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This weekend sees the first of the two May bank holidays, and London is hosting a huge variety of fun events and free festivals. Many include the traditional entertainment that has been hosted on May Day for centuries – look out for the Morris Dancers!
The Book Club’s May Day Fete
East London cultural hotspot The Book Club is taking over the Leonard Street Car Park for another one of their epic outdoor parties. Their May Day Fete features Morris Dancers, folk bands, traditional games and delicious, freshly-foraged food from The Foragers. Entry to the fete, which runs between 12-9pm, is free. 5 May
The Rooftop Film Club at The Queen of Hoxton and Kensington Roof Gardens
The Rooftop Film Club returns for another year of great cinema under the stars in London. Visitors can watch a variety of cult, classic and modern films on the big screens, with night-time London providing a spectacular backdrop. Tickets are £12 at the Queen of Hoxton or £22 – including a hot snack – at Kensington Roof Gardens. Until 30 Sep
The Campo Viejo Streets of Spain Festival at the Southbank Centre
Immerse yourself in the flavours of modern Spain at this four-day festival, which brings the best of Spanish food, wine, art and culture to the Southbank Centre. Not only can you browse stalls from Barcelona’s famous La Boqueria food market, which is making an appearance in London for the first time, but you can also learn about Spanish winemaking, see live street art and watch acclaimed films from the Spanish Film Festival. In the evenings the festival will host a pop-up restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Angel Pascual. 3-6 May
The Make Believe Festival at the Islington Metal Works
Combining the best of everything from steampunk to faerytales, the Make Believe Festival promises to be an immersive experience. It presents a different event on each of its three days, all of which combine elements of art, music, performance and fantasy. Events range from the Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball to a Steampunk Market, and tickets start at £5. 3-5 May
The Imperial Festival
Taking place at Imperial College London, the prestigious South Kensington university, the Imperial Festival returns for a second year of scientific discovery and fun. Not only can you chat to more than 200 scientists and get an exclusive look at their research facilities, but you can also take part in science demonstrations, try your hand at surgery or enjoy music, dance and science comedy. Entry is free. 3-4 May
Canalway Cavalcade at Little Venice
Head to the pretty canals of Little Venice for this fun free festival, which celebrates the waterways and the canalboat community. Visitors can watch the pageant of boats, live bands and traditional Morris Dancers, as well as browse stalls, take part in kids’ activities and sip a traditional English pint from the real ale bar. 4-6 May