22 Things to do in London in May 2024

Head outdoors to explore London in May, join cultural celebrations and marvel at vibrant flower shows across the city.

People walking, admiring the floral displays of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Discover what’s on in London in May. Snap away at the flower displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Credit: RHS/Georgi Mabee. Image courtesy of RHS.

In May, spring is well under way with warm weather and some delightful sunshine, but you may still need a light coat and a brolly, in case of a light drizzle.

Schools across the UK usually break up for a half-term holiday at the end of May, bringing a packed programme of family-friendly activities and events at some of London’s top attractions.

There's also two public holidays (bank holidays) this month: the Early May Bank Holiday and Spring Bank Holiday, so keep an eye out for what’s on in London in May to make the most of the long weekends.

Unmissable London events May 2024

A woman looking at the colourful flowers during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

  1. Marvel at stunning horticultural displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower ShowPick up the latest gardening trends and rehome a plant or two. 21-25 May
  2. Get a ticket for the Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium: Or join football fans in pubs all over London to cheer on your favourite team. 11 or 12 May
  3. Get your fill of beautiful flower displays at the Belgravia in Bloom festival: Wander through the streets lined with exquisite floral displays and experiences. TBC
  4. Or admire vibrant floral displays at Chelsea in Bloom: See the streets of Chelsea burst with colour at London's largest free flower festival. TBC

Take a look at the London events calendar to see what else is happening.

London theatre in May

Beverley Knight and Jennifer Saunders stands on the stage wearing glittery nuns costumes while performing on Sister Act.

  1. Be spellbound with Wicked London tickets at the Apollo Victoria: Experience magic as you watch the witches in the Wizard of Oz. 
  2. Discover the exhilarating MJ The Musical at Prince Edward Theatre: An electrifying show covering Michael Jackson's best songs and iconic dance moves. 
  3. Meet the sassy Sister Mary Clarence at Sister Act at the Dominion Theatre: Discover the life-affirming story of a woman finding her way in the world after marriage and motherhood. 
  4. Sing along to top pop hits at ABBA Voyage at the ABBA Arena: See the world's favourite pop band perform together once again in this unforgettable show.
  5. Or join the immersive Mamma Mia! The Party at The O2: The ultimate dinner with a show featuring ABBA's most catchy hit songs. 

Check out even more exciting theatre shows in London this May.

Family activities in May

The Great Hall at Discovering Hogwarts at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

  1. Plan a Harry Potter-themed day outHave a magical adventure at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, where the iconic films were made.
  2. Tick off items from your London bucket list: Check out top attractions in London and the capital's popular kids attractions
  3. Make the most of two bank holidays and a whole week for May half-termPick up a sightseeing pass, such as the London Pass, the London Explorer Pass or the Merlin Attractions Pass.
  4. Head outdoors for a spot of sightseeing in the sunshine: Tour the city on an open-top or hop-on hop-off bus tour, or take to the river on a special Thames tour or cruise.
  5. Celebrate King Charles III's coronation anniversary at London's top royal attractionsTick off the capital's most memorable royal landmarks such as the Royal Mews and Westminster Abbey.
  6. Or explore the city's most beautiful royal palaces: Uncover fascinating history at Hampton Court Palace, and see the birthplace of Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace.
  7. Take a stroll through idyllic Kew Gardens this spring: See bluebells, daffodils and cherry blossom in bloom along with more unusual plants and flowers.
  8. Spend the day at a Theme Park: Ride the UK's fastest roller coaster at Thorpe Park and let your imagination run wild at LEGOLAND Windsor.
  9. Explore the exciting Cutty Sark: Bring out your inner adventurer as you discover London's iconic ship and its many workshops and events this spring.
  10. Head to the Home of English Rugby for a tour of Twickenham Stadium: Get a backstage pass to one of the world's most famous sporting venues.

Discover more fantastic activities for families in London.

London exhibitions in May

My Neighbour Totoro, Studio Ghibli.

  1. Explore the works of Angelica Kauffman at the Royal Academy of Arts: See inspiring pieces from of the most celebrated artists of the 18th century. Until 30 Jun 2024
  2. Don't miss Japan: Myths to Manga at the Young V&A: Go on an atmospheric trip through Japanese history at this eclectic exhibition. Opens 14 Oct 
  3. Get a more in-depth look into London's most impressive collections on a tour: Explore the highlights of the National Gallery or see the best of the British Museum.

Check back nearer the time for more exhibitions in May in London.

For more things to do in London in May, take a look at this events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage with this London theatre guide. For on-the-go adventure ideas, download the Visit London app.

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