May in London

May is a lovely time of year to visit London, with warm weather and plenty of outdoor activities.

In May, spring is well under way with warm weather and some sunshine. But you may still need a light coat and an umbrella in case of rain.

May Events

See vivid floral displays and innovative show gardens at Chelsea Flower Show. Although the show tends to sell out in advance, there are lots of other floral-themed events in and around Chelsea during May, and many hotels and restaurants offer special afternoon teas and menus in honour of the show.

Many of London's outdoor events kick off in May. Festival season begins with music festivals in many of London's biggest parks. And Regent's Park Open Air Theatre starts its season, performing plays and musicals in a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre.

Celebrate Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, at a free festival in Trafalgar Square. Festivities include traditional and contemporary Asian music, dance, DJ sets and activities for children.

Soak up some culture after hours at Museums at Night. Many of London's museums and galleries open late and put on special events and activities.

For football fans, the FA Cup Final takes place at Wembley Stadium. This is the English Football Association league final and pubs all over London are likely to be packed with people watching the game.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.

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