Make the most of May in London. As the city's weather warms up, so does its calendar of open-air events with flower shows, vibrant cultural celebrations and fun activities for all.
A highlight for green-fingered Londoners and visitors alike is the Chelsea Flower Show. This huge event showcases the spoils of Mother Nature with beautiful and innovative show gardens and vast and vivid flower displays. Floral fancies also provide the backdrop to Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, a glorious alfresco amphitheatre in the heart of this Royal Park. Shakespeare, musicals and comedy form its eclectic line-up. The riot of colour continues with Vaisakhi on the Square, the Sikh New Year. This exuberant celebration is open to all and celebrates traditional and contemporary aspects of Sikhism through music, dance, crafts and food. For those hoping to admire London's unparalleled collection of art and antiquities, Museums at Night offers the perfect opportunity. This series of night-time events across the city's art institutions includes talks, exhibition previews and even sleepovers for children. May is also the month to soak up the atmosphere in London's sports pubs during the FA Cup Final – the English Football Association league final – a thrilling insight into the country's love for the "beautiful game".
With the days getting longer, why not take a walking tour of London. The raft of tour topics on offer encompasses London's multi-faceted culture and history, from Jack the Ripper to street art. Or head to a market and purchase emerging and vintage fashion, fine foods from local farmers, floral delights and antiques. There are two Bank Holidays in May, so head out for a family-friendly activities day that they'll remember. White water rafting, go-karting and climbing are just some of the exciting sports that can be found in the city. Beer gardens range from landscaped patios to verdant idylls in the heart of the city, and they come into their own this month, providing refreshment and respite from the city's buzz. Or take your tastebuds on tour to an Indian or Pakistani restaurant – from Michelin starred fare to budget-friendly local curry houses, London offers a fantastic selection.
WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.