Discover events, activities and outdoor spots, all from home, with our top tips on things do to over the bank holiday weekend. Read More
Make use of the extra day over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend in London to learn something new, cook up a storm, explore gardens or help the kids with activities from Saturday through to Spring Bank Holiday Monday.
Tick-off top London attractions
- Take a ride in one of Twizy Tours’ electric cars or go on a thrilling ride with Thames Rockets, spotting sights along the way, on fun virtual tours.
- Explore inside some of London’s most iconic buildings, such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey on interactive tours.
- Catch up on the Association of Tour Guides video talks about famous London places such as Kensington Palace and the Tower of London.
- Or let Golden Tours show you highlights of its Total London Tour, which bundles up some of the capital’s top attractions.
Enjoy London shows from your sofa
- Tune in for the latest monologue by Philip Ridley, as part of 14 The Beast Will Rise works released each Saturday. 23 May at 7pm
- Help the world tackle climate change during theatre game experience The House Never Wins. Until 23 May
- Watch David Ireland’s hard-hitting black comedy Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court Theatre, for free. Until 31 May
- Take to Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage this weekend with Wilkie Branson’s dance installation TOM – it premieres at 7.30pm on Friday but is free to watch for a week afterwards. 22-29 May
- Get even more theatre immersion on Official London Theatre's YouTube channel with behind-the-scenes videos and interviews.
Tune in to music performances
- Join the Steve Reich Quartet and Sextet for a concert, as part of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Always Playing series. 24 May at 7pm
- Don’t miss the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Sunday concert with LPOnline – check back for the confirmed line-up nearer the time. 24 May
- Catch the National Youth Theatre's latest live performance from its young musicians during Sunday Sessions. 24 May
Bring outdoors, indoors
- Explore Kew Gardens in bloom or venture from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The O2 along Greenwich’s art walkway, The Line, all from the comfort of your home.
- Be transported to the banks of the Thames, as you navigate around Illuminated River art installations on four London bridges.
- Get inspiration for your garden, window ledge or houseplants with tips from Covent Garden's head gardener and horticulture expert Kenny Raybould.
- If you’re currently in London, walk or cycle with members of your household to your local park – but remember to follow social distancing rules. Discover your nearest London park.
Family activities in London from home
- Warm up your vocal chords and prepare a song from a musical for Mousetrap Theatre Project’s #EveryHomeaTheatre Musical Medley challenge.
- Experience the magic of Disney's West End shows with a range of fun crafts for kids, from mask-making for the Lion King to creating Mary Poppins storyboards.
- Spend the weekend set designing, costume making and film-making with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
Virtual recipes and cooking classes
- Join Greek street food gurus The Athenian on Saturday for one of its regular cooking classes. 23 May at 7pm
- Use the bank holiday weekend to master recipes from some of London’s top restaurants, including Hawksmoor, Frenchie and Dishoom.
- Create treats from Chinatown eateries with #BringingChinatownHome recipes on Instagram.
Ideas for bank holiday Monday in London
- Join Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter, Imelda Staunton, Simon Callow and more top actors at the National Theatre at Home Quiz on YouTube and Facebook. 25 May at 7pm
- Enjoy some culture from your couch: check out the top online museum exhibitions and art shows in London.
- Explore offerings from London neighbourhoods without leaving home. Seven Dials, King’s Cross, London Bridge and Battersea Power Station all have events and activities to enjoy.
- Go behind the scenes of retailers and restaurants at shopping hotspot Regent Street with its Untold Stories series.