Right now, we’re crawling towards the May Bank Holiday (Saturday May 1 - Monday May 3 2021), and hoping for even the tiniest sliver of sunshine to greet us on arrival. The Bank Holiday weekend dates don’t quite line up of the long-anticipated reopening of the major London galleries or indoor dining, but thanks to the ingenuity of London’s event organisers and indie business owners, there’s still plenty of things to do and see across the three-day weekend, and we’re doing it all OUTSIDE.
We can meet in groups of six to order food straight to the park for an extremely lazy Sunday, find a decent patch of green for a barbecue or go full tourist and rent a little boat (who doesn’t love boats?). And now that a little bit of time has passed since the reintroduction of outdoor drinking and dining on April 12, it’s actually possible to book a table.
Beer gardens, however, are a different story. Boozy picnic tables have been booked up all over the city months in advance. Thankfully, the pint gods have smiled upon us. A select number of London pubs have decided to forego booking and allow for walk-ins instead. That means you can turn up at opening time for a chance at a seat in an actual beer garden this May Bank Holiday weekend. Here’s to clinking pints in the rain, warmed by the glow of your own spontaneity.