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Need some inspiration for 5th May? The Thames Flood Barrier was completed on this day in 1984, so how about taking a boat ride up the river to take a closer look at it? If you catch a TRS boat from Westminster Pier then it will sail right around it and then take you back to Greenwich.
Music, comedy & film
See all music, comedy All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Saturday 5th May
• Eventim Apollo The barmy Bill Bailey is back in London at the Eventim Apollo to perform his new stand-up show, 'Larks in Transit'. • The Forum Gomez will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album 'Bring It On' with a headline show at the O2 Forum Kentish Town.
See all theatre shows Watch a play on Saturday 5 May, or one of London’s musicals
to • Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of 'As You Like It' -- one of Shakespeare's most popular cross-dressing comedies. to • London Coliseum The London Coliseum is reviving the legendary West End musical Chess, written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice.
Family & Kid’s events
See all family, kids Take your kids to London on the 5 May for one of these family events
to • Serpentine Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine, or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle. • Medieval Banquet Come and enjoy a medieval banquet and be entertained by English knights, singing minstrels and the King Henry VIII himself.
Art & Museums
See all art, museums Visit an art gallery or museum on Saturday 5th May and see an exhibition
to • Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Gallery's new exhibition shows scenes of famous artists at work, and depictions of their busy artist studios. to • Tate Modern 'Into The Light' will explore how photographers helped to develop abstract art alongside famous painters like Jackson Pollock.
Royal & Religious
See all royal, religious Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 5 May?
to • Buckingham Palace Enjoy a glass of champagne and a tour of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, in the company of an expert guide. • Highgate Cemetery Have a guided tour around Highgate Cemetery, and enjoy one of the most atmospheric and historic cemeteries in London.
Political & Military
See all political, military Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 5 May
• Houses of Parliament Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament, and then enjoy a special afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames. • Houses of Parliament The Houses of Parliament opens guided tours on most Saturdays of the year, when the MPs return to their constituencies.
See all guided tours Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Saturday 5th May
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 Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike... and see the major sights and landmarks of London from your saddle.
How about watching an opera, ballet, or listening to some classical music?
• Royal Albert Hall This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the auditorium.
See all free events There are lots of free events happening in London on the 5 May
to • 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 • 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
See all other events Don’t forget these other good events in London on Saturday 5th May
to • St. James’s Park Have a nice, relaxing sit-down and doing a bit of people-watching in one of London's Royal parks, by hiring out a deckchair. to • Lord’s Cricket fans will love dressing themselves up for this Afternoon Tea, because it's held in the historic Long Room at Lord's. • O2 Arena Climb to the top of the O2 Arena's big tent roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform at the top.