May events in London

May is another nice month to come to London. It seems like summer already with a bit of sunshine and two Bank Holidays. Highlights include the FA Cup Final and Chelsea Flower Show at end of the month. It might be worth trying the sightseeing boats and buses before they get too busy with tourists in the summer months.

Theatre shows in May

Here’s our pick of the best theatre shows to watch this month

Les Miserables at Queen’s Theatre

Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre

to Les Miserables is an epic tale of passion and destruction set against the backdrop of the French Revolution
Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre

Spend a night with The Woman in Black

to A man is obsessed with a family curse and hires a sceptical young actor to help him exorcise the fear that grips his soul
Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera

to The Phantom of the Opera has some of the best sets in the West End and one of Andrew Lloyd Webbers finest scores
Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

Disneys Lion King - music by Elton John

to Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked - Untold story of The Wizard of Oz

to 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
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

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

Mamma Mia - with the songs of ABBA

to Mamma Mia is based on the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and uses the songs of ABBA

Music and comedy in May

Some music concerts and comedy gigs worth watching in May

Mark Thomas at Battersea Arts Centre

Mark Thomas - Our NHS at 70

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

Richard Ashcroft (from The Verve)

Richard Ashcroft from The Verve will be playing songs from his latest album Natural Rebel at London Olympia
Sticky Fingers at O2 Academy Brixton

Australian band Sticky Fingers

Aussie rockers Sticky Fingers are bringing their world tour to the UK and playing one night at the O2 Academy Brixton
Mr Patrick at Indigo

Jokes Alone with Mr Patrick

Mr Patrick is one of Nigerias best-loved comedians and his Jokes Alone show will include some of the countrys up-and-coming comics
Four Tet at Alexandra Palace

Four Tet - two nights at Alexandra Palace

to Four Tet will be taking over Alexandra Palace for two nights in May with a mesmerising display of light and sound
Dermot Kennedy at O2 Academy Brixton

Dermot Kennedy at the O2 Academy

Irish singer Dermot Kennedy is returning to London to play his biggest-ever headline show in the UK at the Brixton Academy
Chris Young at Eventim Apollo

Chris Young - Losing Sleep

American country music star Chris Young will be bringing his Losing Sleep World Tour to the Hammersmith Apollo in May
Disturbed at Alexandra Palace

American rock band Disturbed

American hard rock band Disturbed will be coming to London in May to play one night at Alexandra Palace
Reginald D Hunter at Alexandra Palace

Reginald D Hunter – Facing The Beast

Reginald D Hunters forty-date tour of UK and Ireland is coming to the Alexandra Palace Theatre in May

Family & Kid’s events in May

Pack a lunch, take the train to London, and treat your kids to a day in the capital

Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

Disneys Lion King - music by Elton John

to Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked - Untold story of The Wizard of Oz

to 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
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

to Palace Theatre will be showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- a brand-new Harry Potter story by JK Rowling
Science Museum

The Sun - Living With Our Star

to The Science Museum will be telling the extraordinary story of the life-giving star that sits at the centre of our Solar System
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
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
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
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

Art & Museum exhibitions in May

A guide to gallery and museum exhibitions if you’re visiting London in May

Tate Modern
free

Magic Realism - Art In Weimar Germany

to Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years between World Wars I and II
Museum of London Docklands
free

Slavery Culture & Collecting

to This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britains oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Bank of England Museum
free

Feliks Topolski - Drawing Debden

to The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works
Natural History Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

to Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos
Victorian Surgery Old Operating Theatre at Old Operating Theatre

Victorian surgery at the Old Operating Theatre

A demonstration about Victorian surgery inside the original 19th-century Operating Theatre at St Thomass Hospital
Natural History Museum

Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum

to A group event where youll turn into a CSI and collect evidence around the Natural History Museum to solve a murder mystery
Guildhall Art Gallery

Victorian Children - Seen and Heard

The Guildhall Art Gallerys new exhibition will explore the changing way that childhood was portrayed in Victorian art

Royal & Religious events in May

For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals

Lucy Worsley at National Portrait Gallery

Queen Victoria - Daughter Wife Mother Widow

TV historian Lucy Worsley will be talking about Queen Victorias loves and all the sadness she suffered in life
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Sunday organ recitals at St Pauls Cathedral

Listen to one of the countrys finest organists play on the Grand Organ at St Pauls every Sunday
Crossbones Graveyard
free

Monthly vigil at Crossbones Graveyard

On the 23rd of every month people gather at Crossbones Graveyard to pay their respects to societys outcasts
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
Hampton Court Palace
free

Choral Mass at Hampton Court Palace

Attend a Sunday service in one of the countrys most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIIIs Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Tower of London
free

Sunday service at the Tower of London

You can attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal in the Tower of London -- one of the most historic churches in the City
Somerset House
free

Old Palace Tour at 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

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 in May

Daily parades and political events taking place during May

Horse Guards
free

Major Generals Review at Horse Guards

Two weeks before they celebrate the Queens birthday at Trooping the Colour they hold the Major Generals Review
Mark Thomas at Battersea Arts Centre

Mark Thomas - Our NHS at 70

to Political comedian Mark Thomas will be checking the health of our NHS and wondering what it will be like at 100
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
Sadiq Khan at City Hall
free

Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time

to The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall
British Museum
free

The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

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

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

Classical music in May

All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during May

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
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Sunday organ recitals at St Pauls Cathedral

Listen to one of the countrys finest organists play on the Grand Organ at St Pauls every Sunday
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
free

Lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

to St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week
Cadogan Hall

Royal Philharmonic at Cadogan Hall

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

Harrison Birtwistle and John Adams - Barbican Hall

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Harrison Birtwistle and John Adams
Alexandra Palace

Monteverdi Choir playing Handels Semele

Hear John Eliot Gardiner conduct the Monteverdi Choir in a performance of Handels Semele at Alexandra Palace
Barbican Hall

Sir Simon Rattle conducting John Adams and Berlioz

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by John Adams and Berlioz

Sightseeing tours in May

If you’re visiting London in May then try one of these sightseeing tours

Somerset House
free

Somerset House Historical Highlights

This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
The City

Guided walk around Charles Dickens London

This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels
No 11 Sightseeing Bus at The City

11 - Londons cheapest sightseeing bus

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

City Highlights: The Top 10 sights

A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London
Mansion House

Mansion House: The Lord Mayors Residence

Look inside the Lord Mayor of Londons official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall
St. Paul’s Cathedral

Guided tour of Wrens best churches

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

Guided walk around Roman Londinium

Walk through the streets of Roman Londinium and see what remains of the old city walls military fort and amphitheatre
Millennium Bridge

Guided walk along Londons river

This guided walk will take you along a small stretch of the Thames to learn some history and see some of the rivers most famous landmarks
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)

Sports events in May

Here are some sports matches and events taking place in May

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
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
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
Hackney Marshes
free

Sunday football on Hackney Marshes

Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams
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
Lord’s

Afternoon tea in the Long Room at Lords

to Cricket fans will love dressing themselves up for this Afternoon Tea because its held in the historic Long Room at Lords
Tower Bridge

Yoga class on the glass floor at Tower Bridge

to Start your day off in style with an early morning vinyasa-flow yoga class on the new glass floor inside Tower Bridge
Middlesex at Lord’s

Royal London 1-Day Cup: Middlesex v Glamorgan

Middlesex will be playing Glamorgan in a group game for the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lords Cricket Ground
Middlesex at Lord’s

County cricket at Lords: Middlesex v Leicestershire

to Enjoy a few innings of cricket when Middlesex take on Leicestershire in a County Championship game at Lords

Other London events during May

Here are some more great events that are worth trying during May

Albert Memorial

Get a closer look at the Albert Memorial

Go inside the Albert Memorials railings and see one of Londons finest looking monuments from up close
Boris Bike Hire In London at The City

Hire a Boris Bike and cycle around London

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?
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Have a ride on the Docklands Light Railway

The driverless Docklands Light Railway train allows you to sit right at the front giving you a fantastic view of the track ahead
No 15 Heritage Bus at Trafalgar Square

Ride an old-style double-decker bus

Ride around on one of Londons old 1960s double-decker buses (the one with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
Portobello Road

The famous Portobello Road Antiques Market

Portobello Road is home to the UKs most famous antiques market where 100000 people browse hundreds of stalls every Saturday
O2 Arena

Climb to the platform at the top of The O2

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

Be a zoo keeper for a day at 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
 
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