange Wellington Hotel, Strand Palace Hotel

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

A landmark in itself, Regents Park Open Theatre is a highlight of London summer and an inevitable feature. Right within the royal surroundings sits this large open-air theatre with 1,240 seats yet those who attend say this is one of the most intimate one. Every night, people lay the picnic rug, place the hampers, and fill the glass with wine to enjoy theatre alongside in the midst of trees twinkling with fairy lights. And the bold, dramatic, and dynamic productions are an experience you shouldn’t miss. A truly unique way to enjoy truly unique theatre. This year’s highlights for August include Porgy and Bess till 23d August and To Kill a Mockingbird from 28th August – 13th September.

When:  Thu 15th May – Sat 13th September 2014

Where: Queen Mary’s Garden, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NU

Admission: £15 - £55

Nearest tube station:  Baker Street

Nearest Hotels to Baker Street Tube Station: The Marylebone Hotel, Bickenhall Hotel, Grange Langham Court Hotel, Astor Court Hotel

Buckingham Palace Summer opening

Buckingham Palace Interior

This summer, discover the treasures from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. The royal palace will open for summers till September and if you love all things royal and lavish, this is the best way to spend your august bank holiday in the city. Make sure to take a tour of the State Rooms used by the crowned heads for official occasion and entertaining the guests. The Picture Gallery is one of the state rooms with extraordinary display of paintings brining Italian, Flemish, and Dutch works together under one roof. As the evening winds off, head to the Garden Café and have some light refreshments to end your day out.

When:  2nd Aug-28th Sep 2014

Where: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA

Times:August: 09:30-19:00

Admission: Adult: from £19.75, Child under 17 from £11.25, Child under 5 go free

Nearest Tube Station: St. James’s Park

Nearest Hotels to St James Park Tube Station: Grange Rochester, Chester Hotel, and Hanover Hotel Victoria

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

This is something you don’t want to miss. This annual festival is held annually to celebrate the Caribbean culture in Europe in an out-and-out style. Notting Hill Carnival spans the bank holiday weekend. The procession of sounds, sights, and scents starts on Great Western Road winding its way to Ladbroke Road. This time around, make sure you are one of the 1 million visitors that enjoy this biggest street festival every year.

When:24th Aug 2014 - 25th Aug 2014

Where: Notting Hill, Notting Hill, London W11 3AG

Admission: Free

Nearest Tube Station: Notting Hill Gate

Nearest Hotels to Notting Hill Gate Tube Station: Duke of Leinster Hotel, Notting Hill Guest House, Royal Hyde Park Hotel

Hampton Court Palace

Hamton court Palace Jazz Festival

If your idea of bank holiday is to spend a sunny afternoon on a park bench reading, Hampton Court Palace is the best place. Hyde Park, Regent’s Park or any of the 8 royal parks would be crowded so don’t expect to find a green patch to lay that picnic blanket. Hampton Court Palace is enclosed by vast green space consisting a deer park, waterways, pond, and parkland. During the bank holiday weekend, live cookery demonstrations will take place and also you can enjoy a jazz festival from 27th to 30th August. And tickets per head starts from just £15.

When:27th Aug 2014 to 30th Aug 2014

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Hampton St London SE17 3AN

Admission: £15*

Nearest Tube Station: Richmond

Nearest Hotels to Richmond Tube Station: Duke of Leinster Hotel, Notting Hill Guest House, Royal Hyde Park Hotel

London has a lot to keep you busy and entertained this summer. Make the most of the August bank holiday in London this year.

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