May Events in London


Magic is in the air in London this May: Peter Pan will be flying around Regent’s Park, the museums are coming to life in Museums at Night, and the wonder and awe of Wonderground launches for its summer season. For guests staying at one of our central London hotels, there’s plenty to get stuck into


29th April 2015

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Magic is in the air in London this May: Peter Pan will be flying around Regent’s Park, the museums are coming to life in Museums at Night, and the wonder and awe of Wonderground launches for its summer season. For guests staying at one of our central London hotels, there’s plenty to get stuck into in the city this spring. Take a look at our favourite May events in London for a little city break inspiration.

Museums at Night

May Events Museums at Night   London Transport Credit   Gavin Brown Photography

Museums at Night at the London Transport Museum © Gavin Brown Photography

With museums across the capital throwing open their doors after hours for Museums at Night, there has never been a better time to explore London’s top cultural institutions. Take advantage of a variety of themed nights (Friday Late: Mad Men at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is sure to be a popular attraction), events, activities, talks and lectures happening everywhere from the National Gallery and the Natural History Museum to Fulham Palace and the Charles Dickens Museum.

From 13th – 16th May 2015.

Museums at Night


May London Events Alchemy Credit TBC

Dance performance at the Southbank Centre’s annual Alchemy festival © Southbank Centre

Alchemy, the Southbank Centre’s festival celebrating and showcasing the cultural connections between South Asia and the UK, is back for its sixth year with a full programme of events, from art and dance to literature, comedy and theatre. Some of the highlights include Bollywood star Shreya Ghoshal playing the Royal Albert Hall, a two-day residency from the Jaipur Literature Festival and the synchronised swimming and dance production Synchronised. 

From 15th – 25th May 2015.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Top London May Events Chelsea Flower Show yellow flowers Credit zudin iStock Thinkstock www thinkstockphotos co

Yellow and white spring flowers © zudin/iStock/Thinkstock

A perennially popular event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns to London in all its glory on 19th May. Held in the grounds of Chelsea Hospital (as it has been almost every year since 1913), the Chelsea Flower Show is a prestigious, colourful, sweet-smelling celebration of British horticulture. Go, get inspired, and get ready to wish you had as green a thumb as these gardening wizards.

From 19th – 23rd May 2015.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

London Wonderground

Top London Events May Wonderground Credit Fox Fotos

London Wonderground at dusk © Fox Fotos

Abandon all (or some of) your inhibitions, all ye who enter here… London Wonderground at the Southbank Centre is a playground for children and adults alike. With its 60-metre high Star Flyer (the view stretches right across the capital), delicious eateries, fairground oddities, entertainment and more, the Wonderground is one of our favourite May events in London.

From 7th May – 27th September 2015.

London Wonderground

The Alice Look

Top London Events May The Alice Look Roller printed cotton chintz Credit   Victoria and Albert Museum  London

Alice in Wonderland printed cotton chintz © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Tumble down the rabbit hole and visit The Alice Look, an exhibition at the Museum of Childhood following the inspiration and evolution of Alice through fashion. The exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

From 2nd May – 1st November 2015.

The Alice Look

The Pirates of Penzance

May London Events Pirates Poster Credit   ENO

Pirates of Penzance at the London Coliseum © ENO

One of the highlight May events in London for theatre fans, the ENO’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera The Pirates of Penzance is coming to London’s Coliseum. With famed director and filmmaker Mike Leigh at the helm, the production is sure to be both wonderfully entertaining and a little eccentric.

From 9th May – 27th June 2015.

The Pirates of Penzance

RAYNE Shoes for Stars

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Vintage Rayne shoes from 1958 edition of Vogue © Rayne

With over 100 shoes on display, the Rayne exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum will satisfy even the most committed shoe fanatic. RAYNE Shoes for Stars will explore a century of designs from this British heritage brand – a favourite of both Hollywood stars and British royalty.

From 22nd May – 29th August 2015.

RAYNE Shoes for Stars

J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

Top London Events May Peter Pan Credit Hugo Glendinning and Feast Creative

Wendy from J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan © Hugo Glendinning and Feast Creative

The opening of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a highly anticipated annual affair in London, and launching the summer season will be J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. A story of childhood, magic, and imagination (and suitable for ages 9 and up), this is one of our top May events in London and a great choice for family-friendly outings in the capital.

From 15th May – 14th June 2015.

J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

Header image: London Wonderground © Fox Fotos

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