London events > London events in May > London events on 16th May Need some inspiration for 16th May? The famous London diaryist Samuel Pepys died on this day in 1703. He is said to have watched the Great Fire of London approaching from the steeple of All Hallows by the Tower church (next-door to the Tower of London). The church is worth a visit today for the museum in the crypt.
Music, comedy & film All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Wednesday 16th May See all music, comedy to 16th 17th May 2018 • Eventim Apollo American singer Ray Lamontagne is coming to London and playing two nights at the Eventim Apollo in May. 16th May 2018 • The Forum Peace will be touring their new album 'Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll' in May, and playing one night at the O2 Forum Kentish Town.
Theatre shows Watch a play on Wednesday 16 May, or one of London’s musicals See all theatre shows 16th May 2018 • Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre will be putting on a short-run of William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' for just three nights in May. to 16th May 26th Aug 2018 • 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.
Family & Kid’s events Take your kids to London on the 16 May for one of these family events See all family, kids to 16th 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. 16th May 2018 • Medieval Banquet Come and enjoy a medieval banquet and be entertained by English knights, singing minstrels and the King Henry VIII himself.
Art & Museums Visit an art gallery or museum on Wednesday 16th May and see an exhibition See all art, museums to 16th 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. to 16th May 16th Sep 2018 • Tate Modern 'Into The Light' will explore how photographers helped to develop abstract art alongside famous painters like Jackson Pollock.
Royal & Religious Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 16 May? See all royal, religious 16th May 2018 • Highgate Cemetery Have a guided tour around Highgate Cemetery, and enjoy one of the most atmospheric and historic cemeteries in London. 16th May 2018 • St. Paul’s Cathedral If you attend a choral Evensong service at St. Paul's Cathedral, you can wander around and see part of the Cathedral for free.
Political & Military Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 16 May See all political, military 16th May 2018 • Houses of Parliament You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday, at Prime Minister's Questions. 16th 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.
Sightseeing tours Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Wednesday 16th May See all guided tours to 16th 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. 16th 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 16th May 2018 • Barbican Hall Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be performing Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius' at Barbican Hall. 16th 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 16 May See all free events to 16th 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 16th 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 Don’t forget these other good events in London on Wednesday 16th May See all other events to 16th 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. 16th 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. 16th 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.