May Events in London

 
 

As evenings become lighter and parks come into bloom, a whole host of activities will be coming to the capital in May, bringing life to its sun-tinged streets with outdoor shows, puppet festivals and more. Whether you’re looking to watch a new play or take in some inspiring art, you’ll find plenty to occupy you

 

29th April 2016

Hotel 41

As evenings become lighter and parks come into bloom, a whole host of activities will be coming to the capital in May, bringing life to its sun-tinged streets with outdoor shows, puppet festivals and more. Whether you’re looking to watch a new play or take in some inspiring art, you’ll find plenty to occupy you this month. Follow our guide to the best May events in London to find out how to make the most of your time while staying at one of our elegant London hotels.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

May Events in London

Bask in the warm spring air by taking in an outdoor play at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, which re-opens for the summer mid-May. Running Wild, an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, is the first in a string of shows set to take place throughout the summer months, so bring a picnic and sip Pimm’s as you relax in these quintessentially English surrounds.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
From 13th May 2016

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

May Events in London

Every year, the Chelsea Flower Show dazzles visitors with beautiful floral displays and garden designs, and this year looks set to be as mesmerising as ever. Highlights for 2016 include the RHS Garden for Health, Happiness and Horticulture, The British Eccentrics Garden – a showcase of all things futuristic – and a musical evening with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show
From 24th – 28th May 2016

London Wine Week

May Events in London

Celebrate London’s wine scene with this seven-day festival, which is set to feature a roster of events ranging from wine masterclasses to vintage tastings and pairings. Head to the London Wine Week hub to find out who’s participating, and buy a wristband, which will grant you a £5 wine flight in participating bars across the city.

London Wine Week
From 23rd – 29th May 2016

Royal Windsor Horse Show

May Events in London

This annual equestrian event returns to Windsor Castle to entertain audiences with driving shows, jumping competitions and elaborate musical performances. Other displays include the Shetland Pony Grand National, the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry and the not-to-be-missed tent pegging contests, modelled on 18th century horsemanship.

Royal Windsor Horse Show
From 11th – 15th May 2016

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

May Events in London

Enjoy a day of puppet shows at this annual event, which is now in its 40th year. Expect live music, processions, maypole dancing and other merriment, alongside Punch and Judy shows that will take you right back to your childhood years.

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
10th May 2016

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

May Events in London

For more than a thousand years, two ancient cities have been submerged in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Egypt. And now, thanks to the British Museum, you can discover each city’s remains by exploring this exhibition of over 200 objects, which enables visitors to wind back the clock and delve into Egypt’s early days.

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds
From 19th May 2016

London Wonderground

May Events in London

Circus acts, comedy and cabaret performances will be bringing an extra dose of life to the Southbank Centre this month with the greatly anticipated arrival of London Wonderground. The Wonderground Opening Spectacular will kick things off with an all-singing, all-dancing show on 5th May, with a schedule of performances to follow suit.

London Wonderground
From 7th May 2016

Staying at one of our central London hotels means immersing yourself in the best May events in London is easy, with the capital’s most iconic sites also just a step away.

Image credits: Cover photo of RHS Chelsea Flower Show © Flickr / Herry Lawford. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre © Flickr / Kevan. RHS Chelsea Flower Show © Flickr / Karen Roe. London Wine Week © DrinkUp.London. Royal Windsor Horse Show © Flickr / Kent Wang. Covent Garden Puppet Festival © Flickr / Andrea Vail. British Museum © British Museum. London Wonderground © Flickr / Jimmy Baikovicius.

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