Surrounded by two public holidays and warmer weather, May is one of the best months of the year. From foodie events to exhibitions to the Chelsea Flower Show, here’s how The Resident recommends the best things to do in London this May…
1 Cinco de Mayo at Temper, Covent Garden
To celebrate the biggest event on the Mexican calendar, Temperament is throwing a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at their Covent Garden location with Mexican specialities, £5 margaritas and a Mariachi band to really party. For one night only, Covent Garden will be transformed in festival style, with colorful pom prom streamers, paper flowers hanging from the ceiling and bespoke vinyls in the windows. Reservations recommended
When: Thursday, May 5
Time: From 5 p.m.
Address: Court, 5 Mercer Walk Mercer WC2H 9FA
2 London Craft Week, all over London
London Craft Week returns for its eighth edition with a new London-wide programme. It brings together the work of famous and emerging artists, makers and designers, to showcase the best of craftsmanship from around the world. Highlights include a series of events that reframe the narrative of sustainability and the exploration of craftsmanship within the fashion industry. There are also festival centers in Belgravia, Chelsea, King’s Cross and St James’s, a lecture by Anya Hindmarch on the future of leather and an exhibition on contemporary jewelery and furniture at Sotheby’s London.
Dates: May 9-15
3 Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea
Returning to its original spring date, the Chelsea Flower Show returns with food for thought and inspiration for the garden. Program highlights include show gardens focusing on regeneration, container gardening, foraging and wellness, and the return of indoor plant studios. Also beware of events inspired by flower shows, such as Blooming Belgraviawho is also returning this year.
Date: May 24-28
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 8am-5.30pm
Tickets: from £35.85
4 Eccleston Yards Market, Belgravia
Eccleston Yards Market returns this spring to feature a range of independent and craft traders. The charming courtyard will house stalls selling all sorts of wares, from ceramics and textiles to jewelry and accessories. The many restaurants and cafes in the courtyard will be open for alfresco dining while you enjoy live music from one of the up-and-coming musicians scheduled to play throughout the market.
Date: Sundays from until June, excluding public holidays
Address: 21 Eccleston Square, SW1W 9NF
5 Fourpure Brewery Brewery/LDN after party, Bermondsey
Bermondsey Beer Mile is always good craic, and for one day things get a little more festive. The Fourpure Brewery will host a party in honor of the Brew/LDN beer and cider awards. Enjoy music from the sounds of Sofar, Afro-fusion street food from Cally Munchy, table tennis and beer of course. Prefer a Thameside pub crawl instead? Wherever you are along the Thames, The Resident has selected the best pubs for you.
When: Saturday, May 7
Time: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Address: Brasserie Fourpure, 25 Rotherhithe New Road SE16 3LL
6 Small is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition, South Kensington
Small is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition comes to South Kensington and showcases tiny art and photographic works by over 30 international artists. It is a deliciously quirky and playful exhibition in which visitors can immerse themselves in quirky universes of tiny proportions. Beware a sculpture of a mother and daughter small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil by Bosnian artist Jasenko Dordevic and London-based photographer Slinkachu‘s including one of a snake attacking a little girl and her mother made from a green shoelace in a puddle. As part of the race, there are creative workshops for children aged 7 to 12, so that they too can create large but mini works of art.
Date: Reservation until July
Time: Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10am-9pm
Price: £16/£13 adult/child
Address: 79-85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW7 3LD
7 London in the Sky, Greenwich
Open for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and sunset dinners, as well as cocktail flights, London in the Sky sees diners strapped above the O2 at one two 22-seat tables suspended in the air. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, London In the Sky rocks the weekend with fun festival vibes that start at ground level and are filled with long afternoons of live music.
Dates: May 19 – August 29
Tickets: from £79 per person
Address: Peninsula Square SE10 0DX
8 Dopamine Land, South Kensington
Dopamine Land is a new immersive experience that takes you into the “world of happiness” using advanced technology used to channel feelings of well-being. Promising punters the chance to disconnect from reality, Dopamine Land encourages visitors to connect with their emotions and channel their childhood imaginations as they navigate optical illusions, sound effects and themed rooms. in ultimate sensory overload. There is a pillow fight room, a popcorn room, a bubble tea room, and an infinite mirror room. Be quick, there are only limited tickets left for this.
Date: Reservation until June
Time: some Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday 3pm-7.30pm; Saturday11am-7.30pm; Sunday 11am-6pm
Cost: £20/£15 for available group tickets
Address: 79-85 Old Brompton Road SW7 3LD
9 CINEMA ON THE ROOF, PECKHAM AND STRATFORD
Cinema with a view is back with Rooftop Cinema at the Bussey Building and Roof East. Settle into a lounge seat to watch your favorite blockbuster or indie film with one of the most spectacular sets around. Films scheduled include The Great Gatsby, True Romance, La La Land and Cocktail. In time for Deaf Week (May 2), Roof East will offer a series of films with HOH signatures and subtitles.
Date: Peckham from April 29; Stratford from May 3
Tickets: from £16.95
Address: Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; Multi-storey car park 7 and 8 Stratford, Great Eastern Road E15 1BB
It is still early, this guide will be updated…