May has always been a good month here in London, gracing us with (mostly) nicer weather and not one, but two long weekends – and this year, we were given three (!!), thanks to the King’s coronation. Sadly, it’s time for the last May bank holiday this weekend (officially known as the Spring bank holiday) – and the final one until August – but there are plenty of things to do in London between May 26–29 to make the most of it.
4. Find inner peace at the Mind Body Spirit Festival
6. Swap flat prosecco for a fresh spritz at a Bermondsey bottle amnesty
If you’re after a booze-free bank holiday weekend, look away now. The newest watering hole on Bermondsey Beer Mile, These Days Aperitivo Bar, will be running a bottle amnesty between May 26–29, where you can swap your half-drunk, flat bottles of prosecco for a free refreshing spritz. Win win! The rules are your bubbly must be, well, not bubbly, and it’s one bottle for one spritz. You can choose either the Sundown Spritz or Venetian Spritz; both are made with real fruit and organic white wine. Talk about a good trade.
The Fans Strike Back exhibition is one of the largest private Star Wars collections made for the fans by the fans, and it has been receiving rave reviews since opening at the beginning of the month. You only need to travel to South Kensington to step foot on the star destroyer bridge, wield a lightsaber, or simply browse hundreds of unique collectables and figurines. It’s a must visit for Star Wars fans.
8. Try the new dining package at The Palm House
The Palm House in Victoria already has a pretty cool weekend set-up with their bottomless brunch, and now they’re launching an arguably even more lovely option. This Saturday (May 27), be one of the first to try their five-course menu, which includes cocktails. For £60pp, you’ll get a Daiquiri or Negroni upon arrival, five courses of delicious seafood, meat, and dessert, and finish with a choice of Espresso Martini or Old Fashioned. For an extra £10, you can even add wine to your meal.
Each bank holiday, rooftop bar Madison offers a special bank holiday brunch menu to celebrate the extra day off. Venture to the top of One New Change near St Paul’s Cathedral for a two- or three-course brunch, free-flowing bubbles, and supreme views of the aforementioned cathedral.
Brunch dishes include the likes of Severn & Wye smoked salmon, with Charlotte potato salad; pulled pork eggs benedict; and fried chicken buttermilk pancakes with a chilli glaze.
The bank holiday weekend marks the start of the half term here in London, so use the weekend to spur on the rest of your week with the kids in your life. From exploring the underwater world at the London Aquarium to observing the land creatures at London Zoo, there is plenty to do in the capital: check out our complete list of things to do with kids in London this half term.
Also published on Medium.