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Things to do in London in May and June 2023

Are you looking for things to do in London this May and June? With not one but three Bank Holidays this May (on the 1st, 8th and 29th), there are plenty of opportunities for fun. So if you're after something a little different to do now that the weather is (hopefully) a little warmer, here's what's coming up.

things to do in London in May and June - Coronation Bus Tour

The King Charles III Coronation Bus Tour (until the end of May)

To celebrate the King's Coronation this Spring, we've partnered with Majesty Magazine and The Royal Butler to curate a truly regal afternoon tea experience. Running from 24 April to 31 May 2023, our Coronation Afternoon Tea Bus Tour will be embellished with flags, crowns, and royal decorations. It's an unforgettable and totally unique experience to mark this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Did you know that 'The Royal Butler' and etiquette expert Grant Harrold himself curated this afternoon tea menu?

Here's what you can expect from our freshly-prepared savouries:

  • Cucumber Finger Sandwich.
  • Egg Mayonnaise Finger Sandwich.
  • Coronation Chicken Bun.
  • Mushroom Quiche.

And when it comes to cakes and tarts:

  • Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake.
  • Lemon Posset with a Lemon & Cranberry Florentine Biscuit.
  • Banana & Salted Caramel Choux.
  • Plum Frangipan.
  • White Chocolate Earl Grey Macaron.
  • Royal Scone with Clotted Cream & Jam.

Fit for a King, right?

And if that's not enough to get you excited, we'll also have official guides onboard supplied by Majesty Magazine. They will be sharing fun facts about King Charles, Queen Camilla, and the Coronation. Looking forward to it yet?

Departing three times a day from Victoria Coach Station, the route will include some of London's top landmarks including Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and many more places of interest. For more information and to book your place, click here.

And if you want to read more about the tour or find out what else is happening in London to celebrate the King's Coronation, here's an interesting blog post with more details.

things to do in London in May and June

The Classic Afternoon Tea Bus Tour (May and June)

If the dates for the Coronation Bus Tour don't suit you, don't worry! Our Classic Afternoon Tea Bus Tour will continue to run daily, departing 7 times a day from Victoria Coach Station or Trafalgar Square.

As with all our tours, we have alternative menus available so if you have any dietary requirements or preferences, you can also choose to have Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, or Halal. You can find more information and book your seat here.

Things to do in London in May and June - Gin Lovers Bus Tour

The Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour (May and June)

Another great alternative (for grown-ups only) that's available Fridays and Saturdays only (two tours on those days, at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm) is our Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea But Tour. You can indulge in our French-inspired afternoon tea menu onboard our iconic Routemaster buses and enjoy our exclusive classic and flavoured G&Ts and gin-infused cakes.

Our Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour is the perfect way for adults (18+ years) to relax and take in the sights of London with friends, family members, and loved ones. So what are you waiting for? Pick a date and book your place here.

things to do in London in May and June: Peppa Pig Bus Tour

The Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

If you're looking for something to do with your little ones instead, then check out our themed Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. This tour is available all year round from Thursdays to Sundays and departs twice daily from Somerset House. We will occasionally be adding a third tour at 17:30 on those days, so check our website for the latest information on tour dates and times.

Want to know what's so special about this tour? Our chefs have created a Peppa Pig-themed afternoon tea menu to delight kids and grown-ups alike. Just like all our other tours, we'll drive you and your family through some of the most famous London landmarks while you enjoy a Grandpa Pig’s Chicken & Tomato burger bun, a Mummy Pig’s Strawberry Macaron with strawberry-flavoured vanilla buttercream, and more Peppa Pig-themed yumminess!

Each table comes with a special built-in tablet providing guests with a Peppa Pig guided animation of the London tour along with sing-a-long songs. Your little piggies will also receive a copy of our Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour Activity Book full of fun things to enjoy at home. For the latest dates and to book, head over to this page.

things to do in London in May and June - Paddington Bus Tour

The Paddington Afternoon Tea Bus Tour (May and June)

Another fantastic tour that the whole family is sure to enjoy is the Paddington Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. One of the most recent additions to the Brigit's Bakery fleet of themed buses, our Paddington-branded Routemaster bus has proved extremely popular with families, couples, and groups of friends. After all, we're talking about the nation's favourite bear here!

The tour runs Wednesday to Sunday twice a day, departing from Trafalgar Square. Similarly to the Peppa Pig's tour, each table comes with a special built-in screen providing guests with a Paddington-guided animation of the tour of London. Paddington and Mrs. Bird will be telling you all about some of the City’s most famous landmarks and share our beloved bear’s view of the world. So be prepared to learn some really cool, bear-approved facts about Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, and more. You'll definitely want to hear what Paddington has to say about London!

Here's that link again if you're ready to book.

things to do in London in May and June: fathers day

The Father’s Day Afternoon Tea Bus Tour (18th June)

Sunday, 18th June 2023 is a date for your diary. It's probably in the diary already as Father's Day. But what better way to celebrate dads and fatherhood than to take them on an afternoon tea bus tour completed dedicated to them?

Forget the socks, ties, and ‘Best Dad’ t-shirts this year, and book our exclusive limited-edition Father's Day Afternoon Tea Bus Tour instead. Or even better - cover them in presents and then surprise them with this tour!

With five tours departing on Father's Day only from Victoria Coach Station or Trafalgar Square, spaces are super limited. So book your place now to avoid disappointment! And don't forget you can always add a glass of something special (or something bubbly) when you book your seats. Here's the link again.

things to do in London in May and June

Book Afternoon Tea at Brigit's Bakery in Covent Garden

Going to see a show? Or maybe you've booked a day out in London and you feel like you've been walking all day? Then why not take a well-deserved break and treat yourself to lunch or afternoon tea at Brigit's Bakery in Chandos Place, Covent Garden? We have a fantastic menu for afternoon tea but also all-day brunch and lunch, which includes smoothie bowls, salads, quiches, and a lot more. Check out the full menu here and book your table here.

More fun things to do in London in May 2023

Want a few more ideas for things to do in London in May? Here's a quick whistle tour of activities we hope you'll enjoy.

  • To mark 100 years of Disney, between the 12th and the of May this year, you can enjoy a stunning multi-sensory pop-up experience called Disney Wonder of Friendship.
  • Between the 12th and the 21st of May, you can sample great food and music at Pub In The Park - a foodie festival where you'll find incredible dishes.
  • If you're anywhere near the Chelsea Physic Garden, they're holding a behind-the-scenes tour on the 18th of May. On the 28th of May, you can learn all about beekeeping. And on the 30th of May, there's an interesting kids' lab on hairy flowers and fuzzy plants that may interest the curious minds in your family.
  • Into jazz? Then check out Jazz Cafe Soul City. Every Saturday, they "connect the dots between disco, house, soul" (and more). It promises to be quite the dance experience in a historical venue. So the dates for your diary in May are the 6th, the 13th, the 20th, and the 27th.
  • And if you're into music and counterculture, check out the Wide Awake lineup in Brockwell Park on the 27th of May.
  • For any flower and gardening enthusiasts, Belgravia In Bloom floral festival is between the 22nd and the 29th of May. And Chelsea in Bloom is between the 22nd and the 28th.

More fun things to do in London in June 2023

So what's on in London in June? More fun!

  • Check out West End Live on the 17th and 18th of June. It's a weekend of performances from top West End musicals, and it's live and absolutely free in Trafalgar Square.
  • Ever celebrated Pride in London before? Why not join the LGBT+ community for events and activities in the City's most famous LGBT+ bars?
  • The 10th and 11th of June are the dates for London Open Gardens. Tickets give you exclusive access to over 100 gardens not normally open to the public. You'll get historic-themed guided tours and suggestions on walking and cycling routes.
  • If you're into art, check out what's on at the Royal Academy, the National Gallery (with a new exhibition called After Impressionism), or the V&A in South Kensington with the exhibition Hallyu! The Korean Wave.

So what will you choose to do in London this May and June?

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