As this weekend’s blissful three-day bank holiday approaches, plans of action need to be put in place to make the most of it. Although Team LBD are usually advising you fashionistas over the difficult decision of what to wear for the upcoming weekend, we’re offering a little bonus on this occasion. We’re bringing you the hottest events and places to visit this weekend and of course we’ll be giving you a few stylish outfit suggestions too. Whether you fancy relaxing with cosmo in hand at a quirky bar or painting the town red at Notting Hill Carnival read on to find out what’s hot this weekend…
Notting Hill Carnival
Carnival-goers rejoice! Notting Hill Carnival is back and filled with more music, culture, drinking and food than you could dream of. Providing venue guides to help you along the way, the two day event will take you from gastro pubs to quirky bars to vibrant nightclubs, and still leave you wanting more, hence the carnival after parties. So if you want to make the most of your bank holiday and really celebrate with a non-stop weekend, then Notting Hill Carnival is for you. Get an early night on Saturday and make the most of one of London’t most anticipated parties all day Sunday and Monday. Find out more here.
What to wear…
For an all-day event, a sleek and chic jumpsuit like this Lipstick Boutique Kew Jumpsuit £80, is the perfect transitional piece to take you from a casual carnival-goer by day, to a sophisticated party-goer by night. Its simple and chic design allows your imagination to run wild with colour, so decorate yourself in blues and corals to maintain a summery vibe and opt for an over the shoulder bag, to avoid carrying a clutch all day. If you can’t hack a full day in heels, then swap cute ballet pumps for a killer heel in the evening and voila, you’ll be casual to glamorous in a flash!
Get the Look: Lipstick Boutique Kew Jumpsuit £80, Aftershock London Josephine Shoe in Silver £80.95, Zandra Rhodes Ellie 03 Bag in Blue £109, Fiorelli Black Rhodium and Pastel Coloured Earrings £35
House of Wolf
Winner of DesignMyNight.com’s ‘Best All in One Venue 2014’ Award, House of Wolf is three-stories of indulgent bistro dining, drinking, art and entertainment, set in trendy North London. Featuring medicinal cocktail bars, a music hall and kooky vibrant decor, it will be hard to sit still in this socialising wonderland. A truly other-dimensional experience, whether you want to spend your bank holiday weekend wining and dining or drinking fabulously eclectic cocktails with your girlfriends, House of Wolf will make it an evening to remember. Read all about it here.
What to wear…
In keeping with the flamboyant decor of House of Wolf, opt for a heavily embellished dress like the Ruby Ray Beaded Sleeveless Tunic Dress £240, for a look to turn heads. Keep the opulent black and gold theme running with a classic black box clutch and sparkling gold sandals for a regal and stylish outfit. Finish with tousled waves and an Audrey Hepburn liner flick for that effortlessly chic look!
Get the Look: Ruby Ray Beaded Sleeveless Tunic Dress £240, Aftershock London Jamie Clutch Bag in Black, £39, Aftershock London Lorena Shoe in Beige, £64, Johnny Loves Rosie Mini Gold Buddha Stud Earrings, £10
Roxx ‘On The Roof’
If you missed out on a holiday to Ibiza this summer or perhaps you just need a crazy party, then the Roxx event at Sanctum Hotel Soho is the place to go this weekend. Following successful pop-ups in Notting Hill, the West End and Mykanos, the Roxx DJs have been supplying house music and rock and roll classics every Saturday since July, with a different twist every week. Starting from 3pm, with plenty of bespoke cocktails on offer, the party carries on til the early hours. All you need to bring is yourself and some swimwear, unless a rooftop Jacuzzi isn’t your thing! Book your tickets before they’re snapped up here.
What to wear…
For an all-dancing all-night event, an eye-catching bodycon dress like this sexy Goddiva Strapless Print Bodycon Dress in White £79, will most definitely suffice. Pair with simple black accessories to add a sharp stylish edge and a statement clutch to stash your bikini and lip gloss in. If the thought of jiving in heels all night doesn’t take your fancy and ‘no pain no gain’ isn’t your motto, then a sleek black ankle boot or pointed flat will look just as chic.
Get the Look: Goddiva Strapless Print Bodycon Dress in White £79, Aftershock London Lydia Pointed High Heels in Black £69, Zandra Rhodes Eleanor Bag in Black £69,
Steam and Rye
Priding itself on 1940s glamour and all things Wild West, Steam and Rye is yet another London hotspot not to be missed. However, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this restaurant bar, they offer a Michelin Starred Chef and Bartender of the Year; as if the eclectic decor and enticing ambiance weren’t enough reason to head on down?! This August bank holiday weekend sees Steam and Rye host a fabulous Wild West is coming to Town event, featuring live music, a gambling den and Coyote Ugly Dancers to really take you back in time. At only £10 a ticket, this one-off night is guaranteed to be filled with old-fashioned fun. Snap up a ticket here.
What to wear…
Although Steam and Rye’s signature theme is the 1940s, there’s no harm in dressing like it’s 1920 this weekend and channeling another unique vintage era. Opt for a black sequinned flapper-style number like the Gatsbylady Galaxy Flapper Dress in Black £59, for a head-turning look, and pair with contemporary silver toned accessories for a modern edge.
Get the Look: Gatsbylady Galaxy Flapper Dress in Black £59, Aftershock London Lorena Shoe in Black £64, Zandra Rhodes Bella Bag in Silver Glitter £45, Krystal London Dangling Reef Earrings £45
Hidden away in London’s Chinatown, Opium is a stylish and contemporary restaurant and bar, perfect for a relaxed and kooky hangout with friends. Decorated with oriental themed pieces and contrasting modern touches, this trendy little gem offers three floors of fantastic Asian-style food and cocktails, don’t worry there’s a bar on each. So if you fancy a free-of-charge evening of brilliant fun (watching the bar staff mix cocktails is entertainment in itself!) or somewhere a little different to get a cocktail before a night on the town, then Opium is your go-to place. Check out the menu and more here.
What to wear…
A simple pencil dress is perfect for a relaxed bank holiday spent wining and dining, and the vibrant floral print on this Aftershock London Zoe Dress £69, will take this classic style from day to night with a quick swap of shoes. Pair with simple nude accessories to ensure you don’t overpower your statement dress and don’t forget heels for an elegant touch.
Got a dress you want to wear but not got the right place to wear it yet? Take a look at DesignMyNight.com’s latest offerings for somewhere suitably glamorous.