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London events in May

London will be gearing up for summer in May 2022, so make the most of it at a music festival, rooftop bar or must-see exhibition.

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May: a month of extra days off work, creeping warmth and pre-summer excitement. It’s one of London’s finest, and it’s right around the corner.

Spend the next few days getting much-needed Vitamin D on the terrace of one of London's rooftop bars or in a pretty park. Rock out at one of the year’s first music festivals. Elevate your endorphins at an exercise class. Check out one of the summer’s must-see exhibitions.

And – of course – be sure to make the most of the bank holidays with mini-breaks to somewhere outside of London. Here’s our guide to the best events, parties, pop-ups and things to do in May 2022 in London. You’re in for one sweet, sweet month.

Get in touch with nature

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Each year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show sees garden lovers flock to SW3 to get their annual fix of horticultural goodness. There’s always much chatter about the most spectacular floral displays, but one of the gardens at this year’s show has been designed to spark debate of a different kind: about racial and climate injustice. 

Titled Hands Off Mangrove by Grow2Know, the garden is inspired by the story of the Mangrove Nine, a group of activists who were arrested and persecuted by the police in 1970 following raids on the Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill. The subsequent trial saw all nine defendants acquitted, with the judge describing ‘evidence of racial hatred’ in the Metropolitan Police. Steve McQueen made a film about it, ‘Mangrove’, which was part of his ‘Small Axe’ anthology series that screened on the BBC in 2020. 

Another inspiration for the garden is the deforestation of mangroves around the world. In its centre will be a four-metre-tall sculpture with nine bare roots, each recognising a Mangrove Nine defendant, surrounded by various lush species, including edible plants like beetroot, peppers, rocket and tomatoes. The crushed concrete path that runs through the garden represents the challenges and threats of racism, poverty and violence in 1970s Notting Hill and today. 

Hands off Mangrove by Grow2Know will be presented at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from May 24-28. Tickets are on sale now

 

Enjoy an utterly unique immersive experience

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Ever dreamt of being Lara Croft? Or just being in close proximity to her? Either way, you’re in luck: a new ‘Tomb Raider’-inspired immersive event is coming to Camden’s Stables Market in February next year, offering you an action-packed chance to help save the world. The makers have got seriously impressive credentials, having masterminded mega-hit ‘The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience’, which Time Out’s reviewer gave a whopping five stars. They’ll invite guests to join teams of eight to escape a sinking ship, discover an ancient tomb, solve puzzles galore, and interact with live actors from the ‘Tomb Raider’ franchise. Frankly, it all sounds pretty fierce.

‘Tomb Raider: The LIVE Experience’ is on at Camden’s Stables Market from May 3, 2022: tickets here.

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