Bank holiday in London

There's plenty going on in the capital over the first long weekend this May



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If ever there was an excuse to go out and enjoy the capital, bank holidays are it. This year's early May bank holiday takes place on Monday May 5 and, as always, we've got some fabulous ideas on how you can make the most of it in London.

The Great Hampstead Bark Off

This day out promises to be a treat for man’s best friend and their owners alike

  1. Parliament Hill Hampstead Heath, East Heath Rd, NW3 2SY
  2. Sat May 3
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Malaysia Kitchen Spring Market

Stroll along the Riverside Walkway to sample beef rendang, chicken satay and more from 12 Malaysian restaurants

  1. South Bank
  2. Sat May 3 - Sun May 4
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Modern Movement Design Fair

  • Free

This interiors fair, now in it's seventh year, sets up beside Brockwell Lido's 1930s pool

  1. Brockwell Lido Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, SE24 0PA
  2. Sat May 3 - Sun May 4
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Hackney Flea Market

  • Free

A hall on Stoke Newington’s Church Street becomes a knick-knack hunter’s paradise this weekend

  1. Abney Hall 73A Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 OAS
  2. Sat May 3 - Sun May 4
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Canalway Cavalcade

  • Free

This colourful gathering of canal boats makes a great family outing

  1. Little Venice between Blomfield Rd, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent, W9 2PB
  2. Sat May 3 - Mon May 5
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Children's Choice Weekend at Pick Me Up

As part of the Pick Me Up graphic arts festival, these family days feature a fun roster of guests and activities

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Sat May 3 - Sun May 4
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Sensational Butterflies

The Natural History Museum's butterfly house returns for a sixth year this summer

  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun Sep 14
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Family Sundays at Kenwood House

Families can try different arts and crafts whilst exploring the house and finding out more about its collections

  1. Kenwood House Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR
  2. Sun May 4
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Soundcrash Roof Garden Party Series

Singer and musician Katherin DeBoer kicks off the rooftop party series with some suitably soulful summer sounds

  1. Rockwell House 10-14 Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN
  2. Sat May 3
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Coffin Dodgers Disco

With a strict no under-28s door policy, oldies can shuffle to disco, indie, pop and rock

  1. The Phoenix 37 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
  2. Fri May 2
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Shangaan Electro + The Bug + LV

The street dance of South Africa hits the capital for live Shangaan Electro this bank holiday

  1. Koko 1a Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Sun May 4
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Up On The Roof

Enjoy a headline show from the imitable Good Times boss Norman Jay in the sunshine (we hope) atop the Prince of Wales

  1. Prince of Wales 467-469 Brixton Rd, SW9 8HH
  2. Sun May 4
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Big brunches

Fill up for the long weekend ahead – go for a full fry-up this bank holiday

Sunday roasts

The diet can wait until Tuesday. Feast on the perfect roast dinner this weekend

Afternoon tea

Tea, cake and scones. There's nothing not to love about a delicious afternoon tea

Evening cocktails

With a three-day recovery period this bank holiday, we say it's cocktail o'clock

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