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by Serena Reidy (subscribe)
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Published August 21st 2017
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With plenty of things going on in London this weekend, it would be a shame to spend the whole time inside and miss out. The city has numerous activities, events and attractions to keep you busy during the Bank Holiday, ranging from festivals to outdoor cinemas to exhibitions. If you're short of ideas for how to spend the August Bank Holiday, read on for some inspiration:

1. Wander around London Street Photography Festival

Head down to Hackney this weekend and admire some of the world's best photographs at London Street Photography Festival. The event features work from the likes of Polly Braden and Jess Hurd, and guests will also have the opportunity to attend free workshops and talks. If you're a budding photographer yourself, you can get your portfolio reviewed by top photographers such as Richard Bram.

When: 25th 31st August (check the website for opening hours)
Cost: Free
Where: Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, Hackney Wick, London E3 2PA

2. Attend an outdoor cinema screening

Luna Cinema is showing outdoor screenings of your favourite films this Bank Holiday, including La La Land, Ghostbusters and Grease. Grab your friends, a blanket (just in case it's cold), and a bucket of popcorn, and take your pick from the various Luna Cinema screens across London. But hurry, as some of the films have already sold out!

When: Doors open at 6:30pm for 8pm screening, until 31st August
Cost: Varies
Where: Various locations around London (check ou for more information)

3. Visit Zip World London

If the thought of speeding through the city at up to 50 miles per hour doesn't terrify you, why not try London's fastest zip wire? This adrenaline-pumping experience lasts just 30 seconds and its central location will provide you with views of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.

When: 10am 7pm every day (until 28th September)
Cost: 18 for children (aged 8-15), 25 for adults
Where: Archbishop's Park, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7JY

4. Cycle around Central London

Never tried a Santander Bike before? Well, now is your chance. Santander Bikes were introduced by Ken Livingstone in 2010 and are great for exploring London a different way. Start off in St John's Wood (you can pick up a bike from Charbert Street, NW8 7BP) and cycle around the outside of Regent's Park before heading to Trafalgar Square and Westminster.

When: Anytime
Cost: From 2
Where: Various locations around London (use the TFL website to find your nearest docking station)

5. Have a BBQ

Summer isn't complete without a BBQ, and fortunately for those of you who don't live in London, a few of London's parks will allow you to hold a BBQ out in the open. London Fields, Burgess Park, Whittington Park and Fred Wells Garden have designated areas for BBQs.

When: Anytime
Cost: Free
Where: Various parks in London

6. Indulge in some cookie dough

There's no denying that cookie dough is one of the best things about baking. Thanks to pastry chef Jen and marketing genius Hannah, you can now satisfy your cookie dough craving at Naked Dough, a pop-up shop in Old Street Station. The cookie dough is completely safe-to-eat and comes in tubs or cones just like ice cream. Flavours include 'Ed Sheeran' (salted caramel and honeycomb, highly recommended) and 'Unicorn Food' (marshmallows and sprinkles, also recommended). You can even try a cookie dough milkshake!

When: 11am 8pm, Monday to Saturday
Cost: 3.60 per tub/cone, 3.90 for milkshakes
Where: Old Street Underground, London EC1Y 1BE
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This has definately given me ideas for my trip to London, thank you!
by Emilie Jayne (score: 2|152) 1609 days ago
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