What to Do in London for May Day

By Shoaib
June 3, 2024
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May Day is nearly upon us once again, and it’s a great time to visit London and enjoy all of the celebrations that the city has to offer. Let’s take a look at a few of the best ways to celebrate the May Day Bank Holiday this year.

When is May Day 2022?

May Day this year takes place on Monday, May 2nd. For most people in the UK, they get a long weekend off from work, making it the time to travel to London and stay in our hotels. The May Day celebration can be traced back to ancient times, and it’s a great way to celebrate the halfway point between spring and summer. The weather is usually improving by then, allowing you to make the most of spending time outdoors with your family and friends.

What to Do in London During the May Day Celebrations

There are plenty of special events and celebrations during this bank holiday in London. If you are visiting the city during this weekend, these are a few of the highlights of the events and attractions on offer.

Soak Up the Sun at London’s Rooftop Restaurants

As the weather is starting to improve, this would be the perfect time to enjoy a drink at one of London’s top rooftop restaurants or bars. Boundary Bar and Grill is a beautiful outdoor spot in Shoreditch (near our Great St Helen Hotel). For another great view over the city, consider heading to the Sky Garden, which is free to visit if you book in advance.

Visit the Royal Parks of London

Another great outdoor spot to visit this weekend is one of the Royal Parks of London. Choose between Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, or Kensington Gardens, all of which would be the perfect spot to gather with your friends for a picnic. If the weather is particularly warm, consider heading up to Hampstead Heath instead and enjoy the swimming ponds.

Kew Gardens

May is the perfect time to visit Kew Gardens before the overseas crowds descend on London for the summer. They have an action-packed events calendar throughout the year, with special offerings for families and adults. As it’s home to the world’s largest living plant collection, you can be sure you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained all day long here.

Tour the Victoria & Albert Museum If you are looking for an indoor activity for this weekend, the Victoria & Albert Museum has some great exhibitions on right now. We’d highly recommend booking tickets for the Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature exhibition, which explores the author’s interest in the natural world around us.

These are just a few of the top things you could do in London this May Day bank holiday, but you’ll find there are plenty of events to fit everyone’s interests. With Londoners enjoying an extended weekend off work, you can be sure spirits will be high in the city throughout this weekend. Make sure you book in advance to stay with us to avoid disappointment during this popular time for visitors to London.

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