Giles Guide: May Bank holiday

London skyline

It’s May Bank holiday and we have the best ways for you to spend the long weekend! Whether you’re enjoying a special getaway just the two of you, or the whole family is together, there's something here for every situation. 


  1. Japan: Myths to Manga at Young V&A 

An exciting exhibition providing an atmospheric trip to Japanese art, design and technology. Sculptures, items, objects, paintings and photography await you and your family at the Young V&A museum. Make a whole day out of it this May Bank Holiday with your children to teach them more about other cultures or delight in your own culture.

  1. Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington at the Imperial War Museum

The human impact of conflict and war is shown in an incredibly powerful way in this exhibition of Tim Hetherington’s photojournalist work. The photographer aimed to close the gap between his subjects and his audience. Explore this amazing collection showcasing the work of this great photographer at the Imperial War Museum. 

  1. Tulip Festival at Hampton Court Palace

A stunning display of over 100,000 tulips await you in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace. The perfect way to spend a sunny spring day, so why not make the most of the bank holiday, by enjoying a warm drink or  delicious bite to eat at their cafe after your leisurely stroll around the 60 acres of the royal gardens. 

  1. Six the Musical at the Vaudeville Theatre

Learn about Henry VIII’s six wives, in the smash hit musical at the Vaudeville theatre. Watch the stories unfold of the loves and losses of each of the wives combined with catchy songs in this incredible performance. Don’t miss this incredible musical sensation during your visit to London this bank holiday. 

  1. Camden Market

Incredible food and drinks available throughout the day at the food market, but it doesn’t stop there. Extravagant markets filled with vintage shops and vinyl stalls await you at this famous market in Central London. Located only a short journey from the St Giles London hotel, this is the perfect trip out in your spare time this May bank holiday. 


Make the most of the long weekend with a comfortable and convenient stay at the St Giles London hotel. Take a break after your busy day enjoying the bustling city centre, in an affordable home away from home. Why not take advantage of one of our amazing offers available to book directly on our website!