Hurray for the bank holiday weekend! The sun is finally starting to show in London and with that extra day in the calendar, we're predicting a lot of time spent outdoors this weekend. Alfresco chilling spot Pergola Paddington has just opened, while Chucs Restaurant in the middle of Hyde Park is the perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon. Read on for inspiration for fun things to do in London...
Afternoon tea at PAUL
Toast the bank holiday at Le Restaurant de PAUL. The French bakery's London branches have just unveiled their new afternoon tea, or should we say, Le Goûter - a French twist on the quintessentially British pastime. Delicate artisan sandwiches with fillings including Camembert and poached salmon, and exquisite patisserie and macarons are all on the menu, as are sweet brioche (the French version of scones) served with lashings of cream and jam. To really get you in the mood for the long weekend, it has to be the free-flowing sparkling vin mousseux. And it's all for £24.95.
Day drinking at Neverland: Fulham Beach Club
Start praying to the weather gods because London's tropical pop-up beach is back for the summer. Teeing things off on Thursday 3 May, this sandy dune comes pimped out with everything from giant day beds and pastel-coloured beach huts to flower-packed cabanas. Activity-wise, get stuck into games of tables tennis and beer pong, before making your way around the street food stands and two fully stocked bars. Best of all? Entry to this exotic hideaway will only set you back £5.
Lunch at Chucs
For those who'll be spending the long weekend outdoors in one of London's best green spaces, Hyde Park, make sure to stop by Chucs. The Italian restaurant is set inside the Serpentine Galleries, a stone's throw away from the Lido, and brings back the bygone glamour of a 1950s Italian Riviera lifestyle. Open all day, the menu includes pea and mint risotto, green harissa lamb rump and yellow fine tuna tartare. If you want to enjoy your meal in the park, go for the take away options, which include paninis, pizzette and homemade ice creams.
Hang out at Pergola Paddington
The sun has finally decided to show its face which can only mean one thing - we'll be topping up our Vitamin D levels at Pergola Paddington, a hidden alfresco garden and rooftop with two bars and a host of restaurants, set over two levels. Food is served from Patty & Bun, MAM, Canard and DF Mexico while guests can relax and reserve one of the seven comfy day beds. There's seating for 850, which is perfect for your next group gathering!
Cook your own food at BBQ Club
Swap burning your favourite foods on a disposable BBQ in the back garden for a trip to Jimmy's pop-up along the Thames. This summer-ready event will see you cooking a feast of charred squid, miso glazed charred baby aubergines and lamb kebabs on a giant BBQ in a cute, wooden cabin with glorious views. Setting you back £45, your six-course interactive banquet will end with melting marshmallows and a make-your-own s'mores dessert.
Meet the tigers at Chessington
Treat the kids and head down to Chessington World of Adventures Resort to meet their four new endangered Amur tigers, Tsar, Kyra, Olga and Kalinka, who arrived from Sweden earlier this year. Saturday sees the opening of the new big cat enclosure Land of the Tiger, which boasts Europe's first overhead trails plus fantastic new log flume ride Tiger Rock. Amur tigers are commonly found in Northeast China but sadly there are less than 500 left in the wild - Chessington is working to support conservation efforts of the tigers through this new enclosure. If you do pop along, why not make a weekend of it and stay at the Chessington Safari Hotel, which has four new tiger-themed bedrooms. Tickets to the resort start from £29 per person.
Visit chessington.com for details.
Lava shell massage
Fancy a bit of rest and relaxation? Why not treat yourself to a heated massage treatment in the comfort of your own home. For the ultimate indulgence, Lava Shell Massage is also available in over 2,000 salons and Spa's across the UK & Ireland. Loved by many celebrities, this heated massage is perfect for all men and women of all ages!