7 Of The Best Things To Do In London For May Bank Holiday

From learning how to cook a dinner party to listening to a Mercury Prize-nominated rapper, enjoy this May Bank Holiday in style.

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With the last May Bank Holiday just around the corner, we've rounded up our top list of weekend activities, whether you're in need of culture, boozing with friends, cooking up a feast for family, or a spot of late-night entertainment.

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Nab A Last Look At David Hockney

Ever since the Tate Britain opened the David Hockney exhibition in February, we've all been dying to see the 80-year-old Yorkshireman's giant 20th Century artwork, drawings, prints, photograph and videos.

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From images of Los Angeles swimming pools to the most iconic Yorkshire landscapes, the exhibition is the perfect exploration of the artists's unforgettable work.

However, the exhibition ends on Bank Holiday Monday so this is your last chance to see what culture vultures across London have been talking about this year.

Price: £19.50 (free for members); Time: 26 - 28 May until midnight, Monday 29 May until 21.00; Fine out more.

Become a dinner party connoisseur

If you still get stressed at the thought of cooking a Sunday roast for more than four people, or whipping up perfectly crisp meringues for guests at a dinner party, this cookery course is for you.

This bank holiday, The Avenue Cookery School is hosting a multitude of cookery courses for budding chefs, including lessons on how to cook up a storm for a dinner party, vegan and gluten-free dishes and knife skill classes.

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We suggest booking yourself onto the Dinner Party Dining Classes, which even includes dinner at bottomless booze at the London-based school. Bon appetit!

Price: £72.75 – £100; Time: 7pm – approx 10.30pm Find out more.

Listen to Mercury Prize-nominated poet

Ahead of her appearance at Glastonbury festival this summer, south London poet, rapper and playwright Kate Tempest will be playing tunes from her Mercury Prize-nominated album 'Everybody Down', following the release of her electrifying debut novel, The Bricks that Built the Houses.

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One listen of Tempest's absorbing tales of hope and loss, along, accompanied by a live band and a dance troupe, and you'll be entranced by her spoken-word.

Price: £26.35; Time: 19.00; Find out more.

Party on the beach

While London might not be the first place you think of when it comes to dancing with a Piña Coladas on the sand, you might be surprised to hear Brixton is bring the beach to you with the return of Brixton Beach.

Opening Bank Holiday weekend, the rooftop join will welcome music nights, salsa classes and bottomless brunches through the summer, as well as Ministry Does Fitness, yoga and HIIT sessions, right on the beach. If that's not enough, it'll also be serving up mac 'n' cheese bites from street food favorite Mac to the Future, and dishes from Dirty Bones, Mama's Jerk and Negril.

You grab the beach towels, we'll bring the Mojitos.

Price: £10; Time: Monday 29 May from 6pm; Find out more.

Step into Anna Sui's world

Love her designs and perfume? Well, you'd be crazy to miss the iconic American fashion designer's exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum this Bank Holiday weekend.

With over 100 items from Sui's archive on display, exploring her ever-changing designs, reinvention of pop culture with rock 'n' roll and surfer influences, this is the first time an American designer has been the focus of a retrospective exhibition in the UK.

We'll see you there.

Price:£9.90; Time: 26 May – 1 October 2017, Tues-Sat 11am–6pm, Sunday 11-5pm; Find out more.

Join the circus

Described as an 'international circus sensation' following rave reviews at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Underbelly Festival welcomes Casus: Driftwood – a circus show exploring the danger and need for human contact to shape our identities.

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Confused? Yeah, so are we, but it sounds intriguing and was even given five star reviews with the line 'outrageiously impressive… This is circus that makes your lungs seize' by the List.

Price: From £26.50; Times: 4pm/7.45pm performances; Find out more.

Drink the night away

Sundays are a whole new ball game on a Bank Holiday weekend when you don't have to work on a Monday.

As a result, Dirty Martinis in Covent Garden is hosting the ultimate Bank Holiday party with £6 Martinis all night and Happy Hour pushed back until 10pm.

Did someone say Negroni?

Price: Free entry; Time: Sunday 12-3am, Monday 12-1am; Find out more.

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