The best May events in London
Experience one of our signature silent discos at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Don a pair of glowing headphones and tune into one of three channels as you immerse yourself in the world of water. Tickets are just £29 and include the silent disco, welcome drink and guided tours of the brand new jellyfish exhibition.
A four-day long bonanza of fun in between the two big weekends of All Points East festival. Go get your fest fix without spending a penny.
This huge antiques fair has been selling precious objects at 'The Horti' since the 1970s, making it one of the stalwarts of the London antiques scene. Join the queue that usually forms ahead of the opening hours to be among the first to browse the 140-odd stalls and find yourself a bargain. There's free parking for those looking to pick up a sizeable haul.
Aperol is celebrating its 100th anniversary in true Italian style with a ‘1919 Lido’, complete with a revolving carousel bar, Aperol-glass-shaped ball pit and classic Italian car hot tubs.
The sun-drenched Spanish climes of Andalusia are coming to the bank s of the Thames for a festival full of mouth-watering tapas, sherry tastings and Jamón Ibérico masterclasses. Tuck into some organic gazpacho, watch life flamenco dancers and sample some moreish Andalusian cocktails.
An oddball French musical about a man who can walk through walls. Michel Legrand's wonderful score.
Rev up and get down to the Tobacco Dock for two days of motorcycles, where riders and bespoke makers from across Europe will be showcasing their builds, alongside street food, live music and art
Shakespeare's beloved history play. Michelle Terry is jaw-droppingly good with her psycho take on rebel lord Hotspur.
Ignore your mum. It's fine to play with your food. This space in Peckham is exploring scran as art, creating a ‘dining room’ where everything from the food to the furniture is an obet d'art. Order a dish from the curated menu and experience the pieces with all five senses.
Sack off the main floral event for this blooming marvellous indie festival. Expect walks, talks workshops and a record attempt for the world's longest daisy chain.
This massive interactive exhibition shows that the cleverest (or maybe the stupidest) thing humans have ever done is to create machines that can outwit us all.
Arthur Miller's play staged to centre on an African-American family. It finds new depths in a theatre classic.
A beautiful site-specific show about grief in the web age. It's thought-provoking and deeply moving.
Gorgeous modernist paintings from an unsung Moroccan great. They're beautiful, engrossing and full of symbolism.
Whiter-than-white canvases patterned with a goldsmith's tools. Less is more when it comes to these understated beauties.
Chekhov's classic directed by rising star Rebecca Frecknall. Patsy Ferran, Pearl Chanda and Ria Zmitrowicz are stunning siblings.
Technicolour paintings inspired by reggae and dub clubs. These artworks will make you want to stay up dancing until 4am.
An all-star cast tackle Arthur Miller's devastating early play. Go see Hollywood legends Sally Field and Bill Pullman do their thing.
Grimy sculptural paintings by one of our great cultural polymaths. Their delicate, rough beauty is totally entrancing.
Psychoanalytical art from a pair of brilliant surrealists. It's fascinating, often beautiful and it might teach you something about yourself.
The classical musical gets an Andy Warhol makeover in Josie Rourke's Donmar swansong. Anne-Marie Duff is glorious in the title role.
Trevor Nunn’s intense, dark-hued production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is as close as this Broadway classic could get to gritty naturalism. Andy Nyman is a real highlight where he makes wearily humorous work of the central role of Tevye, a dairyman bellowing ‘Tradition!’ at his five daughters.
At 300 metres long and with 40 hazards, this giant inflatable obstacle course really is one huge beast. See if you can beat the wobble (and tackle the 18 metre-long mega slide), before thrashing around in a unicorn ball pit.
A heady fusion of painting, found imagery, literature and lots of glue. It's a bit overwhelming, but it's full of great ideas.
Ignore your mum - it's fine to play with your food and at ‘Tender Touches’ an ‘art cafe’ where you can eat the artwork it's actually encouraged. Here, everything from the food to the furniture and the forks is a piece of art. Twelve artists have collaborated together to create the cafe. Visitors can tuck into a menu created by artist and co-curator Inês Neto dos Santos, which will focus on sustainable food practices. While the dining tables will be stencilled with special designs, the food will be served on sculpted ceramic crockery, eaten with specially designed crockery and the tables laid with customised napkins and candlesticks, even the wallpaper has been designed by one of the artists. Look out for a series of supper clubs, artists performances and events that will accompany the exhibition.
Over 500 exhibitors are tending to their most prized plants for the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show, which has taken place annually (apart from a few gaps during the two world wars) for over 100 years now.
Caryl Churchill's iconic feminist masterpiece. Lyndsey Turner's massive production is a once-in-a-lifetime staging.
After its 2006 opening at Apollo Victoria, Oz prequel 'Wicked' continues to fill this massive theatre, but this stylish and bombastic musical still delivers, sailing over its patchy score thanks to a gravity-defying performance from its current leading lady Rachel Tucker.
This nine-day festival encompasses a huge selection of horticultural events which are largely volunteer-run and free.
Marking an end to Purni Morell's stint at the helm of Unicorn Theatre, this ambitious work is a new opera for teenagers and adults. It's a new story with a mother-daughter relationship at its heart.
The name Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida doesn't regularly trip off the tongues of London art fans. But that just makes this exhibition more worth a visit. His numerous landscapes, seascapes, garden and bathing scenes are classical in subject and style, but you can also spot similarities in Sorolla's practices with the (then) new-fangled French impressionist movement.
A show all about the artists who influenced big Vinnie, and the ones he later inspired. There are some truly breathtaking paintings here.
This summer barbecue bonanza created and helmed by chef Jimmy Garcia shows off his 7-course grilled barbecue creations on the rooftop terrace. Besides good food, you'll be able to get competitive with include Giant Jenga, Boules, Skittles, Beach Tennis and Swingball.
The term 'magic realism' is commonly used to describe the stories written by South American authors including Borges and Márquez. This exhibition remembers that the term was actually invented by German artist Franz Roh, who coined it as a name for the art created in his home country following the emotionally fraught German Expressionist movement.
Luke Jerram's six-metre glowing sculpture has Nasa-inspired detail. It's lighting up the Natural History Museum for the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11. We have lift off!
Expect vivid canvases that explode in fireworks of colour at this retrospective of innovative abstract expressionist Lee Krasner. It's the visual equivalent of one of those Pret ginger shots - a proper kickstart to spring.
Prints from art's greatest miserablist. The eyes of his works follow you around the room, and they'll haunt you when you leave.
Watch the adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater's memoir, Toast. Set in 1960s West Midlands and it'll also set your tastebuds well-seasoned.
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