Snapshots of the city ~ The bank holiday effect

Are you feeling a little disorientated about the day of the week, surprised that it’s Friday, and the end of May already? That’ll be the bank holiday effect. The long weekends and short weeks have made the month go by in a flash, a dash of relaxation mixed in with chaotic four day working weeks, with only that Friday feeling announcing the arrival of the weekend. Whilst the days of the week are a blur, I thought I’d replace the weekly Friday finds post with the monthly snapshots of the city.

Despite it being the coldest spring since 1962, the first bank holiday weekend of the month was sunny and warm. I took an extra days’ holiday and made the most of being in the City. I started with coffee and cake at Association Coffee, then climbed up to the Roof Terrace of One New Change.


After plenty of sight seeing around the City’s most iconic buildings, ice cream was called for and I found myself heading towards Gelupo in Soho. A scoop of blood orange and kiwi, gin and elderflower gelato was a refreshing combination.

From the City to the seaside, later that day I travelled down to Devon for a glorious city escape.


We explored Bridport and Totnes, and I filled my lungs with sea air at Charmouth and Dawlish beach. More ice cream was obligatory.

A short and sweet trip out of the city did the world of good and I returned to city life with a spring in my step. London has plenty of pretty places to enjoy from a far or leisurely lounge within. From my favourite station, Kings Cross St Pancras…


…To The Dorchester, the Serpentine at Hyde Park and Tate Modern’s top level bar (what a view!).

Before I knew it the next bank holiday weekend had arrived. Oh I wish the weekends were always three days long! I managed to squeeze in a light bite from the Balthazar Boulangerie (ticking a lunch location of my list), coffee at Freestate Coffee (full review to come!), the Blumenfeld exhibition at Somerset House and the Hermes exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery.


Of course in between all the bank holiday fun I enjoyed plenty of cocktails and burgers, in the order of Burger & Shake, Harrison’s, ending on a high at 5CC at the Exmouth Arms (full review to come!).


Overall a pretty great month in city, exploring the old and the new and doing plenty of my favourite things. Can we have more bank holidays please?

What’s been the highlight of your bank holidays in May?

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