If the May Bank Holiday was anything to go by – with that wonderful lack of typical British drizzle; a splendid sun bringing heat and joy to the population (and, indeed, populating the numerous green spaces throughout the City with a rainbow of picnic blankets and delicious spreads and tipples aplenty) – then with a bit of luck the month’s closing Spring Bank Holiday should be equally fabulous. To this end, here is a suggested itinerary to make that extended weekend all the more enjoyable, both out of doors and inside (well, one does have to be practical about these things).


1. Bank Baby Party – Floripa, Shoreditch (Thursday 24th May, 8pm to 5am)

Why not channel some serious summer vibes and hit the club scene for an early celebration of the long weekend? Known to be ‘notorious’ for its Bank Holiday party, Floripa offers serious Tropical and Brazilian House tunes, as well as a dash of Contemporary Classics. A short walk from Old Street station, in addition to the main areas, there’s a restaurant and outdoor terrace area too. And now Floripa offers a pop-up tapas bar for sustaining nibbles, to boot. Tickets available here.


2. Cocktails and a Bar with a View – Sushisamba, Bishopsgate

If you prefer your drinking and fun in a more refined setting, then set aside the clubbing gear and attire yourself more chicly for a night out at the Sushisamba bar this Bank Holiday (Friday night, if you fancy going to Floripa’s Bank Baby bash as well). Set at the top of the 39-floor Heron Tower, the views of the City of London span a far-reaching 360 degrees – and the cocktails are spectacular (try a Chucumber or Shiso Fine). Furthermore, the glass-walled express lift reaches the heady heights of this establishment in a mere 30 seconds, which we think is pretty cool. Best to book in advance, especially if wanting to partake in the delectable menu beforehand.


3. Hidden City Gardens – St. Dunstan-in-the-East, Aldgate

For a Saturday or Sunday following after frolics at either (or both!) of the above, it might require a literal breath of fresh air to – ahem – clear the head, if you will. To this end, St. Dunstan-in-the-East offers a beautiful public garden to stroll round (not to mention the gorgeous Grade I-listed former church itself to architecturally admire, as regards its remnant ‘walls and memorials’, intertwined with plants aplenty). A spiritual uplift for May’s closing weekend, for sure.


4. Iestyn Davies and Fretwork – Milton Court Concert Hall, The Barbican (Monday 28th May, 7.30pm)

To wind down even further (certainly before Tuesday’s return to work), why not please the aural senses with the ‘ethereal’ sound of Iestyn Davies “singing haunting music for countertenor by Purcell and Michael Nyman, accompanied by the delicate sounds of the viol consort Fretwork”? Awarded an MBE in 2017 for his services to music, Davies is in high demand as an artist. An unusual programme to cap a unique extended weekend, perhaps. Tickets available here.