They can never come quickly enough, yet they’re often simply wasted; you either try to squeeze as much into them as possible, you’re too hungover to do anything productive when they happen or you spend the entire time catching up on sleep.
Yep, we’re talking about those golden days in the calendar year – Bank Holidays (for those of you unaware, there is indeed one taking place this coming Monday).
Whether you are blissfully unaware about this welcome extended weekend break, or panicking as you have yet to plan anything, we at London Living thought it would be a good idea to provide you with a few ideas in case you’re at a loose end come the weekend.
First up, we think a visit to the Tate Modern should be on everyone’s to do list, especially as there are currently two cracking exhibitions taking place there. A Tate visit is always on the cards, but Londoners never seem to make it down. Which is a shame, because it’s such a great visit. So if you fancy a bit of cultural indulgence, Yayoi Kusama‘s eye-bogglingly visual display is well worth checking out (take a look at our recent review if you need persuading).
Damien Hirst’s latest retrospective is the one we will be trying to squeeze into our schedule. This is a monster exhibition, showcasing some of Hirst’s most famous and iconic works from the past 20 years. Cows, tiger sharks, tanks of formaldehyde or medicine cabinets, this is visual feast of gargantuan proportions. Grab tickets here.
Rooftop Bars (if the weather gets better!)
We are well aware that our soggy nation is still in drought (somehow!) but we’re praying that May gets its act together and delivers some much-needed sunshine this weekend. If it does, then you’ll be wanting to know the best places to have a few cocktails in the sun.
Well you’re in luck because we recently charted London’s top 5 rooftop gardens. From Kensington to Dalston, take a look and take your pick: these areas are a perfect place to while the way the hours in the sun over a lazy long weekend.
And don’t forget, if you fancy some rooftop film, then get on down to The Queen of Hoxton, where you can watch movies under the stars as the rooftop film calendar begins again.
Grand Designs Live
If you are, like us, avid fans of Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’ show, then a visit to Grand Designs Live is something you should schedule in for the weekend. Running until the 13th May, Grand Designs Live is for anyone that enjoys learning about design, lifestyle, interiors, home living and architecture. As well as a whopping 500 exhibitors, there will be our very own East Village stand to have a look at, at plus talks by the great Kevin McCloud himself along with a host of other reputed designers.
Okay, so we’re staying opportunist with the weather here, but our definitive list of London’s best outdoor swimming pools is a perfect place to start a bank holiday weekend! A refreshing dip is the healthiest cure for a beastly hangover and there’s nothing like a few lengths to burn off some steam, so why not take a trip to your local lido for some outdoor exercise?
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
This event looks like a must. A plethora of amazing photographs from both the winners and runners-up of the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition are currently on show at Somerset House. From landscapes to fashion, sport to portraiture, this dazzling display is sure to entertain anyone’s eyeballs, regardless of your interest in photography. Tickets can be bought on the door at Somerset House.