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As we're getting closer to the end of the week, we can't help but make plans for the upcoming spring bank holiday. For those of you who want to visit the capital of the UK this weekend, you're in luck. There is a wide range of events to chose from. Here are several suggestions on where to spend the late May bank holiday.

26 May - Marvellous Mummies. This event actually starts on the 26th and ends on the 30th of May - keep that in mind, in case you miss the opening day. Interactive family shows, craft sessions and art is what you will find when you enter the British Museum to see the exposition. You will also be delighted to know the entrance is free and no bookings are required.

The opening times for the five day exposition starts from 11:00. For more information call 020 7323 8000. If you want to stay updated with all events taking place in the British Museum, just visit the museum's event's page.

26 May to 1th June - The View from the Shard


Another fun family activity and a great opportunity to see London from the highest viewing platform at the top of the tallest building in Western Europe. Hope you don't have a fear of heights as the breathtaking sight from 244 metres will surely leave a huge impression.

Ticket prices: 24.95 for adults, 18.95 for children aged between 4 to 15 years old. Toddlers go for free. Opening times start at 9:00 and end at 22:00 everyday. For any venue details call 0844 499 7111 or visit this link.

24 to 26 May - Meantime Brewfest. A great event for everybody who loves beer or just happens to be in the Greenwich area. 40 breweries from all over the world will gather at the The Old Royal Naval College to exchange experience and drink beer. You have to make a booking in advance. Tickets cost 20 each. Your ticket includes a branded glass, six beer tokens and tasting notes. There will also be cheese tastings and tutored beer and in the evenings. Call this number for more information: 020 3327 1280 or visit the official event website. Cheers!

13 Feb to 26 May - Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Famous works by one of the most influential British painters, Richard Hamilton, are displayed at Tate. If you love art and pop culture, be sure to take a short break from your busy party schedule to check it out. Tickets cost 14.50 for adults. Children below 12 get in free. For more information call 020 7887 8888 or visit Tate's page dedicated to the great collage artist and painter.

26 may - Africa at Spitalfields. Ever wanted to go to Africa? Well, now you don't have to move a finger, because Africa is coming to you. The event takes place at the Spitalfields Market between 10:00 and 16:00. It's the second market of this type. This first one was carried out on this same place last year.

All kinds of items, food and art will be available for purchase at the market. It's also worth mentioning that all of the goods have been made in Africa, in case you're wondering. For more details call 020 7247 8556 or check this link.

25 and 26 may - Afro Hair and Beauty Live


While we're talking about the the black continent, we mustn't forget to mention one of the must see may events in Islington. Dedicated to African culture, this event will bring together world class hairdressers. They will compete with each other in a hair styling contest. You can also have a custom manicure or a relaxing face massage in one of the numerous pop-up beauty booths. There will also be a free seminar program covering all kinds of topics related to hair and lifestyle. Tickets cost 10 and 12 on the door. More info here.

Good luck and let this late May bank holiday be even better than the early one.
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