18 May events in London

Need some inspiration for 18th May? Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space on this day in 1991, boarding the Mir space station from Russia’s Soyuz TM-12. Why not do something space-related? The Science Museum is worth a visit, or you could watch a planetarium show at the Royal Observatory.

Theatre shows on 18th May

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Saturday 18th May

Strictly Come Dancing Professionals at Eventim Apollo

Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals

18 May 2019 If youre a fan of TVs Strictly then get down to Apollo and see ten of the professional dancers live on stage
Merry Wives Of Windsor at Globe Theatre

The Merry Wives of Windsor

18 May to See one of Shakespeares best-loved characters get his comeuppance when Falstaff tries to woo the Merry Wives of Windsor
Rosmersholm at Donmar Warehouse

Rosmersholm - Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell

18 May to Rosmersholm is a twisting political thriller by Henrik Ibsen starring Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell
All My Sons at Old Vic

Arthur Millers All My Sons

18 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

Music and comedy on 18th May

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

Specials at The Forum

The Specials - Encore

18 May 2019 The Specials are returning with their first new music for 37 years and will be playing it live at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town

Family & Kid’s events on 18th May

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 18th May

Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

18 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 18th May

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

Victoria & Albert Museum

Food - Victoria & Albert Museum

18 May to An exhibition about food exploring how it gets from the farm to our dinner plate and asking how we can achieve a sustainable food future
British Library

Writing - Making Your Mark

18 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

18 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

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

Royal & Religious events on 18th 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
Westminster Abbey
free

Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir
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 18th May

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

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament tour with afternoon tea

Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament and then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames
Houses Of Parliament Saturday Tour at Houses of Parliament

Saturday tour of the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament offers guided tours on most Saturdays when the MPs have returned to their constituencies
British Museum
free

The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

18 May to An exhibition of artists postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
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
Dismounting Ceremony At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

4 OClock Parade or Dismounting Ceremony

The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards
Tower of London

Yeoman Warder tour at the Tower of London

One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)

Classical music on 18th May

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

Cadogan Hall

JS Bachs Mass in B Minor

18 May 2019 The Constanza Chorus and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be performing JS Bachs Mass in B Minor 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 18th 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

18 May to Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock
Barbican Centre

Brutal Structures - Architecture Walking Tour

18 May 2019 Come on this architectural walking tour around the Square Mile to see some of Londons best brutalist buildings
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

Sports events on 18th May

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Saturday 18th 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 18th May

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

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge scheduled lift times

18 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

18 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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