24th August 2022

Ranked: August Bank Holiday Activities In London

In the last few weeks, Google searches for ”free things to do in London with kids” have had a massive 650% increase, with families looking to make the best of the last few weeks of summer.

With the August bank holiday weekend at the end of the week and the weather in the capital looking great, Addison Lee ranked the most loved free attractions for families to visit over the long weekend by looking at social interactions.

Bank Holiday Attractions Ranked 

Location Reactions Love
1. Notting Hill Carnival 3,700 Reactions 54% Love
2. Somerset House 3,000 Reactions 48% Love
3. Natural History Museum  31,300 Reactions 41% Love
4. Dockland Festival 58 Reactions 15% Love
5. Science Museum 1,300 Reactions 8% Love
6. South Kensington Green 130 Reactions 5 % Love

Notting Hill Carnival

The carnival is one of the biggest street festivals in Europe. For families, the Sunday before the main event on the Bank Holiday Monday will be the best day to go. The family day, also known as J’ouvert, kicks off at 9 am with the children’s parade alongside live shows, music, food, and many fun things for the whole family.

The Bright Land Exhibition

The Bright Land Carnival is a summer celebration of community and culture created by Somerset House artists Gareth Pugh and Carson McColl. The event offers plenty to do from film viewings, treasure hunts & outdoor games and various stalls. The Bright Land Exhibition is primarily free and finishes on the 29th, so the bank holiday weekend will be one of the last opportunities to go.

Natural History Museum

The South Kensington Museum is home to over 80 million life and earth science objects; entry is free however to guarantee entry its best to book online to secure a ticket.

Science Museum

 Just a stone’s throw away from the Natural History Museum is the Science Museum which is home to over 300,000 items, a plethora of exhibitions and fun things to do. The Museum is also free, but it is still best to book a ticket online to ensure entry.

South Kensington Green Trail

The South Kensington Green Trail recently opened in July, running until mid-October. The walk has plenty of pop-up nature hubs and installations created by architects, artists, and garden designers. For younger children, the explorer trail activity sheet is perfect to keep them entertained with fun tasks to tick off.

Greenwich & Docklands International Festival

The Greenwich & Docklands International Festival is 17 full days of free theatre, art, dance, and circus, opening this Friday until the 11th of September. This Bank Holiday Weekend, free events at the festival include ‘Spark’ an organic firework display and Greenwich Fair, which will consist of family-friendly street arts and circus performances.

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