Events in London – 1 May

Need some inspiration for 1st May? The Peter Pan statue appeared in Kensington Gardens on this day in 1912. When the children went to bed there was nothing there, and when they woke up next morning it had magically appeared beside the lake. Why not take a walk around the Serpentine and see if you can find it?

Show events:
 

Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Tuesday 1st May

BFI IMAX Cinema

BFI IMAX Cinema Go and watch a 3D-movie at the BFI IMAX with state-of-the-art surround sound, and the largest cinema screen in the UK.
 

Theatre shows

See all theatre shows Watch a play on Tuesday 1 May, or one of London’s musicals

Chess at London Coliseum

to London Coliseum The London Coliseum is reviving the legendary West End musical Chess, written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice.
Moderate Soprano at Duke of York’s Theatre

to Duke of York’s Theatre 'The Moderate Soprano' tells of John Christie's attempt to build an Opera House in Sussex, to glorify the music of Wagner.
 

Family & Kid’s events

See all family, kids Take your kids to London on the 1 May for one of these family events

Serpentine

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

Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge Walk in the footsteps of your Chelsea heroes on a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum.
 

Art & Museums

See all art, museums Visit an art gallery or museum on Tuesday 1st May and see an exhibition

British Library

to British Library The British Library will be putting on an exhibition of maps, artworks and journals from the voyages of Captain James Cook.
British Museum

to British Museum This British Museum exhibition will show how the French sculpture Rodin was inspired by the Parthenon sculptures (Elgin marbles).
 

Royal & Religious

See all royal, religious Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 1 May?

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery Have a guided tour around Highgate Cemetery, and enjoy one of the most atmospheric and historic cemeteries in London.
Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey for free, which combines a traditional mass with a choir.
 

Political & Military

See all political, military Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 1 May

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament Visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free, and watch MPs debating in the House of Lords and House of Commons.
Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass.
 

Sightseeing tours

See all guided tours Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Tuesday 1st May

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

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

See all classical music How about watching an opera, ballet, or listening to some classical music?

Purcell Room

Purcell Room Claire Booth, Susan Bickley and Andrew Matthews-Owen will be performing some works by Debussy, Satie and Dove.
Royal Albert Hall

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.
 

Free events

See all free events There are lots of free events happening in London on the 1 May

National Gallery

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.
National Gallery

to National Gallery The National Gallery will be re-uniting two self-portraits by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo for the first time in 300 years.
 

Other London events

See all other events Don’t forget these other good events in London on Tuesday 1st May

St. James’s Park

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.
O2 Arena

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.
Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre Have a tour of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside, and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the world's most famous playwright.
 
 
 
 
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