Best Events In May

London is on its A-game this month. The usual mix of delicious foodie pop-ups, boat parties and film nights are a given, but May also sees one-off warehouse festivals and the launch of Shoreditch's favourite summer-time market by the same token. We've been out scouting once again, and come up with this list of the best events and parties in London this May.

Last updated on 12th January 2018

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Head to the London Aquarium after hours and get up close and personal with some of the sea's most interesting animals. With a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival, guests will be able to explore the two floors of the aquarium, seeing the sharks, sea turtles and Cuban crocodiles that live in the aquarium. 

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Something A Little Different, Date Night, Activity, Walks & Tours
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There's a zombie on a chain which is getting longer as time passes and you're trapped in a room with it. This May in London, Tapped in a Room with a Zombie is bringing a whole lot of fun to Whitechapel; you have one hour to complete the puzzles and challenges and make it out to safety.

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Date Night, Hen Party, Something A Little Different, Stag Do, Activity
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Inspired by one of the most popular shows on TV, The Big London Bake is a fun event taking place in London this summer that will see guests compete against each other in a carefree baking competition. Will you crumble under the pressure? Or do you have what it takes to slice through the competition?

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Hen Party, Date Night, Food & Drink
Tooting
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As one of the few remaining ballrooms with its original decor still intact, it's only fitting that London's biggest Jive party takes place at the Rivoli Ballroom. The team behind this iconic London spot are transporting their guests back to the 1920s, hosting a night revolving around jive music. With a free class for beginners at the start of the evening, things will soon kick up a notch when the swing band takes over. Pull on your waistcoat or your best flapper dress and head down to this vintage May night out in London.

20:00 - 01:00
Live Music, Something A Little Different, Activity, Date Night
Live Music
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36 events @ 2 venues with 36 upcoming dates from 20 Jan 2018 until 30 Jun 2018

Sharpen up your lyrical flow skills, get your rap game on and prepare for a brunch expedition like no other. The revolutionists at the Hip Hip Brunch club will be stuffing you with their 'Dirty South' menu of Americana inspired foods, drowning you in bottomless cocktails and then handing you the mic to let some serious hip hop karaoke riiiiip. 

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Hackney Wick harbours some secrets in its warehouse spaces, and none quite as cool as Crate Brewery. One of the best ways to experience craft beer in the city, join these hop heathens not only for a beer tasting, there's a brewery tour to boot. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Walks & Tours, Food & Drink, Classes, Drinks Tasting
Hackney
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Boogie your way through the bank holiday at this fun London event in May. With amazing brunch options, fantastic cocktails and non-stop music, you can drink and dance yourself all the way into Monday.

12:00 - 04:00
Daytime, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
Live Music
Farringdon
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16 events @ Secret London Location with 16 upcoming dates from 20 Jan 2018 until 30 Jun 2018

Ladies and gents, it’s time to Be Dope, Be Awesome. The 90s Brunch is all about letting loose and celebrating everything that was great about this glorious decade; there’ll be sharing platters of brunch goods, bottomless Mimosas for an hour, lip-sync battles and a floor-slaying playlist of the greatest 90s classics on the speakers.

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Prepare for the ride of your life with this London May event. Fly and dive your way across the Royal Victoria Dock inside an 18ft killer whale, turn loops and splash yourself silly.  

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Daytime, Something A Little Different, Stag Do
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2 events @ 2 venues with 16 upcoming dates starting on 23 Jan 2018

Don your spandex and get ready to boogie… and do yoga! Disco yoga combines people’s love of partying with their love of yoga by bringing a dazzling disco soundtrack to an all-talent class. And afterwards, you’ll all be treated to a complimentary glass of cocktail or mocktail.

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One of the most interesting events in London this May, this unique dining experience takes you on a journey through the kitchens of the Gaza Strip with delicious food and fusion music.

17:00 - 01:00
Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Supper Clubs
Jazz
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10 events @ 7 venues with 35 upcoming dates from 25 Jan 2017 until 22 Jun 2018

If it Sounds Familiar - you're on to a winner. The ultimate quiz turn night out that is rocking London returns taking over Jerusalem Bar, Trapeze and The Phoenix with their mentalist attitude towards the traditional pub quiz. You'll be up, you'll be down, you'll be dancing and you'll be singing around at this quiz of music and mayhem.

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With feasting, fighting and lots of beer, Medieval Banquet might sound like a normal Sunday, but it's not. Head over to the atmospheric Vaults in Waterloo to munch on five courses of food, be entertained by sword-fighters and dance ballroom style.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Themed Nights, Something A Little Different
Background Music
City of London
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Head over to Kensington as L'Etranger Piano Lounge put their touch on your Saturday night. Join the swish bar for live piano music, cocktails, canapes and French dining this weekend as they put on special deals for larger groups.

19:00 - 03:00
Live Music, Fun Time Partying
80's Music
West London
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Channel your inner Whitney and unleash the inner diva at this karaoke-with-a-difference event in Hoxton. Choose your song, and you'll belt it out with the full backing of a powerful backing gospel choir. Praise hallelujah, this is easily one of the best things to do this May.

19:00 - 23:00
Fun Time Partying, Karaoke, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Activity
Funk & Soul
Shoreditch
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Sure, you've been to plenty of bottomless brunches in London, but we doubt you've ever been to one like this before. Join D Klugers Olde Town Tavern in Canary Wharf for a food event to remember as you pair bottomless booze with some of the best drag in the business.

12:30 - 15:30
Cabaret/Burlesque, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Canary Wharf
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Proud Camden are hosting the night of every RnB lover’s dreams. Get yourself down to Blingo, as old skool MC drops beats, bingo with prizes, lip sync battles and the biggest house party in town. Imagine if you’re nan’s favourite hobby was taken over by the coolest people you’ll ever know, and you’ve got yourself this good time.

18:30 - 22:30
Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Comedy
Hip Hop/RnB
Camden
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Get your funnies on the river waves on the Thames any Saturday from the 16th May on this live wire boat. With names such as Noise Next Door to roll in the laughs, enjoy entertainment with a difference and don't rush off - hop along to the club night after your fill of chuckles.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Comedy, Date Night, Something A Little Different
Embankment
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Thames Lates

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With the weather only getting warmer, what better a time for adventure than the start of spring? Coming at you with one of the most high octane experiences in London, join Thames Lates on their speedboat across the city as you roar your way down the Thames. 

17:45 - 21:00
Boat Party, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Stag Do
Background Music
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7 events @ Shaw Theatre with 7 upcoming dates from 27 Apr 2018 until 02 Jun 2018

Extravagance, raunchiness, and pure talent – the London Burlesque Festival is here and ready to get you hot under the collar. With shows ranging from the dangerous, to the risqué and even the geeky, any fan of burlesque would be a fool to miss this.

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4 events @ 3 venues with 16 upcoming dates from 26 Jan 2018 until 27 Jul 2018

Popping up in various locations across London, Fiddle Paradiddle are bringing ceilidh to London. The eclectic band will be playing live music and leading you through the steps, whether you be a beginner or a dab hand.

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Silent Sounds will take you down the Thames with the best soundtrack possible. Get an amazing clubbing experience while seeing London’s sights, as their amazing DJs play all manner of party anthems, rock classics, or dance floor fillers.

19:45 - 23:30
Boat Party, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
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