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Top 10 things to do this May bank holiday

The May bank holiday is on its way to London - expect markets, maypoles, and mucky little lambs

By Time Out London Things To Do |
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May is the best month of the year in London. The parks are in bloom and people start to venture up to London’s rooftop bars again. 

Not only do we get longer days and (hopefully) warmer weather, but May brings with it not one but two bank holiday weekends. The first is already over, and if you’re not already booked up with a wedding for the second, then it’s time to make some plans.

Check out our guide to the best events happening across London for the bank holiday falling on Sat May 25 - Mon May 27 2019. We have our fingers crossed for some nicer weather, but because we’ve learned to prepare for every eventuality, why not choose a back-up London pub or one of these cosy spots to hide from the rain?

RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to the bank holiday in London

10 awesome May bank holiday events

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Peckham Record Fair

icon-location-pin Copeland Park, Peckham
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Warm up your index fingers – it's time to finesse your flicking and hunt out some hidden gems. The Hackey Record Fair is heading south of the river for the weekend and will be setting up shop in Peckham's Copeland Park. Expect wall-to-wall wax and more audiophiles than you can shake a vintage amp at.

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Peckham Salvage Yard

icon-location-pin Copeland Park, Peckham
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Bagged yourself a new record player from the Peckham Record Fair but haven't got a record player table to stick it on? Swing by the Salvage Yard and discover the treasure trove of vintage goods on offer. Your bank holiday weekend just got even more expensive...

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Foodies Festival

icon-location-pin Syon Park, Brentford End
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The super group we've all been waiting for will be taking to the stage at this year's Foodies Festival. But if you're not a fan of the music of Brian McFaden or Keith Duffy (aka Boyzlife, obvs), then fear not – there's plenty of other things to get excited about, with a range of masterclasses, talks and tastings on offer.

Music, Music festivals

All Points East

icon-location-pin Victoria Park, South Hackney
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The fresh faced East London fest is back for its second year, and its 10-day takeover of Victoria will start on the late May bank holiday weekend. The Chemical Brothers, The Strokes and Christine and the Queens are set to headline, with gems dotted throughout the rest of the line-ups.

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Things to do, Festivals

All Points East: In the Neighbourhood

icon-location-pin Victoria Park, South Hackney
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Festival sites can sometimes be quite a depressing place once all the revellers have gone home for the day, littered with cardboard cups, laughing gas canisters and the odd spew or two. But not All Points East, which will be bringing its free and family-friendly 'In the Neighbourhood' programme to Victoria Park inbetween its weekend shows. Highlights include open-air screenings of 'Napoleon Dynamite' and 'Black Panther'.

Music, Music festivals

Jam on Rye

icon-location-pin Peckham Rye Park, Peckham Rye
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Music festivals can sometimes be let down by the food on offer, but this won't be an issue at Jam on Rye. Organised by the good folks at Kerb, the event goes big on sound systems and sustenance in equal measure. Kelis with a side of bao buns? Yes please!

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Gala Festival
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Music, Music festivals

Gala

icon-location-pin Peckham Rye Park, Peckham Rye
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Tickets are flying out the door for this May gathering. It has a big focus on street food and craft beer alongside a DJ-driven artists line-up – beats and eats, as it were. And with a schedule including Gerd Janson and Honey Dijon, expect the one-day fest to cut the mustard.

Things to do, Festivals

Feria de Londres

icon-location-pin South Bank, South Bank
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Gaga for gazpacho and up for tasting some tapas? Andalusia is coming to the banks of the Thames in a big way this Bank Holiday, so make a beeline to the river to sample all things southern Spain. Plus, if the weather plays ball, you could trick yourself into thinking you're actually there. They have big red buses in Malaga too, right?

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Adams Antiques Fair

icon-location-pin The Royal Horticultural Hall, Victoria
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Got a spot in your flat that needs filling with some furniture? Head down to 'The Horti' and pick up some antique pieces from one of London's oldest fairs. Get there early and pay the extra entrance fee to beat the crowds.

Free From Festival
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Things to do

Free From Festival

icon-location-pin The Boiler House, Brick Lane
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Vegan food is getting easier to find when out and about, but if you're looking for a food market where you don't have to scour the ingredients like the small print of your phone contract, then the Free From Festival might be the one for you.

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