The best May events in London
With a dog-themed Bark Off Bake Sale, a dog show, and prizes awarded in categories like ‘cutest pup’, 'golden oldies' and ‘best rescue’, this is one for the doggone animal obsessed.
This week-long festival celebrates craftsmen beavering away in all in all sorts of interesting nooks and crannies across London. Get stuck into behind-the-scenes demonstrations, hands-on craft workshops, talks, interviews and discussions with fascinating craftspeople.
Stuff the usual opening hours and hang out at your favourite cultural institutions after dark at the May edition of Museums at Night.
Oenophiles rejoice: London Wine Week returns for 2019 with seven days of grapey goings on all across town and this year its free to pick up your digital pass giving you access to exclusive £5 wine flights ‘sip and snack’ pairings at over 125 participating bars.
This major exhibition brings together the photographer's megahit works with some of his newest snaps, including ones that have never been publically on show before.
Louis Léopold-Boilly first found fame painting 'intimate' scenes. But, when the French Revolution hit, Boilly came out of the boudoir and into the streets. His large-scale scenes of life in the French capital are at the heart of this free exhibition.
Get ruff and ready for this exquisite collection of miniatures from the Tudor and Jacobean eras. The super-detailed artworks by Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver take gallery-goers back to a time when owning these teeny tiny pictures was part of a complex system of love, friendship, patronage and more.
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.
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.
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.
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