is your social schedule looking a little lackluster? Has your date night inspiration dried up? Have you exhausted all avenues of what do to in London? We've compiled a list of the ultimate things to do in the city that are guaranteed to make you fall in love with London again.
Best budget activities to do in London this May
Enjoy a picnic, Primrose Hill
Enjoy a picnic on Primrose Hill and get the very best views of the city. Stay until sunset for some glorious alfresco views or brave the early morning to get there as the sun rises over the hill.
Your picnic – your rules. Set your own social distancing agenda and stick to your personal picnic blanket if you're wary of busy spaces. Plus, you get the added benefit of enjoying your own delicious food without having to worry about queues or long wait times.
Emirates Air Line Cable Cars, Greenwich
Who would have thought we would be adding a TfL service to our ultimate guide for things to do in London? But trust us, this one is worth the trip *pun intended*.
Enjoy beautiful views of the Thames, London's skyline, the Greenwich Peninsula, the Royal Docks, and The O2 on the Emirates Air Line Cable Cars. Available every 10 minutes, with hitching a ride as simple as tapping your Oyster Card – this skyline adventure is the perfect way to see London's skyline for a price that won't cost you your staycation fund.
Better yet, to enable social distancing only one passenger is allowed per cabin unless a household or group is traveling together. Sounds romantic if you ask me.
For more information, visit emiratesairline.co.uk
Visit The Queen's gardens, Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace’s 39-acre garden makes for the perfect royal-inspired day trip. For over 200 years the garden has been used by the Royal Family for official entertaining and celebratory events.
Now is your chance to picnic like the Queen at Buckingham Palace Garden. Open for just a few months, enjoy exclusive access this summer and experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to picnic with views of the Palace. Tickets start at just £9 for children aged 5-16, a royal bargain!
For more information, visit www.rct.uk
Comedy night at Bussey Rooftop
There are still some tickets left to see Bridget Christie perform stand-up at Peckham's Bussey Building rooftop. With a year we've had, we could all do with a laugh so why not venture down to south London where you'll be guaranteed a night of lols, some delicious cocktails to sip on, mouthwatering pizzas from Share a Slice plus a stellar view to watch the sun go down. Tickets are priced at £16.50 each.
Book tickets at seetickets.com
Best alternative activities to do in London this May
Ahoy there! GoBoat is the fun self-drive boating experience that takes you all along London's stunning Regent's Canal. Bring your own picnic and cruise along the river for up to three hours.
This family-friendly boating experience is the perfect way to see some of London's best sights – you'll even sail past London Zoo and catch a glimpse of some animals if you're lucky. Hire a boat at sunset for the ultimate date night trip, or enjoy a floating picnic with friends. Dogs are welcome aboard too!
From 17 May onwards up to 8 people can climb aboard, so decide on your Captain and get a booking.
To book, visit goboat.co.uk
Pets Yoga, London
Ah, London. Nothing captures the quirkiness of this city quite like a yoga class with pets. That's right, you can now book a yoga-come-cuddle class that aims to combine the relaxation virtues of yoga with cuddling pets!
So many of us that live in flats without gardens long for the emotional support of a four-legged friend. If you're on the hunt for the ultimate relaxation experience and a chance to pet pooch, we've found just the place.
For more information, visit petsyoga.com
Floating Cinema, Merchant Square
After making a splash last year, the UK’s first and only floating cinema by Häagen-Dazs is set to return to Merchant Square this summer, so you can live out your Grease drive-thru movie fantasy, with a twist.
Guests will ditch the cars and instead take a relaxing meander along the Regent’s canal and through Little Venice in an eco-boat, before mooring in front of Merchant Square's big screen. Waterside deckchairs will also be available so you can sit back and watch your favourite movies in comfort. Guests will be able to order their favourite Häagen-Dazs ice cream along with a selection of food and drink from artisan pasta chef RaviOllie by scanning a QR code, with their order being delivered straight to their boat or deckchair.
To book, visit openaire.co.uk
Rooftop and Drive-in Film Club, London
With cinemas set to reopen on 17th May, you'd be tempted to hop right back into your nearest screen to catch the latest film. However, why not enjoy one of the classics in the great outdoors at the Drive-In Film Club?
With locations at Sandown Racecourse, Alexandra Palace, and Brent Cross, simply book online, park up and experience everything from 80s favourites through to modern blockbusters, all from the comfort of your car. With your own private speaker to hear the film's audio given to you upon entry and food and drink delivered straight to your car, what's not to love?
For the non-drivers and those based in the Big Smoke, there's also the option of catching a film from one of London's most buzzy rooftops - Roof East in Stratford and Bussey Building in Peckham. As the sun sets on the city's iconic skyline, get comfy on your lounger and enjoy films such as Notting Hill, The Greatest Showman, and Dirty Dancing.
For more information, visit rooftopfilmclub.com
Travel to Thorpe Park
Not quite London – but just a 30-minute train ride away, head to Thorpe Park. The place is truly an island like no other and a must-visit for those looking to embark on an exhilarating adventure with friends and family.
Book with confidence and enjoy a change of scenery with your family in one of our popular self-contained Cabins, conveniently located right on THORPE PARK Resort so you're always just a stone's throw away from the thrills. Overnight stays in the Shark Cabins also include two-day theme park entry, complimentary parking, and Wi-Fi.
From 21st May, guests will also get absorbed by the UK’s first Black Mirror experience the park launches the hotly anticipated Black Mirror Labyrinth. This twisted, sensory-defying maze puts you at the core of the Black Mirror universe and it wants to keep you there…
To book tickets, visit thorpepark.com
Best luxury activities to do in London this May
Afternoon Tea at Taj 51, Buckingham Gate
Calling all Alice in Wonderland fans out there - this afternoon tea is for you! Dine like the Queen at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate - just a stone's throw away from Buckingham Palace. Enjoy the ultimate luxurious sweet treats and indulge in the decadent 'Alice's Queen Of Hearts' spread.
No afternoon tea is complete without scones - with chocolate, sultana, and plain all on the menu. Sandwiches range from cucumber and cream cheese on beetroot bread to chicken and sultana on carrot bread - and there is also a completely vegetarian and vegan menu on request.
View from the Shard, London Bridge
With an offer combining incomparable views of the capital and three exquisite courses of top-quality cuisine, this experience certainly won’t be a Shard-knock life for you.
Enjoy London's spectacular skyline at The View from The Shard, with three-course dining at Marco Pierre White’s London Steakhouse Co. and a cocktail each. This unforgettable experience is currently on offer for less than £100 – don't miss it!
To book, visit wowcher.co.uk
Champagne rooftop experience
This summer, Perrier-Jouët Champagne and the AllBright Members Club, created by women for women, are launching an exclusive summer garden experience. A French-inspired dining escapade called the 'Wild Jardin' is opening on Maddox Street townhouse's rooftop, which boasts amazing views across London. The secluded oasis will be adorned with bright wisteria and delicate floral displays including the signature Perrier-Jouët white Anemone. The Perrier-Jouët Wild Jardin at AllBright will launch on 20 May and be open daily Monday through to Friday, until the end of August.
Book a table at allbrightcollective.com
Sip on Aperol in style
Fighting the holiday blues? The Refinery Bankside has a picture-perfect terrace that could seriously convince you that you were in fact on holiday. Summertime and Aperol go hand in hand right? So relax on a deck chair with an Aperol Tree and unwind! We’d seriously recommend the brownies too!
To book, visit therefinery
Best foodie activities to do in London this May
Indulge in steak night at M Restaurant
If you've been craving a beautiful cut of steak in lockdown, then you'll want to head down to M Restaurant, based in Victoria and the City. Both branches have an outdoor terrace but will be opening their doors to their stunning interior spaces from 17 May in accordance with government guidelines, so get booking fast. The luxury restaurant is also offering a special deal, open to anyone who has spent a birthday in lockdown.
If you're in your twenties, you are entitled to 20 percent off the whole food bill, people in their thirties receive 30 percent off, and so on; simply quote The Lost Year campaign when booking. The offer is bookable in both M restaurants from 17 May, as well as across their sister group, Gaucho. For those who've never indulged in an M Restaurant steak, take it from us - it's like dining on a slice of heaven.
To book, visit mrestaurants.co.uk
Enjoy a Krispy Kreme
This starts from 10th May and is running all week! Krispy Kreme wants customers to share a message of connection (social media post, photo message or even a hand-written note) that you have received from someone with #SmilesAsCurrency written on and claim a free Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnut - so everyone can celebrate the easing out of lockdown on 17 May.
For more information, visit krispykreme.co.uk
Cocktails in the City’s Summer Series
Back for a series of summer parties – with three weekends, three themes, live entertainment, London’s top bars, and more cocktails than ever before! Cocktails in the City will be returning to London once again ready to celebrate the reopening of London’s world-class bar scene. The popular drinks festival will be expanding its annual cocktail festival into a summerlong series, running one weekend per month throughout the summer, in London’s largest private Georgian Gardens.
To book for June, visit: cocktailsinthecity
Enjoy the bustling vibes of Yauatcha City
With terrace dining stretching all the way around Broadgate Circle, tuck into some dim sum, noodles, and, our personal favourite, the Mongolian lamb clay pot, while dining at their gorgeous Chinese restaurant. Don't forget the try a cocktail, with the Rose Fortune with peach being a particularly tasty choice!
To book, visit yauatcha.com/city
Take in the views at Madisons
If you're not quite ready to go indoors yet, you couldn't do much better than a trip to Madison's rooftop terrace for drinks and dinner. Not only is the outdoor area well covered with plenty of toasty space heaters, but it also boasts of some of the best views in the city. So pop on your best outfit and enjoy resuming your social life at this vibing eatery.
To book, visit madisonlondon.net
The Ivy Soho, Summer Of Love
The Ivy Soho Brasserie will reopen for indoor dining from 17 May, and in celebration, the restaurant has launched a ‘Soho Summer of Love’ campaign which will see a series of entertainment plays throughout the summer season. The Ivy is celebrating good times ahead, with a new and refreshing cocktail menu and brand new seasonal dishes. Whether it's weekend brunches, lazy lunches, or drinks with the girls, they've got you covered. With DJ sets playing 1960s inspired beats and 60s inspired cocktails, what better place to celebrate the lifting of lockdown?
To book, visit: theivysoho
Enjoy a fusion menu at Tokyo Pizza, Little Venice
Calling all foodies! London's most hyped Fusion restaurant newly launched in West London's Little Venice is ready to take bookings from 17 May. Tokyo Pizza has just 38 indoor seats and an open set for live music, set to provide an intimate yet relaxed dining experience with soul.
Serving an eclectic menu of fusion-inspired puffy-crust pizzas, traditional Japanese side dishes, and a tempting list of contemporary sake cocktails, if you're a sucker for sensational food don't miss out on booking at this exciting new spot.
In the spirit of Tokyo, signature dishes include wagyu, lobster and Japanese mushroom pizza, salmon mochi, and Mochi nin’niku, a world-exclusive garlic bread, made with mochi and glazed in spicy mayo.
To book, visit tokyo-pizza.co.uk
Disco Isn’t Dead Bottomless Brunch
Grab your five favourite groupies and boogie on down to Devonshire Terrace for its Disco Brunch – running every Saturday from 29th May. With tables available to book from 12 pm-4 pm, outdoors on the covered terrace, and inside, expect smoke machines, disco balls, throwback tunes, and plenty of glitters! Enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless cocktails and fizz as well as your choice of brunch dish: avocado with poached eggs, crispy duck salad, or buttermilk chicken waffles - yum!
To book, visit: devonshireterrace
Discover an al fresco haven
Emerge from Goldhawk Road tube station and you could easily miss the entrance to The Hawk's Nest in Shepherd's Bush. With festoon lights and foliage galore, the atmosphere at this secret city haven is top-notch and the food and drink is even better. Punchy cocktails and sough dough pizzas are always a great combo, right?
To book visit: the-hawks-nest.co.uk
Enjoy a boozy brunch with a live music
Bottomless brunch is back with a bang at 11 Wardour St! The legendary Soho venue is raring to go with indoor bookings from 17 May, as a jam-packed summer of live music awaits.
Pop the bubbly and polish your playlist at the 100 Wardour St Jukebox Brunch, taking place every week on Saturdays and Sundays. If you're into live music, this is the place for you. Tuck into brunch classics like eggs benedict and avocado on toast to enjoy an eclectic, fizz-fueled afternoon!
To find a table, visit 100wardourst.com