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.
  • Schools take a week-long half-term holiday in May and many family-friendly attractions put on special activities for the week. 

  • There are two public holidays (bank holidays) in May with events taking place over the long weekends.

  • Events include the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London Craft Week, the Museums at Night festival, the London Symphony Orchestra’s Open Air Classics concert and the FA Cup final.  

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 during some of London's biggest open-air theatre's summer seasons, including Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe.

Enjoy classical music for free in Trafalgar Square, at the London Symphony Orchestra's annual Open Air Classics concert. Or, dance to top electronic artists at the two-day Arcadia 10th Anniversary Festival

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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