Oh August, you beautiful beast you. There's a long weekend to look forward to, plenty of outdoor drinking to be done and - best of all - half the country is on holiday so London slows to a gorgeously lazy pace.
But whilst it may be slightly easier to get a seat on the tube, there's still plenty going on in our capital besides the obvious sun worshipping (whenever and wherever possible).
Here's my round-up of the best things to see, do, eat and drink this month in London town....
Shake your tail-feather at Notting Hill Carnival.
I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that Notting Hill will be abuzz with party-goers later this month. The Sunday (25th) is 'Family Day' so it's a bit more tame, but does give the added benefit of an extra day to get over any hangovers before facing the reality of office life again. For the real party party fun times though you need to head down on Monday 26th. Hip-flasks at the ready! More details and carnival route info here.
Rave the weekend away at South West Four.
Over the Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday (24th & 25th) you may notice *slightly* more dishevelled revellers stumbling through Clapham than usual. You can blame SW4 for that. With Above & Beyond, Alesso, Paul Kalkbrenner, deadmau5 and Eric Prydz headlining, it's no surprise that weekend tickets have sold out already. The good news? Day tickets can still be purchased for £57.50. More info and tickets here.
Get your jumble on at the Hackney Jumble Trail.
Why should jumble sales be distant memories of old church halls and begging your mum for 10p for a cup of squash or - if you were feeling really decadent - 20p to hand ice your very own Rich Tea biscuit? The Hackney Jumble Trail brings all the excitement of rummaging through stalls of randomness, but rather than being stuck inside the sellers set up shop in front of their homes. Slightly wonderful. If you live on the trail, you could be a seller too! Just keep it legal, yeah? 11am-4pm on Sunday 3rd of August. In Hackney, obviously. More details and trail map here.
The Inbetweeners 2.
Simon and Will are at uni, Neil has entered the working world and Jay is staying with his uncle in Australia...and is apparently the country's most in demand DJ. Of course he is. Simon, Will and Neil are naturally intrigued by this supposed non-stop party down under and so travel over to spend their Easter break reunited as a foursome. Hilarity ensues. Hits cinemas on August 6th and we're told this is the last time the four will be on screen together. Boo hiss! Book tickets here.
Scare yourself shitless at Film4 FrightFest.
Fans of the macabre (that's most of us, right?) will be in for a treat from August 21st to 25th as Film4 FrightFest returns to the West End. The festival pass tickets sold out long ago, but you can still buy tickets to individual movies and a couple of day passes are still available. Expect UK premieres, global premieres, true classics and plenty of blood. Naturally. The line-up looks beyond excellent. Full list of movie showings and tickets here.
The Summer Screen Prints Exhibition at Somerset House.
Unfortunately for those who didn't get tickets quickly enough, the Summer Screen Series at Somerset House is completely sold out now. The good news? You don't need to be seeing one of the movies to go and enjoy the accompanying film poster exhibition. Entrance is free from the 31st of July to the 25th August and you can buy any of the specially commissioned limited edition prints for just £45. There are some seriously talented artists involved, so it's worth taking a look. Especially as these prints will not be going on sale anywhere else. More info here.
Feast at FEAST Battersea Park.
Over August 15th, 16th and 17th, Battersea Park will be transformed into foodie heaven as chefs and sellers take over the place with live demos, tastings, stalls, vintage tea parties and even a chilli market and real ale and cider farm. Adult tickets start from £12. Bring your elasticated trousers. More info and tickets here.
Eat your Instagrams. (There must be a 'feed' joke in there somewhere?!).
I've written about Boomf - the marshmallow company that enables you to print your Insta pics on to sweet fluffy deliciousness - before on Late Night London, but now they have a pop-up on demand service at Selfridges so you can get your tasty treats in as little as five minutes. Perfect for impatient types or last minute pressies. The Boomf-On-Demand bike will be in the Meet The Makers section on the ground floor of Selfridges until the 3rd of September. Can't get to Selfridges? You can still buy a box online for £15 here.
Search out perfection at Heathrow Terminal 2 with a bit of help from Heston.
Let's face it, aeroplane food is shockingly poor. So poor in fact, that it's totally justifiable to have a full meal before flying even though you know you probably will eat whatever is in the obscenely hot foil tin they give you an hour later when you're up in the sky. Don't waste your Heathrow dining on the likes of Pret and Starbucks - you get enough of that nonsense during the working week - seek out Heston Blumenthal's new restaurant in Terminal 2 instead, where you'll find burgers, fish n chips, steaks, pizzas and 'nitro ice cream' sundaes which all boast perfection. In fact, the restaurant itself is called The Perfectionists' Cafe. No, it's not an easy central London venue to visit willy nilly....but I'm tempted to book a flight ASAP just for the promise of perfect chips. More info here.
Drink your numbers, specifically an 82, 35, 1 and 22.
Okay I am going on about Forge a fair bit, but if you haven't been to Late Night London's latest bar then get over to Bank NOW so you can understand what all the cocktail hype and numbered ordering is all about. You won't be disappointed. Read my review here. Book a table here.
Indulge with a lemon drizzle mojito.
I have many happy memories from Jewel and many of them are mojito shaped. I've drunken more than my fair share during this spell of fabulous weather and I wanted to do my civic duty and ensure you're aware of the varied mojito menu Jewel has on offer. Jewel do TEN different types of mojito, so it's about way more than just lime and mint. My fave? The oh so naughty lemon drizzle version which features a drizzle of Sicilian lemon and a touch of butterscotch. Must be healthier than cake, right? Get 2-for-1Monday through Wednesday. Easily the best way to start the week. Book a table at Jewel Piccaddilly, Covent Garden or St Paul's here.
Celebrate all things beer at the London Craft Beer Festival.
24 breweries will be pouring their finest from the14th-17th August at Oval Space in Bethnal Green. Expect the best craft beers from London, Europe and - new for this year - the USA. Tickets are £35 and include unlimited small pours (90ml tasters) as well as four large pours (1/3 pint each) AND four thirds at the Flanders Festival across the way should you fancy it. Beery good indeed. More info and tickets here.