5 fabulous things to do in London this May Bank Holiday
Two bank holidays in one month. Is there a better month than May to be in London! With the beautiful weather and good vibes in the air in the capital, we’re looking at some of the most fabulously fun things to do this May Bank Holiday.
Visit the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show
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The unsurpassable Chelsea Flower Show returns with more than 100 thrilling floral displays. The Great Pavilion, a 12,000 sq ft marquee big enough to park 500 London buses, will again be the jewel in the Chelsea Flower Show crown, featuring the very best from the world’s finest nurseries, growers and florists. This year there will also be health and well-being gardens, showing how plants and green spaces can improve lives; Space to Grow Gardens with ideas for small, urban gardens; and the Chelsea Late Event on Friday night, giving even more visitors chance to see the show with bands, an artisan food market and roaming artists.
See a classic film at the Picturehouse Central
Picturehouse Central is showing 2001: A Space Odyssey in its original 70mm cut. With 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Stanley Kubrick redefined the limits of film-making and cemented his legacy as one of the most revolutionary and influential film directors of all time. Originally released in 70mm Cinerama roadshow format on 3 April 1968, the film ignited the imaginations of critics and audiences alike. For the first time since the original release, the 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative – no digital tricks, remastered effects or revisionist edits.
See world class Sax musicians at the London Saxophone Festival
This month sees the launch of the inaugural London Saxophone Festival, a celebration of all things sax, taking place at a range of venues across the capital. This week-long series of events will involve performances from world class musicians, workshops, film and exhibitions. The festival will feature some boundary breaking players at the very top of their game.
Do the Flamenco at the Southbank
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Feria De Londres brings the vitality of a traditional Andalucian Feria to the Bernie Spain Gardens on the South Bank with a vibrant celebration of Spanish culture and cuisine. Inspired by southern Spain’s annual spring fairs, the festival will feature Flamenco dancing shows, interactive workshops and live Spanish music, as well as an array of family-friendly activities including face painting, hair styling, arts and crafts. The South Bank will be lined with colourfully decorated ‘casetas’ serving up delicious Spanish tapas, regional wines and cocktails.
Slip into a cheese coma in Hoxton
Credits: The Geffrye Museum
The London Cheese Project returns to Hoxton with a huge celebration of all things cheese. Over 30 British cheesemakers and mongers, artisan producers and street food traders will set up camp in the beautiful grounds of the Geffrye Museum, hosting free talks, demos and plentiful tastings across the Bank Holiday weekend. Tuck into limited-edition cheeses and one-off street food specials, developed especially for the festival.
Did you know?
This bank holiday started as the Monday after Pentecost, otherwise known as Whitsun or Whit Monday. The Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 moved this bank holiday to the last Monday in May following a trial period of this arrangement from 1965 to 1970.
Here at Hatton Jewels, we love all things London, as it’s home to our beautiful Hatton Garden jewellers HQ. We’d love to know what you think of our list and what your plans are for the Bank Holiday! Just let us know!