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 9th September 2019

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Wednesday 25th September 2019

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It's BYOB, Wild West style. Successfully sneak your bottle of hooch into this cool West London Saloon and watch an expert mixologist whip it into a tasty old cocktail for you. Get yourself kitted out in boots and Stetson at one of the best upcoming events in London this May.

  Silent Sounds Boat Party

196 user reviews 5

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Saturday 23rd November and Friday 13th December 2019

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.

@ Pedley Street Station on Sunday 22nd September 2019

The Murder Express returns with a brand new show: Jewel of the Empire, with MasterChef winner Laurence Henry at the helm. Taking you back to the 1930's Great Depression, the train is on its way to the Von Cleethorpes Estate in the south of France, but of course the immersive adventure has mysteries in store for its guests. 

The BBQ Club

188 user reviews 4

Back again for the summer months, Southbank's favourite pop up is bringing the heat with the ultimate DIY barbecue experience. Join the BBQ Club chefs as they guide you through six courses of excellent food and tasty cocktails this season.

Fulham Beach

296 user reviews 4

Fulham Beach is back, bringing a plethora of fun, tropical-themed events and activities to enjoy. Head on down this summer and play shuffleboard, mini golf and beer pong in this little slice of paradise just opposite the river Thames, you're sure to forget you're even in London. 

Step inside a rundown motorhome for this unique cocktail experience and stir up some of the finest molecular mixes in the city. Putting you in charge of the shaking, it's a masterclass-cum-immersive event you won't forget in a hurry.

One of the summer's most anticipated pop-ups, this unique rooftop bar at Tobacco Dock is bringing you booths, day beds, garden games and cocktails from May right through to September.

A night of

91 user reviews 4

Inspired by artists, eras and genres, these stunning live music events bring together some of the finest live musicians in town for some of the best events in London in May.

  Gospeloke East London

43 user reviews 4

@ Colours Hoxton on Thursday 17th October 2019 and 2 other dates

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.

Just in time for the warmer weather comes the legendary Supa Dupa Fly. The event is taking place across some of London's coolest spaces, complete with guest DJs, hip hop tunes and plenty of fun.

Blingo - Hip Hop RnB Bingo

164 user reviews 5

From Camden to Clapham, this quirky bingo event is shaking up the usual. Not only will you get the chance to win big prizes, but you can expect dance-offs, lip sync battles and a soundtrack filled with the best in old school and modern hip hop hits.

@ Secret London Location on Saturday 28th September 2019 and 6 other Saturdays

All the single ladies! This is the ultimate Beyonce brunch experience and you are not going to want to miss out. These five hour parties with Queen B are all you need to get your love on top. You'll be wined and dined with an hour of free-flowing booze and two delicious breakfast dishes before hitting the dancefloor and getting drunk in love. 


16 user reviews 5

Bethnal Green Working Men's Club are playing host to one of London's most subversive fantasies. Step inside a twisted cocktail of cabaret, burlesque, comedy and live music reminiscent of David Lynch's nightmarish charm.

Bita Fallah Events

21 user reviews 5

This laid-back, welcoming supper club will be the highlight of you month for it offers a truly unique communal feel. Bita Fallsh has gone above and beyond to create a comfortable environment in which to share and enjoy delicious, authentic Persian eats.

@ Bread Street Kitchen on Various dates from Sunday 22nd September 2019

From a thirst-quenching menu of Bacardi-laced cocktails to signature dishes like tuna tartare and truffle fries, as well as, the Insta-worthy dining space, Bread Street Kitchen is the spring pop-up that you simply can't miss out on.

Disco Yoga

110 user reviews 5

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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From a Star Wars themed bash taking you to intergalactic heights to a 90s event throwing it all the way back with a banging soundtrack and UV lights, this is the laser tag party that you need in your life. Make your way to Stratford for all this and more.

Laugh Train Home Events

195 user reviews 5

If you're in need of a mid-week pick-me-up, head to a Laugh Train Home event. Taking place across venues in London, find you nearest and enjoy a night of belly-aching laughs from the best in biz, with previous performers including Joe Lycett, Sara Pascoe and Seann Walsh. 

The Exhibit B

58 user reviews 4

There's never a dull day in May at Exhibit B, as their events schedule is jammed packed with everything from glamorous bottomless brunches, to cinema screenings, to life drawing classes.

@ Owl and Hitchhiker on Various dates from Saturday 5th October 2019

Buckbuck Games are back with a new escape room and they're taking you very far down the rabbit hole. Head down into wonderland on the search for golds, treasure and the fabled caterpillar.

Got a dinner party coming up? Make sure to wow your guests with your perfect pasta-making skills from this masterclass in Covent Garden. Teaching you the art of the perfect dough, shapes and sauces to pair, it's sure to be an informative experience. 

@ Crate Bar & Pizzeria on Various dates from Thursday 26th September 2019

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. 

Bashment Brunch

31 user reviews 4

Discounts available on certain events

One of the best brunches in town, this all-day party brings you tasty food, bottomless cocktails and the very best in bashment, soca, dancehall and more.

@ Shrubs Wood on Various dates from Saturday 26th October 2019

Take everything back to the bare essentials as you're taken on a wilderness adventure to create a stunning dining experience. You'll get to forage through ancient forests, finding and putting together fresh dishes and immersing yourself in nature in its purest form. 

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.

  Thames Lates

29 user reviews 5

@ London Eye Millenium Pier on Various dates from Thursday 26th September 2019

Shake up your standard plans and head to the Thames for an unforgettable experience. Not only will you be taken on a speedboat cruise across London's iconic river, but there's even an epic soundtrack and sips courtesy of London Cocktail Club.

  Strictly Come Drag Queen

66 user reviews 4

@ Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern on Saturday 19th October 2019 and 3 other Saturdays

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.

This month, spend the evening exploring some of London's most iconic attractions without the hassle of tour groups, school trips or hoards of tourists. Instead, you'll be free to explore without any stress, with a glass of fizz or cocktail to hand. 

  The Water House Project

31 user reviews 5

@ Bert & May on Various dates from Thursday 26th September 2019

Head east this May and make your way through the impressive menu at this pop-up supper club. Not only can you tuck into a multi-course menu created by Michelin-starred chefs, but it all takes place in Bethnal Green's beautiful Bert & May design studio.

From derelict warehouses through to distilleries and quirky pubs, RANDE Pop Up is bringing a taste of Mexico to some seriously cool spots in the city. Tuck into a range of Mexican delicacies over four courses at a range of dynamic events, including a cool singles supper club.

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Shoreditch on Every Tuesday

Be immersed in London's most notorious prison experience where you and a fellow inmate will work in cahoots to whip up lip-smacking prison mixes. The masterclass will include two hours of expert knowledge, home brewed hooch and a truly unique theatrical adventure. 


66 user reviews 4

Join the city's premium vintage showgirl at secret east London haunt The King's Head Members Club for a sizzling showcase of spectacular talent. Offering the ultimate date night or quirky experience, these gals are equipped with the finest in burlesque, circus and vaudeville delights.

@ The Harrison on Friday 25th October 2019 and 3 other dates

Looking for fun things to do in May? Head to this King's Cross favourite where Felipe and Paul are taking over with an open whisky bar, live tunes and multimedia experiences. Expect folk and blues with a twist at this King's Cross spot.

An all-new space is open in London, offering a unique setting for cutting-edge comedy. Expect the unexpected as The Vauxhall Comedy Club throws its doors open top the city's best rising comedy stars, with food and drinks offers aplenty to keep you going.

  Fuller's Tasting Tour (Over 18)

578 user reviews 5

@ Fuller's Brewery on Various dates from Monday 23rd September 2019

Fuller's is opening the doors and letting you in on the secret to their famous pints. Join the renowned brewery at one of their tours, which will show the the entire brewing process, alongside letting you sample some of the deliciousness.

  Crazy Eight

128 user reviews 5

@ The London Shuffle Club on Various dates from Tuesday 24th September 2019

Join the Little Shuffle Club, London's only table shuffleboard table where you can enjoy two different tables, as well as their exclusive rebound version with electronic scoring, The Snapback. There's also Patron cocktails, alongside beers and wines.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Sunday 22nd September 2019

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.

Head to Brixton's gorgeous cocktail bar Cattivo where their head bartender will be taking you through a fun masterclass. Learn how to whip up three delicious gin cocktails before competing for the title of Best Cocktail of the Day.

@ The Mind Palace on Various dates from Wednesday 25th September 2019

This really is an immersive experience to die for. This summer, The Mind Place is inviting you to Shepherd's Bush to take part in an immersive cocktail experience where you'll confront Sherlock Holmes's nemesis, piece together clues and drink your success. 

Alfred Le Roy

139 user reviews 5

The days are getting brighter, the weather is getting warmer and what better way to enjoy the balmy British weather than with a trip aboard the Alfred Le Roy? Head to east London where you'll be taken on a booze-fuelled voyage across the waterways.

From singalong Grease nights through to the hottest pop nights and huge hip hop bashes, FEST in Camden is putting the party into your May in London.

The London Cabaret Club

138 user reviews 4

Add a little magic to your mid-week evenings this April with The London Cabaret Club. You'll be amazed by the stunning shows they have for you to feast your eyes upon, paired with delicious dinner offerings.

The 90s Brunch

183 user reviews 3

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.