May surely has to be the best month out of all twelve of them. London finally steps into summer, the rooftop bars open and people start smiling at each other on the tube. But we all know that the real joy comes from the two completely unsolicited, free days off work – thanks to not one, but two bank holiday weekends.
The second, or 'Spring' bank holiday falls on Mon May 29. So we've rounded up the ten events happening in London from Sat May 27 - Mon May 29 2017 that we think you need to know about. Let's just hope the sun lasts – and, even if it doesn't, plonk yourself in a fail-safe London pub and be sure that your three days of freedom don't go to waste.
RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to the bank holiday in London
10 unmissable May bank holiday events
London might not have Cuba's fleets of classic cars or choice of cool Panama hats, but this summer, Brixton is trying to bring a little Havana life to SW9 with its rooftop urban beach. The Piña Coladas, Cubanitos and Mojitos will be flowing in a space decorated with mint and exotic flowers. For grub, there'll be a rotating choice of street food vendors, with mac 'n' cheese bites from Mac to the Future and dishes from Dirty Bones, Mama’s Jerk and Negril.
Have some (legal) fun in a former carpark at Skylight, a rooftop playground in Tobacco Dock. Alongside the usual plethora of cocktails and street food, there are petanque courts, lawn bowls and three croquet lawns available to book for half-hour or one-hour slots, from £15. And you thought millenials were only into digital gaming: this year, it's all about those lawn sports.