Hurray for the bank holiday weekend! Temperatures are rising in London and we can't wait for the heatwave. With that extra day in the calendar, we're planning to spend a lot of time outdoors this weekend. Read on for inspiration for fun things to do in London...
Afternoon tea at Selfridges
If you're still on a high post-royal wedding, like us, head to Selfridges which has created an afternoon tea to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan's union. Dubbed the 'royal-tea', this elegant offering includes a delicious array of classic afternoon tea favourites each with an American twist. On the menu are truffle mac and cheese croquettes, cornbread-topped shredded salt beef, barbecue mayonnaise, scones with blueberry jam and chocolate peanut butter and jelly patisserie. The royal tea cost £50 for one person or £62 for two. Customers can chose to add a glass of rose champagne - £45 for one or £80 for two. The tea runs until the end of May and reservations can my made by calling 0207 318 3898.
Raise a glass at the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Pop-Up
Toast the bank holiday at the newly opened Laurent-Perrier pop-up, which has come to London for the summer and is encouraging you to pop bottles, just because. With views of Leicester Square, you'll get to sit in a life-sized bird cage and sip a trio of 'summer garden'-inspired cocktails, alongside a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne, with some Joe and Seph's gourmet popcorn to nibble on.
Soak up the sun at a Sipsmith gin picnic
London's famous gin brand, Sipsmith, have organised a picnic at a secret sun-trapped terrace in the heart of London, and it's way better than your typical sit-down-in-a-park do. You'll get three expertly made gin cocktails and a basket packed to the rafters with tasty treats. We're talking mini award-winning pies, Scotch eggs, British farmed cheese, and wild strawberry Eton mess. The event runs on Saturday 26 May.
Sing along to live music at Piano Works
Brace yourself. The Piano Works in Farringdon are bringing back their all-day, all-night party on Bank Holiday Sunday, with revellers invited to request non-stop live music. Glitter and temporary tattoo artists will be on hand to get you party-ready, while the venue will also serve a special bottomless brunch menu for those who want to rest their dancing feet. 'Any Given Bank Holiday Sunday' will run from 1pm to 4am on 27 May.
Get involved with Cancer Research UK Race for Life
It's not too late to sign up to this weekend's Race for Life events at Regent's Park. On Saturday 26 May, runners and walkers can take part in a 5k or 10k race around one of London's most stunning green spaces. If you can't make this weekend but still want to get involved, fear not - there are over 400 events happening around the UK this summer, including a half-marathon, hikes and Pretty Muddy. Fundraising money helps Cancer Research UK work to beat cancer.
Support the Big Brew Up campaign
The Big Brew Up campaign is back this year and taking place from 28 May to 1 July. Show your support for SSAFA, the UK's oldest Armed Forces charity, by hosting a tea party of your own at home - all whilst raising funds to support members of the military community in need. Order your event pack online which is equipped with everything you'll need for a smashing 'par-tea', from posters, event invites, collection tins, balloons and stickers. Tea and cake, what more could you want?
Have brunch at Patty & Bun
For those who'll be nursing a hangover this Bank Holiday, look no further than Patty & Bun. The burger bar has just opened its new branch on Borough High Street, as well as launching its new breakfast menu. Pick between the bacon, sausage or veggie bun, or the Filthy Animal, a mix of meats. Allpress Coffee and Monkey Puzzle will be supplying the drinks; expect cappuccinos, flat whites and Americanos to go with the breakfast buns.