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Bank holiday in London

Have your very own three-day festival in London with our guide to the early May bank holiday weekend

The first, or ‘early’ May bank holiday is on the horizon, which means three days off work and a whole lot of time to play with. May Day (Monday May 1 2017) traditionally marks the beginning of springtime and a big ‘see ya later!’ to winter. Customs like maypole dancing and the crowning of the May Queen can be traced back to ancient pagan traditions – so high five to those guys for the extra day off work. 

We’ve put together the ultimate guide to celebrating the May bank holiday weekend in London (Saturday April 29-Monday May 1 2017). Whether you want to check out the best new art exhibitions, watch one of our favourite new theatre shows, get out of town on a day-tripor just spend all night partying at London’s best clubs, whatever your plans for the bank holiday weekend, we’ve got you covered. 

Celebrate the May bank holiday weekend

Unusual events over the May bank holiday
Things to do

Unusual events over the May bank holiday

Fancy something different? Of course you do

May Day bank holiday parties
Nightlife

May Day bank holiday parties

The long weekend’s best club nights 

Top 10 May bank holiday events
Things to do

Top 10 May bank holiday events

Don't let the three days go to waste

London’s best new bars and pubs
Bars and pubs

London’s best new bars and pubs

Seek out the hottest new watering holes

Get a culture fix over the May bank holiday

Outdoor theatre in London
Theatre

Outdoor theatre in London

Pack a brolly, alfresco theatre season is here

Top 10 art exhibitions in London
Art

Top 10 art exhibitions in London

The most exciting art in the capital right now

Bank holiday eating in London

London's best breakfasts
Restaurants

London's best breakfasts

Start off the long weekend with a proper breakfast

Rooftop restaurants in London
Restaurants

Rooftop restaurants in London

Try some sky-high eating this bank holiday weekend

London's best street food
Restaurants

London's best street food

Here's where to find food worth queueing for

Sunday lunches in London
Restaurants

Sunday lunches in London

Let the experts doing the cooking

FInd more great food options in London

Bank holiday drinking in London

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

Hit the roof this weekend

London's best craft beer
Bars and pubs

London's best craft beer

Ditch the cheap lager and get crafty

Top beer gardens in London
Bars and pubs

Top beer gardens in London

Pubs with space for sun-soaked supping

Find more great drinking options in London

Get out and about this bank holiday

Nine brilliant bike rides from London
Things to do

Nine brilliant bike rides from London

Saddle up and jump on your bike this bank hol

26 hidden gardens in London
Things to do

26 hidden gardens in London

We've foraged far and wide to bring you the prettiest places to hide away

Day-trips from London
Things to do

Day-trips from London

London is great, but sometimes you need to get away for a day

London's great outdoors
Things to do

London's great outdoors

Forgotten what outdoor London looks like? Take a peek

Comments

3 comments
Oana D
Oana D

Which bar is the one in the photograph from the article? 

Jocelyn A
Jocelyn A

You forgot about the Canal Cavalcade in Little Venice - always good fun