Bookended by two bank holidays and warmer weather, May is one of the best months of the year. From foodie events to exhibitions an the Chelsea Flower Show, here’s how The Resident recommendations on the best things to do in London, this May…
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1 The Wellness Train,King’s Cross
All aboard the wellness train, a LNER service dedicated to mindfulness and wellbeing. On the train, which runs between north London and Lincoln and for Mental Heath Awareness Week, passengers can partake in mindful activities such knitting with Wool Winders, doodling, games and puzzles. Passengers can also create macrame wall hangings with Restoration LDN, try their hand at origami with Origami Party London, go on guided mediation and relaxation sessions and go to a Q&A with mind coach James Middleton.
Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 08:06 London King’s Cross to Lincoln service
Tickets: From £50
2 Space Station Earth at The Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington
Award-winning film composer Ilan Eshkeri (Stardust, The Young Victoria and David Attenborough’s A Perfect Planet) will transport audiences to the International Space Station in this epic concert. Inspired by space, this breath-taking concert features never-before-seen photos and videos taken by European Space Agency astronauts onboard the International Space Station, including footage by Sir Tim Peake. Space Station Earth has photo and light projections as well as a pre-show Q&A by ESA astronaut Tim Peake and the music will be performed by a full live orchestra conducted by Eshkeri himself.
Date: Sunday, May 15
Tickets: From £20.50
3 Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park
The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair holds it Spring edition in Battersea Park this May. Some 150 dealers from across the UK show at the fair, offering a stunning variety of one-off antiques and period design, and works of art from all periods to the contemporary. The Spring fair always has a garden focus, with dealers bringing a lovely range of seating, statuary and planters, even antique garden gates and rustic wooden pieces. Visitors will also find dealers in jewellery and vintage watches, colourful glass, lustrous silverware, pretty and luxurious textiles to display as art as well as for decorating with, country house antiques, collectable folk art, the Gustavian look, and traditional, lovingly crafted English and Continental classics.
Date: May 4-8
Time: Wednesday 12pm-8pm; Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 11am-7pm; Sunday May 11am-6pm
Tickets: £20 on May 4, then £10
Address: Evolution London, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ (vehicle entry via Chelsea Bridge Gate only)
4 MCM Comic Con, Royal Docks
This celebration of pop culture is not just for the serious gamers, comic book collectors or cosplayers. The programme of panels, performances, creators and talent features Ultimate British Pro wrestling champions, authors, YouTubers and the MCM Fringe Stage which hosts music, comedy and other live shows. There’s also a Pop Asia section in which you can try your hand at origami making or Manga drawing or watch a K-pop act. You can even watch a live sumo demo. Storm Troopers will be on hand for photo ops and there will be a replica of the Stranger Things set as well.
Date: May 27-29
Time: Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
Tickets: From £17.50; children under 10 go free
Address: Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway E16 1XL
5 Frank Film Club at The Curtain Club
The Curtain Club at Mondrian Shoreditch will host Games of Thrones actor Maisie Williams, and her Frank Film Club (FFC) team for a special series of film screenings and live podcast discussions. Programme highlights include Sound of Metal by Darius Marder and a discussion on the new favourite horror Midsommar. Williams launched the FFC podcast in May last year and along with her co-hosts Hannah Marie Williams, a casting director, and filmmaker Lowri Roberts, she explores the cinematic elements, from dialogue to casting, of box office hits, indie films, and everything in between. The FFC team will host a live discussion on the first and fifth screening. While The Curtain Club is members only, a limited amount of tickets will be available for the public.
Date: May, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6
Tickets: Curtain Club members can apply for tickets through the members app, otherwise, follow @frankfilmclub on Instagram to apply for a limited number of tickets for the screenings.
Address: Curtain Club Screening Room, Scruton Street, 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT
6 La Clique at the Spiegeltent, Underbelly Cavendish Square
Legendary cabaret show La Clique return to London when they open the Spiegeltent at Underbelly Cavendish Square. The show, which started at the Edinburgh Festival in 2004, is the original Spiegeltent cabaret show which blends circus, cabaret, humour and music to create spectacular, dizzy shows.
Date: May 13 – July 3
Tickets: From £26.50
Address: Cavendish Square, W1G 0PR
7 Tomb Raider‘s Immersive Live Experience, Camden
Tomb Raider: The LIVE Experience takes adventure-seekers on a journey as teams join Lara Croft on her pursuit to recover a powerful artifact that has fallen into the hands of a dangerous enemy. Your mission? To save the world. Escape a sinking ship, explore the jungles of Costa Rica, discover an ancient tomb, work through environmental puzzles and battle a secret order in this adrenaline fuelled escape room-experience, complete with scenic worlds, live actors and characters from the Tomb Raider franchise.
Date: From May 9
Time: Tuesday – Wednesday 2.30pm-8.30pm; Thursday – Friday 1pm-8.30pm; Saturday 8.30am- 8.30pm; Sunday 8.30am-5.30pm
Tickets: From £44
Address: Camden Stables Market NW1 8AH
8 Psychic Sisters Brunch at The Fable, Farringdon
There’s no shortage of brunches in this city, and no doubt you’ve tried a many of them. But have you ever had a Psychic brunch? The Psychic Sisters – whose celebrity clientele include Kim Kardashian, Tracey Emin, Kate Hudson and Elton John – are set to a launch the UK’s first Psychic Sisters Brunch, complete with private tarot card readings, a spiritual medium, and of course, nosh and cocktails. Once a month, brunch-goers are invited to tap into their intuition to explore their past, present and future, as four psychics host private tarot-card readings and a Medium who will connect to the spirit world.
Date: Sunday, May 22
Tickets: £40pp for two-courses & three cocktails
Address: 52 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2FD
9 Cinco de Mayo at Temper, Covent Garden
To celebrate the biggest event in the Mexican calendar, temper is putting on a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at their Covent Garden location complete with one off Mexican specials, £5 margaritas and a Mariachi band to really get the party going. For one night only, temper Covent Garden will be made over in the style of the festival, complete with colourful pom pom streamers, paper flowers hanging from the ceiling and bespoke vinyls in the windows. Bookings advised. Want more Cinco De Mayo festivities? Tobacco Dock Tequila and mezcal festival La Piñata has more than 20 tequila and mezcal producers lined up to talk you through their tipples, as well as a Mexican and Latin American street food market. Tickets £20. Notting Hill’s Los Mochis will have special festive dishes to mark the occasion, along with half price margaritas and chilli palomas.
Date: Thursday, May 5
Time: From 5pm
Address: Yard, 5 Mercer Walk Mercer WC2H 9FA
10 London Craft Week, London-wide
London Craft Week returns for its eighth edition with a fresh, London-wide programme. It brings together the work of celebrated and emerging artists, makers and designers, to showcase the best of craftsmanship from around the world. Highlights include a series on events that reframe the sustainability narrative, and exploration of craftmanship within the fashion industry. There’s also festival hubs in Belgravia, Chelsea, King’s Cross and St James’s, a talk by Anya Hindmarch on if there is a future for leather, and an exhibition on contemporary jewellery and furniture at Sotheby’s London.
Date: May 9-15
11 Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea
Back to it’s original spring date, the Chelsea Flower Show returns with food for thought and garden inspiration. Programme highlights include the show gardens focusing on rewilding, container gardening, foraging and wellbeing, as well as the return of the House Plant Studios. Watch out for flower show-inspired events as well, such as Belgravia in Bloom, which also returns this year from May 23 to 29.
Date: May 24-28
Time: Tuesday to Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 8am-5.30pm
Tickets: From £35.85
12 Eccleston Yards Market, Belgravia
Eccleston Yards Market returns this spring to showcase a range of independent and artisan traders. The charming courtyard will home stalls selling all sorts of goods, from ceramics and textiles to jewellery and accessories. The yard’s many restaurants and cafes will be open for alfresco dining while you enjoy live music from one of the up-and-coming musicians programmed to play throughout the market’s run.
Date: Sundays during through to June, excluding bank holidays
Address: 21 Eccleston Place, SW1W 9NF
13 Fourpure Brewery Brew/LDN after party, Bermondsey
Bermondsey Beer Mile is always good craic, and for one day things get a little more festive. Fourpure brewery will host a party in honour of beer and cider awards Brew/LDN. Enjoy music from Sofar sounds, Afro-fusion street food from Cally Munchy, table tennis and beer of course. Prefer a Thameside pub crawl instead? Wherever you are along the Thames, The Resident has picked out the best pubs for you to try.
Date: Saturday May 7
Address: Fourpure brewery, 25 Rotherhithe New Road SE16 3LL
14 Small is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition, South Kensington
Small is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition comes to South Kensington showcasing teeny tiny artworks and photographic works from more than 30 international artists. It is a delightfully quirky and playful exhibition in which visitors can immerse themselves in offbeat worlds, of tiny proportions. Watch out for a sculpture of a mother and daughter small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil by Bosnian artist Jasenko Dordevic and London-based photographer Slinkachu‘s installations including one of a serpent attacking a little girl and her mother made from a green shoelace in a puddle. As part of the run, there are creative workshops for children aged between 7 and 12, so they too can create grand but mini works of art.
Date: Booking through to July
Time: Tuesday to Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-9pm
Price: £16/£13 adult/child
Address: 79-85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW7 3LD
15 London In The Sky, Greenwich
Open for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and sunset dinners, as well as for cocktails flights, London in the Sky sees diners strapped in above the O2 at one of the two 22-seater tables suspended mid-air. Open Wednesday to Sunday, London In The Sky styles out the weekend with feel good, festival vibes which start at ground level and are filled with long afternoons of live music.
Dates: May 19 – August 29
Tickets: from £79pp
Address: Peninsula Square SE10 0DX
16 Dopamine Land, South Kensington
Dopamine Land is a new immersive experience that takes you into the “world of happiness” by using cutting edge technology used to channel feel-good feelings. Promising punters the chance to disconnect from reality, Dopamine Land encourages visitors to connect with their emotions and channel their childhood imaginations as they navigate optical illusions, sound effects and themed rooms in the ultimate sensory overload. There’s a pillow fight room, a popcorn room, a bubble tea room and an infinite mirror room as well. Be quick, there’s only limited tickets left for this.
Date: Booking through to June
Time: Selected Tuesdays 3pm-7:45pm; Wednesdays & Thursdays 3pm-7:30pm; Fridays 3pm-7:30pm; Saturdays11am-7:30pm; Sundays 11am-6pm
Cost: £20/£15 group tickets available
Address: 79-85 Old Brompton Road SW7 3LD
17 ROOFTOP CINEMA, PECKHAM & STRATFORD
Cinema with a view is back on with Rooftop Cinema at the Bussey Building and Roof East. Settle in to a lounge seat to watch your favourite blockbuster or independent flick with one of the most spectacular backdrops around. Programmed films include The Great Gatsby, True Romance, La La Land and Cocktail. In time for Hard of Hearing Week (May 2) Roof East will have a series of films with signers and HOH subtitles.
Date: Peckham from April 29; Stratford from May 3
Tickets: From £16.95
Address: Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; 7 & 8 Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Road E15 1BB