25 May events in London

Need some inspiration for 25th May? The actor Sir Ian McKellen was born on this day in 1939. Why not visit the pub he owns near Canary Wharf? It’s called The Grapes and overlooks the bend of the river before you reach the skyscrapers. You can see Gandalf’s wooden staff behind the bar from The Lord of the Rings.

Theatre shows on 25th May

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Saturday 25th May

Dead Dog In A Suitcase at Lyric Hammersmith

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

25 May to Dead Dog In A Suitcase is a twisted morality tale based on John Gays musical satire Beggars Opera
Merry Wives Of Windsor at Globe Theatre

The Merry Wives of Windsor

25 May to See one of Shakespeares best-loved characters get his comeuppance when Falstaff tries to woo the Merry Wives of Windsor
Henry Iv Part Ii at Globe Theatre

Henry IV - Part 2

25 May to The second part of Henry IV follows Falstaffs attempts to raise an army for the dying king whilst wishing for the war to be over
Rosmersholm at Donmar Warehouse

Rosmersholm - Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell

25 May to Rosmersholm is a twisting political thriller by Henrik Ibsen starring Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell

Family & Kid’s events on 25th May

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 25th May

Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

25 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 25th May

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

British Museum

Japanese Manga exhibition

25 May to An exhibition of Japanese manga art exploring its cultural crossover and the global appeal of anime and cosplay dressing up
Victoria & Albert Museum

Food - Victoria & Albert Museum

25 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

25 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

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

Royal & Religious events on 25th 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 25th May

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

Horse Guards
free

Major Generals Review at Horse Guards

25 May 2019 Two weeks before they celebrate the Queens birthday at Trooping the Colour they hold the Major Generals Review
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

25 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

Classical music on 25th May

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

Barbican Hall

Sir Antonio Pappano and Orchestra of Santa Cecilia

25 May 2019 Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia will be performing Mahlers Sixth Symphony at the Barbican
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 25th 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

25 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 25th May

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Saturday 25th May

Lord’s

Royal London One-Day Cup Final at Lords

25 May 2019 If you enjoy a bit of cricket then get yourself down to Lords for the 50-overs Royal London One-Day Cup Final
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 25th May

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

Royal Hospital

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

25 May 2019 The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the gardening equivalent of Ascot and is held in the grounds of Christopher Wrens Royal Hospital
Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge scheduled lift times

25 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

25 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
 
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