The best events, food, music and things to do in London in May 2017.
We’re well and truly heading towards happy summery times, which means that London’s outdoor fun is stepping up a gear! This month we say hello to cool summer foodie pop up Pergola on the Roof in White City, prepare to tread the boards at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and explore some of the most magical gardens in the world at the Chelsea Flower Show. So without further ado, grab your diary and plan your month with my top 10 things to do in London in May 2017!
Underbelly Festival on the South Bank
The big purple cow is back for another season, hosting funny, quirky and inspirational acts from the worlds of entertainment, music, comedy, dance, circus and more. International circus sensation Casus will be one of the must-sees with their show Driftwood.
When: Opening gala on 28th April, with shows running across the next few months.
Where: South Bank
Pergola on the Roof
I never made it over to the old BBC Television Centre building last summer, so I’m so happy to hear the rooftop is being transformed for another year! This year they’ve themed it with an upmarket US vibe, to bring a feel of The Hamptons to Shepherd’s Bush. Top foodie eateries participating include include newbie Breddos Tacos, along with Patty & Bun, 8 Hoxton Square and Bonnie Gull spin-off ‘Salt ‘n’ Sauce’. To guarantee a spot, check the website as they recommend booking in advance.
When: 3rd May – 1st October
Where: Television Centre, White City
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017
Towards the end of May, green-fingered enthusiasts will be gathering to check out the incredible array of flora on display in upmarket Chelsea. With over 500 exhibitors, highlights this year include a Artisan Gardens inspired by Japanese emperors, Spanish Art Nouveau artists, a medieval boat found in Norfolk and much more. Plus grown ups and kids will enjoy the “Come to your Senses Eco Garden”.
When: 23rd – 27th May
Where: Royal Hospital Chelsea
Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
I love how many amazing traditions there are in London and this festival really is one of them. The annual event (now in its 42nd year) begins with a grand procession through Covent Garden at 11am, and culminates with a birthday toast to Mr Punch. Along with the puppets there will be a carnival atmosphere with maypole dancing, clowns, live music and food!
When: 14th May
Where: St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Easily one of London’s most spectacular places to watch a show, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre opens in mid-May with a great repertoire. Top choreography and famous songs such as New York, New York will be heard across the park when On The Town kicks off the season. Plus catch A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist and Jesus Christ Superstar as we head through the summer months. Be warned though – British weather is unpredictable so you may want to invest in a decent jacket and a brolly before booking!
When: 19 May 2017 to 16 September 2017
Where: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
London Craft Week
London’s festival of all things crafty is back for a third year! Over 20,000 people attended last year, and this year is already looking bigger and better with 130+ events taking place across the city. There will be workshops and talks across London, showcasing the worlds of jewellery, fashion, art and design.
When: 3rd – 7th May
Where: Various venues across London
Expect art, dance, music, film and plenty of colourful culture as the South Asian festival returns to London for its 8th year. From taking part in an opera class with Ravi Shankar, to checking out some cool light installations, to short films and tasty South Indian food, there’s plenty to keep you entertained at the South Bank Centre.
When: 19th – 29th May
Where: South Bank Centre
KERB: The Bucket List
There are always plenty of great foodie festivals in London, but now top street food crew KERB, are throwing a two-day party to celebrate fried chicken! From Gochujang Korean wings, to twice buttermilk soaked Cajun strips and all the sides you could dream of, it’ll be perfect for any chicken lover!
When: 5th – 6th May
Where: King’s Cross
Affordable Art Fair
Forget feeling priced out when it comes to great artworks, this fair gives everyone the chance to own a unique piece of art. With over 1,000 amazing, colourful works on display, the maximum price might be capped at £5,000, but there are plenty of options to suit all budgets.
When: 11th – 14th May
Where: Hampstead Heath (East Heath car park)
National Pet Show
Ready to coo over pups and say miaow to kitty cats? The pet show is back at ExCel with plenty of cute furry friends to hang out with! It’s not just about cats and dogs though, there will be rabbits, alpacas, bearded dragons, micro pigs, giant tortoises, Shetland ponies and plenty more!
When: 6th – 7th May
Where: ExCeL London
For more great things to do in London this month, check out visitlondon.com and keep an eye on my Twitter and Instagram to see how many I tick off this month!
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