With the spirit of summer in the air, our pick of May events in London offer an exciting month ahead. From vivid floral displays to alfresco dining, soak up some culture and bask in the warmth at our selection of wonderful activities.
Open Air Theatre, 13 May – Onwards
Tucked away in the beautiful Regent’s Park lies London’s most stunning, secluded theatre. With four annual productions between May and September, enjoy an ethereal summer evening of Pimm’s and performances— what’s not to love?
Stereo92, May – Onwards
Stoke Newington High Street
Nestled on the bustling Stoke Newington High Street is none other than Stereo92 – an all day café, bar & live music venue. Drop in and indulge in their stellar drinks menu (red mojitos and boozy milkshakes, to name a few) and marvel at the artwork on display, done by the Divas’ very own Laxmi Hussain. Her dazzling originals and prints are all available to purchase and would look incredible in any home.
Lawrence after Arabia, May – 4 Jun
Playwright Howard Benton directs Hampstead Theatre’s ‘Lawrence after Arabia’, inspired by one of the most iconic figures of the early 20th century, T.E. Lawrence. With its gripping script and high-end production, the play helps to demystify the man who was made a legend whilst still alive. A must-see for those with a taste for intrigue.
Mona Hatoum, May – 21 Aug
An activist and artist, Lebanese-born Mona Hatoum displays her poetic oeuvre at Tate Modern’s latest exhibition. Browse through Hatoum’s highly unique range of media—including installations, sculpture and video—all of which hint at a deeper political message. Let the art speak for itself.
Hampstead Artisan Market, 22, 29 & 30 May
Hampstead Community Centre
A newly curated market for 2016, The Hampstead Artisan Market is adding yet more charm to Hampstead’s picturesque High Street. From jewellery to gift cards, children’s ware to cheeses, browse wonderful stalls at this quaint Sunday fixture.
London Wine Week, 23 May – 29 May
Awaken your inner wine connoisseur at none other than London Wine Week— seven days of tastings and masterclasses hosted across the capital. From crisp whites to sumptuous reds, wine down and enjoy a delicious week-long celebration of London’s wondrous wine scene.
Clerkenwell Design Week, 24 May – 26 May
Running for its seventh consecutive year, Clerkenwell Design Week returns to London bigger, brighter and bolder. With exhibitions, open studios and workshops, take inspiration for your next interior haul from the show’s vibrant range of international contemporary design.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 24 May – 28 May
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Green-fingered folk are set to delight again at RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s horticultural extravaganza. Explore a diverse range of magnificent gardens and floral exhibits spanning over the ground’s 11 acres. Plus, don’t miss the chance to beautify your garden in time for summer with irresistible deals on flora samples and garden furniture.