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Bank on a great long weekend with our top five London events

Feeling energetic? Dig out your party shoes and prepare to let your hair down!

Or, you'd do just as well to dig out a comfy pair of trainers and get ready for an August Bank Holiday to beat all others. We’ve been looking at the weekend’s calendar and love the look of these five local events.

1. Notting Hill Carnival. Sunday and Monday from 9.30am on the streets of W10, Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.

Europe’s biggest festival typically attracts up to 2 million people. Dance to Caribbean-influenced music, drink and eat wonderful jerk chicken. Sunday is ‘Children’s Day’ and gets off to a more relaxed start. On Monday, there’ll be more than 60 bands, 37 sound systems and numerous flats.

The sound systems will fall quiet as the floats pass Grenfell Tower, as a quiet zone is established as a mark of respect to those who died in the disaster. Campaigners are also asking everyone to wear green.

2. The Beast

Alexandra Palace. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Booking advised.

This weekend is your last chance to unleash your inner beast on the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course.

Dubbed ‘the ultimate bouncy castle for adults’, you can run, bounce and dance your way around 32 obstacles. Age restrictions apply.

During the Bank Holiday, there’ll be live DJs and a sound and lighting show will add to the craziness.

3. East London Waterways Festival, Bank Holiday Monday August 28th

A flotilla of canal boats, dragon boat racing, canoeing taster sessions, stand-up paddle boarding and plenty of live music are all on offer at the East London Waterways Festival.

The event, which takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, runs from 12pm till 6pm and local food and drinks companies will be providing refreshments.

Some events need to be pre-booked.

4. Field Day festival returns to Dinerama at Shoreditch Yard on Sunday 27 August.

The last Field Day was a sell-out. This time, get set for 12 hours of music, food and booze (noon-midnight).

Host DJs include Simian Mobile Disco, Baio (the bassist from Vampire Weekend), Lucky Me and NTS affiliate Eclair FiFi, super producer Ewan Pearson, Throwing Shade, Lemmy Ashton, Bugged Out, Eat Your Own Ears, Snap Crackle & Pop.

There’ll be a great line up of street food. Tickets cost £10 and include a cold beer on entry.

5. Shuffle Festival, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and other locations. Saturday and Sunday.

This event is packed with walks, talks, performances, music, films, brilliant workshops and food. There’ll be a Trainspotting double-bill with a Q&A from director Danny Boyle, comedy from Steve McCann’s Memoirs of a Geezer and music from Big Joanie, Feral Five, KK Sound Archive and DJ Gustave.

Locals are invited to meet 500 of their neighbours and fellow park dwellers with the Early Village Feast at 12pm at Horse Chestnut Glade.


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