We can’t quite believe we’re writing yet another bank holiday guide – is it just us or have we been piled with bank holidays lately? Not that we’re complaining! However, as there’s not another three day weekend until August we are urging you to make the most of this Monday off bliss – and here are some ways to do so…
Bottomless Aperol Spritz? Oh, go on then! The Piano Works are jazzing things up for the final bank hols before August with a boozy brunch offering that involves bottomless Aperol Spritz, Bloody Mary’s, Prosecco and Italian pink sparkling wine. Or, if you’re having a mocktail – you better have a good excuse – then there’ll be some of those available too! You’ll groove out to house musicians from 1pm-1am followed by a DJ playing until 4am, with two courses on offer to help line your stomachs. Roll on the weekend!
Sunday 26th of May
Where: Farringdon & West End
Out with the brown and in with the colour! This week we’ve taken a look at some of the delicious serves of coffee that come with a smile and a splash of colour. So, if you’re popping past one of these shops this weekend, pop in for something special!
Website: Colourful Coffee Over Here
A bulging programme of performing arts will be on offer as the Little Theatre Festival comes to East Village, E20, for late bank hols. The eclectic weekend round-up includes Rhys James of Mock the Week being as hilarious as ever and a double bill of stand-up poet Rob Auton. The events will take place in the Roundabout; famed as being the world’s first pop-up theatre-in-the-round which has rolled on down to various UK spots, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Its Stratford debut is set to be quite the spectacle!
Friday 24th – Monday 27th May
Website: Grab Your Tickets Here
As Chelsea Flower Show comes to a close we’re desperate to cling onto blooms, and here we have a whole room of them! South Place Hotel have gone big and won’t be going home any time soon with their fantastic floral extravaganza which you can find out all about here!
Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Have you ever imagined a world beyond jerk? No? Well, now’s the time as you get prepared to jerk it out at the utterly lip-smacking Jerk & Beyond festival! Running across the bank hols, the free-to-enter affair will feature food traders including Limin‘, Park Edge Bar, Baygo and Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen. You’ll feast on highlights of Trinidadian street food, Caribbean sunshine food, West Indian garlic calypso shrimp and much more, dear friend. All of which can be washed down by a scrumptious cocktail offering from the Limin cocktail bar, equipped with their Plantation rum.
25th-27th May, entry is free
Where: 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, E1 6EW
Introducing wine into the bank holiday plans, and rightly so, is Ormer! The Mayfair-based restaurant has a three-course paired menu on offer that has been carefully curated by Michelin-awarded Chef Shaun Rankin. Serves will include Nyetimber and Stopham Estate highlights which will accompany delightful seasonal dishes that take inspiration from the Channel Islands. And, whilst we can’t promise potato pie will be on offer – as it would be in the Guernsey Potato Peel Pie and Literary Society – we can promise delicious canapés and home-grown grapes!
25th May – 2nd June (excluding 26th & 27th May). Book here
Where: 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, W1J 7BH
Check out some sensational, attention-grabbing artwork, courtesy of The Artist’s Artist Project. The series sees a host of free public artworks exhibited in the West End, with the latest piece being from that of Gonzalez, titled ‘At the Entrance of Seven Obscure Passages.’ The mesmeric and complex piece pays tribute to the 30th anniversary of the neighbourhood’s iconic landmarks, the Sundial Pillar.
Where: Seven Dials
London is a haven of street performers, from Covent Garden’s street entertainment which has been knocking about since 1662, to cheeky chap Charlie Chaplin, here’s where to find the ball jugglers of London!
Website: Find Them Here
Get brunching at Balthazar this weekend and delve into an encyclopaedic menu of delights. The all-day dining brasserie will see you feast on ceviche, salmon gravlax, artisan bread, macaroni cheese and much, much more! In fact, if you’re feeling punchy then why not delve into the Plateaux De Fruits De Mer and pop yourself snug inside a food coma for the remainder of the weekend. It’s the ideal pick for a long, lazy weekend Balthazar sure know how to deliver excellence when it comes to food. Bon Appétit!
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
It’s the poshest brunch in town and you’re going to want a slice of the action! Brunch Chinois launched on May the 11th, showing guests in Champagne – figuratively speaking – and offering a three-course, Chinese meal from the Park Chinois signature set-menu. The delightfully decadent brunch offering allows guests to choose a signature tipple on arrival, from cocktails, beer or a glass of wine, followed by a half bottle of Charles Heidsick Champagne. Simply divine!
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Website: Book Your Table Here
Summer definitely means rooftop bars; basking in the sun, Aperol in hand and jumping aboard the day time drinking train! We’ve got some awesome ones for you to check out, 25 in fact, which you can find here!
Website: Rooftops This Way...
Tee of early this bank holiday and enjoy a delightful Friday afternoon tea courtesy of PG tips. The delightful ‘Afternoon Free’ will take place at Oasis and includes sandwiches such as roasted pepper and pesto, dairy-free scones with coconut clotted cream, and a decadent selection of vegan mini desserts. The initiative comes to celebrate the PG Tips ‘Perfect with Dairy-Free’ tea popularity.
Friday 24th May, 12pm – 2.30pm
Where: Oasis, 22 Tottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia, W1T 1BP
Website: Grab Your Tea Here
Feria de Londres will be bringing its famous Andalusian carnival spirit to London. Colourful casetas will be popping up in Bernie Spain Gardens on the beautiful South Bank, serving authentic Spanish tapas, delicious cocktails, vibrant performances, and interactive activities.
Where: Bernie Spain Gardens
It’s pretty much summer right? Ah, well maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Either way, we’ve rounded up some pretty awesome terraces and you can check them out right here!
Website: Find Them Here