Things to do in London this bank holiday weekend

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Things to do in London this bank holiday weekend

Another bank holiday has finally arrived and as we’re approaching further levels of normality you might be wondering how to best utilise your long weekend! We have done the leg work and come up with a list of activities to inspire your weekend fun.  


There is an abundance of markets around London and many have re-opened in the last few weeks, here’s some of our favourites;

Hackney vegan village and night market

Hackney vegan village is taking place over 1st and 2nd May. If you head to bohemia place you can browse around food stalls, artisan fashion, upcycling and many other stall options from 11-6pm.

Bohemia Place night market is also a good call for great evening vibes and from 30th April to 7th May they’re running a Vegan night special. So, whether plant-based is life or you’re open to trying some delicious meat and dairy-free street-food inspired goodies this is the choice for you.

Both events are free with walk-in possibilities but booking an online ticket will guarantee your entry on arrival. You can do this directly through the bohemia place website.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia road flower market is a Sunday morning paradise for beautiful visuals, wholesome wondering and the possibility of leaving with a stunning selection of cut flowers or plants. You can head down any time from 8am to browse all the lovely options but be prepared to battle crowds as locals and tourists alike descend on the narrow streets.

Their basic website links you to twitter and facebook pages which give updates and more information on the events.

Greenwich market  

Greenwich market is open 7 days a week from 10am-5:30pm and has a brilliant range of food, fashion, antiques and craft stores run by independent traders and merchants. Their website gives a great breakdown of all of the traders working on site so you can eye up some of your favourites to look out for on your visit.

Portobello road market

If you’re on the look out for antiques, fruit and veg, second hand goods, hot food or new trinkets then you’ll want to head down to Portobello road market to get your fix. Opening hours are listed on their website and you can see a division breakdown of the various options that will be available on each day so you know that when you visit there will be a good selection of your favourites.

Camden market

Camden market is one of the best known in London and it’s not a difficult guess as to why this is the case. A central hub of culture and trend, the market is full to the brim with some great picks to grab and plenty of food and drink spots to keep yourself well replenished. Opening times and more information detailed on their website

Farmers markets

Amongst the multi-variety markets around London there are also many farmers markets that you can enjoy over the weekend. These community-feel stands sell top quality local produce so you can picks up some delicious staple items along with some too good to resist treats. London farmers markets online breakdown all of the available choices including Wimbledon, Pimlico and Balham.


For events and activities to keep the family entertained this weekend there is a mix of options available from outdoor activities to virtual alternatives.

If you want to enjoy some of London’s best virtual offering’s from the comfort of your home then Visit London have a list of options that you can browse to see what takes your fancy and book into in advance.

By way of outdoor activities there are a few options that you can enjoy over the weekend covering a range of budget and location choices so you’re sure to find something to suit you. Here are some ideas that might inspire you and links where you can either book or find out more information;

Walk ‘The Line’ sculpture trail

If you want to add a dash of culture to your amble around London then you might like to tackle the ‘The Line’ sculpture trail. Starting in Greenwich and concluding in Stratford, the 7.7km walk takes you around sculpture pieces created by household-name artists along with up and coming creatives. The Londonist have documented their attempt at the ramble which you can read below and take tips on how to undertake the journey yourself.

Outdoor Swimming

The weather is still chilly but for those brave enough to tackle outdoor swimming venues Time Out have a list of pools for you to plunge into this weekend.

Go Boat London

Hire yourself a boat and cruise down the Thames from Go Boat’s Kingston or Paddington spots.

Explore London by bike or foot

London is a stunning city to explore in the sunshine on both foot or bike. Here are some of the best cycle and walk routes to consider;


On foot:

Book an Outdoor cinema

Timeout London have broken down a list of London’s best outdoor movie viewing spots with direct links to sites so you can look at what’s on at each venue and see what takes your fancy:

Walk-in bars and restaurants

You may have been organised and pre-booked yourself an outdoor table at some of the wonderful bar and restaurants in London and the surrounding areas. However if you fancy calling in somewhere when you’re out and about or are struggling to find availability then here are some great London spots that reserve tables for on the day walk-ins:

Boxpark Shoreditch

Coach & Horses Soho

Cat & Mutton London fields

Bao Soho

Hoppers Soho 

Kiln Soho


Have a fantastic May bank holiday weekend from all the team at Plantation Shutters Ltd. 

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