May in London

London, 28th April, 2014 – with so much going on in London this May and two Bank Holidays – guests need to start planning  their tip to the Capital City today…

Where to stay… with great rooms, great amenities – including free Wi-Fi – and 20%* off the final food bill in Londinium Restaurant it has to be London Bridge Hotel

In the open air… the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2014 season opens on 15th May with Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. It’s a 20th century classic with a story of denial, guilt and a confrontation that leads to a shameful family secret. Or for the younger audience, on the north side of Regent’s Park is London Zoo where there’s a Silent Cinema from 6th to 10th May. The special five nights starts with ’90s classic Jumanji and concludes with childhood-favourite, The Jungle Book.

Museums at night… many museums and cultural venues stay open late for the annual Museums at Night festival (15th to 17th) and on 16th May the Old Operating Theatre is opening for “Night of The Bodysnatcher”. Hear all about the gruesome profession of the Resurrectionists – the men who supplied corpses to the dissecting rooms of London from the graves of the city. A much less frightful option would be to visit Apsley House on Friday 16th or Saturday 17th May (6-8pm) to explore the resplendent rooms after dark and hear the tales of the house’s fascinating history brought to life. This was the Duke of Wellington’s home and is also known as ‘Number One London’.

Quirky English fun… enjoy all the fun of the fair on the 11th May and visit the 39th Covent Garden May Fayre. Visitors can expect a Grand Procession in the morning and Punch and Judy puppet performances throughout the afternoon. Another English tradition is a pint at the pub and Pint of Science, on from 19th to 21st May, allow guests to combine having a drink with learning some science. The talks are cheap (less than the price of a pint) and there are dozens of pubs to choose from as well as topics to select. Close to the London Bridge Hotel, The Rose Theatre has a sponsored Readathon, on 31st May, of twelve plays by Shakespeare and Marlowe – many of which were performed at this 16th century theatre.

Planning ahead… Southbank Centre’s annual Meltdown festival has been running since 1993 and each year invites a different cultural figure to act as director of the event and pick the performers of their choosing. This year, DJ, recording artist and record label boss James Lavelle has been asked to direct the 2014 festival – promising 10 days of performances and creative collaborations from 13th to 22nd June. Look out for hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash and Scratch Perverts who are playing a one off double-bill.

Also, the Quarter Bar & Lounge, at London Bridge Hotel, is taking part in London Wine Week which runs from 2nd to 8th June. Look out for the wine tours.

Do check out the latest offers as London Bridge Hotel has weekend rates from as low as £99. You can sign up for special offer alerts here.

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