Are you visiting London in May or June? Or perhaps you’re looking for something special to do on the weekends now that the days are getting longer and the weather warmer? Then you’re in luck! London is a buzzing city all year round. But with two Bank Holiday weekends coming up in May, there’s certainly a lot going on at this time of year. So if you’re looking for fun things to do in May and June (and not stay indoors watching Games of Thrones), here’s a list we put together for you.
Cinco de Mayo
Starting with the very first weekend in May, we have Cinco de Mayo, an annual celebration held in parts of Mexico and the United States. The day is a public holiday honouring the Mexican’s army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. It’s a day of fun celebrated with parades, food, music, folkloric dancing, and even battle reenactments.
If you’ve come across our brand before, you’ll know that here at Brigit’s Bakery, we love a themed celebration! So we’re starting off the new month with a bang and hosting the ultimate Mexican fiesta with a specially-designed Mexican-themed afternoon tea.
Our Cinco de Mayo London Afternoon Tea menu will include freshly-prepared savouries, an assorted selection of mini homemade cakes and tarts, and, of course, our unmissable scones with clotted cream and jam.
Here’s what you can expect in the savoury department:
- Chicken with mix spices wrap.
- Pork Burger BBQ and pineapple.
- Verrine guacamole and salmon.
- Chilli con carne tacos.
And here’s what you’ll love if you have more of a sweet tooth:
- Lemon meringue tart.
- Vanilla and raspberry jam choux.
- Queen sablé and cream cheese mousse.
- Chocolate mini cupcake.
Cinco de Mayo Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
To savour our Latin-American-inspired menu, simply book a table at Brigit’s Bakery in Covent Garden on Chandos Place. Or, if you’re after something really fun and unique, why not book on one of our Bus Tours to see the sights of London and enjoy the Cinco de Mayo party with us?
Our Cinco de Mayo special bus tours will be running on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of May only. Departures are from Victoria Coach Station at 12:00, 14:30, and 17:00. Places on our buses are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
And if you’re reading this post after the first weekend of May, keep reading and fear not! We have a lot of fun in store for you over the summer months!
London Craft Week
London Craft Week kicks off on Wednesday, 8th May and finishes on the 12th May. Their official website states: “It’s an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops, and luxury brands.”
Fantastic events and workshops will be held across London in various locations – from Mayfair to Shoreditch and from Greenwich to Hampstead. They’ll involve a wide range of museums, galleries, studios, workshop spaces, and shops.
To find out more, grab a copy of the programme, or book your tickets to specific events, head over to the London Craft Week website.
London Wine Week
Straight after London Craft Week, London will host Wine Week, from 13th to 19th May. This celebration of the capital’s wine scene is back this year for its third edition. It’s hosted by Drink Up London, and all you need to do is to buy a wristband that will give you access to self-guided wine tours, events, and wine-tasting sessions. The main hub will be in Devonshire Square. That’s where you’ll be able to attend masterclasses, supper clubs, and even ‘meet the maker’ evenings.
To buy your digital pass and find out more about the events, head over to the official page from Drink Up London.
The Chelsea Flower Show
If you want to attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, put the dates May 21st to May 25th in the diary. Formally known as the Great Spring Show, the Chelsea Flower Show is an unmissable garden show held every year by the Royal Horticultural Society in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London.
And of course, Brigit’s Bakery couldn’t miss this amazing opportunity to create a themed limited-edition Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea with a floral afternoon tea.
This year, we’ll be honouring the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with floral-inspired finger sandwiches and edible flowers (yes, you read that right!). So if you’re traveling to London especially for the show and are looking for something to do before or after your visit, look no further!
Our Flower Show Afternoon Tea Bus will be running on the dates of the Chelsea Flower Show only (21st to 25th May).
Our buses depart from Victoria Coach Station at 12:00, 14:30, and 17:00. Places on our buses are limited to book now to avoid disappointment. You can pre-order bubbly upon booking to enjoy a floral champagne afternoon tea.
Alternatively, you could always book a Flower Show Afternoon Tea at Brigit’s Bakery in Covent Garden in the late afternoon after you’ve enjoyed all the flowers? Or as an early lunch before heading to the show.
World Gin Day
Saturday 8th June marks the celebration of World Gin Day, another one that’s close to our B Bakery hearts! The day is a global celebration of all things gin. If you want to read more about the origin of gin and how gin is indeed good for you, head over to this article on our blog.
Drink Up London have organised a World Gin Day festival running from 5th to 9th of June. Get yourself a digital pass, and you’ll be able to enjoy gin cocktails in some of London’s best bars. You’ll also gain first access to pop up’s and parties.
The B Bakery Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
If you want to celebrate with us, come and enjoy our Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea. You can indulge in our French-inspired afternoon tea menu on board of the fabulous B Bakery Bus tour and sip on delicious complimentary Hayman’s Gin Cocktails. Yes, that right – your dreams have just come true!
Hayman’s of London, the award-winning family distillers of true English Gin and B Bakery have come together to offer a unique Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. This is still currently the only gin bus tour London has to offer! Guests will be able to enjoy a bespoke B Bakery Afternoon Tea with Hayman’s Gin infused delights and three seasonal complimentary Hayman’s Gin cocktails, including a classic True English Gin and Tonic.
Our Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour is the perfect way for grown-ups (18+ years) to relax and take in the sights of London with friends, family, and loved ones. All that while enjoying a true London Gin distilled in the heart of London!
Tours on our charming vintage Routemaster buses will depart from:
- Victoria Coach Station on Fridays and Saturdays at 17:30.
- 8, Northumberland Avenue on Thursdays and Saturdays at 18:30.
Our Gin Afternoon Tea Tours run all year round, but places are limited. So don’t delay – pick a date and book your place today.
The Queen’s official birthday
Saturday, 8th June is also the Queen’s official birthday. Now, you may or may not know that The Queen’s actual birthday is in April. Her Majesty The Queen was born on 21st April 1926, which means she recently celebrated her 93rd birthday! (Happy belated birthday to The Queen!).
Having an official birthday for the monarch is a tradition that dates back to 1788, when Governor Arthur Phillip declared a holiday to mark the birthday of the (then) King of Great Britain. Until 1936, this celebration was held on the actual birthday of the king. But after King George V died, it was decided to keep the date on the second Monday in June.
If you’re in London for the day, you may want to go watch the Queen’s Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour. The display marks The Queen’s official birthday celebrations and features hundreds of Household Division officers, horses, and musicians in ceremonial uniform. You can join the crowds of spectators in St James’s Park. And make sure you’re around Buckingham Palace on the day, as a spectacular Royal Air Force flypast takes place over the palace. You don’t want to miss that!
Sunday, 16th June 2019 is another date for your diaries – Father’s Day! This one obviously needs no explanation. It’s a day to celebrate and honour fathers and fatherhood. If you have relatives in The Continent, bear in mind that they may celebrate on a different day – March, 19th. That’s because in Catholic Europe Father’s Day coincides with Saint Joseph’s Day. And that’s how things have been since the Middle Ages! The Spanish and Portuguese then took the tradition with them to Latin America. And that’s why way back when Father’s Day used to be celebrated on March, 19th across the pond too. However, since then, many countries in Europe (the UK included) have adopted the US date, which is the third Sunday of June. But celebrations still vary per country and most commonly happen across the months of March, April, and June.
Sadly, we don’t sell socks, ties, or ‘Best Dad’ t-shirts. But if your dad likes gin, why not take him out on one of our Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tours? Here’s the link to book if you think he might be interested. (Come on, you know he’s going to love it!).
The Royal Ascot will take place between Tuesday 18th and Saturday 22nd June 2019. Every year in June, Ascot, one of the UK’s most well-known racecourses, holds a special week of races attended by members of the royal family and The Queen. Did you know Her Majesty The Queen has had a keen interest in horses since childhood?
This event has become Britain’s most popular race meeting, welcoming around 300,000 visitors over five days. Everyone dresses up in their finest clothes, and, of course, hats! With the imminent arrival of another Royal Baby (with Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex – aka Ms. Meghan Markle) due to giving birth any day now, we expect the event this year will feel extra special, so don’t miss it!
If you’re unsure as to when to go, you should know that the third day of Royal Ascot has been known informally as ‘Ladies Day’. And traditionally, it’s also been the busiest day of the whole week.
To keep up with the glamour, we’ll be offering a Royal Ascot themed afternoon tour very soon. So save the date and watch this space!
The Cricket World Cup
For any sports fans out there, the ICC Cricket World Cup kicks off on the 30th of May and will keep us entertained until the final takes place on July, 14th. Matches will take place all over the UK, but watch out for England v South Africa on Thursday, 30th of May at the Kia Oval in London. Fans of the English team will need to travel up North if they want to enjoy England v Pakistan on Monday, 3rd June at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
If you’re London-based (or London-bound), plenty of matches will take place at the Oval. So watch out for:
- South Africa v Bangladesh on Sunday, 2nd June.
- Bangladesh v New Zealand on Wednesday, 5th June.
- India v Australia on Sunday, 9th June.
- Sri Lanka v Australia on Saturday, 15th June.
In June and July, London-based matches will move to the impressive grounds at Lord’s. If you want a slice of the action, you can book tickets for:
- Pakistan v South Africa, on Sunday, 23rd June.
- New Zealand v Australia, on Saturday, 29th June.
- Pakistan v Bangladesh, on Friday, 5th July.
- And of course the big final on Sunday, 14th July.
For more information and to book your tickets, head over to World Cricket Ticket.
And of course, look out for a cricket-themed Bus Tour that is currently in planning! (We are very excited about that!).
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
If you’re looking to do something a little different during the summer season, from May 16th onward, you can check out the programme for the award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Established all the way in 1932, it’s not only one of the largest theatres in London but also a firm fixture of summer in the city. It’s a renowned cultural hub in the beautiful surroundings of this amazing royal park.
Tickets for the 2019 season are now on sale, and here’s a small sample of what you can enjoy this year.
- Between 16th May and 8th June, you can watch Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town.
- Between 14th June and 22nd June, the theatre will present Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel. The opera will be sung in English in collaboration with the English National Opera.
- Following Hansel and Gretel, between 28th June and 27th July, you’ll be able to enjoy a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by a Glasgow-based Artistic Director.
- And to conclude the seasons (last but definitely not least), between 2nd August and 21st September, you can watch Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita.
Which one will you pick?
Family-friendly tours in London
If you’re looking for fun things to do with the children during the upcoming half term or the summer months, there’s a lot in London to keep the little ones entertained.
Here’s a short list of events to get you excited:
- Harry Potter: Warner Brothers Studio Tour and Transfers – a fully-guided tour of the Harry Potter studio with bus transportation from Central London.
- KidZania London.
- 2.5-hour Chocolate Walking Tour. Unsurprisingly, this is very popular with people of all ages!
- Shrek’s Adventure. (Recommended for children between the ages of 5 and 13).
- The Original London Sightseeing Bus Tour.
- River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise.
- Classic London 3-hour Bike Tour.
And if you’re keen on visiting landmarks like the London Eye, Tower of London, or Madame Tussauds, why not get yourself a London Pass? It’ll grant you free entry to over 60 London attractions!
Book a B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour with the family
Of course, if you’re in the market for a unique and special sightseeing tour of London, we’d highly recommend booking on to one of the B Bakery vintage buses for a tour in style. We’ll drive you around London while you enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea with friends or family. To book on one of our tours, click here.
Please note that unfortunately, we have no toilets on board of our buses, so we don’t think our tours are best suited for young children under the age of 5.
So there you have it! As you can see, there’s plenty to do this summer in London. And we truly hope you’ll come and have some fun with us. If you’re interested in booking on one of our themed, time-limited tours, here are those dates and links for you again.