London events > London events in May > London events on 1st 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?
Music, comedy & film
All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Tuesday 1st May
1st May 2018 • 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 Watch a play on Tuesday 1 May, or one of London’s musicals See all theatre shows to 1st May 2nd Jun 2018 • London Coliseum The London Coliseum is reviving the legendary West End musical Chess, written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice. to 1st May 30th Jun 2018 • 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 Take your kids to London on the 1 May for one of these family events See all family, kids 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. 1st May 2018 • 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 Visit an art gallery or museum on Tuesday 1st May and see an exhibition See all art, museums to 1st May 28th Aug 2018 • British Library The British Library will be putting on an exhibition of maps, artworks and journals from the voyages of Captain James Cook. to 1st May 29th Jul 2018 • British Museum This British Museum exhibition will show how the French sculpture Rodin was inspired by the Parthenon sculptures (Elgin marbles).
Royal & Religious Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 1 May? See all royal, religious 1st May 2018 • Highgate Cemetery Have a guided tour around Highgate Cemetery, and enjoy one of the most atmospheric and historic cemeteries in London. 1st May 2018 • Westminster Abbey You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey for free, which combines a traditional mass with a choir.
Political & Military Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 1 May See all political, military 1st May 2018 • 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. 1st May 2018 • 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 Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Tuesday 1st May 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. 1st May 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 How about watching an opera, ballet, or listening to some classical music? See all classical music 1st May 2018 • Purcell Room Claire Booth, Susan Bickley and Andrew Matthews-Owen will be performing some works by Debussy, Satie and Dove. 1st May 2018 • 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 There are lots of free events happening in London on the 1 May 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 1st 21st May 2018 • 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 Don’t forget these other good events in London on Tuesday 1st May See all other events to 1st May 31st Oct 2018 • 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. 1st May 2018 • 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. 1st May 2018 • 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.