Everyone looks forward to a bank holiday weekend – what’s not to love?! Three days to spend relaxing, re-cooperating, and catching up on the things we enjoy. Bank holidays are few and far between (well, perhaps not this month!), so it’s essential to make the most of them. With the mid May weather (supposedly) warming up and three full days off to enjoy, everyone should make the most of the great events planned in the country’s capital.
Most people are desperate to get away for the bank holiday but understandably would never consider a long haul flight for a three day getaway. However, you may be surprised to learn that you don’t need expensive flights and heavy suitcases to indulge in a new, exciting culture.
Alchemy, a ten day festival held at the Southbank Centre, offers exhibitions, dance competitions and food stalls, promising to immerse you in every ounce of Indian life. The last day of the festival falls on Monday 25th May, which gives you plenty of time to indulge on other things before you experience the festival, which provides the ultimate mini-break experience, all within a day! For the food fanatics out there, the Foodie Festival is the ideal destination. Opening on the Saturday of the bank holiday at Syon Park, food lovers can get involved with master classes from professionals, including Michelin starred chef Jesse Dunford-Wood as well as a range of talks and food sampling sessions. The latest addition to the festival is the Tasting Theatre, which will be hosting specialist classes on chocolate, oyster shucking and raw food. Or perhaps try other treat tasting tents, like the Wine and Champagne theatre and the Cake & Bake Theatre – it is bank holiday after all! Explore Street Food Avenue to fill yourself with international dishes whilst enjoying live music, pop up bars and over 200 exhibitors.
If you’re after a more soulful way to spend the weekend and fancy a night of live music and dancing, get down to the Bank Holiday Monday Blues Jam in Camden! Customers are always invited to add to the lively atmosphere by getting on stage with the band and for the musically talented out there, this is the dream event! However if you’re not a musician, sit back, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the acts whilst tucking into the specialist dishes of the night.
If you’re looking for more of a community project to keep yourself busy on bank holiday Monday, why not get involved with the Bupa 10k run? The run sees over 13,000 participates take to the streets of London and raises money for a variety of good causes including, Unicef, Cancer Research and the NSPCC. If you’re not ready for the challenge, go along anyway to support those who are- you never know, it may inspire you for next year.
Wherever your interests lie, London is sure to be hosting an event which will keep you entertained over the long weekend. Whilst returning to work on Tuesday may be a miserable thought for some, just remember, we only have to wait until August for the next bank holiday!