It's May bank holiday weekend: perfect for pottering around the garden, lazing around in the bath (with some Vintage Mimosa & Pomegranate, of course!) and for making the most of the extended weekend in the capital. Here are a few ideas for what to do this weekend...
The Making of Harry Potter
What better way to treat the kids (and maybe yourself) this bank holiday weekend, than with a trip to see where the magic of Harry Potter was created. With over 150,000 square feet of set, you can walk through the Great Hall, Dumbledore's office, the Gryffindor common room, and see how Buckbeak the Hippogriff, and Fawkes the phoenix were brought to life using state-of-the-art animatronics in the Creature Effect workshop.
Until March 6th 2013
Warner Bros Studio, Aerodrome Way, Leavesden, Watford, Herts, WD25 7LS
Canalway Cavalcade 2012
An event that's been taking place since 1983, the Canalway Cavalcade sees around 130 boats moor along the stretch of the Grand Union Canal between Blomfield Rd, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent. Quintessentially English, here you'll find some very well maintained canal boats as owners try their best to outdo each other, Morris dancers, and a few pints of real ale to be had. Bring your tankard.
May 5th to 7th
Little Venice, between Blomfield Rd, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent, London, W9 2PB
Outdoor Swimming Pools
All right, it's not quite summer yet, and there's still a bit of a nip in the air, but London does have some of the best outdoor swimming to be found, and there's something still very fun about taking a dip outdoors. Here's some of the best outdoor swimming for May bank holiday weekend...P.S Don't forgot to take some Heathcote & Ivory Shower Gel and Body Wash to get rid of all that chlorine...or algae!
Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds
Open: all year
Hampstead Heath, NW5 1QR
020 7485 4491
Tooting Bec Lido
Open (non-members): May to September
Tooting Bec Rd, SW16 1RU
020 8871 7198
Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, SE24 0PA
020 7274 3088
Open: May to September
Hyde Park, W2 3XA
020 7706 3422
Natural History Museum: Animal Inside Out
Always a good day out any weekend, this bank holiday the Natural History Museum features Animal Inside Out – an exhibition that examines the biology of animals. Around 100 specimens, including giraffes, octopuses and ostriches will be on display.
Until September 16th
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 5BD
Pearly King and Queen Crowning Ceremony
And finally, a truly London affair. This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Croft, the original Pearly King (known for adding pearl buttons to his clothes to draw attention to his charity fund raising). This Sunday will see the crowning of a new generation of Pearly Kings and Queens. Followers are expected at the Carpenter's Arms to take part in the celebrations to welcome the new 'royal family' to the throne – all wearing the iconic button-covered garments.
Sunday May 6th
Carpenter's Arms, 135 Cambridge Heath Rd, Stepney, E1 5RN
For more to do this weekend, visit Time Out's The top 10 things to do this May bank holiday.