London events > London events in May
May is another nice month to come to London. It seems like summer already with a bit of sunshine and two Bank Holidays. Highlights include the FA Cup Final and Chelsea Flower Show at end of the month. It might be worth trying the
sightseeing boats and buses before they get too busy with tourists in the summer months.
Music, comedy & film Some movies, music and comedy gigs worth watching in May See all music, comedy to 31st May 1st Jun 2018 • Alexandra Palace Electronic music star Simon Green, aka Bonobo, will be playing his only live headline gig of the year at Alexandra Palace. to 31st May 2nd Jun 2018 • 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 See all theatre shows to 26th May 2nd Jun 2018 • Hampton Court Palace 'Horrible Histories' will be bringing the Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians to life in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. to 25th May 30th Jun 2018 • 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 See all family, kids 19th May 2018 • SSE Arena Wembley The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are back in London to show off their basketball skills at the SSE Arena. to 1st May 31st Oct 2018 • 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 See all art, museums 18th May 2018 • 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. to 3rd May 15th Jul 2018 • 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 See all royal, religious to 30th 31st May 2018 • Horse Guards Beating Retreat is a magnificent pageant of military music and drill by the Massed Bands of the Royal Marines on Horse Guards Parade. to 9th 12th May 2018 • SSE Arena Wembley '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 See all political, military 26th May 2018 • Horse Guards Two weeks before they celebrate the Queen's birthday at Trooping the Colour, they hold the Major General's Review. to 17th May 13th Dec 2018 • 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 See all guided tours to 1st May 4th Nov 2018 • 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. to 1st May 2018 30th Dec 2018 • 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 See all classical music to 31st May 22nd Jun 2018 • Holland Park Opera Opera Holland Park will be putting on a production of Mozart's comic opera Cosi Fan Tutte (The Magic Flute). 31st May 2018 • Cadogan Hall 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 See all free events to 1st 28th May 2018 • 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.
to 5th May 19th Sep 2018 • 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 See all other events to 24th 28th May 2018 • Lord’s Dust off your whites and get yourself down to Lord's for a cricket Test Match between England and Pakistan. to 22nd 26th May 2018 • Royal Hospital The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the gardening equivalent of Ascot, held in the grounds of Christopher Wren's Royal Hospital. 21st May 2018 • Duchess Theatre Katie Piper will be talking about her life and giving some advice about how she overcame the tough times and remained positive.