May Bank Holiday in London

With summer just around the corner and warmer days creeping in, May bank holiday is a great time to get outdoors and spend time with family and friends during a long weekend. However you choose to take in the city, hop on an Original Tour sightseeing bus and combine unrivalled views of London with your plans to enjoy the long weekend.

Sounds in the City

Whether you enjoy a relaxing opera or upbeat DJ sets, there are some great music concerts and festivals 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.

Prom Praise at Royal Albert Hall

All Souls Orchestra are back at the Royal Albert Hall for Prom Praise 2018 on Saturday 5th May at 7.30pm. Prom Praise combines contemporary and classical music in an uplifting union of performance and worship. Tickets start from £15.25 and you can grab a drink or a bite to eat at the Royal Albert Hall from 5.30pm.

Arcadia 10th Anniversary Festival

Returning from the world tour, Arcadia is coming to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the 5th and 6th of May for the 10th anniversary festival. Arcadia has entertained crowds with the awe-inspiring Metamorphosis show, DJ sets and pyrotechnic displays, so grab a two-day ticket and celebrate Arcadia’s return with performances from RAM Records and Leftism.

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. This May bank holiday, you can see As You Like It from Friday 4th - Sunday 6th or the Twelfth Night on bank holiday Monday from just £5!


For just 5 weeks, Chess is returning to London’s West End for the first time in over 30 years. Starring Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke, this epic musical takes to the stage at the London Coliseum with the English National Opera for a limited season. Don’t miss out and book your tickets for the May bank holiday weekend now.

Underbelly Festival

Underbelly Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday, so head over to Southbank this May bank holiday for a mix of entertainment, outdoor bars and international street food. From acrobatic circus performers and to 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!

Outdoor Fun

May bank holiday means summer is on its way, so what better way to celebrate than by getting out and about in London, whatever the weather.

Hyde Park

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 and finish off your trip with an ice cream in one of the waterside cafes. There are also lots of statues and memorials to be found, including one of Peter Pan which is tucked away in Kensington Gardens.

Liquid History

Fancy a liquid lunch with a spot of history on the side? Explore London by foot and take a tour around some proper British pubs with Liquid History Tours. There are tours at 2pm on the 5th and 6th of May for around 3 hours which cost £25 per person. Try some real ales or traditional gin’s and learn about some of London’s quirky history with a dedicated tour guide.

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!

Feast and Fizz

An extra day off work means an extra day of great food and drinks, so whether you’re after a healthy lunch or you want to party all night, there are some great places you can visit.

Street Feast

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 12pm-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 think 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.