By Amanda Gegg
Now that the hottest Easter weekend on record is behind us, it’s time to start getting excited about the May Bank Holiday (25 – 27 May) and quite frankly one of the best months of the entire year (in our humble opinion anyway).
Not only are you most likely to experience the best weather that London has to offer during this delightful month, but it also signals the opening of some of the most colourful and exciting events of the season.
1. The Aperol Spritz Big Birthday Social (Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Hoxton Square), 23 May – 1 June
One of the best places for you to get your Instagram on; Aperol are inviting everyone down to Hoxton Square to celebrate their 100th birthday in a purpose-built, quintessentially Italian (and very, very orange) bar. You’d better pre-book quickly though, this sells out fast…
2. ‘London in the Sky’ (O2, Greenwich), 1 May – 15 July
If it’s a literal “wow” you’re after then it doesn’t get more jaw-dropping than ‘London in the Sky’, where you’ll find yourself strapped in to a fully-functioning suspended bar and raised 100ft up in the air above the O2. It goes without saying you’ll get a view of London like no other.
3. Model Market (Lewisham High Street), Open Fri – Sat
Hot on the anticipation of James Cochran’s GOAT pop-up, Model Market and its eclectic feel good vibes will be a major place to be this bank holiday. We’d recommend you show up hungry!
4. MCM London ‘Comic Con’ (ExCel London, E16), 24 – 26 May
Now here is an event that needs little introduction and comic book fans can rejoice that this legendary convention will once again be returning to London, this time with an exciting appearance from Captain America’s Sebastian Stan.
5. The BBQ Club: Patch & Picnic, (South Bank), Various Dates
The BBQ Club have really excelled themselves this year with their makeshift garden pop-up located right next to the Thames, complete with AstroTurf, white picket fences, outdoor games and a noteworthy summer garden party vibe. You can bring your own picnic or opt for some of the delicious on-site food. We’d recommend the latter to really make the most of it.
6. London Shuffle Club, (Shoreditch, E1)
Anyone who’s spent time in New York might already be familiar with the game Shuffle Board, but for those who aren’t sure it is a ‘mix between curling and ten pin bowling’ – apparently. Either way this eccentric sport has people flocking in their droves to join in the fun and there’s no better time to partake than the May Bank Holiday.
7. RHS Chelsea Flower Show, (Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3) 21 – 25 May
Even if gardening isn’t really your bag, you might find yourself surprisingly captivated by the imaginative concepts displayed at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. It’s also a great place to seek inspiration for your own garden, roof terrace or even just your window sill.
8. Chelsea Fringe Festival (Various Location), 18 – 26 May
If you fancy the prettiness without the commitment of a day at the Flower Show, you’ll love the ease and creativity of the Chelsea Fringe Festival which is based on an appreciation for horticulture and supporting community projects.
9. ‘AI: More Than Human’, (Barbican Centre) 16 May – 26 August
If you’re more inclined to stay indoors then why not head down to London’s epicentre for knowledge and learning at the Barbican, where they will have freshly opened their new ‘festival-style’ exhibition exploring the complex relationship between humans and artificial intelligence.