5 Ways to Stay Active in London, UK During the Bank Holiday

We hate to break it to you, but summer is almost over. Womp, womp. But before you say goodbye to warm—well, mild—weather once and for all, soak in the final moments of summer during the upcoming bank holiday weekend. Yep, three whole days of sunshine (hopefully), adventures and maybe a workout class or two (your call).

Want to have a weekend to remember? Here are five must-do events in London from August 25–27:

Notting Hill Carnival

Okay, okay, you probably know about this one. A celebration of cultural diversity and the city’s rich Caribbean roots, the annual carnival is loved by families, kids and party goers alike. Sunday (August 26) is reserved for families and features kid-friendly floats in performances. But, if you’re looking to kick back with your gals and have a few drinks, the carnival continues until 3 a.m. on August 27.

Get Happy

… Literally. Head to the Museum of Happiness for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. Finish off your holiday weekend with a yoga and meditation class sponsored by the museum. The easy-to-follow vinyasa flow is perfect for beginners. And it wouldn’t be a true evening in London without a cuppa tea after class, right?

Outdoor Cinema

Once fall hits, you’ll probably be stuck indoors dodging chilly temperatures and stormy weather. Soak up the last of the summer nights by checking out one of the city’s top outdoor cinemas. For a family-friendly option—and grand spectacle—check out The Luna Cinema at Hampton Court Palace, considered the UK’s #1 Open Air Cinema. If the weather looks questionable, head to Electric Cinema in Notting Hill for a luxe movie experience.

Underbelly Festival in South Bank

No summer is complete without a walk by the River Thames—or a churro from South Bank. Lean into the magic by checking out the best in comedy, cabaret and good ol’ circus acts at the annual festival. Even better, the festival features one of the city’s largest outdoor bars. Done and done.

Sail on the Serpentine

Sure, it might seem touristy, but if you haven’t gone on a boat in the middle of Hyde Park then can you really consider yourself a true Brit? (Answer: No.) Choose from the Solarshuttle, which seats 40, and the pedal and rowboats, which seat 6. Top tip: Head to the park early to avoid the holiday crowds. Oh, and get your Instagram ready for some cute snaps.


Amanda Garrity is a commerce editor and content producer living in New York City. She finds every excuse to go on an adventure, whether it's in her own backyard or across the country. She enjoys hiking, pretending she's a prima ballerina and drinking an abundant amount of coffee. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.