1 May events in London

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?

Theatre shows on 1st May

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Wednesday 1st May

Rosmersholm at Donmar Warehouse

Rosmersholm - Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell

1 May to Rosmersholm is a twisting political thriller by Henrik Ibsen starring Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell
Shen Yun at Eventim Apollo

Shen Yun - 5000 years of Chinese dance

1 May 2019 Shen Yun uses traditional Chinese dance to send you on a journey through five millennia of traditional Chinese culture
All My Sons at Old Vic

Arthur Millers All My Sons

1 May to Arthur Millers All My Sons tells the story of a family who lost their son in war and reveals the price of their American dream
Sweet Charity at Donmar Warehouse

Sweet Charity with Anne-Marie Duff

1 May to Anne-Marie Duff and Arthur Darvill will be starring in the Donmar Warehouses revival of the Broadway classic Sweet Charity

Music and comedy on 1st May

Have a night out at one of these rock and pop concerts or comedy gigs

Mark Thomas at Battersea Arts Centre

Mark Thomas - Our NHS at 70

1 to Political comedian Mark Thomas will be checking the health of our NHS and wondering what it will be like at 100

Family & Kid’s events on 1st May

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 1st May

Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

1 May to Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle
Medieval Banquet London at Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet with minstrels and knights

Enjoy a medieval banquet and be entertained by English knights and singing minstrels and King Henry VIII
London Zoo

Meet the animals up close at London Zoo

Heres your chance to enter the animal enclosures and get close to some of the friendliest animals at London Zoo
Royal Observatory

The night sky tonight (planetarium show)

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich puts on a daily show at their planetarium to show you what will be visible in the sky tonight
Namco Funscape London at Namco Funscape

Play arcade games at NAMCO Funscape

NAMCO Funscape is like an indoor funfair with arcade games pool tables 10-pin bowling bumper cars and a sports bar
Emirates Air Line Cable Car at The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

Cable car across the River Thames

This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes

Art & Museum exhibitions on 1st May

How about spending a few hours on Wednesday in one of London’s art galleries or museums?

British Library

Writing - Making Your Mark

1 May to This exhibition will explore the history of writing from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs right up to our modern communication tools
National Gallery
free

Sean Scully - Sea Star

1 May to Sean Scullys new work on display at the National Gallery was inspired by JMW Turners atmospheric painting The Evening Star
British Museum

Edvard Munch - Love And Angst

1 May to The British Museum will be putting on the largest exhibition of Edvard Munchs prints in the UK for nearly half-a-century
Victoria & Albert Museum

Mary Quant - Victoria & Albert Museum

1 May 2019 to An exhibition of dresses by the iconic fashion designer Mary Quant who became synonymous with the Swinging Sixties

Royal & Religious events on 1st May

See inside some beautiful buildings with one of these Royal or religious events

Windsor Castle Tour at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Evensong Mass at St Pauls Cathedral

If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free

Political & Military events on 1st May

Parades are always popular with tourists, so here are some military events and political debates

Mark Thomas at Battersea Arts Centre

Mark Thomas - Our NHS at 70

1 to Political comedian Mark Thomas will be checking the health of our NHS and wondering what it will be like at 100
British Museum
free

The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

1 May to An exhibition of artists postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
Tate Britain

The photographs of Don McCullin

1 to An exhibition of 250 photographs by Don McCullin showing scenes of poverty and war in Vietnam and Northern Ireland
Prime Ministers Questions Houses Of Parliament at Houses of Parliament
free

Attend PMQs (Prime Ministers Questions)

You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions
Houses Of Commons Public Gallery at Houses of Parliament
free

Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons

Visit Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Commons and House of Lords
Churchill War Rooms

Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms

Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass

Classical music on 1st May

Wednesday sounds like a good day to go and watch an opera, ballet or listen to some classical music

Barbican Hall

Harrison Birtwistle and John Adams - Barbican Hall

1 May 2019 Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Harrison Birtwistle and John Adams
Cadogan Hall

Royal Philharmonic at Cadogan Hall

1 May 2019 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing classical music by Enescu Saint-Saens Porumbescu and Mozart at Cadogan Hall
Royal Albert Hall

Guided tour of the 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 famous auditorium

Sightseeing tours on 1st May

When was the last time you sat on the top-deck of a sightseeing bus, or enjoyed a boat trip up the Thames?

Jason’s Trip

Jasons Trip from Little Venice to Camden

1 May to Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock
London Bike Tour at BrakeAway Bike Tours

Guided tour of London on a bicycle

Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike and see the sights and landmarks of London from your saddle
See London By Night Tour at See London by Night

See London by night - on a sightseeing bus

The See London By Night bus tour will show you Londons most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky
Ghost Bus Tour London at Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tour around Londons dark past

The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through Londons gruesome past and into the dark heart of the capital
Thames Rockets at Thames Rockets

Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat

A trip on a Thames Rocket is something youll never forget speeding down the river underneath the Londons bridges
City Cruises at City Cruises

Boat trip down the Thames with City Cruises

City Cruises offer one-way return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich stopping off at Tower Bridge

Sports events on 1st May

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Wednesday 1st May

Lord’s

Guided tour around Lords Cricket Ground

Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC - Tour of Stamford Bridge

Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC - Tour of the Emirates Stadium

Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium tour

Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup

Other London events on 1st May

Here are some other London events that will be taking place on Wednesday

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge scheduled lift times

1 May to 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
St. James’s Park

Hire a deckchair in one of Londons parks

1 May to Hire out a deck-chair in one of Londons Royal parks and have a nice relaxing sit-down and do a bit of people-watching
Bateaux London at Bateaux London

Dinner cruise on the river with Bateaux London

Bateaux London offers you great cuisine and live entertainment onboard the boat as it sails serenely down the Thames
Thames Clippers at Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers from Putney to Greenwich

Thames Clippers offer one-way return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich
 
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