Nantucket Beach Club, DoubleTree Hilton, Tower Hill Nantucket Beach Club, DoubleTree Hilton, Tower Hill © DoubleTree

What to do in London this May Day holiday

Get out and about this long bank holiday weekend and enjoy the best London has to offer, from foodie pop ups to canal-side festivals and roof raising music

The Nantucket Beach Club, Tower Hill
You needn't head stateside to get your cool, breezy East Coast ocean fix this Bank Holiday, as The DoubleTree Hilton in Tower Hill is transforming their rooftop Skylounge into their very own island retreat for the summer months. Wash down your clam chowder and lobster mac and cheese with vodka slushies, Surfside punch and Cape Codder Ale before partaking in a game of bowls or simply taking in the superb city views. (Launching 1st May until end of September).

Secret Garden, Clapham
Pop-up bars and restaurants are taking over London's culinary scene and Clapham's favourite pop up artist Jimmy Garcia is back this summer with his tasty treat – The Secret Garden. Behind a wooden door and above the Clapham North Pub, immerse yourself in foodie heaven with not only a scrumptious seven course tasting menu (£35), but why not host your own indoor BBQ. Jimmy will supply the organic meats, marinades and tools for you to get involved whatever the weather. Book a table on Sunday and sit back and relax to lounge music, slow roasted meats and hangover friendly cocktails as part of Jimmy's 'Slow Down Sundays'. (Until 31st August)

The Secret Garden

Romeo & Juliet, The Globe
Bring a dash of old fashioned romance to your long weekend in the city and head south of the river to Shakespeare's Globe and take your seat for a new stripped-down version of classic romantic tragedy Romeo & Juliet. Combine with a stroll along the river, a spot of lunch for two at nearby Hixter Bankside (who specialise in chicken or beef to share) and perhaps a stroll around the Tate Modern and you should feel well and truly romanced, London style. (Until 8th May)


© The Globe

Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice
It wouldn't be a British Bank Holiday without a festival, so deck your boat shoes and head to Little Venice for Canalway Cavalcade from 2nd-4th May. This fun-filled waterside pageant sees the gorgeous waterways of Little Venice lined with over 100 canal boats as well as stalls, a real ale bar and live music.

Canalway Cavalcade

Last Night of the Spring Proms
Do not be fooled by the title, this classical musical extravaganza is an in fact an afternoon affair, held at London's Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 2nd May. The City of London Choir and London Concert Orchestra will perform an uplifting selection of Proms classics including Tchaikovsky's Waltz from Sleeping Beauty and Verdi's Sempre libera from La Traviata and culminating in a jubilant and very British flag-waving finale including Nessum Dorma, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.


1 Royal Festival Hall
2 Shakespeare's Globe
3 Canalway Cavalcade
4 Nantucket Beach Club, DoubleTree Hotel
5 The Secret Garden, Clapham North Pub