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London events in May

Your guide to the best happenings in London this May

Our May highlights

London Coffee Festival

Returning for 2015, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London's vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers. 

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Old Truman Brewery Thursday April 30 2015 - Sunday May 3 2015

Electric Run

This American import sees a 5km fun-run turned into a glowing, flashing, colourful party of light and movement as around 15,000 participants run, walk or dance their way through an illuminated route of electric-themed landscapes. As a reward for completing the course, once they've crossed the finish line runners will find themselves in a huge party with live DJs, where they can dance off any energy they've got leftover. Sign up in advance for reduced registration fees.

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Wembley Park Saturday May 2 2015


Let’s face it: everyone could do with improving their street cred occasionally. Thankfully, we can all up our game at Streetfest – which takes in top-level DJs spinning underground beats, furiously fresh rappers and cutting-edge designs from graffiti artists and tattooists. 

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Tobacco Dock Sunday May 3 2015

Early May bank holiday

Work's done and dusted till Tuesday, so shift yourself from the sofa and get out and about over the first May long weekend. Plan your time off to the minute with our round-up of the very best events taking place in the capital this bank holiday.

Mon May 4

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By: Elizabeth Darke

Canalway Cavalcade

The pretty waterways of Little Venice will be even more colourful than usual for 2015's May bank holiday weekend as the Inland Waterways Association organises their annual gathering of canal boats. Many of the waterborne homes will be dressed up to the nines ready for a pageant, and visitors can expect plenty of very British fun including morris dancers and a real ale tent. There'll also be trade stalls, live music, children's activities and refreshments.

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Little Venice Saturday May 2 2015 - Monday May 4 2015 Free

London Craft Week

This new week-long festival of activities and exhibitions celebrates craftmanship in all sorts of interesting nooks and crannies across London. Famous galleries and specialist workshops alike will host events to showcase both ancient skills and exciting new talent. The inaugural year will focus on central locations such as Bloomsbury and Mayfair, which have been hubs of industry and craftsmanship for many centuries.

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Various Venues Wednesday May 6 2015 - Sunday May 10 2015

London Pet Show

This annual fur-filled show is moving to the ExCel centre this year for a weekend of barking, jumping, stroking and shopping. The fair is aimed at both animal owners and anyone looking for advice on taking the pet plunge. To keep both animals and humans happy, the show is divided into different zones, where visitors can meet owners and breeders, and get advice on care and training. Keep an eye out for the live rabbit show jumping, doggy dancing and duck herding too.

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ExCeL London Saturday May 9 2015 - Sunday May 10 2015

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

The annual Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival (which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year), brings together Punch and Judy professors from around the country for a day of jolly old-fashioned fun. The grand procession at 11am is led by a brass band, and culminates with a birthday toast to Mr Punch, who was first seen by Samuel Pepys 353 years ago on the day.

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St Paul's Church, Covent Garden Sunday May 10 2015 Free

Museums at Night

Museums at Night, a series of after-hours events at some of the capital's biggest museums and quirky attractions, offers Londoners some seriously special one-off experiences. Past events have included a live session with Public Service Broadcasting at the RAF Museum, a printmaking class at the William Morris Gallery and a murder mystery party in one of UCL's oldest lecture theatres.

Thu May 14–Sat May 16. Various London venues

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Star Wars at Madame Tussauds

Star Wars fans rejoice! A major new attraction opens at Madame Tussauds in 2015, boasting 16 life-like characters and 11 expertly finished sets from the iconic films. The experience will take over two new floors at the Baker Street site and visitors can immerse themselves within sets that range from Yoda's swamp, to the red-hot lava spewing Mustafar where Anakin turns to the dark side.

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Madame Tussauds Saturday May 16 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015
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Amy R
Amy R

All these events look brilliant, i'm especially interested in the Coffee Festival! 

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