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Make more of the late May bank holiday


Still haven’t made plans for the long weekend at the end of this month? Chris Leadbeater has 10 suggestion­s

Enjoy London in bloom

The Chelsea Flower Show will offer its annual banquet of petals, peonies and perfection at the end of the month (May 24-28) – with the final day falling on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend (one-day tickets are still available from £100; 0844 338 7502; Over 500 exhibitors will fill the Royal Hospital Chelsea with fragrance, while a floral arch will pay a special tribute to the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The recently refurbishe­d No.11 Cadogan Gardens ( 11cadogang­ardens), an elegant Chelsea bolthole, still has space over the weekend.

Get arty in the Granite City

Aberdeen will also be in playful mode over the bank holiday, with the annual staging of its inventive May Festival (May 27-29; 01224 641122; uk). This sprightly mesh of food, music, film, literature and science is held on the university campus – and covers everything from performanc­es by the Choir of King’s College to an organic market and a children’s treasure trail. Most events are free.

The Malmaison Aberdeen (01224 507 097; has bank-holidaywee­kend availabili­ty – doubles from £99, room only.

Board a boat in the Big Apple

New York starts to slip into summer mode in late May, marking the change of the seasons with the reopening of Governors Island ( This ice-cream-cone-shaped outcrop, off the south tip of Manhattan, once a coastguard station, has since 2003 been a summer playground for biking and picnics, reached by ferry from the Battery Maritime Building ($2/£1.40 return). It opens on May 28.

A three-night room-only stay at the four-star Le Parker Meridien in Manhattan, flying from Heathrow on the evening of Friday May 27 (and back in time for work on Tuesday May 31), starts at £769 a head via British Airways Holidays (0344 4930787;

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