Events in London – Tuesday 21 May

Need some inspiration for 21st May? Henry VI was murdered inside the Wakefield Tower on this day in 1471, probably by the future Richard III, but under the the orders of Edward IV. If you visit the Tower of London then you can stand on the exact spot that where it was believed to have happened.

 

Theatre shows on 21st May

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Tuesday 21st May

Dead Dog In A Suitcase at Lyric Hammersmith

to Lyric Hammersmith Dead Dog In A Suitcase is a twisted morality tale based on John Gays musical satire Beggars Opera
All My Sons at Old Vic

to Old Vic 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
Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre

to Phoenix Theatre Come From Away tells the story of how a small Canadian town took in 7000 stranded air passengers after 9/11
9 To 5 at Savoy Theatre

to Savoy Theatre 9 To 5 uses the music of Dolly Parton to tell the story of three put-upon workers who oust their egotistical office boss
Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre

to Duchess Theatre The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society put on a West End show but will they crack under the pressure?
Mamma Mia at Novello Theatre

to Novello Theatre Mamma Mia is based on the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and uses the songs of ABBA
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

to Cambridge Theatre Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers

Family & Kid’s events on 21st May

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 21st May

Serpentine

to Serpentine Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle
London Zoo

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

Royal Observatory 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

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

The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car) This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

to Cambridge Theatre Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

to Apollo Victoria Theatre If you like The Wizard of Oz then you will love Wicked -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches

Art & Museum exhibitions on 21st May

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

Victoria & Albert Museum

to V&A 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
National Gallery
free

to National Gallery Sean Scullys new work on display at the National Gallery was inspired by JMW Turners atmospheric painting The Evening Star
Victoria & Albert Museum

to V&A An exhibition of dresses by the iconic fashion designer Mary Quant who became synonymous with the Swinging Sixties
Tate Britain

to Tate Britain The 40 paintings in this important exhibition will represent the largest collection of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh in the UK for 10 years
National Gallery

to National Gallery The National Gallery will be putting on a rare exhibition of sixty works by the Spanish Impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla
National Portrait Gallery

to National Portrait Gallery An exhibition by one of Britains best-known photographers - Martin Parr - revealing what Britons are like following the EU referendum
Royal Academy of Arts

to Royal Academy of Arts Explore the evolution of nude painting in the 15th and 16th-century through Renaissance painters like Titian Raphael Michelangelo and Leonardo

Royal & Religious events on 21st May

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

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Visit the State Apartments at Windsor Castle - the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
Somerset House
free

Somerset House The Old Palace Tour will introduce you to three Stuart queens who had an association with the old buildings at Somerset House
Westminster Abbey
free

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

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

St. Paul’s Cathedral This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wrens finest City churches

Political & Military events on 21st May

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

Churchill War Rooms

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

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

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

Horse Guards Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace but is a lot less crowded and takes place every day
Tower of London
free

Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has been taking place every night for 700 years
Mansion House

Mansion House Look inside the Lord Mayor of Londons official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall
Old Bailey
free

Old Bailey Watch the long arm of the law in action at the Old Bailey where members of the public can sit in the gallery and watch a case
Royal Courts of Justice
free

Royal Courts of Justice Why not try something a bit different -- how about going to the Royal Courts of Justice and watching a real-life court case?

Classical music on 21st May

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

Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Thomas Ades and the Britten Sinfonia will be performing some classical music by Gerald Barry and Beethoven at Barbican Hall
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 famous auditorium

Sightseeing tours on 21st 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

to Jason’s Trip Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock
Jack The Ripper Tour

Jack The Ripper Tour Walk the streets of Whitechapel and try and discover the identity of the Victorian murderer Jack the Ripper - if you dare!
Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre Have a tour of William Shakespeares Globe and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the worlds most famous playwright
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 famous auditorium
Somerset House
free

Somerset House The Old Palace Tour will introduce you to three Stuart queens who had an association with the old buildings at Somerset House
Tower of London

Tower of London One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wrens finest City churches
Mansion House

Mansion House Look inside the Lord Mayor of Londons official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall
The City

The City If you dont fancy spending 25-30 pounds on an open-top sightseeing bus then theres a much cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus

Sports events on 21st May

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Tuesday 21st May

Lord’s

Lord’s 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, 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, 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 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 21st May

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

Royal Hospital

to Royal Hospital The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the gardening equivalent of Ascot and is held in the grounds of Christopher Wrens Royal Hospital
St. James’s Park

to St. James’s Park 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
Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
The Ritz

The Ritz Dress up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
London Zoo

London Zoo Sign-up to be a zoo-keeper at London Zoo for a day and get close to the animals and help to feed them and muck them out
O2 Arena

O2 Arena Climb to the top of The O2s tented roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform
Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square Enjoy riding around on one of Londons old 1960s double-decker buses (the one with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) The driverless Docklands Light Railway train allows you to sit right at the front giving you a fantastic view of the track ahead
The City

The City If weaving your way in and out of the busy London traffic on a hire bike sounds like fun then how about hiring a Boris Bike for the day?
 
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