What to Do This Bank Holiday Weekend in London

You’ve got three days off – here’s how to use them wisely

It’s the fourth Bank Holiday of the year and one where we have a decent chance of getting some sunshine. We got spoiled a bit last year with a bumper crop of Bank Holidays thanks to the King chucking us an extra one for the Coronation, but we’re back to regular scheduling in 2024, meaning that we’ll be treating each bonus day off as precious. If you’ll be doing the same, you’ll wanna keep reading to find out how to make the most out of your Bank Hols.

London weather is never one to play ball but we’ve got everything crossed for some glorious, sunny spring days – who knows, the mercury might even rise as high as 20°C. If that’s the case, one of the best ways to spend a bright day in London is at one of the four music festivals going down this weekend. Yep, you heard us right, FOUR. And whatever kinda genre you prefer – whether it’s jazz, techno, some mix of both or beyond – there’ll be something for you this Bank Holiday.

If things are looking a little grey, or if music festivals aren’t really your thing, take advantage of one of the killer exhibitions currently running. Opening at 180 Studios on Thursday, The Vinyl Factory – Reverb is a multimedia exhibition exploring the intersection of sound and art that’s the largest of its kind. Meanwhile, at Walton Fine Arts Gallery, Brazilian artist Alê Jordão is celebrating trainers with his debut solo show, God Save The Sneakers.

And to end things on a really high note, head to Llama Inn – the rooftop Peruvian spot at the top of The Hoxton, Shoreditch – where you can enjoy cocktails for just half the price. That’s sure to get you in the mood for a return to work the next day…

A rooftop terrace in Shoreditch

Spend Monday on Llama Inn’s Rooftop Terrace With Half Price Cocktails

 Llama Inn – the Peruvian spot on the 7th floor of The Hoxton, Shoreditch – is extending its opening hours to include Mondays, meaning you can fill up on ceviche and pisco sours any day of the week. Plus, it’s also launching a new rooftop space in time for the warmer weather, complete with sofas and banquette seating, fantastic views of the City skyline and plenty of sunshine thanks to its south-facing position. We’ve teamed up with Llama Inn to get our INSIDERS 50% OFF drinks every Monday for the whole of May – take full advantage of that this Bank Holiday Monday. Here’s how to get involved.

Mon 27th May 2024
1 Willow Street, London EC2A 4BH

overhead view of pizzas and cocktails

Learn How to Make Pizza at This Workshop

Bloomberg Arcade restaurant Homeslice is hosting pizza-making masterclasses this Saturday. Known for its whopping 20-inch pizzas and innovative flavour combos, the pizza joint is one of the best to get a slice (or several) in London, and now you can learn all the secrets behind crafting the perfect Homeslice pizza in a workshop led by the restaurant’s master pizza chefs. The dough will be pre-made so it’s ready to go when you arrive and then you can get to work shaping it into a 12-inch pizza and topping it with all your fave things. Once your creation has been through the oven, you can sit down in the restaurant to eat it and hang out for as long as you like.

Sat 25th May 2024, 11.30am – 2pm
69-71 Queen Street, London EC4R 1EE

crowd inside a tent at a music festival

Spend the Whole Weekend at Gala Festival

After a three-day affair last year, the GALA crew is returning to Peckham Rye Park for another big ol’ knees-up in 2024. Taking place across the late May Bank Holiday weekend, this year’s edition of GALA has the likes of NTS, Adonis, Horse Meat Disco and Nicholas Daley with Woven Rhythms on board as stage hosts.

Fri 24th – Sun 26th May 2024
Peckham Rye Park, Straker’s Road, London SE15 3UA

Nike trainer neon light

Feed Your Inner Sneakerhead at This Exhibition

Brazilian artist Alê Jordão is presenting his debut solo show, God Save The Sneakers, at Walton Fine Arts Gallery and it’s a celebration of sneakers. A collector since the early 90s, Jordão has long been interested in sneaker culture and streetwear and he’s been incorporating trainers into his art for the last two decades. His show blends elements of modern art, pop art and street art through the use of neon, graffiti, skateboards and boomboxes.

Mon 27th May 2024
152-154 Walton Street, London SW3 2HH

See Some Big Names at This Year’s Wide Awake Festival

Wide Awake Festival has built a rep for curating great line-ups, mixing electronica, leftfield indie, techno, jazz and post-punk, and this year is no different. The likes of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Modeselektor, Sevdaliza, INIKO, La Luz, OK Williams, The New Eves, HTRK, Model/Actriz, Young Fathers, Squid, Alice Glass, C.O.F.F.I.N, Babe Rainbow, The Dare, Decius, Etran De L’air, Crumb, Eartheater, Upchuck, and YHWH Nailgun will all be taking to the stage.

Sat 25th May 2024
Brockwell Park, London SE24 9BJ

Feast on One of the Best Pizza-Burger Hybrids to Ever Do It

Yard Sale Pizza is celebrating a decade in the game with another bangin’ collab pizza, teaming up with Bleecker to prove that a burger-pizza mash-up is most defo a good thing. The birthday spesh features YSP’s classic fior di latte mozzarella and tomato sauce base topped with seasoned Bleecker beef patty (or Symplicity patties for the veggies), diced white onions and Bleecker’s house sauce.

Sat 25th – Mon 27th May 2024
All Yard Sale Pizza sites

outdoor crowd at Cross The Tracks

Catch Erykah Badu at Cross The Tracks 2024

Jazz, funk and soul fest Cross The Tracks is back in Brixton for 2024 and it’s got a major line-up planned for its fifth edition. The likes of Erykah Badu, Madlib (DJ), Venna, Iniko, Neal Francis, Brainstory, Yazmin Lacey (DJ), Mackwood, Natanya, Discoballin’, Aim – 20yrs of Cold Water Music, Joey Manzi b2b Nath EPS (Elevation), Faye Meana, Orion Sun, 47SOUL, El Michels Affair, SIPHO. and more will all be taking to the stage. As well as all the music, Cross The Tracks will also feature a creative’s market, workshops and talks, a craft brewery fair and 40 street food traders for you to explore in between having a boogie. A great way to spend your Bank Holiday Sunday.

Sun 26th May 2024
Brockwell Park, London SE24 9BJ

man standing in front of a pink speaker

Immerse Yourself in Sound at 180 Studios

Immerse yourself in a world of sound at The Vinyl Factory – Reverb, a multimedia exhibition exploring the intersection of sound and art that’s the largest of its kind. The show at 180 Studios features pieces from over 100 artists and musicians across music, film, visual art and performance, including Es Devlin, Julianknxx, Virgil Abloh, Cecilia Bengolea, Jeremy Deller, William Kentridge, Jenn Nkiru, Hito Steyerl, and Gabriel Moses. Devon Turnbull has created a space to listen to unheard vinyl with ‘Hi-Fi Listening Room Dream No.1’, and ‘Amplified’ by Theaster Gates stands as a sonic installation by day and turns into a performance space by night, where shows will be recorded and pressed direct-to-disc. 100 vinyl records released by The Vinyl Factory, from the likes of Marina Abramovic, Nan Goldin, Grace Jones, Mica Levi, Yussef Dayes, Es Devlin, Fred Again, Thom Yorke, Roxy Music, Massive Attack, Pet Shop Boys, Daft Punk, The xx, and Kojey Radical, will also be on display.

Sat 25th – Mon 27th May 2024
180 Strand, London WC2R 1EA

man throwing a tray of burger and chips into the air

Try Jay Morjaria’s Korean Diner at Callooh Callay

Million Pound Menu winner Jay Morjaria is following up his JAE residency in Dalston with new pop-up Korean diner concept Park & Kim at Shoreditch cocktail bar Callooh Callay this summer. Park & Kim blends the retro vibe of an American diner with punchy Korean flavours, so go through the wardrobe for dishes like bulgogi smash burgers with bulgogi glaze, sesame onions and Korean mustard; Korean fried chicken burgers; kimchi burritos with fried rice, pulled pork, chiptole mole and Nongshim shrimp crackers; gochujang hot honey wings; vegetable mandu with fried eggs and gochugaru; and loaded bulgogi fries with bulgogi mince, American cheese and ssamjang mayo.

Sat 25th – Sun 26th May 2024
65 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QQ