The last bank holiday weekend of the summer is expected to bring an extra 14 million cars on the road – and rain is forecast to hit many parts of the country.
From Friday to Sunday, rain in the north and west of the UK is expected to bring traffic lanes to a crawl en route to and from popular holiday destinations.
Road and train networks will also face disruption from engineering improvements as well as the weather and extra drivers, with 85 separate sections affected including the M25, M5 and M1.
Things to do in London over the August Bank Holiday
Things to do in London over the August Bank Holiday
1/11 Notting Hill Carnival (Aug 24-25)
Either go down and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Europe’s biggest street party in person, or watch London Live (either TV or online) to experience the music, dancing and cuisines from a distance. Starting with a steel band performance, Panorama, on Saturday evening, the family day kicks off on Sunday with a jubilant Children Parade and evolves into the Grande Finale on Monday where 60 bands in magnificent costumes dance to mobile sound systems or steel bands.
2/11 FrightFest, Vue Cinemas Leicester Square (Aug 21-25)
Christmas comes early, covered in blood and convulsing with night terrors for horror fans in the Capital. Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, and director Ti West are among the star attractions as they premiere their latest movies. Also on the bill is Dan 'Downton Abbey' Stevens' Hollywood horror outing, The Guest, and the Australian horror phenomenon, The Badadook. Plus the first ever UK screening of Zombeavers.
3/11 Meantime Brewfest (Aug 23-25)
It's the third festival for the Greenwich brewery but, like any good relationship, it's not all about them. 40 brewers are taking part in the event at The Old Brewery in the Royal Naval College. Gone are the days of you need to have a belly and beard to enjoy ale, it's not a unisex pastime. Expect food pairing, live misc and samples galore. You will need to book in advance.
4/11 Paw Pageant (Bank Holiday Monday)
Fashion's a bitch at this couture event for canines. Taking place at Old Spitalfields Market between 1pm and 3pm and it's free to watch but if you want to enter your pooch you need to book in advance and fork out. It's in aid of Battersea Cats and Dogs Home and there are loads of other dog-themed things going on at the event too.
5/11 Festival Of Love (August 23-25)
The Festival Of Love continues throughout the Bank Holiday Weekend and many of the activities are free. If you're wanting to hook up it something you should look up as Saturday's theme if Flirting & Erotica. The event includes the biggest speed-dating extravaganza in the capital and also advice on how to be intimate through what organisers are calling a whole range of playful games and tricks. But it's all in the best possible taste.
6/11 Morden Hall Park Food Festival (Mon August 26)
Food festivals in the Capital are like buses. But much tastier and you're allowed to drink. This is one is different to others out there in the Capital as it takes part at the National Trust owned property where you'll scoff your haul surrounded by the sounds of a deer park. There's even a baking competition and cooking demonstrations as well as all the street food you can handle. Just accept that you are becoming your parents. That's okay.
7/11 Secret Cinema presents Back To the Future (until August 27)
This weekend is the last chance for audiences to go Back To The Future and still get the last tube home. Extra tickets have gone on sale for the last few nights of the experiential cinema event that started off badly but soon hit 88 miles an hour and has been blowing crowds away. It's probably the only chance you'll get to become a part of one of the greatest films of all time and actually reside in Hill Valley and come face to face with Biff and his goons been if it's just for a few hours. Dress up or you will stand out.
8/11 Regency Weekend (Aug 25-25)
Now we have hipsters, then they had dandies. Hold court and prepare for tales of ribaldry from days of old as Aspley House in Hyde Park, an English Heritage property, gets in on the trend for themed events and gives visitors the chance to explore the period, life and laughter of the Prince Regent era. You'll need to pre-book and it's only on between 1am and 5pm but think of it as like history meets Secret Cinema but without the DeLorean. Or a film. But with some awesome frilly shirts.
9/11 Alchemy (until August 26)
If you haven't already caught the celebration of South Asian culture at the South Bank Centre then the Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect time to do. Now it its fifth year, the vents explores everything from politics to fashion and boasts pop up shops, a street food market, DJs and more. It' also worth checking out the Roti Chai Chaat Shack restaurant and Bar. A feast to levee you satisfied in more ways than one.
10/11 Pop Up Screens (August 23-25)
This South London location boasts a whole weekend of movies on a big screen al fresco including Romeo and Juliet, the Baz Luhrmann version, as well as Mamma Mia and The Hangover. Admittedly, you've probably seen them all a thousand times but there is nothing quite LOLing and swooning with total strangers in the open air surrounded by nature at Morden Hall Park while snuggling under a blanket and sipping plonk from a plastic. Throw in the smell of freshly popped popcorn and you've got good times.
11/11 The Midnight Apothecary Garden Cocktail Bar (August 23)
From now until the end of September, every Saturday night the roof garden at The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe becomes a magical playground of mixology for Lottie Muir aka The Cocktail Gardener. From 5.30pm until late there is live jazz as attendees sip botanical cocktails and toast marshmallows over a fire. You need book tickets in advance but as the nights draw in, this is a great place to soak up the chill of the sophist acted city and tuck into Greek BBQ from I Should Be Souvlaki. And who can resist Kylie-inspired Kofti?
Train delays are expected on the West Coast mainline, and Network Rail has warned of long journey times between Glasgow and London - meaning two million Britons have opted to fly out of Heathrow for their break instead.
Poor weather in the north and west of the country, including grey cloud, rain and a chilly breeze, will be in contrast to sunnier weather in the south and east on Saturday.
But showers and heavy rain are then expected on Sunday in the south as well, with the one million visitors to Notting Hill in London scheduled a downpour on Sunday before drier weather on Monday.
For those choosing to drive to other destinations, the consumer watchdog Which? has said that at least half face travelling delays.
This is part owing to 55% more cars being on the road than this time last year, as falling oil prices have knocked an average of £9 off the cost of filling up a petrol tank.
RAC spokesman Pete Williams said the group was expecting breakdowns.
"We tend to see an increase in engine related breakdowns at this time of year due to congestion and extended journey times," he told the Daily Mirror.Reuse content