It's our final summer fling, folks! Here's everything you could be eating from Friday 28 August
A sad fact: after Monday, the next bank holiday of the year will be Christmas.
Therefore it's very important that you get out this weekend and hoover up the final crumbs of August while you can. There's a carnival, a cider festival, an adults-only playground ice cream extravaganza... take your pick, but make it good.
Eat a robot kebab
Huge news for kebab-loving sci-fi fans this week, as it was revealed that Super Kebab in Dalston is the first shop in the UK to use a Turkish meat-slicing robot. Let's just say that again: a meat-slicing robot. Designed to take the sweaty work out of carving up the huge rotating meat mound, it dispenses perfectly uniform slices every time.
Is this great news for impatient revellers, or a glimpse of a bleak future without late-night chat across the shredded lettuce? Either way, if you're out in east London this weekend then there's only one place you'll want to head for your post-midnight doner fix, and that's to the shop with the meaty C-3PO behind the counter. You'll still have to trust a human to dispense your chilli sauce, though.
Shake your tailfeather at Notting Hill Carnival
August bank holiday in London means one thing: carnival. Or actually, two things: carnival and crowds.
Head down to Notting Hill early to get ahead of the masses, fill up on jerk chicken, fried plantain, curried goat and every other Caribbean treat your heart desires from more than 300 food stalls, then burn it all off dancing along with the parade.
Sunday 30 and Monday 31 August from 10am, on the streets of W10. Find out more here.
Fill up at the Free From Festival
If you forever spend your life quizzing waiters and waving away colleague's birthday cakes, you'll want to head down to the Old Truman Brewery this Bank Holiday Monday for the first ever Free From Festival – a food fest that focuses entirely on gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free food.
With plenty to cater for coeliacs and delight diabetics, the festival will feature Free From cookery demos, local suppliers and the latest in the worlds of sugar-free chocolate, gluten-free beer and milk alternatives – plus the chance to sympathise with fellow sufferers about how often your granny tries to make you eat a cheese sandwich.
Monday 31 August, 10:30am to 6pm. Tickets free for a limited time, later £3. Book here.
Go the whole hog at the Water Poet Cider Festival
Because there's no better way to spend the bank holiday than with a pint in one hand and a pork bap in the other, east London stalwart The Water Poet is hosting its annual August bank holiday Cider Festival and Hog Roast this weekend.
Somerset comes to Shoreditch with craft scrumpy from all over the UK, cider cocktails, a pig on a spit in the beer garden, ice cream from the Drunken Dairy and – for a little carnival flavour without the crowds – a steel band every evening. Gert lush.
Saturday 29 to Monday 31 August, from 12pm. Free entry, £4.50 for a festival pint, £10 for a pint and a hot pork bap. Find out more here.
Treat yourself to a scoop and a slide
Good news: there's an ice cream festival happening at a playground this Saturday. Better news: it has cocktails. Even better news: you don't have to take the kids. In fact, you CAN'T take the kids.
For one day only, Yelp is taking over the Kid's Adventure Playground in Hackney and making it strictly for the grown-ups – all in aid of disabled children's charity KIDS. There'll be toasties from Melt Room, drinks from The Pickle House and 13 of the city's best ice cream vendors doling out the sweet stuff while you commandeer the swings and conquer the crow's nest. Just don't ruin your dinner.
Saturday 29 August, 12-10pm. Entry is free, but you'll need to check in on the Yelp app. Find out more here.
Have a nightcap at the Zetter Townhouse
Let's be realistic, the rain might make an appearance. But luckily London has a new spot for a cosy nightcap, and that's Seymour's Parlour at the newly-opened Zetter Townhouse in Marylebone.
Sold as the residence of the Zetter group's "wicked Uncle Seymour", the eccentric, velvety-snug bar is all set to overtake Chiltern Firehouse as the city's plushest celeb-spotting perch. And the fash pack are always a season ahead, so get in now and soak up the pioneering cocktails by Tony Conigliaro and bar snacks by Bruno Loubet while everyone else is trying to soak up the last of the August sun. You win.
Have a runner bean marathon
The good old-fashioned runner bean is back in season, and we're calling for a renaissance. Park your mange tout and try runners instead, in salads, curries, pickles and stews.
Here are seven great runner bean recipes to get you off the starting blocks.