Five Ways to Spend your May Bank Holiday


It’s been nearly a month since our last bank holiday and I think it’s safe to say we’ve all earned a bit of relaxing and unwinding. Three blissful days off work is the perfect way to enjoy the warming days and the glorious sunshine. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out into the city and enjoy at fun festivals & outdoor activities that you’re always hearing about but never quite manage to find the time for.

Pick Me Up
For a burst of brightness and beauty on your May bank holiday; bring yourself along to the Pick Me Up Graphics Art Festival at Somerset house. A fresh line up of artists and designers bring the very best in illustration and graphic design to the table. With big names and a relaxed art-school atmosphere this is definitely an excellent way to spend an afternoon this weekend; whether you’re just in it to watch the professionals at work or you fancy giving the craft a go.

London Coffee Festival

Lovers of fine coffee, delicious tea, and exquisite food should make their way up to Brick Lane for the excellent London Coffee Festival. This breezy festival is the flagship event of the UK Coffee Week and it promises to be a weekend of world class baristas bringing you the finest coffee, delightful cakes, live music, and even coffee based art; all in support of the charity Project Waterfall.

Street Feast
With spring in full swing and days stretching ever longer going out for the evening can be a perfectly valid way to get a bit of a sun. Throw in a bit of food, some excellent music, a drink or three, and you’ve got yourself an incredible night out. Come out for Street Feast at Dalston Yard; grab a juicy burger from Mother Flipper or some Korean burritos bursting with flavour, enjoy a luxurious sip of gin and tonic from The Gin Store, and relax with the sun set and the cool night air.

Afternoon Tea
A positively exquisite way to spend your afternoon is with a proper traditional English Afternoon Tea; perhaps rounded out with a lazy stroll through the park.If you find yourself looking for something to do this May Bank Holiday then come along to the Montcalm Marble Arch and enjoy towers of delicate sandwiches, scones heaped with jam and cream, and an elegant cup of tea. Complete the day with a glass of Champagne and a stroll up the road to Regent’s Park and you’ve got yourself the perfect weekend.

Canalway Cavalcade
If you feel like walking a bit and seeing the sights then head to the canals in Little Venice this week and witness the annual gathering of canal boats. Around 130 vessels will be moored, owners and boats dressed to the nines and ready to put on a bit of a show. It’ll be a great day out for a spot of thoroughly British fun, real ale, and perhaps some morris dancing. It should be pretty lively with lots to do; and all of it only a short stroll from the Montcalm in Marble Arch.