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WHAT TO DO IN LONDON THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

23.05.16

There's a three day weekend on the horizon, so whether you're looking for a drinking destination, a culture hit or a new way to enjoy the great outdoors, there are plenty of options in London. We've listed our favourite hotspots this month in order to make your diary planning especially effortless.

THE GOOD LIFE EATERY, SLOANE SQUARE

If you’re looking for a little goodness after what may have been a heavy start to the long weekend, why not head to The Good Life Eatery for a breakfast or lunch that will do exactly what it says on the tin? All produce is fresh and nutritious and the menu is designed to offer a selection of both classic and innovative dishes, so you’ll leave feeling virtuous. Head to the Sloane Square location to make the most of your surroundings and have a browse along the highstreet for a relaxed afternoon.

59 Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DH UK

THE BOTANIST, BROADGATE CIRCLE

Kick off the Bank Holiday weekend in style by raising a glass or two at Liverpool Street’s, The Botanist. A great after-work meeting spot, it’s positioned looking out onto Broadgate Circle and surrounded by a host of equally as desirable bars and restaurants. The front is opened in good weather, making it the perfect blend of al fresco summer destination and elegant bar. Make your way through the cocktail menu or indulge in a few plates of tapas to leave the working week behind and welcome the weekend.

Broadgate Circle, City of London, EC2M 2QS

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW, CHELSEA

The Chelsea Flower show is one of the season’s most coveted London events, and for five days in May, the grounds of the Royal Hospital will become its home once again. This year, it nods to the Queen’s 90th birthday with photographic exhibits and a unique, specifically designed floral archway. Other features include an acoustic garden which will play music throughout the day, and an after-hours evening of jazz performed by London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SL

24th – 28th May 2016 : Get tickets here

ROOFTOP CINEMA, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Now a firm fixture on London’s summer landscape, the Rooftop Film Club has officially re-opened its Hoxton, Peckham Rye and Stratford locations. It’s the Peckham site, atop the famous Bussey Building, that’s set to host the most viewings over Bank Holiday weekend, so book tickets for The Big Short now, or plan in advance if the other rooftops are better suited to you. Alongside the movie screening, cocktails and street-style food will also be available.

Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST

STRANGE & FAMILIAR EXHIBITION, BARBICAN

Located in the iconic Barbican Centre and curated by British photographer, Martin Parr, Strange and Familiar, Britain as Revealed by International Photographers will provide a culture hit with a difference. It’s comprised of images taken by 23 international photographers across the globe and explores London through their eyes. If you’re a local or a regular in the city, you’re sure to recognise a familiar scene, and if you’re visiting, this collection is sure to provide an insight into what London life is really like.

The exhibition runs until 19th June Silk St, EC2Y 8DS Get tickets here 

ALEXANDRA PALACE STREET FOOD & BEER FESTIVAL

Live music, street food, a beer festival and an unbeatable view across the capital; what’s not to love about the idea of this event at Alexandra Palace? Opening on the Saturday of Bank Holiday weekend and recurring sporadically throughout the summer, it’s certainly one to bookmark, if not for the coming weekend then for some time a little later on. There will be over 20 different craft beers on offer and a selection of well-known and up and coming street food stalls to complement, so settle in for the afternoon and enjoy the sure-to-be buzzing atmosphere.

Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY 28th - 29th May

BROCKWELL LIDO

If the weather is in your favour and you’re feeling like embracing the great outdoors, why not head to Brockwell Lido in Hearne Hill to soak up the sunshine? Offering more than just a 50 meter pool – although this is the primary attraction – there’s a park café and exercise studio that hosts a range of dance and Pilates classes throughout the year.

Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA

WE ARE FEESTIVAL, UPMINSTER

Joining the new generation of dance festivals that have made their mark in London over the past few years, We Are Festival is now in its fourth year and going strong. Tickets are still available, so if you’re in the mood for a day of music, and the likes of Fatboy Slim and Steve Angelo are to your taste, then maybe a last minute purchase is in order. Unlike our other suggestions, it’s a little outside London, but it’s on the tube line and set to be well worth the journey.

28th - 29th May, Aveley Rd, Upminster, RM14 2TN Get tickets here