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What's On In London | May 2016
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What's On In London | May 2016

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Updated: 15 November 2016
Summer is getting closer — we can feel it in our bones and we’re excited. Although, with the amount of events London has on offer throughout the month of May, there is no reason we need to be working on our ‘summer bodies’, right? So, let’s all rejoice for this glorious month full of entertaining exhibitions, breathtaking performances (and some risqué ones too), and food that will satisfy each and every taste bud.

 

 


SUNDAY 1st – SUNDAY 8th MAY


Courtesy of Royal Opera House | © Tom Moggach | © Jacob Enos/Flickr | Courtesy of London Burlesque Festival

Courtesy of Royal Opera House | © Tom Moggach | © Jacob Enos/Flickr | Courtesy of London Burlesque Festival

 

FOOD   |   Bring Your Falafel Fantasies To Life At Borough Market

Sun 1 May

The Middle Eastern delight is coming to Borough Market for a one-off celebration of falafel filled fun.

 

DRINKS   |   Be In Awe Of The RAW Wine Bar

Wed 4 — Mon 16 May

In the run-up to the RAW Wine Fair, The London Edition is setting up a wine bar in their fabulous basement. Cheese and wine night, anyone?

 

BALLET   |   Join Scarlett’s Ballet World Premiere Of Frankenstein

Wed 4 — Fri 27 May

Come along to the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s adaptation of Frankenstein — a tale of morality and love — joined by a stellar team of former collaborators and principal dancers.

 

FESTIVAL   |   Glitter, Glamour & Tease At London Burlesque Festival

Fri 6 — Sun 22 May

If you’re looking for a splash of glamour and a bit of tastefully risqué entertainment, look no further as the London Burlesque Festival reigns in the world’s finest burlesque performers.

 

THE CULTURE TRIP (1)

JOIN US   |   Live Q&A Session With The Culture Trip

Tues 3 May 2016, 3PM GMT+1

Calling all culture lovers! Join us live on Twitter, for one hour, and ask us any questions you may have about arts, culture and travel, or tell us what you would like to see from us in the future. But that’s not all, we will also be answering questions you may have about The Culture Trip. See you there!

 

 


MONDAY 9th – SUNDAY 15th MAY


Courtesy of Peckham Rye Festival | © Johan Persson | Courtesy of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity | © Alice Donovan Rouse / Unsplash

Courtesy of Peckham Rye Festival | © Johan Persson | Courtesy of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity | © Alice Donovan Rouse / Unsplash

 

 

THEATRE   |   Fall In Love With Romeo & Juliet At The Garrick Theatre

Thurs 12 May — Sat 13 August

It’s official… 2016 will see a summer of love, as an all-star cast of talented actors will be performing Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre.

 

EXHIBITION   |   Take Me To Neverland Where We Will Never Grow Up

Thurs 12 May — Sun 30 October

‘I do, I do, I do believe in fairies’… and if you don’t then we know Peter Pan won’t be too impressed. This latest exhibition will have you covered in pixie dust and flying high up to Neverland.

 

MUSIC   |   Celebrate The Music Wares Of Peckham

Fri 13 — Sun 15 May

Head down to Peckham for the first multi-venue music festival celebrating some of the finest local talent, labels and record shops

 

DRINKS   |   Indulge In Natural Wine Tasting At Artisan Wine Fair

Sun 15 – Mon 16 May

Help yourself to a glass of wine or two from the UK’s largest collection of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine at RAW Artisan Wine Fair.

 

 


MONDAY 16th – SUNDAY 22nd MAY


Courtesy of Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation © Christoph Gerigk | Courtesy of BBC Good Food Show | © Jürgen Schadeberg | © Regina Jäger

Courtesy of Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation © Christoph Gerigk | Courtesy of BBC Good Food Show | © Jürgen Schadeberg | © Regina Jäger

 

FESTIVAL   |   Celebrate The Best Of Two Cities At Zürich Meets London

Tues 17 — Sat 21 May

Join a variety of events including performances, talks and live cookery demonstrations and explore the best the two vibrant cities have to offer at Zürich meets London.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY   |   Explore The Rich Variety Of Photography At Photo London

Thurs 19 — Sun 22 May

Somerset House is set to be covered in photography — encouraging and inspiring every photographer, whether professional or amateur, right down to the selfie-queen.

 

ART   |   Discover Lost Egyptian Cities At The British Museum

Thurs 19 May — Sun 27 November

Lost and sunken but rediscovered, these Egyptian cities will be the centre of attention at The British Museum this summer.

 

FOOD   |   Celebrate The Taste Of Summer With BBC Good Food Show  

Fri 20 — Sun 22 May

Get ahead of the game this summer and sample some of the hottest new food trends at the BBC Good Food Show.

 

 


MONDAY 23rd – SUNDAY 29th MAY


© G Gill | Courtesy of Foodies Festival | © Deen Van Meer | © Karen Roe/Flickr

© G Gill | Courtesy of Foodies Festival | © Deen Van Meer | © Karen Roe/Flickr

 

OTHER   |   A Gardener’s Paradise At The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Tues 24 — Sat 28 May

The biggest event on the gardener’s calendar, the five day RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns with a sell-out event of inspirational garden designs and world-class horticultural displays.

 

DANCE   |   Go And See A Bolly-Good Dance Show

Tues 24 May — Sat 11 June

The undeniable magic of Bollywood is arriving at the Peacock Theatre to wow audiences with vibrancy, music and dance.

 

MUSICAL   |   Aladdin Flies Into The West End With A Whole New World

Fri 27 May — Sat 1 October

‘Come on down, stop on by, hop a carpet and fly to another Arabian night’ over at the West End as Disney’s Aladdin makes his musical London debut.

 

FOOD   |   Foodies Festival Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Sat 28 — Mon 30 May

Come along to Foodies Festival’s tenth anniversary for the finest food the region has to offer; alongside with drinks, live music and a Chilli Eating Competition.

 

 


MONDAY 30th – TUESDAY 31st MAY


Courtesy of Premier Comms | Courtesy of Michael Spring | © Maria Baranova | Courtesy of ZSL

Courtesy of Premier Comms | Courtesy of Michael Spring | © Maria Baranova | Courtesy of ZSL

 

FOOD   |   Salvage Your Dietary Needs at the Free From Festival  

Mon 30 May

Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free? Free From Festival have got you covered. The UK’s first food festival dogged to satisfy all of your dietary needs.

 

FESTIVAL   |   Propagate Performance At Block Universe Festival

Mon 30 May — Sun 5 June

Promoting the creativity and beauty of performance, Block Universe is back this year and will be pervading famed London locations.

 

THEATRE   |   Are You Dying To Know What Happens To Harry Potter Next

Mon 30 May — Sat 1 October

After defeating You-know-who, Harry Potter has become a husband and a father to three children. But what happens next in the first official Potter play will have you on the edge of your seat… twice!

 

OTHER   |   Sleep With Lions At ZSL London Zoo’s Gir Lion Lodge

Mon 30 May — Sat 31 December

Don’t wake sleeping lions on your overnight stay in the city’s most unique destination, where you’ll find yourself sleeping within the big cats’ roaring distance.

 

 


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