Top Ten London Events For The Bank Holiday Weekend

Londoners sure have been spoiled lately! Not only are we onto our fifth bank holiday in the year, but we’re also awaiting spectacular London events like the Royal Coronation and the Mexican Cinco de Mayo celebrations. We’ve also got to mention the arrival of a beer festival covering the city’s finest breweries, an exhibition showcasing jaw-dropping historical fashions, and even a spectacular summer party on the Thames. To help you keep tabs on it all, we've got you covered with our comprehensive guide to what's on in London. Keep on reading to plan your next day out for the upcoming bank holiday.

1. Grab a Pint at Brew LDN

This week, Printworks will be home to one of London's best beer events: Brew LDN! Predicted to attract up to 12,000 visitors, the 2023 festival will be split into four different sessions; one for traders and three for consumers. Beer drinkers will learn about the coolest drinks brands while sampling delicious beer and cider creations. On Saturday, the festival will even feature DJ Norman Jay MBE who'll be spinning funk, disco, soul, and jazz fusion tracks to get the crowd dancing. 

5 - 7 May 2023

Location: Printworks, Surrey Quays Road, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7PJ

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2. Laugh Away at the Angel Comedy Street Party

At this comedy street party, you’ll need to look up. Stand-up acts will be performing on the roof of The Bill Murray - and that’s not something we’d lie about! A part of the Angel Street Comedy Club, this outdoor party is a chance to watch top comedy acts for free. Aside from the comedy show, you’ll also get to experience a classic village fête featuring all the fantastic games you expect from one: a coconut shy, hoop a mic, welly wanging (boot throwing), and so much more.

If you’re on the hunt for other fantastic free things to do, head onto our guide detailing the best spots in London that won’t cost you a penny! It has everything you need to help you plan your next adventure, so get out and explore the city today without breaking the bank.  

7 May 2023

Location: The Bill Murray, 39 Queen's Head Street, London N1 8NQ

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3. Catch a Flick at the UK Asian Film Festival

Back for another year of fantastic cinema, the UK Asian Film Festival was established in 1997 to showcase features from the South Asian community. The 2023 festival will continue to showcase movies across multiple London venues, ranging from independent cinema Rich Mix to the iconic BFI. Check out their full schedule to see what films are on show as you may stumble across your next favourite movie.  

4 - 14 May 2023

Location: Multiple venues, please refer to the schedule.

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4. Try Out Dominican Delights at Sabor

At this special edition of Sabor, Vauxhall Food And Beer Garden’s Latin food fiesta, you’ll get to celebrate everything Dominican. As per usual, vendors will be offering mouthwatering dishes from Latin cuisine such as empanadas, churros, arepas, and paella. Make sure you check out authentic Dominican cuisine from Boca Chica!, a London-based food pop-up who’ll make your mouth water with their flavoursome offerings. 

7 May 2023

Location: Vauxhall Food And Beer Garden, 6A S Lambeth Place, London SW8 1SP

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5. Dance Away at the Summer Oasis Boat Party

After a sold out event in 2022, the Summer Oasis Boat Party will be setting sail once again this week. For this popular night out, you’ll be heading onboard the Dutch Master alongside other keen party animals. The vessel comes with three different floors of fun and two fully-stocked bars which is more than enough to keep you going throughout the night! Come on board and be prepared to party as you pass some of London’s most iconic landmarks. 

7 May 2023

Location: Greenwich Pier, Greenwich SE10 9HT

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6. Feel Cultured at Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians

Currently inside The Queen’s Gallery at the majestic Buckingham Palace, Style and Society: Dressing the Georgians is an astounding exhibition chronicling what the Georgian elite and aristocracy wore at court. While you explore beautiful garments from the era that have been looked after with painstaking care, you’ll also come across stunning paintings and drawings from artistic greats like Hogarth, Gainsborough, and Zoffany. 

21 April - 8 October 2023

Location: The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA

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7. Tickle your Taste Buds with a Pickle Afternoon Tea

Get yourself in a bit of a pickle (on purpose) by trying one of the most unusual afternoon teas around. The Pickle Pop-up Afternoon Tea is the latest offering from The Delight Project, the self-described “food alchemists” known for creating unique dining experiences in the city. Hosted alongside Oh La La! Macarons, the tea offers a gherkin-inspired menu featuring pickled sweet treats, sandwiches, scones, cocktails, and mocktails.

7 May 2023

Location: Oh La La! Macarons, 5 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS

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8. Tackle a Round of Golf at Puttshack Bank’s Bottomless Brunch

Take your best shot at Puttshack Bank’s incredible bottomless brunch. Not only will you be tucking into tasty food and free flowing drinks, but you’ll also have the chance to hit the neon-drenched golf court. Your brunch deal comes with a delicious two-course menu (savoury or sweet), 75 minutes of unlimited bubbles, beer or mocktails, a game of mini golf, and amazing tunes from their resident DJs.

We can’t get enough of London’s delicious brunches, so much so that we put together a guide to the Best Bottomless Brunches in the city. Take a look now to find delicious dishes, joyful vibes, and unlimited booze - and don’t miss out on the best foodie experiences in London! 

7 May 2023

Location: Puttshack Bank, 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ

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9. Discover Gilded Artefacts at Luxury And Power: Persia To Greece

Now at the British Museum, Luxury and Power: Persia to Greece is a dazzling exhibition showcasing objects from Afghanistan to Greece, covering the opulence found within the Persian empire. You’ll see incredible loans from overseas as well as objects from the pre-existing British Museum collection. Expect intricate artefacts crafted out of gold, silver, and glass, including the exquisite Panagyurishte Treasure from Bulgaria. 

4 May - 13 August 2023

Location: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

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10. Be Transported to Taipei at the Taiwanese Food Festival

Immerse yourself in Taiwanese culture at this friendly, community-run food festival. This is an opportunity to indulge in authentic Taiwanese flavours inspired by the country’s bustling night markets, featuring Taiwan’s most iconic snacks and dishes that’ll transport your taste buds overseas. Admission to the festival is free, but do register a free spot on their website so they can reduce any food waste. 

6 May 2023

Location: Crypt on the Green, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA

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