May bank holiday: top 5 things to do in London

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This weekend sees the welcome arrival of another bank holiday, as May Day means you lucky students all get Monday off. But what can you do with this long weekend? If you're looking for something a little different to the usual weekend routine, we've compiled a list of five fun things to do within easy reach of your Pure accommodation.

Everyman Road Movies – all weekend

You're probably familiar with the concept of the drive-in movie. Well, at Kings Cross Filling Station all the driving is on screen, as audiences are treated to a feast of classic road movies in a special residence that concludes over the bank holiday weekend.

Set in a quirky converted petrol station with an American-style bar, there's something for everyone here, from Disney's Cars 2 and recent Ryan Gosling hit Drive to genre defining efforts such as Thelma and Louise and Easy Rider. Tickets cost between £10-20, depending on which screening you choose.

UK Air Guitar Championship – Saturday 4 May

A heady mix of comedy and drama, air guitar is by all accounts quite an unconventional hobby. Despite consisting of people old enough to know better playing a guitar that isn't there, proper tournaments do exist, and this one is the biggest in the UK.

The prize on offer for the person who can rock out most proficiently in the absence of any musical instruments is a coveted place at the World Championships in Finland, where 20 countries will be represented. For just £12, you can head over to Tufnell Park and experience this unique spectacle first-hand, and £2 from your ticket will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

North London Vintage Market – Saturday 4 May

London is well known for its array of exciting, eclectic markets, from Notting Hill to Camden. North London Vintage Market is a relative newcomer to the scene, having launched in 2011, and has steadily built up a reputation as one of the capital's most intriguing places to browse.

Set in the quaint surroundings of St Mary's Parish Hall in North London's Crouch End, it is sure to appeal to those students with a passion for vintage items. With stalls dedicated to ceramics, jewellery and accessories, you are sure to find something totally unique to help you stand out from the crowd.

Breakin' Convention, Sadler's Wells Dance Theatre – Saturday 4-Monday 6 May

Pure residents are within easy reach of one of London's most iconic performing arts venues, in the shape of Islington's Sadler's Wells Dance Theatre. It would be a shame not to sample the atmosphere of such a historic venue, and this weekend provides an ideal opportunity to do this with Breakin' Convention, a exhibition of hip-hop performance now in its ninth year.

Street dance fans will find lots to delight them here, with plenty going on away from the main stage too in the form of dance and DJ demonstrations, film screenings and freestyle sessions, with the opportunity for you to get involved as well. Tickets are between £15-20.

London Zoo – All weekend

While London Zoo is an attraction that has stood in Regent's Park for many years, its new tiger enclosure was only opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in March and has already begun attracting many new visitors.

The zoo is one of London's best-loved days out, and the arrival of its two brand new Sumatran tigers adds another exciting spectacle to the UK's largest zoo, which is already home to some 760 different species. Its idyllic Regent's Park location is just a short tube journey from your accommodation, and it really is not to be missed.