May is one of our favourite months of the year. London is blooming with wisteria (if you are on instagram, its viral), however the best parts of May in the city are flower shows, British pageantry, British crafts and, this month, the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth. We will also be running an amazing competition on Instagram to win 2 tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show this year – keep your eyes peeled for that. Yes, it’s all happening and that is before we touch on the culture. Here is your May Super Seven;
London Craft Week 8-12 May : We love LCW. It takes place all over London. One little bit of advice is to pick an area and do that by day/night. I have tried to cross town to do more than one event, and it’s just not worth it. It runs over 4 days, so there is a lot of time to see some incredible British craft.
Chelsea Flower Show 21-25 May : If you have tickets to this glorious show, then check out our Day Out in Chelsea for some inspiration on where to eat.
Don’t miss Chelsea in Bloom or Belgravia in Bloom which both truly deliver on stunning shop-front floral style in the surrounding area. It’s worth the extra steps or just a day out to see both areas of floral dream streets.
V&A Performance Festival 27 April – 6 May : This festival is all about British comedy and music. All the events are free, they run from this weekend to the 6 May – drop in and have a laugh. There are talks on clowns, camp humour, Monty Python, and there are workshops for children. All talks run about 25mins.
Anniversary of Queen Victoria : This is exciting. It’s the 200 year anniversary of her birth, and there are some fabulous events to wet your appetite. Firstly, her childhood home, Kensington Palace, has two exhibitions opening on 24 May. The V&A Museum has Queen Victoria’s exquisite coronet on display in the newly re-opened jewellery gallery. There is a varied season of events, pop-ups and talks celebrating Victoria and Albert on until September. Our blog on Victoria in London has a list of all our favourites to see. Some are completely free.
Major General’s Review 25 May : This is the rehearsal for the Trooping of the Colour. If you love British pageantry this is for you and it is a sell out every year. However, if you go to the entrance to Horseguards you will see “all the Queen horses, and all the Queen’s men” as they arrive. You won’t see the main parade but it’s a lovely little taster of what is in store for the Trooping of the Colour on 8 June.
Museum of the Moon at the NHM : The 6 metre art work of Luke Jerram is going to be hanging at the NHM in time for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. It is a free installation but they have lots of events going on if you want to learn more. We quite like the DJ Yoda and the gospel choir event in August. Book it now.
Dale Chihuly at Kew until 27 October 2019 : There is no question this is an exquisite exhibition of his glass work. It is also a perfect excuse to spend the day at Kew in the glorious botanical gardens.
Our Favourite things:
Sporting Event of the Month: 25 & 26 May London Rugby 7’s at Twickenham
Exhibition of the Month : Queen Victoria Exhibitions at Kensington Palace
Culture pick of the Month: Photo London 16-19 May at Somerset House
Restaurant of the Month : The Sea The Sea in Pavilion Road
Theatre pick of the Month : Open Air Theatre: Regent’s Park starts 16 May, The Globe opens 27 April.
Book now for later : Have you thought about the Proms, if not you should.
Catch it before it goes : Martin Parr at NPG closes . He is also doing a talk at the V&A. Book your ticket here.