Celebrate the August bank holiday in style with our ultimate guide to the weekend. Whether you’re looking to party the night away in Shoreditch, flee the city, or get your carnival on, we have it covered.
What to See
Dine at Casa Negra
This is the Shoreditch sister restaurant of Soho’s La Bodega Negra. The restaurant is immaculately styled and the menu is fantastic. Dine on fabulous tacos or suckling pig, drink marvelous margaritas and party the night away in their wicked subterranean bar.
Party at Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill’s famous (and infamous) carnival returns this weekend in a blaze of glory, to light up the weekend with fantastic music from the likes of champion steel band Real Steel, delicious jerk chicken and some of the sparkliest costumes you’ll see worn in below 30 degree temperatures.
Eat, drink, and be merry – but remember to leave plenty of time to get home, as public transport can get a little cosy!
Train to Bordeaux
If you don’t feel like going through the agonising check-in and security process at the airport, Bordeaux is accessible by train. Just hop aboard an early morning Eurostar, change at Paris and you’ll be sipping some vin rouge with your moules frites by lunchtime. Add to that a city brimming with culture and architectural intrigue, which also happens to be flanked by acres of vineyards and Bordeaux makes a very attractive Bank Holiday indeed.
Cook Baked Eggs
Dust off the after-carnival cobwebs with these fantastic Turkish baked eggs. They are made with chorizo, tomatoes and red peppers to give you a really good start to the day. Serving suggestion; loads of crusty fresh bread, coffee and juice on the side to accompany these magnificent eggs.
Read full recipe here
Watch Film 4 Fright Night
What better way to spend the bank holiday weekend than by scaring yourself silly in Leicester Square cinema for 72 hours on end? With three screens and dozens of films to choose from, horror buffs of both the classics and the new kids on the block will be spoilt for choice.
Our picks? Claustrophobic toilet-bound zombie shriek-athon Stalled vs. the legendary Nosferatu (1922).
Brunch at Le Caprice
Eat like a king at Le Caprice this bank holiday. The fabulous restaurant recently started serving brunch at the weekend and if you have not been you are in for a treat; bacon egg and foie gras muffin, eggs Arlington, a fabulous crab roll or bagel with smoked salmon and cheese. Chuck in one hell of a bloody mary and your weekend starts right here.
Brunch Saturday and Sunday all day for more information visit le-caprice.co.uk/menu/weekend-brunch
Cook Beautiful Beef Meze
Create a show stopping dinner party for your friends, all in in under 40 minutes – succulent beef cooked till tender in a load of wonderful spices, served with a tangy onion salad and spinach and garlic raita.
Read full recipe here
Fly to Barcelona
Beautiful parks with Gaudi statues, check. City nightlife to rival Paris and London, check. Sandy beach in the heart of the city, check. Average daily temperatures around 28C, check. In under two hours you can be living it up in the party city that’s got it all. If you’re after culture, great food, music and a fantastic few nights out, Barcelona is the place to run down your batteries.