Fidelio Orchestra Café is an eating and drinking establishment in which classical music happens. But not in the way you probably imagine, where posh old people slowly saw through beef fillets while studiously ignoring an insipid string quartet. No, Fidelio’s is for people who a) enjoy fun and b) actually like music. The café is due to open its doors for (Covid-safe) inside concerts from Tuesday May 18. Why is this news, you ask? Well it’s because Fidelio’s has decided that the music of Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms should be available to everyone and so has introduced a new extremely affordable ticket band for all its concerts. For 15 quid you’ll be able to have a pint while watching some of the world’s most skilled musicians play some of the most incredible pieces ever composed.
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. While 2021’s fifth month might not be quite as thrilling as the Mays of yesteryear (there’ll be no big nights out or early festivals or even RHS Chelsea Flower Show just yet), it’s sure to be better than 2020’s one. 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. Visit an actual restaurant INDOORS. Get early installments of London’s returning culture (art galleries are back on May 17). Do your first exercise class of the year. And – of course – be sure to make the most of the Bank Holidays with mini-breaks to not-London or seated club nights. Here's our guide to the best events, parties, pop-ups and things to do in May 2021 in London. You're in for one sweet, sweet month.
While your diary’s out, remember that it's never too early to start planning for June either.
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