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Bank holiday in London

Make the most of the long weekend with our guide to the early May 2019 bank holiday in London

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Sound the long weekend klaxon! Summer in London is just around the corner, which means bank holidays and long weekends galore. This month we get double the fun with two bank holidays, and while the first may be behind us, the second (Sat 25-Mon 27 May 2019) is still to go.

There’s heaps happening across London for the second May bank holiday, so where do you start making plans? Right here, that’s where. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to celebrating the holiday weekend. Whatever you like to get up to in your spare time (well, within reason), we’ve got you covered with all the best new art exhibitions, new theatre shows, day trips and the best clubs in London. Just pick your faves and be sure to make the most of a week without a Monday at work.

The best bank holiday events in the city

London events in May
Things to do

London events in May

Prepare yourself for a marvellous May in London

The best things to do this May bank holiday
Things to do

The best things to do this May bank holiday

Don't let that extra day off work go to waste

9 flower-filled day trips from London
Things to do

9 flower-filled day trips from London

Blooming beautiful day trips that will bring out the floriculturist in all of us

The best weekend breaks from London
Things to do

The best weekend breaks from London

Getaways within easy reach of London – no passport required

Get out and about this May bank holiday

London’s great outdoors
Things to do

London’s great outdoors

Forgotten what outdoor London looks like? Take a peek

Day trips from London
Travel

Day trips from London

Feel like getting out of the city? Give Rye a try

London's best BBQ spots
Things to do

London's best BBQ spots

Places with a green light to grill  

Take a dip in London’s lidos
Things to do

Take a dip in London’s lidos

When the sun comes out, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as diving into a pool

Bank holiday eating in London

The best brunches in London
Restaurants

The best brunches in London

Start the long weekend well 

Rooftop restaurants in London
Restaurants

Rooftop restaurants in London

Elevate your eating this bank holiday

London’s best riverside restaurants
Restaurants

London’s best riverside restaurants

Dinner with an enviable view 

Amazing outdoor dining in London
Restaurants

Amazing outdoor dining in London

The best alfresco dining in town

FInd more great food options in London

Get a culture fix over the May bank holiday

Outdoor cinema in London
Film

Outdoor cinema in London

Add outdoor cinema to your bucket list

Top 10 art exhibitions in London
Art

Top 10 art exhibitions in London

The most exciting art in the capital right now

Alternative places to visit
Things to do

Alternative places to visit

Try these London sights for sore eyes

Outdoor theatre in London
Theatre

Outdoor theatre in London

Pack a brolly, alfresco theatre season is here

Bank holiday drinking in London

Best bars with a view
Bars and pubs

Best bars with a view

Get high in the capital

The 100 best bars and pubs
Bars and pubs

The 100 best bars and pubs

The very best of London boozing

London’s best rooftop bars
Bars and pubs

London’s best rooftop bars

Bars with serious altitude 

Brilliant beer gardens
Bars and pubs

Brilliant beer gardens

Pubs with space for sun-soaked sipping

Find more great drinking options in London