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London events in May

Your guide to the best happenings, events and things to do in London this May

When it seems like the whole city is outside exploring the great outdoors, probably squashed into one of London's rooftop bars, it's time to shift from the sofa and get out there with them. We've rounded up the best things to do across the capital during this fine month – and don't forget there's also a generous helping of bank holidays coming your way, so there's really no excuse to get out there and smell the roses.  

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Our May highlights


Open-air theatre season in London

Read our round-up of open-air theatre events for the summer ahead. You'll find London's best outdoor productions at venues as world-famous as Shakespeare's Globe, in parks as pretty as Regent's Park or at festivals as vibrant as More London Free Festival. Not sure what you'll need for an open-air theatre trip? Then don't miss our guide to all the practical open-air theatre info you could need.

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By: Time Out London Theatre

Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

This exhibition charts the career of Ove Arup (1895-1988), an incredibly influential engineer of the 20th century whose projects include the Sydney Opera House and Penguin Pool at the London Zoo. Large scale prototypes, building components, digital animations, models and previously unseen archive material shed light on Arup's design philosophy.

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V&A , Brompton Until Sunday November 6 2016


Disney's lavish musical adaptation of its enormo-smash 1992 film has already been a walloping smash in New York, and this West End transfer has been on the cards for yonks. The London production will be anchored by Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas, who will follow in the late, great Robin Williams's footsteps in the pivotal role of the wisecracking Genie. Expect flying carpets, lavish special effects, and to have 'A Whole New World' stuck in your head for about a month.

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Prince Edward Theatre , Soho Until Saturday February 11 2017

Gir Lion Lodge

Wake not a sleeping lion unless you want a very nerve-wracking night's sleep at the zoo's new Land of the Lions development. Book into the Gir Lion Lodge for the night and you and your chosen companion will bed in just next door to the resident big cats. As well as your stay in the private cabin the experience includes a two-course dinner, an exclusive evening tour of the zoo, breakfast and a morning tour.

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Until Sat Dec 31

Find great things to do all year round

101 things to do in London

London is a treasure trove of brilliant days out and activities worth boasting about. Find great new ways to fill your free time with this list of our favourite things to do in the capital.

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By: LauraLee Davies


Amy R
Amy R

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

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The site is aimed at helping you meet new people in London effortlessly. :)