Things to Do in London in May 2017

Head outdoors in London in May to enjoy open-air theatre, cultural celebrations and flower shows, plus discover culture after dark.

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.

UK schools break up for a half-term holiday at the end of May. Family-friendly attractions are usually busy during this week-long school holiday, and many of them put on special activities for children.

May Events in London

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.

Watch a play outdoors this month, as some of London's biggest open-air theatres kick off their summer seasons, including Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe.

Or enjoy classical music for free in Trafalgar Square, at the London Symphony Orchestra's annual Open Air Classics concert.

Underbelly Festival's summer season of live entertainment is also underway in May, with comedy, circus, cabaret and children's shows, plus one of London's biggest outdoor bars.

Soak up some culture after hours with the Museums at Night festival, when several museums and galleries open late and put on special events and activities in London.

See some of the best international contemporary photographs on display at Somerset House for Photo London.

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 packed with people watching the game.

For more things to do in May, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London, or download a free copy of the May London Planner visitor guide. And catch the best of the London stage this month with our guide to top shows in May.

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

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