Forget about work, shift yourself from the sofa and get out and about over the second of the May bank holiday weekends. Plan your time off to the minute with our round-up of the very best May events taking place in the capital over Saturday May 28 - Monday May 30 2016 and let's just hope the sun lasts – and, even if it doesn't, the capital is packed with museums, exhibitions and fail-safe pubs, so you can be sure your extra day of freedom won't go to waste.
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May bank holiday in London events
Red Market – the outdoor pop-up taking place in the large courtyard area of Shoreditch's Red Gallery – returns for 2016, with a 'Last Days of Shoreditch' theme. This could be the last summer they have at the site due to recently granted planning permission, so be sure to get your fill of street food, music and crazy golf courtesy of Junkyard Golf Club while the space is still theirs.Read more
London Beer Lab, The King & Co and We Brought Beer are joining forces this bank holiday to run a craft beer trail along the 37 bus route between Clapham and Brixton. Loyalty beers, Swedish brunch and 'beer flight' tastings all feature (book brunch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org).Read more
Pitched as a real-life incarnation of your favourite Sunday rag (think broadsheet rather than red-top), this many-sided day out is centred around a series of talks from experts on world news, fashion, food and much more. For an extra fee, there are also Sunday roasts served banquet-style on a long table, cocktails, coffees and guided walks.Read more
Put together by party pros Percolate and their resident DJs Krywald & Farrer, Party People is a free, weekly summer session that runs every Sunday at Mick's Garage, an industrial warehouse in Hackney Wick. It’s a place to hang and relax – there’ll be food and Crate Brewery beer, plus table tennis and football for that essential kidult angle – as well as hear some top DJs through a high-end soundsystem.Read more
The restored, eighteenth-century garden, originally designed by Henry Holland, is open just twice this summer, to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the restoration and re-opening to the public of Spencer House. Entry is by timed ticket (available from 10.30am on the day).Read more
Head up North London's biggest hill for this free festival at the 'People's Palace', which features live music and entertainment as well as heaps of food and drink. Choose dishes from street food stars such as Smokestak, The Waffle Float, Backstreet Diner, Bodeans, El Dorado and Wholefood Heaven.Read more
Food-lovers can tuck into a range of masterclasses, talks and tastings at these three-day festivals which celebrate their eleventh anniversary in 2016. Chefs who'll be sharing their tips and tricks include Aldo Zilli, Atul Kochhar, Janos Veres, Rakesh Nair, Dhruv Baker and more. The Great British Street Food Awards will be held at the Blackheath edition, and all festivals will have a focus on Brazilian street food in celebration of the Olympics.Read more
Birdies returns, swapping Waterloo's underground railway tunnels for a crazy golf summer session on a rooftop in Stratford. The nine-hole course features loops, half pipes and plenty more to challenge putters, while a brand new cocktail list and menu from RockaDollar Dogs will keep them fuelled. Games start at 5pm on weekdays and 2pm on weekends.Read more
Experience the marvellous world of flight and aerospace innovation at 'Above and Beyond', an immersive exhibition offering a look at the past and future of the science behind flight. Expect interactive experiences using flight simulation, augmented reality and virtual reality.Read more
Looking for more fun this summer?
London during the summer is the best place on earth. Fact. From new art blockbusters and fresh faces in the West End, to London music festivals and a beachload of fun things to do, here’s 17 events you don't want to miss this summer. Ice creams not included.Read more