Events in London – May 2017

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Music, comedy & film

Some movies, music and comedy gigs worth watching in May

O2 Arena
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KISS - at the O2 Arena

Iconic rock band KISS are slapping on some black-and-white face paint and coming over to London for a show at The O2.
O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush
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The Kills - at the O2 Empire Shepherds Bush

The Kills world tour will be coming to London in May, when they play one night at the O2 Empire Shepherd's Bush.

Theatre shows

Here’s our pick of the best theatre shows to watch this month

Olivier Theatre
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Anne-Marie Duff in Common - National Theatre

Anne-Marie Duff will be starring in the National Theatre's production of the dark and funny new play, 'Common'
Dorfman Theatre
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Barber Shop Chronicles - at the National Theatre

The National Theatre will be putting on the 'Barber Shop Chronicles', listening to the chat and banter that takes place within.

Family & Kid’s events

Pack a lunch, take the train to London, and treat your kids to a day in the capital

Greenwich Theatre
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Mark Thompsons Spectacular Science Show

Witness some exploding Pringle tubes and vortex generating dustbins at Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show.
ExCel London
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MCM London Comic Con 2017 - at ExCel London

The MCM Comic Con is a world full of comics, manga and movies, where you can meet stars from the big and small screen.

Art & Museums

A guide to gallery and museum exhibitions if you’re visiting London in May

Victoria & Albert Museum

to V&A The 'Shaping Fashion' exhibition will showcase some of the best pieces by Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga.
British Museum
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Hokusai exhibition - Beyond the Great Wave

The British Museum will be putting on an exhibition of works by Japanese artist Hokusai, most famous for his 'Great Wave'.

Royal & Religious

For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals

Westminster Abbey
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Bachs Mass in B-minor - at Westminster Abbey

Join the Choir of Westminster Abbey and St James's Baroque for a performance of Bach's Mass in B-minor.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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Bach, Messiaen, Franck, Litaize - St. Pauls Cathedral

David Titterington will be playing some classical music by Bach, Messiaen, Franck, Litaize and Eben at St Paul's Cathedral.

Political & Military

Daily parades and political events taking place during May

Museum of London
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See the remains of Londons Roman fort

This short guided tour will show you what is left of the Roman military fort that stood on the western edge of Londinium.
Greenwich Theatre
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Strictly Speaking Out - An Evening With Ed Balls

World famous dancer Ed Balls will be 'Strictly Speaking Out' at Greenwich Theatre, talking about politics and the cha-cha.

Sightseeing tours

If you’re visiting London in May then try one of these sightseeing tours

Charles Dickens Museum
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Walking in Charles Dickens’ footsteps around London

Explore some of the streets and locations that influenced Charles Dickens, in the company of Dickens expert Richard Jones.
Museum of London
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Guided walk around Londons West End theatres

The Museum of London will be putting on a walk around the West End, and revealing the history behind its theatres.

Classical music

All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during May

Royal Festival Hall
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Richard Goode, playing Beethovens sonatas

American pianist Richard Goode will be playing a selection of Beethoven's sonatas at the Royal Festival Hall.
Barbican Hall
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London Symphony Orchestra, playing Bruckner

The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing two classical works by Bruckner at Barbican Hall.

Free events

Visit London on the cheap in May, by trying these great free events

Bank of England Museum
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Museums at Night - Bank of England Museum

Spend an evening at the Bank of England Museum, when they take part in the London-wide 'Museums at Night' event.
National Gallery
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Weaving Magic, by Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili

The National Gallery will be showcasing a brand-new tapestry work by the Turner Prize winning artist, Chris Ofili.

Other London events

Here are some more great events that are worth trying during May

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1-day cricket at Lords - England v South Africa

Enjoy some 1-day cricket at Lord's, where England will be taking on South Africa in a Royal London one day international game.
Twickenham Stadium
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England v Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium

England will be taking on the mighty Barbarians in a game of rugby at Twickenham Stadium.
Wembley Stadium
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Emirates FA Cup Final, at Wembley Stadium

This year's Emirates FA Cup Final will take place on the 27th May at Wembley Stadium.
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