Fun Events & Things to Do in London This May
Bookended by two bank holidays and warmer weather, May is one of the best months of the year. From foodie events to exhibitions an the Chelsea Flower Show, here’s how The Resident recommendations on the best things to do in London, this May…
1 Cinco de Mayo at Temper, Covent Garden
To celebrate the biggest event in the Mexican calendar, temper is putting on a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at their Covent Garden location complete with one off Mexican specials, £5 margaritas and a Mariachi band to really get the party going. For one night only, temper Covent Garden will be made over in the style of the festival, complete with colourful pom prom streamers, paper flowers hanging from the ceiling and bespoke vinyls in the windows. Bookings advised
Date: Thursday, May 5
Time: From 5pm
Address: Yard, 5 Mercer Walk Mercer WC2H 9FA
2 London Craft Week, London-wide
London Craft Week returns for its eighth edition with a fresh, London-wide programme. It brings together the work of celebrated and emerging artists, makers and designers, to showcase the best of craftsmanship from around the world. Highlights include a series on events that reframe the sustainability narrative, and exploration of craftmanship within the fashion industry. There’s also festival hubs in Belgravia, Chelsea, King’s Cross and St James’s, a talk by Anya Hindmarch on if there is a future for leather, and an exhibition on contemporary jewellery and furniture at Sotheby’s London.
Date: May 9-15
3 Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea
Back to it’s original spring date, the Chelsea Flower Show returns with food for thought and garden inspiration. Programme highlights include the show gardens focusing on rewilding, container gardening, foraging and wellbeing, as well as the return of the House Plant Studios. Watch out for flower show-inspired events as well, such as Belgravia in Bloom, which also returns this year.
Date: May 24-28
Time:Tuesday to Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 8am-5.30pm
Tickets: From £35.85
4 Eccleston Yards Market, Belgravia
Eccleston Yards Market returns this spring to showcase a range of independent and artisan traders. The charming courtyard will home stalls selling all sorts of goods, from ceramics and textiles to jewellery and accessories. The yard’s many restaurants and cafes will be open for alfresco dining while you enjoy live music from one of the up-and-coming musicians programmed to play throughout the market’s run.
Date: Sundays during through to June, excluding bank holidays
Address: 21 Eccleston Place, SW1W 9NF
5 Fourpure Brewery Brew/LDN after party, Bermondsey
Bermondsey Beer Mile is always good craic, and for one day things get a little more festive. Fourpure brewery will host a party in honour of beer and cider awards Brew/LDN. Enjoy music from Sofar sounds, Afro-fusion street food from Cally Munchy, table tennis and beer of course. Prefer a Thameside pub crawl instead? Wherever you are along the Thames, The Resident has picked out the best pubs for you to try.
Date: Saturday May 7
Address: Fourpure brewery, 25 Rotherhithe New Road SE16 3LL
6 Small is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition, South Kensington
Small is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition comes to South Kensington showcasing teeny tiny artworks and photographic works from more than 30 international artists. It is a delightfully quirky and playful exhibition in which visitors can immerse themselves in offbeat worlds, of tiny proportions. Watch out for a sculpture of a mother and daughter small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil by Bosnian artist Jasenko Dordevic and London-based photographer Slinkachu‘s installations including one of a serpent attacking a little girl and her mother made from a green shoelace in a puddle. As part of the run, there are creative workshops for children aged between 7 and 12, so they too can create grand but mini works of art.
Date: Booking through to July
Time: Tuesday to Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-9pm
Price: £16/£13 adult/child
Address: 79-85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW7 3LD
7 London In The Sky, Greenwich
Open for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and sunset dinners, as well as for cocktails flights, London in the Sky sees diners strapped in above the O2 at one of the two 22-seater tables suspended mid-air. Open Wednesday to Sunday, London In The Sky styles out the weekend with feel good, festival vibes which start at ground level and are filled with long afternoons of live music.
Dates: May 19 – August 29
Tickets: from £79pp
Address: Peninsula Square SE10 0DX
8 Dopamine Land, South Kensington
Dopamine Land is a new immersive experience that takes you into the “world of happiness” by using cutting edge technology used to channel feel-good feelings. Promising punters the chance to disconnect from reality, Dopamine Land encourages visitors to connect with their emotions and channel their childhood imaginations as they navigate optical illusions, sound effects and themed rooms in the ultimate sensory overload. There’s a pillow fight room, a popcorn room, a bubble tea room and an infinite mirror room as well. Be quick, there’s only limited tickets left for this.
Date: Booking through to June
Time: Selected Tuesdays 3pm-7:45pm; Wednesdays & Thursdays 3pm-7:30pm; Fridays 3pm-7:30pm; Saturdays11am-7:30pm; Sundays 11am-6pm
Cost: £20/£15 group tickets available
Address: 79-85 Old Brompton Road SW7 3LD
9 ROOFTOP CINEMA, PECKHAM & STRATFORD
Cinema with a view is back on with Rooftop Cinema at the Bussey Building and Roof East. Settle in to a lounge seat to watch your favourite blockbuster or independent flick with one of the most spectacular backdrops around. Programmed films include The Great Gatsby, True Romance, La La Land and Cocktail. In time for Hard of Hearing Week (May 2) Roof East will have a series of films with signers and HOH subtitles.
Date: Peckham from April 29; Stratford from May 3
Tickets: From £16.95
Address: Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; 7 & 8 Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Road E15 1BB
It’s still early days yet, this guide will be updated…