As we celebrate two bank holidays this month, on the 6 and 27, May could well be a seasonal favourite amongst those bogged down with work and aching to break free from the office to enjoy the first batch of summer festivities. With the first holiday of the month drawing closer, London is preparing for a hive of activity this weekend, and, if you're coming to London for a short break, there's no better time to be here.
Here’s how to make the most of your long weekend:
1. Canalway Calcavade
Little Venice, Paddington. Saturday to Monday. Admission: Free
This annual boat parade makes for a fun family day out and provides the perfect opportunity to explore the idyllic and picturesque spots that line the winding waterways of Regents Canal. The community festival is arranged by IWA (a registered charity which campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration of Britain’s inland waterways) and has been held every year in Little Venice since 1983. This year’s event, celebrating its 30th year, promises an authentic British affair, and, as well as holding the boat pageant, Little Venice will be pleasantly strewn with morris dancers, trade shows, live music, food and drink stalls, kid’s activities, and stands supplying some of London’s finest ales.
2. SPIN London- The Urban Cycle Show
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. Friday to Sunday. Admission: £10 tickets on the door
Cycling has been, and continues to be, a long standing tradition of London daily life, from the 19th century basket-fronted steel frames and penny-farthings, to the modern-day taxi-ing pedicabs and Barclays cycle hire scheme. But this festival celebrates the street-style bike hype. Making its first appearance this weekend, SPIN is the world’s first urban consumer bike event and will showcase bike builds, art displays and exhibitions, in-door racing challenges, talks, and films over the 3 days. There will also be a selection of stalls for independent and international bike fashion brands, and plenty of food and drink stands.
Hearn Street, Shoreditch. Sunday. Admission: Free
If it’s a lively vibe you’re after, this is how you must spend your Sunday. This day-long cultural festival returns for its second year and supports and advocates the best of emerging young creative talents from graffiti artists to street dancers, rhyming rappers to daring skaters. Encouraging a mass of gifted performers to illustrate their vision in the way of voice, movement and art, Streetfest exhibits a unique day of diversity, expression and interaction. There will also be sporting events and competitions, DJs playing live sets, and art displays and competitions.
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