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Lost Weekend: 26 – 28 August

This weekend's best culture, shopping, food and drink events

Published on August 25th 2011.

Lost Weekend: 26 – 28 August

THIS weekend marks the very last bank holiday of the year and thus it’s also the very last opportunity to make the most out of that extra recovery day from a weekend well spent. Fear not, London will not disappoint you, offering a long weekend of events so you can put on your party gear and celebrate the end of a great British summer.

London’s annual gory film festival FrightFest is back and it’s scarier than ever. Empire Cinema will be filled for five days straight, from morning till evening, with guts and blood spatting of the screen. The festival will be spread out over two screens, with about twelve thrills to catch daily. This year's line-up includes the UK premiere of A Lonely Place to Die, the highly anticipated Troll Hunter and Final Destination 5. Whether you get your daily adrenaline dose from alien invaders, creepy kids, hungry zombies or maniacs on a killer rampage, there’ll be something spine-tingling for you at FrightFest.

18+ only
Single tickets £11.00, day passes from £25.00 and fFestival passes cost £160.00
Empire Cinema
Thursday 25th August – Monday 29th August

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Notting Hill Carnival
The last bank holiday of the year is a sad event, but luckily it coincides with the Notting Hill Carnival, the perfect opportunity to say goodbye to summer with a big bang. Notting Hill’s picturesque streets brisk up, filled with colours, music and people. Not to be missed is the masquerade parade, where people and bands walk around dressed up dancing their bottoms off, Rio de Janeiro style. The Carnival orginally started as an offshoot to the Trinidad Carnival and still keeps true to its Carribean roots, creating a vivid, radiant and unique atmosphere. The Carnival kicks off on Sunday with family day, and then does it all over again on Monday, the adult version.

Notting Hill
9am – 7pm
Sunday 28th August ­­­– Monday 29th August

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SW4 Festival
SW4, host to an impressive selection of the finest tunes in dance, electro, dubstep and everything in between, makes a very welcome return to Clapham Common this bank holiday weekend. Saturday has already sold out, but there are still tickets available for Sunday, when the banging Pendulum are headlining. Aside from a raving line-up, there is plenty more on offer at SW4, including workshops, beach volleyball and crazy rides, perfect for when you want to give your ears a rest.

£45 ­– £65
Clapham Common
Windmill Drive
Saturday 27th August ­– Sunday 28th August

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Beach Party at Zebrano
Since the British summer has failed to live up to our hopeful expectations once again (except for a half-sunny day here and there), Zebrano in Soho is shipping in five tonnes of Carribean island sand to make our holiday dreams come true. This year’s theme of the annual fed up Brit’s favourite party is Love Island, so imagine white sand crunching between your toes, holiday tunes, hula girls and cocktails, but without the airplane fare.

18+ only
14 – 16 Ganton Street
11am – 3am
Friday 26th August – Monday 29th August


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Leonard Street Party
Following their hugely popular royal wedding party, Leonard Street’s shops, cafés and bars are joining forces again, this time to honour the very last bank holiday. For one day only, Shoreditch’s fashion hipsters and Bengali locals come together to celebrate, accompanied by the sounds of the best local DJs and bands and the delicious smell of world food stands. It goes without saying that the one day festival will host a range of more unusual events, including conga dancing, a game hall and a fancy dress box.

Free (£5 after 9pm)100 Leonard Street
Noon – 2am
Sunday 28th August


Tickletruck Evening at GG’s
Tickletruck combines tasteful lingerie with fancy drinks and nail pampering this Thursday night. The night will start at Bordello for a quick warm-up drink, while owner Michelle Scarr takes the stand and shows off her new collection. The beautiful smalls come at a twenty percent discount for one night only. After that, it´s over to next-door neighbour GG’s, for some more drinks, Japanese street food and nail fun with Catz Claws. When everyone is boozed up, Scarr will get the latest intimate toys by Lelo out.

55 Great Eastern Street

6:30pm – late
Thursday 25th August

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Gin Mare Cocktails at John Lewis Foodhall
Gin Mare, the artisanal gin from Spain influenced by Mediterranean flavours, is now available on the shelves at John Lewis. To celebrate their arrival, Gin Mare will send in a special mixologist from Spain, to mix mini cocktails for customers to try. The classic combination of gin and tonic will be the highlight of the night, mixed with the new 1724 water, named after the real quinine for the mixer is collected at 1,724 meters above sea level. The gin itself is made up of an interesting mix of rosemary, thyme, olive and basil.

John Lewis Foodhall
300 Oxford Street
5pm – 8pm
Sunday August 28th

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