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Things to do in London in May and June 2022

Are you looking for things to do in London in May and June? Or perhaps you’re after something a little different to do on weekends now that the days are getting longer and the weather a little warmer?

Then you’re in luck! London is a buzzing city all year round, but with both the Early May Bank Holiday coming up and the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday following the Spring Bank Holiday in June, this year, there are plenty of opportunities for fun.

So, do you want to see what's on?

things to do in London in May and June: Queens Jubilee Bus Tour

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

This year, for the months of May, June, and July, we're bringing you something pretty special. And that's The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. To celebrate the Queen and her unprecedented anniversary, all the Classic Afternoon Tea Bus Tours running during this period will become royal tours and be embellished with flags, crowns, and platinum jubilee decorations. If you've been on one of our tours before, you'll know we love a party. And our Platinum Jubilee Celebration Bus Tours are going to be no exception. So make sure you join us expecting class and fun!

We even have official London tour guides onboard our buses who will tell us everything there is to know about Her Majesty The Queen. That's right - if you want to find out more about her achievements, life, and upbringing, this is the time to do it. Our guides will also share fun facts about royalty and London's top royal locations like Buckingham Palace and St. James' Palace, and even tell us how the monarchs and their family drink their tea!

If you want to find out more about what you can expect on this tour, we've written a dedicated blog post called Platinum Jubilee Celebration in London with Brigit's Bakery. It has plenty of information on other events happening across the capital in honour of the Jubilee, so make sure you check it out.

And if you want to book your place on one of our Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Bus Tours, head over to this page.

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

The Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Something you'll want to check out this spring and summer is our themed Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. Absolutely perfect for children and tailored to the whole family, this tour is available weekly from Thursdays to Sundays - departing twice daily from Somerset House. We will occasionally be adding a third tour at 17:30 on those days, so make sure you check our booking page for the latest information on tour dates and times.

Want to know more about it? Our chefs have created a super special Peppa Pig-themed afternoon tea menu to delight kids and grown-ups alike. Just like all our other Afternoon Tea Bus Tours, this special Peppa Pig bus will take you on a tour of London past some of the most famous London landmarks while you enjoy an exclusive afternoon tea.

Here's some of what you can expect:

  • Grandpa Pig’s Chicken & Tomato burger bun.
  • Madame Gazelle’s Veggie Crudité & Breadsticks with hummus.
  • Daddy Pig’s Pizza mini margherita.
  • Peppa Pig’s Cookie Shortbread.
  • Mummy Pig’s Strawberry Macaron with strawberry flavoured vanilla buttercream.

And much, much 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 that the whole family will enjoy. Your little piggies will also be excited to receive a copy of our Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour Activity Book full of fun things to enjoy at home.

This tour is available all year round (on specific days only), but for the latest information and booking, check out this page.

things to do in London in May and June: Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

If you want to attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, the dates for your diary are 24th to 28th May 2022. Formally known as the Great Spring Show, the Chelsea Flower Show is an unmissable garden event held every year by the Royal Horticultural Society on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London.

Best news yet? We have created a limited-edition Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea Bus Tour with floral afternoon tea. This exclusive afternoon tea bus tour honours the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with floral-inspired finger sandwiches and edible flowers. So, if you’re looking for something special to do near the Chelsea flower show, look no further.

Our Flower Show Afternoon Tea Bus Tours depart from Victoria Coach Station three times daily and will take you through a tour of the capital for approximately 90 minutes (depending on traffic). The tour will be running on the dates of the Chelsea Flower Show only - between 24 May to 28 May 2022. You can check out the menu, find out more, and book your ticket here.

Alternatively, you could always book a Flower Show Afternoon Tea at Brigit’s Bakery in Covent Garden in the late afternoon after you’ve enjoyed all the flowers? Or maybe an early lunch before heading to the show? The choice is all yours!

things to do in London in May and June: Gin Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

The Slingsby Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Saturday 11th June marks the celebration of World Gin Day - something that's close to our Brigit's Bakery hearts because the day is a global celebration of all things gin! If you want to read more about the origin of gin and how this drink is indeed good for you, head over to this article on our blog.

And if you want to celebrate with us, come and enjoy our Slingsby 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. Yep, that's right – your dreams have just come true!

Our Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour is the perfect way for grown-ups (18+ years) to relax and take in the sights of London with friends, family, and loved ones. Tours on our charming vintage double-decker buses will depart twice daily on Fridays and Saturdays from Victoria Coach Station or Trafalgar Square.

So what are you waiting for? Pick a date and book your place here.

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

The Father’s Day Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Sunday, 19th June 2022 is another date for your diaries – Father’s Day! This one obviously needs no explanation. It’s a day to celebrate and honour fathers and fatherhood. If you have relatives on The Continent, bear in mind they may celebrate on a different day – March, 19th. However, many countries in Europe (the UK included) adopted the US date, which is the third Sunday of June. But remember that celebrations still vary per country and most commonly happen across the months of March, April, and June.

Sadly, we don’t sell socks, ties, or ‘Best Dad’ t-shirts. But we've got the next best thing for you! Why not join us for our limited-edition Father's Day Afternoon Tea Bus Tour? To accompany our traditional afternoon tea menu, you can expect balloons, bow ties, and cakes.

And of course, as we do on all our tours, we also serve alternative menus including Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Halal. The tour runs on Father's Day only (19th June) and we have three tours departing from Victoria Coach Station. Here's the link to book your place again.

things to do in London in May and June: Royal Ascot Bus Tour

The Royal Ascot Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

This year, the Royal Ascot will take place between Tuesday 14th and Saturday 18th June 2022. Every year in June, Ascot, one of the UK’s most well-known racecourses, holds a special week of races attended by members of the royal family and The Queen. This event has become Britain’s most popular race meeting, welcoming around 300,000 visitors over five days. Everyone dresses up in their finest clothes, and, of course, hats! If you’re unsure as to when to go, the third day of Royal Ascot has been known informally as ‘Ladies Day’. And traditionally, it’s also the busiest day of the whole week.

Not managed to get tickets this year? Well, then why not treat yourself to our limited-edition, themed Royal Ascot Afternoon Tea Bus Tour? You can still get all dressed up to indulge in our scrumptious afternoon tea while you take in the sights of London in style with a glass of bubbly in hand. You can expect our bus to be fully dressed up with beautiful Royal Ascot-themed flowers and decorations.

The Royal Ascot Afternoon Tea Bus Tour runs from the 14th to the 18th of June 2022 with three tours departing from Victoria Coach Station. For more information and booking, check out this page.

things to do in London in May and June: wimbledon tennis bus tour

The Wimbledon Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Are you a tennis fan? Then you don't want to miss our exclusive Wimbledon Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. We have three tours running daily between the 27th of June and the 10th of July 2022 to coincide with the dates of the most famous tennis tournament in the world.

Onboard our classic Routemaster buses, we'll be offering a special tennis-themed, Centre Court-inspired, afternoon tea. So you can expect tennis balls and rackets, and, of course, the pièce de résistance - our afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, scones with jam, and clotted cream.

For more information and booking, check out this page.

London Craft Week

This year, London Craft Week is running between the 9th and the 15th of May 2022. Wondering what it's all about?

"Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, the festival brings together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands, and galleries from around the world. A curated selection based not on price or fame, but underlying substance. Plus, that essential dash of magic and inspiration that separates great from good".

Fantastic events and workshops will be held across London in various locations – from Mayfair to Shoreditch and from Greenwich to Hampstead. They’ll involve a wide range of museums, galleries, studios, workshop spaces, and shops.

To find out more, grab a copy of the programme, or book your tickets to specific events, head over to the London Craft Week website.

London Wine Fair

The annual London Wine Fair is at its 40th edition this year. It'll be hosted at the London Olympia between the 7th and the 9th of June. It's a celebration of the capital’s wine scene and is known as "the most intelligent wine event in the world". It's an opportunity to join over 14,500 drinks industry professionals at the UK's biggest digital and live wine trade reunion.

To register to attend, head over to the London Wine Fair website.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

If you’re looking to do something a little different during the summer season, from May 13th onwards, you can check out the programme for the award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Established all the way in 1932, it’s not only one of the largest theatres in London. It’s a renowned cultural hub in the beautiful surroundings of this amazing royal park.

To find out what's on and book your tickets, head over to the Open Air Theatre website.

Family-friendly tours and other fun things to do in London

If you’re looking for more fun things to do with the children during the upcoming half-term or the summer months, there’s a lot in London to keep the little ones entertained, so make sure to regularly check events calendars online. You don't want to miss out on the fun!

Here’s a short list of events to get you excited:

  • Harry Potter: Warner Brothers Studio Tour and Transfers – a fully-guided tour of the Harry Potter studio with bus transportation from Central London.
  • 2.5-hour Chocolate Walking Tour. Unsurprisingly, this is very popular with people of all ages!
  • The Original London Sightseeing Bus Tour.
  • River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise.
  • Classic London 3-hour Bike Tour.
  • Take Modern. To check what's coming up, head over to their website.
  • Street food hangouts, including Mercato Metropolitano, Brockley Market, and Greenwich Market. But there are many others!
  • Music festivals and live performances, including the Queen's Yard Summer Party (1st May), Wide Awake (27th and 28th May), City Splash (May 29th), Gala (2nd to 4th June), Junction 2 and Mighty Hoopla (3rd and 4th June), Cross the Tracks (5th June), Hampton Court Palace Festival (8th to 25th June), and BST Hyde Park (starting on the 24th June).

And if you’re keen on visiting landmarks like the London Eye or Madame Tussauds, why not get yourself a London Pass? It’ll grant you free entry to over 60 London attractions! If you want more ideas, check out our blog post, Fun things to do in London with kids.

So what will you pick?

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