The Handbook
The Handbook

It’s a three day weekend! There’s always something different about the August Bank Holiday to others – in London that means carnival fever as feathers, sequins and copious amounts of Red Stripe take to the streets of Notting Hill. If steel bands and ridiculous crowds aren’t your thing then there’s lots of other great stuff going on. A long weekend = three mornings for brunching and we’ve got your back – there are three brand new brunches to try, all listed below.

Mini Olympics

Adult Sports Day

The main Olympics may be over and we’ve got a little wait till the Paralympics start on the 7th September so get your sporting fix in the meantime at Regent’s Place on Thursday. A mini Olympics (adult sport’s day) will see teams of friends and colleagues take part in egg and spoon races and an epic tug of war. Don’t even think about not taking it seriously because the winning team will receive a trophy (will look good on the office filing cabinet) and £100 to spend at The Refinery. That’s Friday night drinks sorted then.
Thursday 11am-3pm

Where: Regent’s Place, 2 Triton Square, Fitzrovia, NW1 3HF
Website: www.regentsplace.com

London Gin Festival

Festival of Gin

Gin, gin gin. Last year’s event was a total sell-out so we’re expecting this year’s London Gin Festival to be no different. Over 100 gins will gather under one roof ready to be sipped by thirsty gin lovers. Every guest gets a Gin Festival glass on arrival and a brochure with all the info you’ll ever need as part of the ticket price but for the actual drinks you’ll need to purchase tokens once you’re there. £5 equates to one token which will buy you one drink – a pretty good deal. Talks, entertainment and food all on offer too.
Friday – Sunday

Where: Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, Wapping, E1W 2SF
Website: www.ginfestival.com

Etsy Pop-Up at The Gardening Society

Etsy Pop-Up

Crafty website, Etsy, is popping up (quite literally) to the rooftop garden of John Lewis Oxford Street for four days over the Bank Holiday weekend. Starting on Thursday, 20 Etsy makers will take their products from web to reality so you can browse before you buy – and avoid annoying postage charges. Sellers include Nikki Strange with her tropical phone cases and stationary and quirky illustrated gift cards from Ms Spanner, aka Nicola Rowlands.
Thursday – Monday

Where: John Lewis Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX
Website: www.johnlewis.com/oxford-street/roof-garden

Hampton Court Palace

Food Festival

Who doesn’t love a food fair? Endless samples of random sausages and chutneys as you walk around for the third time pretending you’re really quite interested in purchasing. The BBC Good Food Festival returns this weekend, to the regal setting of Hampton Court Palace. Sit in on live cooking demonstrations, take part in a Yo! Sushi masterclass, enjoy the live music at the bandstand and obviously try every sample going. Well, how else will you know if that award-winning cheese is worth buying?
Saturday – Monday, 10am-6pm

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hampton Court (0.2 miles)
Website: www.bbcgoodfoodfestival.com

All Star Lanes

Bottomless Beer Brunch

We’re well aware of the joys of a bottomless brunch but sometimes free-flowing prosecco is just a little bit too fizzy – hiccups when you’re eating eggs aren’t that fun. All Star Lanes feel the same which is why it’s out with the fizz and in with the pints! Their new bottomless beer brunch launches on Saturday and is available every weekend thereafter, 12-4pm. Treacle-cured bacon waffles and buttermilk fried chicken? We’re there.
Saturday and Sunday

Where: Various
Website: www.allstarlanes.co.uk

ME London

Ibizan Brunch Party

Relive your summer of partying with an Ibizan-themed brunch party at ME London’s Radio Rooftop Bar this Sunday. Live DJ sets will transport you to the clubs of Ibiza and different levels of ticket mean you can enjoy cocktails and canapés or go all out with the full brunch menu, Champagne and even a stay in the hotel – have a lie in on Monday morning!
Sunday, midday-late

Where: ME London, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
Website: www.eventbrite.com/come-with-me-ibiza-sessions

LASSCO at Ropewalk

Leather Workshop and Banquet Dinner

Maltby Street Market is considered the ‘foodies’ market – artisan producers gather at the weekend and punters flock for oozy grilled cheese toasties and ice cream cookie sandwiches. LASSCO Ropewalk is celebrating artisan producers of the non-food variety at a series of events. This Bank Holiday Monday, a 3-hour leather workshop will be hosted by Charlie Burrow, with attendees creating their own leather card holder. After the workshop, a 3-course banquet will be put on, with diners sitting under the unique arches. Live music will be performed by Johnny Holliday & Friends.
Monday from 1pm

Where: 41 Maltby Street, Southwark, SE1 3PA
Website: www.theseasonsatlassco.com

The Fever-Tree Gin and Tonic with a View Bar

Gin and Tonics at 800ft

There’s another gin-focused event happening this weekend and this one’s in The Shard. The pop-up gin bar is only open for the long weekend and will be serving Fever-Tree G&Ts in a limited edition drinks menu. We like the look of the Sipsmith gin with Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic and citrus fruits but won’t be looking at it too closely – the view will steal the show.
Friday – Monday, midday-10pm

Where: The View from The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London Bridge, SE1 9SG
Website: www.theviewfromtheshard.com

Farley Macallan

Hackney's New Brunch

There’s a new brunch in town so obviously we need to try it out! New Hackney bar and restaurant, Farley Macallan, have just launched a ‘Mindless’ bottomless brunch which boasts an hour and a half of free-flowing Bellinis (pear, peach, strawberry, the choice is yours) and a selection of Bloody Marys. The venue aims to ‘reinvent the local’ so familiar brunch classics make the menu, but with a twist to honour the country of origin – Swedish gravadlax with poached eggs and ciabatta, Stateside pancakes with maple syrup, eggs and bacon and a good old chip butty.
Saturday and Sunday

Where: 177-179 Morning Lane, Hackney, E9 6LH
Website: www.farleymacallan.com

Sager + Wilde

Tequila and Tacos

Who doesn’t love Patrón XO Cafe? The tequila maestros are transforming the terrace of Sager and Wild into a tequila terrace, just in time for the Bank Holiday. This weekend it will be a seafood taco party (bear with us..) with tuna, shrimp, clams and red snapper stuffed into beetroot and corn tortillas, gorditas, tostadas and tortas. Cocktails include a Fig Leaf Margarita and Pink Peppercorn Paloma.

Where: Paradise Row, Arch 250, Paradise Row, Bethnal Green, E2 9LE
Website: www.sagerandwilde.com