May Bank Holiday in London
With summer just around the corner and warmer days creeping in, bank holiday weekend in London 2020 is a great time to get outdoors and spend time with family and friends during a long weekend. This year, early May bank holiday falls on Friday 8th May and, as always, we’re hoping for sun!
However you choose to take in the city, hop on an Original Tour sightseeing bus and combine unrivalled views of the capital with your plans to enjoy the May bank holiday weekend in London.
Music and Concerts
Whether you enjoy a relaxing orchestra or upbeat fiestas, there are some great music concerts and celebrations in London this May bank holiday.
The Crusting Pipe
If you’ve ever seen a crowd gathered around the balcony of Covent Garden’s market building, or heard classical melodies echoing around the market, they were probably coming from The Crusting Pipe. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy live performances of classical music from 11am every day in the lower ground floor of the market building.
Mixologists from some of the best bars and restaurants in London compete for the title of the ‘Best Margarita’ at the London Fields Brewery for the Margarita Rumble. Open to over 18s, sample the margaritas and vote for your favourite. All margaritas are made with Jose Cuervo 100% Agave Tradicional tequila and there is live entertainment and street food vendors to grab a bite to eat. Tickets start from £35 and there are a number of sessions on Sunday 5th May.
Film Music Gala
May the Fourth be with you! The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will return to the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 4th May for the Film Music Gala. The cinematic music festival will feature music from Star Wars, The King’s Speech, Jurassic Park, Gladiator and Edward Scissorhands, with performances from The Cantus Ensemble. There are shows at 3pm and 7.30pm, with the restaurants and bars opening 2 hours before each show, and tickets start at £19.95.
See a Show
While the West End has a whole host of shows running all year round, you can catch some shows which are returning for a limited time over the bank holiday weekend.
The Globe Theatre
To see or not to see, that is the question. Whether you’re a Shakespeare fan or not, a trip to The Globe Theatre is essential for a taste of traditional British theatre. You can see the Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors and Pericles on bank holiday weekend in London from just £5!
From the 4th April - 6th June 2020, Sweet Charity is on at the Donmar Warehouse. Set in 1960’s New York, Sweet Charity follows the story of Charity Hope Valentine, a dance hall hostess who puts her faith in love. Tickets start from just £10 and there are also some free tickets for under 26s tickets available by entering a ballot.
Underbelly Festival is now in its 11th year. Head over to Southbank this May bank holiday for a mix of entertainment, outdoor bars and international street food. From acrobatic circus performers and comedians to plays and children’s theatre, there’s something for all the family! The food stalls and bars are free to visit and most shows cost less than £20 for a ticket!
May marks the first summer bank holiday in London and the warmer months are on the way, so what better way to celebrate than by getting out and about in London, whatever the weather.
Hyde Park is especially beautiful when spring has sprung. Head to the park with a picnic and football or hire a boat or bike for a few hours before ending your trip with an ice cream in one of the waterside cafes. There are also lots of statues and memorials, including one of Peter Pan which is tucked away in Kensington Gardens. A stroll through the park is the perfect end to bank holiday Monday in London.
Guided Walking Tours
Do you want to get the best spot for the Changing of the Guard? How about visiting the spots where music legends rose to fame or Jack the Ripper terrorised the streets of London? Join our local area guides on these free walking tours when you buy a 24, 48 or 72 hour sightseeing bus ticket with The Original Tour. Hop-on to our buses and enjoy a free river cruise with your ticket.
Go White Water
Grab a group of friends and head to Go White Water this May bank holiday at Lee Valley White Water Centre. Try white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking or tubing on the Olympic course from just £35 per person and enjoy an action-packed May bank holiday. And don’t worry if it’s raining, because you’re going to get wet anyway!
Food and Drink Festivals
An extra day off work means an extra day of great food and drinks. Whether you’re after a healthy lunch or you want to party all night, there are some great places you can visit.
For alternative street food from all over the world, head to one of the Street Feast venues in London. Choose from a selection of pop up restaurants, quirky bars, dessert stalls and more at different Street Feast locations and enjoy an afternoon with the family or a night out with friends. Most stalls are open from 5pm-late on Fridays and Saturdays.
Skip Garden Kitchen
If you’re looking for some delicious healthy grub that you can enjoy outside, head to the Skip Garden Kitchen in King’s Cross. Indulge in seasonal veggie dishes made with locally grown ingredients for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea from 10am-4pm Tuesday-Friday. The Skip Garden also host Fire Feasts throughout the year which are great fun during the summer months.
Piano Works Bar
For a night out to remember this May bank holiday, head to The Piano Works in Farringdon. Every bank holiday Sunday, the resident band play music requested by you from 1pm-1am with a DJ set until 4am. With drinks offers, food and a personalised concert, The Piano Works in Farrington should be at the top of your list this bank holiday.
However you choose to spend your extra day off this May bank holiday, take some time to sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning sights of London from the top of a sightseeing bus with The Original Tour.