May Bank Holiday Highlights in London
Here’s our edit of the best events taking place in the capital over Saturday May 28th to Monday May 30th 2016, complete with sartorial suggestions.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 24 May – 28 May
From the 24th to the 28th May, the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will be transformed into the world’s most prestigious flower show. RHS Chelsea Flower Show has taken place annually for over 100 years. This year, to celebrate the 90th birthday of the RHS patron, HM the Queen, the show will feature photographic exhibits and a floral arch. Other stunning displays include an acoustic garden, a 60 foot carriage from Belmond British Pullman and horticultural inspiration from around the world including Jordan, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Japan, Chile and Austria. For more information and for tickets click here.
What To WearThere is no dress code for the Chelsea Flower Show so wear what you are comfortable in. As this is an important event in the British horticultural calendar, many people opt for smart casual attire, such as a blazer, a Curtis shirt and chinos. Whether you are going smart or casual, make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Chelsea is vulnerable to changeable British weather, so wear layers and bring a hat if rain is forecast, not an anti-social umbrella.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre 24 May – 11 September
With the days getting warmer and the evenings getting longer, the May bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to soak up some culture at one of London’s best open air productions. Watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Globe Theatre is truly a magical experience. Emma Rice’s production is a vibrant mixture of music, dance and comedy performed at the world famous venue. This Shakespearean summer classic is a must-see over the late May bank holiday weekend. For more information and for tickets click here.
What To Wear
The Globe Theatre doesn’t have a dress code, which coincides with its informal, friendly atmosphere. The Globe is an open-air theatre and performances carry on regardless of the weather, so you should come prepared for all weather conditions. Attending the theatre is the perfect excuse to dress up. Layer up with a blazer and a smart shirt. A silk pocket square will add the finishing touch. Do not bring an umbrella as they are not permitted in the theatre.
London Wine Week 23 May – 29 May
From the 23rd to the 29th May, London Wine Week will return to the City for its third year. The festival offers a full seven days of unique tasting events and more than 500 different wines to try. The heart of London Wine Week is in beautiful Devonshire Square, tucked between the City and Shoreditch. Here you’ll find an array of pop-ups from a Provencal beach bar to a Portuguese journey of discovery. The £10 wristband gets you discounts and deals across more than 100 venues in London. For more information click here.
What To Wear
The hub of London Wine Week is outside on Devonshire Square, so make sure you wear layers and be prepared for rain. Generally, people wear a smart yet comfortable ensemble. Style a casual cotton blazer with a distinctive Curtis shirt and rose chinos. Complete the look with a brown leather belt and blue suede moccasins.
Spencer House Garden Open Day 29 May and 5 June
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the restoration of Spencer House, the restored eighteenth century garden is open just twice this summer; on the 29th of May and the 5th of June. This is a rare chance to have a look at around the beautiful garden, originally designed by Henry Holland. This lavish stately home in St James’s is the property of the Earl of Spencer. For more information click here.
What To Wear
Lightweight and rain resistant, the Ascot Military Raincoat is perfect for a leisurely stroll around this stunning central London garden. A pair of colourful chinos and a check Oxford shirt are relaxed yet polished enough for a coffee in St James’s afterwards. As it is May bank holiday weekend, make sure you bring your umbrella!