Things to Do in London in May 2018

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.

There are also two public holidays (bank holidays) in May in London. Look out for special activities during these two long weekends at the start and end of the month.

May Events in London

See vivid floral displays and innovative show gardens at the prestigious RHS 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.

Meet artists, engineers and designers during London Craft Week, which showcases the creativity and craftsmanship of London's celebrated and emerging makers.

Soak up some culture after hours during the annual Museums at Night festival, when several of London's museums and galleries put on special evening events and activities.

Catch the English Football Association league final, the FA Cup final, which takes place at Wembley Stadium in May. Join football fans in pubs all over London, which are packed with people watching the game.

For more things to do in London in May, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage this month with our theatre guide.

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

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