May has arrived in the capital, and with it comes a plethora of unique, one-of-a-kind events. Whether it’s learning how to blow your own glass or finding inspiration from stunning floral exhibits, get your creative fix with the cream of London’s fairs, festivals and exhibitions this month.
London Craft Week, 3 – 7 May
Time to get inspired. London Craft Week returns to the capital with an even bigger showcase of extraordinary craftsmanship – five whole days of hands-on workshops hosted by galleries and luxury brands across London, from wallet making to glassblowing and everything inbetween. Bringing together more than 230 events from all corners of the globe, festival-goers can expect a spectacularly crafty experience.
The London Original Print Fair, 4 – 7 May
Royal Academy of Arts
Deck out your walls in style at none other than the Original Print Fair. Gathering 50 of the world’s leading print dealers under the Royal Academy of Art’s regal roof, this three-day event promises exquisite engravings, linocuts, lithographs and much, much more. Whether you’re a Modernist or traditionalist, there’s a beautiful print waiting to be hung in your home.
The MoonWalk London, 13 May
The Divas are stepping up a storm once again at the MoonWalk, in honour of our colleague and all men and women who bravely face breast cancer with fortitude and courage. Come out and support our amazing walkers, and visit our fundraising page below if you would like to support us.
Prosecco Springs, 11 – 14 May
Fancy some fizz? Making its debut this May, Prosecco Springs’ four-day event celebrates everything the beloved tipple has to offer. Accompanied by outrageously delicious Italian food (including a velvety parmesan and prosecco risotto…) and live jazz, expert sommeliers will guide you through how to taste prosecco like a… pro. We’ll toast to that!
Affordable Art Fair, 11 – 14 May
Oil paintings, abstract art, watercolour… the options are limitless at Hampstead’s Affordable Art Fair. Whether you’re looking for a piece of art to complement that crystal chandelier or simply want to browse works by emerging artists, the AAF is the place to be. With 100 British and international galleries set to showcase a wonderful array of art, it’ll be difficult to walk out empty-handed!
Pergola on the Roof, 3 May – 1 Oct
Back for the second year in a row, Pergola on the Roof is bringing its eatery to a rooftop in White City, complete with nautical-themed interiors and a mouth-watering menu. The al fresco food court (with two bars and 600 seats) make this West London soirée the perfect setting for long summer evenings. You won’t want to miss out on London’s most Instagrammable pop-up!
RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 23 – 26 May
Royal Hospital Chelsea
The world’s most prestigious flower show returns, and it’s blooming with over 500 exhibitors, jaw droppingly beautiful plants and perfectly curated show gardens. With even Her Majesty the Queen in attendance, the show’s fragrant florals are a much anticipated highpoint of the summer season. Prepared to be dazzled by show-stopping displays and state-of-the-art garden designs at this horticultural wonderland.
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, 27 May – 18 Feb
Despite giving only one full interview in his lifetime, Balenciaga became the king of haute couture in the 50s and 60s, his body-sculpting suits and powerfully feminine dresses as testament to his unique contribution to fashion history. With over 100 garments on display, the V&A’s exhibition takes an intimate look into the Spanish couturier’s cutting-edge creations, lifting the veil behind an enigmatic man.
Fenton’s Big Picnic, 29 May
Fenton House and Garden
What better way to celebrate Bank Holiday Monday than a picnic on Fenton House’s luxurious lawn? Wine by the glass, garden games and soulful music set the scene for a picnic of utmost sophistication. Plus, the estate’s idyllic walled garden and 300 year-old orchard make for a lovely stroll under the summer sun.