6 of the Best London Events in May


From open-air theatre to flower shows, these are the best events happening in London in May.


28th March 2018

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In the run up to summer, London's arts and cultural calendar is in full swing with a packed out diary of events and exhibitions. From Regent's Park's annual Open Air Theatre to the Royal Ballet's performance of Elizabeth, there's plenty to attract theatre lovers, while the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an annual highlight for the horticulturally inclined. Check in to one of Red Carnation Hotels' London properties and make the most of May's most unmissable events.

London events May

Affordable Art Fair

Coinciding with London Craft Week, Affordable Art Fair Hampstead is showcasing thousands of original, contemporary artworks from established names and emerging talent. An unparalleled opportunity for art lovers to acquire unique works at reasonable prices, pick up a painting or print from one of the city's brightest new talents.

10th - 13th May 2018

Lower Fairground Site, Hampstead

Heath The Royal Ballet: Elizabeth

This unusual production harmonises combines world class choreography with British history. Set to an original score, the production is inspired by real life material such as poems and plays written by Queen Elizabeth's host of suitors. Imaginative and remarkable, this ballet offers a vivacious retelling of the fiery monarch's reign.

16th - 29th May 2018

Barbican Theatre

London events May

Open Air Theatre

Make the most of lighter summer nights with a visit to the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park. Opening the season for 2018 is a production of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, using puppetry and special effects to reimagine the timeless children's classic in a World War I context.

17th May - 15th September 2018

Regent's Park

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the UK's finest showcase of beautiful botanical displays. Peruse the creatively designed gardens featuring an incredible assortment of flowers and plants and discover the biggest names in horticulture.

22nd - 26th May 2018

Royal Chelsea Hospital

London events May

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins

This compelling exhibition takes a look at the lives of communities existing on the fringes of society through the lens of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day. From candid shots to portraiture, the collection covers unique personalities, rebels and game-changers. See works from the Casa Susanna Collection, Paz Errazuriz, Pieter Hugo and Mary Ellen Mark.

Until 27th May 2018

Barbican Art Gallery

Monet and Architecture

An innovative new perspective on the iconic French painter, this National Gallery exhibition explores Claude Monet's relationship with architecture. The Impressionist master may be best known for his nature paintings but his depictions of picturesque English villages and grand urban scenes offer fresh insight into his artistic process.

9th April - 29th July 2018

National Gallery

 London events May

From stunning gardens to avant-garde photography, take full advantage of what's on in London this May when you stay at one of Red Carnation Hotels' London properties.

Image Credits: Lead image © Barbican Art Gallery. Gallery image © iStock/guruX00X. Elizabeth image © Robbie Jack 2016. Chelsea Flower Show image © Royal Horticultural Society. Claude Monet 'The Water-Lily Pond'  ©  The National Gallery London.

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