Start planning your August bank holiday with our pick of the best spots to eat and drink this weekend.

Food and Drink Festivals…

LONDON GIN FESTIVAL: If G&T is your tipple don’t miss the last chance to buy tickets to the London Gin Festival from Friday 26 ’til Sunday 28 August (they’re selling out fast). 

CIDER FESTIVAL: The Water Poet in Spitalfields is hosting its free-entry Cider Festival and Hog Roast from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 August, from 12pm. Enjoy live music, from steel bands to salsa, a host of craft ciders and a £7 hog roast bap.

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL: As well as hitting the Carnival over the bank holiday weekend, bars have got into the carnival fever, too. Rudie’s Jamaican restaurant in Dalston will be serving the special Carnival Cooler on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August. Meanwhile Creole Kitchen at The Beachcomber are putting on a nine-course ‘Caribbean Carnival Feast’ on Friday 26 August, with pop-up chef Vanessa Bolosier – plus their street food stall will be outside the Tiki bar on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 midday ’til late.

FOODIES FESTIVAL: Ally Pally is putting up London’s last Foodies Festival of the summer this bank holiday weekend, see top chef masterclasses, enjoy wine and beer tasting, munch on street food and check out the Producer’s Market.

INSIDER TIP: Grab 2-4-1 tickets to Foodies Festival here…

Lazy Brunch…

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Make your Hotbox brunch bottomless this bank holiday weekend

MEAT FEAST: Grab a Brunch Burger or Eggs Benedict with smoked pork belly from HotboxMake it bottomless with prosecco, Mimosa or the Bloody Mary.

BREXIT BRUNCH: Pop Brixton is offering you the choice of a Best of British or Continental breakfast, both served with ‘Neverendum’ (bottomless) Pimm’s or prosecco (£30pp) on Saturday 27 August from 12-3pm.

AUSSIE-VIBE: Try Beany Green – think Coconut Bread French Toast and oodles of avocado, washed down with a Bloody Mary or fabulous health-kick cocktail Five a Daisy with Absolut Vodka, baby spinach, cucumber, celery, green apple, mint, and detoxifying deactivated charcoal shot.

JAPANESE-STYLE: Recently revamped Murakami offers a four-course extravaganza (don’t miss the Red Wave Roll – spicy tuna and cucumber in a roll, wrapped in tuna with Kizame Wasabi and Wasabi Mayo). 

INSIDER TIP: Discover our top bottomless brunches…

Relax on a Rooftop

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Choose from a selection of street food at Pergola on the Roof, including Le Coq (pictured)

TELEVISION CENTRE: Pergola on the Roof are loving the high life so much they’ve extended their residency on top of Television Centre in West London ’til the end of September (and the guys at Rum Kitchen will be moving in too).

OXFORD STREET: Escape the chaos of Oxford Street and chill high above the crowds on swings at Notch, with Nikkei street food from ex-Kurobuta and Nobu Melbourne chef Mark Morrans, as he serves up a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese dishes. Don’t miss the tuna can classic cocktails.

EAST LONDON: Or take a trip back to the ’60s at The Queen of Hoxton‘s ‘A Tribute to Doctor Strange’ themed rooftop, famed for its Yummies Deli rainbow tie-dye ice-cream sandwiches and rainbow bagel.

INSIDER TIP: Discover our top summer rooftops in London…

Street Food Markets…

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Head to a London beach this bank holiday weekend

BEACH FIESTA: Grab your bucket and spade for the last weekend of Brixton Beach Boulevard… and they’re not going out without a bang. The Miami-themed haven is putting on a three-day fiesta from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August with DJ sets, and street food from the likes of LamJam, Mac to the Future and Lucha Burrito. Tickets are £3 in advance, or can be purchased on the door.

NIGHT TALES: Sunday is your last day to enjoy Night Tales in Hackney Wick, with the street food including guys like Rudie’s and Nanny Bill’s House, plus let the sun go down in the lantern-filled Singha Discovery Bar.

STREET FEAST: Or head to one of Street Feast‘s four summer locations for a host of street food vendors (take friends and share as many as you can). 

INSIDER TIP: It’s Camden Beach‘s last weekend, don’t miss this annual pop-up with deckchairs, BBQ, cocktails, craft beer and sand between your toes…

Try Out a New Restaurant…

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Check out BAO’s new Fitzrovia spot

BAO: Check out BAO‘s new Fitzrovia spot, with classic bao like braised pork, coriander and peanuts and Taiwanese-inspired small dishes Xiao Chi – ‘small eats’, commonly found as street food in mainland China or Taipei in Taiwan.

CARIBBEAN VIBES: Head to the Rum Kitchen‘s new Brixton restaurant for barbequed goodness, explosive rum cocktails and £5 happy hour.

SPICE TRAIL: If it’s spice you’re after, there’s the new Foley’s – offering beautiful dishes from the Middle East and Asia (our must try is the Hake with tamarind, fennel, coconut, crispy chickpeas, okra, coriander and kale). Click here to find out more from founder Mitz Vora.

WHAT THE CLUCK?: And chicken-lovers mustn’t miss the H.en six-month residency in Islington. This ethical chicken restaurant in Brighton is offering a ‘beak to feet’ menu for Londoners, including signature sides like chicken wings coated in sweet spicy hot sauce and, exclusive to London, the Crispy Chicken Feet.

INSIDER TIP: Find more August Restaurant New Openings…

Indulge in Afternoon Tea…

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Takeaway afternoon tea with The Arch London

POSH PICNIC: Dust off your hamper and take afternoon tea to the park this bank holiday weekend with The Arch London‘s best of British selection. Washed down with Tattinger Champagne, of course.

GET ARTY: Lancaster London is serving up edible paint tubes and art print pastries out of painting boxes in this creative afternoon tea option.

INSIDER TIP: Discover our top afternoon teas for summer 2016…

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