london during bank holiday Aug. 23-26

May 13th, 2003, 04:34 AM
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london during bank holiday Aug. 23-26

I'm almost done planning a trip to London for Aug. 23-26, and I just realized that it's a bank holiday for the country. Is this going to affect what I can do and see in and around London? What is closed and what stays open? Thanks for any input!
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May 13th, 2003, 04:49 AM
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Well we Brits are all out and about as well so all sites and shops will be open as normal.
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May 13th, 2003, 05:27 AM
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Thanks so much. That puts my mind at ease. What exactly is the Bank Holiday?
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May 13th, 2003, 08:59 AM
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Bank Holiday is basically just a public holiday. Some people work and some don't.

Don't miss Notting Hill Carnival that weekend - it's a BIG event in London!
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May 13th, 2003, 09:06 AM
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Sounds neat. What's the carnival all about, and is it easy to get by subway from the Gloucester station? What other events are going on during the weekend?
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May 13th, 2003, 09:23 AM
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It's our last chance to enjoy the summer weather, so of course it always rains on the August Bank Holiday.

The Notting Hill Carnival is a massive Caribbean Street parade/Party - dancing, music, amazing costumes. I guess it's our version of Rio! Crowds are huge, but if you don't mind that then it's a lot of fun. Don't carry valuables swinging from a handbag as, as with all public gatherings, it's a mecca for petty thieves.

http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/NottingHill03/general/

You're very close by Tube to the Carnival, just a couple of stops away. The website above should give you details of how to get there.

It's the biggest event happening in London that weekend.
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