Events in London - May 2019

Need some inspiration for May? 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. 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 jungle adventures

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
Simon And Garfunkel Story at Lyric Theatre

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

to The Simon & Garfunkel Story celebrates their 50th anniversary using live music and original film footage from the 1960s

Michael Ball at the Palladium

West End star Michael Ball will be appearing at the London Palladium to support his new studio album Coming Home To You
Take That at O2 Arena

Take That - Greatest Hits Live

to Take That are celebrating thirty years together with a new album a Greatest Hits tour and an eight-night run at the O2 Arena
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

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 jungle adventures
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

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
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 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
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

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
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

Political & Military events in May

Daily parades and political events taking place during May

Museum of London

See the remains of Londons Roman fort

to This short guided tour will show you what is left of the Roman military fort that stood on the western edge of Londinium
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
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
Lehman Trilogy at Piccadilly Theatre

The Lehman Trilogy (about Lehman Brothers)

to The story of Lehman Brothers beginnings right up to its spectacular collapse during the financial crisis
Changing The Guard Buckingham Palace at Buckingham Palace
free

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

to Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see sights in London for every tourists itinerary

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
Man Of La Mancha at London Coliseum

Man of La Mancha with Kelsey Grammer

to Kelsey Grammer will be starring alongside Danielle de Niese and Nicholas Lyndhurst in Man of La Mancha
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

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

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

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 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

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)
 
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