What's on in May 2019

Things to do in May 

Highlights during May in London

London Sevens Rugby, Chelsea Flower Show, Grand Designs Live, London wine week, the FA Cup Final and lots of concerts catering for all genre's make May a good time to be in London and working here means a public holiday at the start and end of the month. 


Arts and Culture Events

New Arts Exhibitions: Wimbledon Art Fair; Wimbledon Art Studios, May 8-12; Photo London, Somerset House, May 16-19; Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, May 16-Sep 21; The Citi Exhibition- Manga, British Museum, May 23-Aug 26; Leonardo da Vinci- A Life in Drawing, Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace, May 24-Oct 16; Lee Krasner- Living Colour, Barbican May 30-Sept 1

Mary Quant Exhibition, V & A Museum, Apr 6-Feb 16, 2020; Shen Yun Performing Arts, Eventim Apollo, Apr 22-May 1; The Renaissance Nude, Royal Academy of Arts, March 3- June 2; Only Human Photographs by Martin Parr, National Portrait Gallery, Mar 7-May 27;  Sorolla- Spanish Master of Light, National Gallery Mar 18-Jul 7; Van Gogh & Britain, Tate Britain, Mar 27-Aug 11; Christian Dior- Designer of Dreams Exhibition, V & A Museum Feb 2-July 14; Don McCullin- War Photography Exhibition, Tate Britain Feb 5-May 6; Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Hayward Gallery Feb 13- May 6; Franz West Exhibition. Tate Modern Feb 20-June 2; Dorothea Tanning Exhibition, Tate Modern Feb 27-June 9;  Pierre Bonnard- The Colour of Memory, Tate Modern Jan 23-May 6


Major Music Events

Take That - The Greatest Hits Tour, The O2, May 2-10; 10CC, Royal Albert Hall, May 2; Arcadia, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Centre, May 4-5; Chris Young, Eventim Apollo, May 9; George (George Michael Tribute), Eventim Apollo, May 11; Susto, The Garage, May 11; Best of Rock Musicals, Eventim Apollo, May 12; Eric Clapton, Royal Albert Hall, May 13-16,  Daniel Wakeford, Islington O2, May 17, Olly Murs, The O2, May 17-18; The Kingdom Choir, Royal Albert Hall, May 19; Ara Malikian, Royal Albert Hall, May 20; Roger Hodgson, Royal Albert Hall, May 23-24; The Vamps, The O2, May 25; Alice in Chains, SSE Arena, Wembley May 25; An Evening with Mark Knopfler and the Band, The O2, May 28; Robert Carlos, SSE Arena Wembley May 29; Michael Buble, The O2, May 30-June 1; Jack Savoretti, SSE Arena Wembley May 31; The Ends Hip Hop Music Festival, Lloyd Park, May 31- Jun 2; Camden Rocks, Camden June 1-2


Food and Drink Events

London in the Sky, The O2, May 1-July 13; Vintage Wine Festival, Old Billingsgate, May 10-11; London Whisky Weekender, Kia Oval, May 10-12 Real Wine Fair, Tobacco Dock, May 12-13; London Wine Week, various locations May 13-19; Foodies Festival, Syon Park, May 25-26


Family Entertainment

Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, May 12; Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals, Eventim Apollo, May 18; Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea, May 21-25; MCM London Comic Con, Excel Exhibition, May 24-26; Heroes and Villains, Olympia, May 25-26; Digital Kids Show, Battersea Evolution May 26-28


Lifestyle Events

Grand Designs Live, Excel Exhibition Centre, May 4-12; Kensington Dollhouse Festival, Kensington Town Hall, May 10-11; A Place in the Sun Live, Olympia, May 10-11; RuPaul's Drag Race, SSE Arena Wembley, May 11; British Golf Show, Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire, May 17-18; Mind, Body, Spirit Wellbeing Festival, Olympia, May 24-27


Comedy in London

Jimmy Carr, Richmond Theatre, May 5; Paul Merton & Impro Chums, Richmond Theatre, May 7; Joel Creasy, Leicester Square Theatre, May 9; Reginald D Hunter, Richmond Theatre, May15/ Alexandra Palace May 16; Paul Merton & Impro Chums, Rose Theatre, May 21


Sport in London

Rugby Union: Army vs Navy, Twickenham Stadium, May 4; Harlem Globetrotters, SSE Arena Wembley, May 6;  Cricket: England vs Pakistan One Day Int, Oval, May 8; WWE Raw, The O2, May 13; WWE Smackdown, The O2, May 14FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, May 18; British Basketball Play Offs, The O2 May 19; Unibet Premier League Darts, The O2, May 23; Rugby: London 7's, Twickenham Stadium, May 25-26; Football League Play off Finals, Wembley Stadium: League 2 May 25, / League 1 May 26 / Championship May 27; Cricket: Domestic One Day Final, Lords, May 25; World Cup Cricket: England vs South Africa, Oval May 30


Charity Events

Tough Mudder-West London, Culden Faw, Fawley, Henley on Thames, May 4-5; The Moon Walk, Clapham Common, May 11; Midnight Madness, various locations, May 11-12; Abseil Arcelor Mittal Orbit for Silverline, May 17


Interesting UK Events outside London

Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, May 1-6;  Cheese Rolling, Cooper's Hill, Gloucestershire, May 27


Interesting European Events

Seville Fair, Seville, Spain, May 4-11; Rhine in Flames Festival, Bonn, Germany May 4; Vienna Festival, Vienna, Austria, May 10-June 16; Prague Spring International Music Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, May 12-Jun 4; Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco, Monte Carlo, May 23-26; Primavera Sound, Barcelona Spain May 30-Jun 1

Updated: 10:41am on 2nd April 2019

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This post was written by: Jeremy Cogden