What's On in London in May

London in May is an overflowing landscape of festivals, gallery showings and live theater. Fun and inviting, discover unique events in veritably every market, museum or shop-lined neighborhood.

What's On in London in May

This May, London is filled with fabulous shopping, exhibitions, and traditional events for all visitors to enjoy. Whether you want to take a tour of beautiful gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show or enjoy a free classical music concert in Trafalgar Square, the English streets are paved with activities for couples, friends and family alike.


Shape of Light 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

May 2 - October 14, 2018

For the first time the stories of photography and abstract art are told in this exhibition which interweaves two distinct movements into a cohesive story, exploring the complimentary contributions from pioneers of both fields during this exciting period in art history.

Website: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/shape-light

Alchemy Festival

May 4 - 7, 2018

The ten-day Alchemy festival is a celebration of the cultural relationship between the UK and the Indian subcontinent through performances, exhibitions, workshops and a delicious food market featuring South Asian cuisine. The line-up features music, dance, literature, film and fashion.

Website: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/alchemy

Show of Hands Live Performance

May 6, 2018

In a rare intimate performance, the mutli award-winning duo Show Of Hands performs at the Cutty Sark's Sammy Ofer Gallery this evening. Joining them is their special guest and fellow musician Devonian Geoff Lakeman.

Website: https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/show-hands-duo-tour

A Place in the Sun Live

May 11 - 13, 2018

If you've ever considered buying overseas property, A Place in the Sun Live is the one event you need to check out this year. Alongside more than 150 exhibitors with beautiful showcases of overseas homes, experts in financing, taxes and legal advice will be happy to offer you free advice throughout the show and at the exhibition center there will be regular seminars and Q&A sessions with industry leaders and celebrities.

Website: https://www.aplaceinthesun.com/exhibitions

London Wine Week

May 14 - 20, 2018

The London Wine Week is a great way to start to the summer, putting the spotlight on the city's top wine bars and offering tastings at pop-up bars throughout the week. You can already book your digital pass online to see what's happening near you!

Website: https://drinkup.london/wineweek/

Museums at Night

May 16 - 19, 2018

It doesn’t matter if you’re a connoisseur of museums or simply like to pop in now and again, you are going to want to attend at least one of this year's Museums at Night events. From the 11th to the 14th of May, select museums are putting on after-hours events, ranging from a screening of Brooklyn at the Corinium Museum to a tour of Charles Dicken’s former home over candlelight. This 3-day affair is a blast for everyone, and if you have kids, they’ll enjoy themselves so much you’ll have to drag them out.

Website: http://museumsatnight.org.uk/

The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture Exhibition

May 16 - August 26, 2018

In this major examination of architectural British Postmodernism, Sir John Soane's Museum will be displaying the works of the movement's key pioneers. Drawings, plans, models and full-scale replicas, many of which have never been on publis display, will explore this movement and also its ties with the museum itself.

Website: https://www.soane.org/whats-on/exhibitions/return-past-postmodernism-british-architecture

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

May 22 - 26, 2018

If you want to attend an event that's as historical as it is charming, then the Chelsea Flower Show is perfect for you. With the exception of a few gap years during the two world wars, this show has been presented for over 100 years, and will return with 500 exhibitors ready to reveal their most beautiful and ornate gardens. Come to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and enjoy Britain's most prestigious flower show.

Website: www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show

Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE - A Three Part Exhibition

May 19 - August 12, 2018

For the first time the Royal Academy of Arts will collaborate on a three-part exhibition series, exploring the works of Tacita Dean in each of the galleries field of focus. Her LANDSCAPE exhibition has been created especially for the new galleries at the RA, and will run until Augugt 12th. Her STILL LIFE and PORTRAIT exhibitions can be visited at the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery respectively until May 28.

Website: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/tacita-dean-landscape

Carnaby Style Night

Early May, 2018 (Date TBC)

This May, you can relish in low-price items on one of the world's most recognizable shopping streets. In association with GQ, Carnaby Style Night is offering 20% discounts at more than 100 shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. Surprises, competitions and freebies can also be expected throughout the evening as you enjoy yourself in the heart of West End. Put it in your calendar; this is a four-hour, one-night-only event that can't missed.

Website: www.carnaby.co.uk/

Open Senses 2018

Late May, 2018 (Date TBC)

This traveling show of excitement and sensory fulfillment stops in London in late May, with workshops and entertainment, all designed to allow visitors to explore the environment, music, and colors of the world.

Website: http://opensenses.squarespace.com/

BMW LSO Open Air Classics in Trafalgar Square

Late May, 2018 (Date TBC)

The beautiful backdrop of Trafalgar Square is home to the London Symphony Orchestra in late May. Music is conducted by Valery Gergiev, accompanied by Behzod Abduraimov on the piano, and musicians from the famous Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The major plus point is not only the music, but also the fact that this concert is free!

Website: http://lso.co.uk/whats-on/bmw-lso-open-air-classics

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