Friday, 2 May 2008

May Day Mayor and Banksy Bank Holiday

So the first of the May bank holiday weekends is upon us and, hopefully, the weather will be kind to Londoners, tourists and visitors alike. A 3 day London Pass is the perfect accessory if you are visiting London this weekend and fancy a little sightseeing. There are also a few slightly out of town sights included on the London Pass and I would imagine Windsor Castle is a lovely place tBoris Johnsono visit at this time of year. If you buy the London Pass with travel you’ll be able to take the overhead train to Windsor at no extra charge which is a ding dong bonus!

Of course, this weekend is the first for London’s new Mayor – Boris Ken LivingstoneJohnson. I wonder what Ken Livingstone (seen here in front of Tower Bridge) will be doing on his first weekend off in 8 years? Maybe he’ll catch up on a little sightseeing or take a canal boat trip? If he’s sensible he’ll buy a London Pass, get a free trip on Jason’s Canal Boats starting in Little Venice, travel through Regents Park, past London Zoo and end up in Camden Lock for some weekend market shopping! After all that political wrangling and campaign trailing I’m sure he could do with some down time!

After menBanksytioning the street artist Banksy last week, he has been in the news again today. This weekend near Waterloo Station, he presents “The Cans Festival” which is described as “A street party of stencil art”. This Banksy collaboration with artists from around the world includes stencil graffiti art and some installations. It is being held in a disused tunnel in Leake Street SE1 and visitors are invited to add their own stencil works. Giving a rare quote to the press Banksy said: “to cover an entire street with graffiti is a dream come true, or as some people might call it -- a complete and utter nightmare." The exhibition is open from 10am Saturday until 10pm Sunday.

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