What’s On this May Bank Holiday in London

bank holiday weekend in london

A bottomless frosé brunch, a pop-up winery and a handful of rooftop bars to chose from; here’s how we’ll be enjoying the bank holiday weekend in London

Night Tales

Night Tales launch party

Hackney’s Night Tales is back and they’re kicking things off this bank holiday with a three day opening party and a brand new music programme for May and June. Expect street food, delicious drinks and new music from the likes of Acuña Collective, Alex Metric, Aeroplane, Catz N Dogz and more as you soak up the sun on the terrace.


Savage Valley Pop-up Winery

Savage Garden pop-up wine bar

Savage Garden rooftop bar has brought California to the capital with the launch of Savage Valley, a pop up winery where guests can get a taste of some of the best wines from the Golden State. A new cocktail and food menu has been designed to keep visitors hydrated and well fed. On it, you’ll find some creatively named cocktails (Bitch and Wine, Pour Decisions), snacks including soft-shell crab spicy sliders and burnt pepper tacos, and of course, a tantalising wine selection.


Gin Under The Canopy

Kicking off Friday 3 May, Canopy Market will be raising a glass to the bank holiday weekend by bringing together an exciting line-up of British gin distilleries to celebrate the favoured spirit in all its variety and complexity. The weekly independent market is teaming up with Artisan Drinks to showcase eight small scale, craft and artisan gin distilleries by way of tastings, masterclasses and an interactive ‘Pimp Up Your Gin’ station.

3-5 May; kingscross.co.uk

Bottomless Frosé Brunch

w london bank holiday brunch

Hotel W London is making the boys (and girls) wink with a pink bottomless frosé brunch. Brand new and available every Saturday, guests can choose from six delicious mains including a salmon tartare burger and a crisp mushroom and leek quiche, before washing it all down with bottomless prosecco or house-made frozen rosé and a freshly made pancake stack.


Cinco de Mayo

Held annually to celebrate the Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla against the French on 5 May 1862, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to don a sombrero and drink your body weight in margaritas. London’s bars and eateries are going all out for the big day; we’ve picked a few of our favourites here.

Pergola Paddington

Pergola is back this weekend

Pergola Paddington is back, just in time for the bank holiday, this time taking inspiration from the Mediterranean’s laid-back coastline. Get ready for a completely new line up of unmissable food vendors, including Babek Brothers, Honi Poké, An Choi a new food trader from the Salvation in Noodles team, and Smash Patty a new burger concept from the guys behind Patty & Bun. There are also bookable day beds and DJ’s playing all weekend long.


Bottomless Bank Holiday Brunch at The Prince

bank holiday bottomless brunch

To celebrate the long weekend, The Prince is throwing a bottomless bank holiday brunch. Head down to get your hands on bottomless bubbles and Bloody Mary’s for only £20 per person, alongside food from the new line up of food traders including Jefferies, Homeslice, Edu and Patty & Bun. The new retractable roof also means celebrations can continue whatever the weather.


The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain

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Starry Night over the Rhone, Vincent van Gogh; courtesy of Tate Britain

Tate Britain has opened an incredible exhibition, showcasing some of Van Gogh’s most prestigious work. It focuses on Gogh’s relationship with British culture, literature and art. The exhibition will showcase more than 45 pieces from public and private collections around the world. His renowned works such as Self-Portrait (1889), L’Arlésienne (1890) and Starry Night on the Rhône (1888) will be found together in one room, for the first time in years.

The exhibition will be running until 11 August. Tickets range from £20; tate.org.uk 

The Coral Room

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Use the bank holiday Monday to rejuvenate after an extravagant Cinco de Mayo party. The acclaimed Coral Room will be hosting the annual Mexican holiday, in collaboration with Casamigos tequila. The fiesta starts at 6pm, with a live Latin DJ seeing the party through to the early hours. This grand salon bar promises a slice of tequila-fuelled decadence, in the heart of Bloomsbury.

5 May; thecoralroom.co.uk

The Modern Movement at Brockwell Lido

The 4 and 5 May sees London host an eclectic festival of 20th century design. Taking place at the Brockwell Lido in Herne Hill, the Modern Movement will showcase a range of dealers and architects, selling a variety of classic vintage furniture, jewellery and objects d’art. Fittingly, a grade II listed, art deco building will serve as the backdrop.


12th Knot

12th Knot is one of the most iconic spaces for rooftop views and fantastic cocktails. Situated in the fabulous Sea Containers on the Southbank, sit back and relax this bank holiday with live music and an interior to die for. While the sun sets, celebrate with a fabulous bottle of Domaine De Varoux, Chablis from France. Its fruity taste makes for superb sipping throughout the long weekend.


Aqua Spirit

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Located in Soho, Aqua Spirit is another fabulous rooftop bar/restaurant. Its currently celebrating the life and works of Spanish impressionist artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, through an eclectic choice of dishes. You will also receive a two-for-one ticket to the exhibition, which exhibits at the National Gallery from 1 April until 7 July.


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