Events in London – May 2018

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Music, comedy & film

Some movies, music and comedy gigs worth watching in May

Alexandra Palace
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Bonobo - two nights at Alexandra Palace

Electronic music star Simon Green, aka Bonobo, will be playing his only live headline gig of the year at Alexandra Palace.
Comedy Store
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Alun Cochrane, performing at the Comedy Store

Alun Cochrane is a Comedy Store regular, and will be making frequent appearances at London's most popular comedy club.

Theatre shows

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

Hampton Court Palace
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Horrible Histories at Hampton Court

'Horrible Histories' will be bringing the Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians to life in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
Globe Theatre

to Globe Theatre See the Globe Theatre's 'The Two Noble Kinsmen' and hear some of the last words that Shakespeare ever wrote for the stage.

Family & Kid’s events

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

SSE Arena Wembley
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Original Harlem Globetrotters - SSE Arena

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are back in London to show off their basketball skills at the SSE Arena.

to Serpentine Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine, or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle.

Art & Museums

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

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.
Courtauld Gallery

to Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Gallery's new exhibition shows scenes of famous artists at work, and depictions of their busy artist studios.

Royal & Religious

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

Horse Guards
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Beating Retreat (by the Royal Marines)

Beating Retreat is a magnificent pageant of military music and drill by the Massed Bands of the Royal Marines on Horse Guards Parade.
SSE Arena Wembley
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Heaven On Earth - The story of Adam & Eve

'Heaven On Earth' is a spectacular new musical at the SSE Arena that re-tells the Biblical story of Adam and Eve.

Political & Military

Daily parades and political events taking place during May

Horse Guards
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Major Generals Review, at Horse Guards

Two weeks before they celebrate the Queen's birthday at Trooping the Colour, they hold the Major General's Review.
City Hall

to City Hall The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayor's Question Time, in their monthly meeting at City Hall.

Sightseeing tours

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

Jason’s Trip

to Jason’s Trip Jason's Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regent's Canal, from Little Venice to Camden Lock.
BrakeAway Bike Tours

to BrakeAway Bike Tours Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike... and see the major sights and landmarks of London from your saddle.

Classical music

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

Cosi Fan Tutte at Holland Park Opera

to Holland Park Opera Opera Holland Park will be putting on a production of Mozart's comic opera Cosi Fan Tutte (The Magic Flute).
Cadogan Hall
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Brussels Philharmonic playing Bernstein

The Brussels Philharmonic will be playing some classical music by Guillaume and Leonard Bernstein at Cadogan Hall.

Free events

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

National Gallery
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Tacita Deans Still Life - at the National Gallery

The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition about 'Still Life', examining its legacy and its importance as a source of inspiration.
Tower Bridge

to Tower Bridge Here is a list of the scheduled lift times for Tower Bridge, so you can see the roadway open and close and grab a photo.

Other London events

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

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Test Match at Lords - England vs Pakistan

Dust off your whites and get yourself down to Lord's for a cricket Test Match between England and Pakistan.
Royal Hospital
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the gardening equivalent of Ascot, held in the grounds of Christopher Wren's Royal Hospital.
Duchess Theatre
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Katie Piper - Whats In My Head

Katie Piper will be talking about her life and giving some advice about how she overcame the tough times and remained positive.
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