ONIRA’S TOP TIPS TO SPENDING BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN THE CITY
April 13th, 2017
Whether you’re in London or Paris this weekend, make the most of it with our long-weekend guide to city life. After all, staying at home is the new going out. Right?
If you haven’t managed to get away on an Easter escape this weekend, have no fear, we’ve got you covered…
Here are a few of our favourite ways to spend a bank holiday in the city.
Whether you’re in the mood for a veggie food tour, street photography experience or want or know all about London’s hidden history, Sidestory is for you. Private & group tours are available for a whole host of different activities and experiences; each lead by a carefully curated expert in the field, a ‘Sidestory Insider’. What better way to spend the long weekend than discovering the hidden gems and alternative sights of your home town?
All over London
Columbia Road Flower Market
A sunny Sunday stroll down Columbia Road is one of our favourite ways to spend a weekend in the city. The area comes alive on a Sunday, as the sweet smell of flowers, colourful houses, and hordes of people fill the street. Whether you’re on the hunt for something specific to brighten up your front room, a bouquet for your visit to the in-laws later, or are just heading down to soak up the atmosphere, Columbia Road is an East End gem that every Londonder (and tourist) should tick off their list.
The Thames Path
If you’re looking to stay active this weekend, then why not make the most of this early April sunshine and get outside. The Thames Path covers 184 miles of the country; spanning right from the heart of London, all the way to the Cotswolds. Make a weekend of it, with over-night stops on the way, and see how far you get. Or, if you just fancy taking a Sunday stroll, our must-see spots along the way include Kew Gardens and Tower Bridge; pick your route and get out there.
The Thames River, London to the Cotswolds.
La Recyclerie, is the Eco-friendly, green, brain-child of the team behind Le Comptoir General, and is housed in an old train station in the 18th arrondissement of porte de Clignancourt. With multiple creative, educational and sustainability focused classes on daily, Le REcyclerie offers sanctuary from the bustle and bustle of city life. If the sun is shining, the urban farm and abandoned railway tracks of ‘le petit ceinture’ trainline are the perfect setting for a relaxing weekend brunch or catch-up with old friends; while the inside offering of yoga and furniture upcycling classes (to name just a few) will keep you entertained, if you’re looking for something a bit more constructive to do with your time. (Check the diary for full workshop schedule.)
83 boulevard Ornano
Foundation Louis Vuitton & Bois de Boulogne
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Bois de Boulogne, this architectural masterpiece was designed by Frank Gehry. Foundation Louis Vuitton is a centre for contempoarary art and culture, sponsored by the LVMH group and its subsideries. The museum accommodates 11 galleries and features work by a number of iconic artists, like Jean-Michal Basquiat, Gilbert & George and Jess Koons. Bois de Boulgne itselt is one of four botanical gardens in Paris, and its English garden is widely recognised as one of the most romantic spots in the whole City. After you’ve toured the museum, why not relax by the nymph pond or take a stroll through the rose garden?
Route de Sèvres À Neuilly
Palais De Tokyo
Located in the 16th arrondissement, just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower, is Palais De Tokyo. The perfect eclectic smorgasbord of contemporary art exhibitions, independent film screenings, creative performances and super chic restaurants; this is the perfect place to spend your bank holiday weekend. While you may want to avoid the tourist hotspots this bank holiday, the views from Monsieur Bleu restaurant in Palais De Tokyo, will have even the most seasoned Paris local reaching for their camera.
13 Avenue du Président Wilson