The Met Office will try and tell you that summer begins on June 21, but we know the truth. Summer really begins with that first May Bank Holiday, a time when we all silently agree to kiss goodbye to our sleeves and ditch our coats at the first whisper of sunshine. Consider these three days off work your chance to reacquaint yourself with summer in the city with our guide to the best events and things to do across London.
May: a month of extra days off work, creeping warmth and pre-summer excitement. It’s one of London’s finest, and it’s right around the corner.
Spend the next few days getting much-needed Vitamin D on the terrace of one of London's rooftop bars or in a pretty park. Rock out at one of the year’s first music festivals. Elevate your endorphins at an exercise class. Check out one of the summer’s must-see exhibitions.
And – of course – be sure to make the most of the bank holidays with mini-breaks to somewhere outside of London. Here’s our guide to the best events, parties, pop-ups and things to do in May 2023 in London. You’re in for one sweet, sweet month.