Cool things to do in London on May Bank Holiday

5 ideas for things to do in London on May Bank Holiday weekends 2014

What to do in London during Bank Holiday weekends

Bib Ben view during May Bank Holiday in London

Did you know: Monday 6th May and Monday 26th May 2014 are public holidays in England? Link School of English is closed on May Bank Holiday weekends from Saturday to Monday – there will be no classes on those days.
So we have two long Bank Holiday weekends in May – it’s time to plan the free time. There are plenty interesting things to do in London on May Bank Holiday… and London is beautiful in May!

May Bank Holiday Idea 1: Hire a boat on the Serpentine

The Serpentine is the lake that splits Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in two. Between spring and autumn you can hire a boat and pedal around the lake. Boats for carry up to 6 people each.
Instead of pedalling you can also take the SolarShuttle which glides silently across the water powered only by the sun.
Pedal boats hire costs £12 an hour per adult. Children (under 15) £5 per hour. Families (2 adults and 2 children) £29 per hour.
Place: The Serpentine, Hyde Park, London

May Bank Holiday Idea 2: Renaissance Impressions at the Royal Academy of Arts

“Renaissance Impressions” explores Chiaroscuro woodcuts from the finest collections in the world.
The cuts were appreciated both as mementos of famous works, and admired in their own right for their sheer technical brilliance and visual power.
Chiaroscuro woodcut is a technique invented in the sixteenth century when printmakers began use woodblocks and ink to imitate the painterly effects of light and shadow. The method enabled to create subtle gradations of tone to suggest 3D volume and depth. This 16th-century printing technique made dramatic use of light and dark to breathe new life into biblical scenes by famous Renaissance artists like Parmigianino, Raphael and Titian.
Place: Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

May Bank Holiday Idea 3: Bank Holiday at Old Queens Head

You can spend your bank holiday at Old Queens Head. This popular Islington pub hosts all day specials over the long weekend, in the form of the Famous Wolf festival. An all day party to live music and DJ is are a promise of good fun! You will hear some live folk, blues, roots, indie music that will be played across two stages from local bands as well as some of the most promising emerging talent from the UK folk scene.

The Famous Wolf festival for the bank holiday weekend at Old Queens Head is on from 2pm – 3am, Sunday 4th and 2pm – 12am Monday 5th May 2014. Entry is free before 9pm, or £5.00 after.

May Bank Holiday Idea 4: Canalway Cavalcade

Feel like something typically English? A colourful gathering of canal boats organised by volunteers from Inland Waterways Association which makes a great outdoors day. It’s a properly English event, complete with real ale, Morris dance as well as many activities for children. There are bands, boat trips, stalls and refreshments to enjoy over the three days of the long weekend from 3rd to 5th May.
Place: Little Venice between Blomfield Rd, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent, W9 2PB

May Bank Holiday Idea 5: Modern Movement Design Fair

An interiors fair where dealers and architects will be selling furniture, textiles, rugs, ceramics, glass and jewellery designed mostly between the 1920s and the 1970s. The event is on on Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th.
Place: Brockwell Lido Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, SE24 0PA

What are you going to do over the long May weekends? Do you have any other ideas on things to do in London on May Bank Holiday weekends?

You can find our more about things to do in London here:
– Free Art galleries in London
– Free Museums in London
– Ideas for Easter Weekend in London

Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekends!

This article was written by Link School of English in London providing English Courses for Adults.

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