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London events in May

Your guide to London's essential events, exhibitions, parties and things to do in May

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Hurrah! May is the month of the bank holiday. Its arrival means summer is very nearly here and that a lot of lucky Londoners get some bonus time out of the office. May also means it’s finally time to venture into London's great outdoors and start soaking up all that the city has to offer – whether that's heading to a rooftop bar, visiting a city farm or just lounging about in one of London's best parks. We've found the best events, parties, pop-ups and things to do across the capital during May 2018, so drag yourself outside, grab an early-summer ice cream and start maxing out on your London fun. 

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Our May 2018 event highlights

London Nights

London Nights looks at the city after dark through contemporary and historical imagery, from the 19th century through to the present day. The exhibition will look at how photographers have captured the aesthetic of the city at night, present imagery depicting the darker side to capital and how Londoners live their lives after hours.

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Museum of London , Smithfield Friday May 11 2018 - Sunday November 11 2018
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The Future Starts Here

Curious about the near future and what it’ll look like? Find a collection of over 100 objects ranging from futuristic smart appliances, satellites, and iterations of artificial intelligence to the more cutting edge aspects of internet culture at the V&A. 

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V&A , Brompton Saturday May 12 2018 - Sunday November 4 2018

Venom: Killer and Cure

Feeling brave? Head down to the Natural History Musuem to take a look at specimens, including snakes, scorpions, ants and centipedes to see the impact venom has had in cultures spanning time. Catch it before it closes on May 13. 

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Natural History Museum , Brompton Until Sunday May 13 2018
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Emily Allchurch

The Museum hosts a presentation of three works by renowned artist Emily Allchurch. Allchurch’s calling card typically revolves around recreating historic works in a contemporary style, using digital collage of her own photography.

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Sir John Soane's Museum , Holborn Wednesday May 16 2018 - Sunday July 22 2018
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Sister Brother

The Museum of Childhood are shining a light on the impact siblings have on our identity from an early age, exploring sibling relationships and how they affect our sense of self. Running until May 20.

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V&A Museum of Childhood , Bethnal Green Until Sunday May 20 2018

Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art

You’ll find 150 works, many of which have not been displayed in public before at this exhibition charting the career of mid-20th century designer and painter, Enid Marx. Moving from hand-printed textiles to industrially-produced weaves, the show includes her seating pattern for London Transport made in the ‘30s. 

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House of Illustration , King's Cross Friday May 25 2018 - Sunday September 23 2018
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Hamilton

Easily the biggest hit theatre show of our age – and the winner of 11 gongs at the 2016 Tonys – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ is an exuberant, multi-racial hip hop account of the life and times of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. If that sounds a bit obscure to British audiences: well, yeah, but Hamilton had been largely forgotten in the US until Miranda’s musical put him back in the spotlight.

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Victoria Palace Theatre , St James's Park Until Saturday December 15 2018

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Amy R

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

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