May is a brilliant month, spring has arrived, April showers are hopefully behind us AND we get two long bank holiday weekends to enjoy. I’m escaping the city for the Devonshire seaside this bank holiday weekend, although I cannot wait to fill my lungs with seaside air, there’s so much going on in the city! I thought I’d share 10 ways I’d enjoy the bank holiday weekend in London.
1. Sip on delicious cocktails – No work on Monday means there are at least three evenings to find an excuse to pop out for a cocktail hour or two. I’d either return to one of my favourites or tick off one of the many places on my must-visit list (Bob Bob Ricard, Mark’s Bar, The Zetter Townhouse, Shaker & Co, Sketch, 69 Colebrooke Row, Reason & Mankind, the list goes on…).
2. Turn off your morning alarm – Go on do it right now, it will feel pretty good! The city is going no where so have a lie in, maybe even spend a day just relaxing and going no further than your local area.
3. Enjoy a good brunch – Brunch is a pretty good partner to bank holiday drinking. Depending on how many drinks were consumed the night before I’d go for one of these hotspots or somewhere local (Tota and Graveney and Meadow are getting pretty good reviews from my friends.)
4. Satisfy my coffee cravings – One extra day to the weekend means more opportunities to enjoy coffee in an independent cafe I haven’t been to before. I got a copy of The London Coffee Guide last week so I have a whole new list of places to check out!
5. Take a trip to a market – There are SO many markets that pop up at the weekend. Alongside London favourites (Maltby Street, Brockley, Broadway, Netil, Columbia Road), the bank holiday weekend sees the return of the North London Vintage Market and the Real Food Festival out on South Bank.
6. Take a good long walk around the city – London is a great place to walk around (especially when the sun is shining) and it’s such a cheap way to spend the day. I’ve got the Regent’s Canal walk on my must-do-soon list!
7. See a great exhibition – We’re spoilt for choice for exhibitions in London. The Londonist is a great reference for the latest exhibitions at the main museums and galleries. My choice would be the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House.
8. Have a movie marathon – I love a good movie marathon, whether that’s a bunch of DVDs at home or a trip to one of London’s lovely cinemas (the Rooftop Film Club launched this week and there’s a great line up!) A relaxed evening with friends, plenty of chocolate and my new addiction – M&S’s sweet & salty popcorn.
9. Enjoy cooking a good meal or baking a great cake – A longer weekend means more time to put together a tasty meal or treat you don’t have the energy to make during the week. Grab some tasty ingredients (maybe at the market!) and try something new. Smitten Kitchen, What Katie Ate and Spoon Fork Bacon are great food blogs if you need inspiration.
10. Read a good book – I’ve struggled to keep up my commute read aim of a book a month. My day job involves a lot of reading and writing, ironically when it gets busy I struggle to turn the pages of a book even if it’s good! So I’d take the time to pick up a new read, soak up the sunshine or curl up on the sofa (Under your skin sounds like a great follow up to Gone Girl!)
What do you have planned for the bank holiday? Will you be doing anything from this list?