After another day of showers on Sunday, London is expected to see the sunshine return for the bank holiday.
Forecasts predict that the capital will be cloudy with average temperatures around the 20°C mark. Not too hot, but not too cold – the perfect weather to get out and make the most of your long weekend.
If you’re not sure what to do with your new-found (though short-lived) freedom, here are a few bank holiday events happening around London on Monday:
The Monster at Alexandra Palace
Price: £19.80 to £22
Times: 10am to 10:30pm London time
Spend your bank holiday Monday working your way through 300m of obstacle course snaking around Alexandra Palace.
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The Monster, the world’s biggest bouncy castle, is made up of 42 obstacles including an 18m high “mega-slide”. Live DJs, good food, refreshing cocktails, and cold beers will welcome you at the finish line.
Notting Hill Carnival
Times: 9:30am to 7:30pm London time
Notting Hill Carnival is a staple of the August bank holiday weekend. The celebrations will kick off on Sunday before getting into full swing on Monday.
Held on the streets of Notting Hill, the carnival celebrates Caribbean history, culture and traditions, with music, dancing and delicious food.
The main parade will get underway early at 9:30am. With a strict noise curfew in place from 7:30pm, you’ll be home to get a good night’s sleep before you head back to the office on Tuesday.
Great Big Summer Weekend at Southbank Centre
Times: 12 noon to 6pm London time
Four days of music, performance and dance at the Southbank Centre will come to an end on Monday with a celebration of hip hop’s greatest talents.
Kick back and relax as some of London’s finest DJs, dancers and beatboxers take you back through the past 45 years of hip hop, from the genre’s early beginnings right through to today’s hottest tracks.
NSFW Games Night
Price: Free (£10 deposit required)
Times: 5pm to 11:30pm London time
Get all of that unprofessionalism out of your system before you’re thrown back into the working week on Tuesday with a few games of Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens and You’ve Got Crabs.
The Queen of Hoxton bar is hosting a “not safe for work” games night, featuring a range of “crude, rude and delightfully lewd” card and board games.
Hampton Court Palace Food Festival
Price: £19.20 (tickets include entry to the palace)
Times: 10am to 6pm London time
Foodies will want to head to Hampton Court Palace to eat like a king at Henry VIII’s former home. Artisan food-makers will take over the palace this weekend to feed you oysters, sausages, brownies, crepes, and everything in between.
Star chefs will be on hand to teach you how to cook, while entertainers will keep the kids entertained while you stuff your face.