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 27th April 2017
It's officially the summer season which can only mean one thing: sun, sand and good times. Brixton Beach brings South London sunshine holiday vibes with their summer pop-up; head there on a weekend for top London DJs, street food and cocktails at this ultimate party destination.
It's time to steam toward summer with one of the best pop-up events in the city. Coming at you with street food, palm trees and partying aplenty, join Neverland London as this top notch event promises a journey to the tropics just shy of West London.
Tempest Rose and her House of Burlesque are completely twisting norms this May, combing all the sultry fun and cheeky charm of traditional burlesque and marrying it with technology. Taking place at the Underbelly Festival on the Southbank, the night promises to be something you've never seen before.
Paradise By Way of Kensal Rise may be more known for their wild party nights and stunning venue but they are also putting on an amazing immersive night with UnCorked Theatre. How To Solve A Problem Like Murder throws you into a world of murder and intrigue, told by seven friends, not everyone is as innocent as they first appear.
Taking place in the stunning setting of the 17th Century Master Shipwrights Palace on the banks of the River Thames, Unamplifire hopes to revolutionise the way you listen to music at festivals. Some of the finest artists in the UK will be playing folk, roots and acoustic music, but there’s no speakers or microphones – just completely natural sounds.
It's time to put on your game face, grab your laser gun and head out for the mission of your lives. Available for private hire and group games, Laser Lates is the latest gaming trend to hit London. The action takes place in a reconstructed town, duck behind tomb stones, hide in an old church and roam the abondoned houses to play this high stakes game.
It's time to put the fun back into your May in London as Guilty Pleasures bring you the biggest, rowdiest nights full of absolute corkers. Head over to KOKO in Camden to hear the best songs from your favourite pop sensations, confess all to Father Oates and learn the hottest dance moves from The Guilty Grrrls.
This May Whitechapel – Suspects, Lunatics and a Leather Apron is returning for its second and final run. It’s Victorian London and Scotland Yard is being haunted by a mysterious killer. Interact with key characters at the time, visit the Ten Bells for a gin to steel your nerves or confess your sins at Church. Immersive yourself in this haunting pop-up theatre piece and find out the true killer.
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.
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.
It wouldn't be a Saturday without brunch and classy central London spot Sanctum Soho are putting on a feast with bottomless prosecco. Join the restaurant to munch on breakfast pots and brunch plates that include classics such as Eggs Royale and Eggs Benedict.
The opportunity to get a delicious meal and bottomless drinks is one you shouldn’t pass up lightly. With a menu of roast steak, beef fat roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and more, as well as unlimited prosecco or Bloody Marys, this might be the best lunch in May.
Head to The Vaults at Waterloo to get lost in Wonderland as Les Enfants Terribles bring back their incredible immersive theatre event. Alice's Adventures Underground is unlike any other London event as they bring Lewis Carroll's iconic novel to breath-taking, stunning life. You decide the story for the night as you follow the White Rabbit, unscramble the riddles of the Cheshire Cat and meet the Mad Hatter.
Taking to the heart of Dalston this time around, get ready for another top romp courtesy of Little Nan's. Head on down for a kitsch and colourful wonderland of crockery and cocktails set alongside 90s beats and pic'n'mix to boot.
Fancy a bottomless brunch? Don’t go to any old café, take a trip to a tiki paradise at the Tropicana Beach Club. Not only are there breakfast tacos to feast on, there’s an hour of bottomless Sangria de Cava, Musical Bingo and tonnes of live performances from great acts.
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.
Drink Shop and Do are hosting another quirky event. Taking place this May in London, the King's Cross Bar will be putting on a Star Wars quiz, test your knowledge on all matters of the Jedi, join in with the games and try one of theri cracking cocktails.
Spring has officially sprung, and so has some of the best comedy in London. Head on down to Laugh Out London in Tooting this May for a night or roaring jokes and top stand-up from the likes of Marcel Lucont and plenty more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The carefree team at St John's Gate are hosting a pub quiz full of tough teasers, riddles and conundrums this May in London. Set in the historic surroundings of what used to be Ye Olde Jerusalem Tavern, the bar will be serving tankards of beer and fine wines while the quiz master tests out your wit and cunning. Beat the best and rise to the top at this fun night out in London.
Pickle Boy Comedy might just be the funniest thing you see in May. Bringing the best and most alternative comedians in London and taking place in the unique Howling Hops Tank Bar & Brewery, if you want a hilarious night and some delicious pickled eggs, you’ve found your spot.
Nocturnal is bringing a huge all day party to Magic Roundabout as they invite in some of East London's hottest DJs and MCs. There's going to be fun, games and loads of great music to get you in the mood for summer.
What with spring rolling around the corner, there's no better sport for the warming weather than a round of golf... crazy golf that is. Host to one of the best courses in London, join Plonk for a few fun rounds at the People's Park Tavern.
The Grand in Clapham is hosting a live music event that's certain to leave an impression on you. The Basement Orchestra will be taking traditional classical music to exciting new levels. The group will first play songs by the likes of Sibelius, Hendrik Andriessen and Richard Rodney Bennett, before returning to the more familiar work of Gershwin. Expect melodic tunes and a night full of surprises.
Yoga has come on leaps and bounds in London, so where to indulge in yoga with a difference this May in London? Found atop the Sky Garden, get familiar with some of the best views in the business as you bow down to the sun and learn a few new moves.
Set in the utterly gorgeous Kensington Roof Gardens, The Venetian Masquerade Ball will be an evening of intrigue, beauty and fun. Head to West London for a night that includes all manner of entertainment, from stilt walkers through to fire breathers and a saxophonist before a DJ takes to the decks to keep you partying until 2am.
Adding a whole heap of atmosphere to The Babadook as Temple Cinema returns for its fourth season. The film club shows iconic films in a secret masonic temple for added oomph; add a four-course dinner and pop-corn and you've got a cracking night.
The Holy Birds are hosting Faded, the best way to spend your Bank Holiday. They are bringing the hottest hip hop and RnB from the noughties, nineties and now for a night of good beats and better vibes. There’s a smart dress code and it’s only over 21s – so expect a classy night.
This May, Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet and the group behind Little Nan's Cocktail Bar are teaming, hosting a frivolous disco at the Brookdale Club in South London. With the bar serving all your favourite drinks, plus a handful of Little Nan's signature teapot cocktails, the DJs will be spinning playing all the best vinyl 70s, 80s and 90s pop and funk & soul tunes long into the night. Grab a drink, head to the dancefloor and shake away your worries at this fun event in London.
Get ready to 'dress to undress' as MILK VII invite you to their infamous burlesque and cabaret night. This time taking place in Hackney's Paper Dress Vintage venue, the evening will include sizzling performances by Miss Sugar Rush and Bella Boom, along with live music and DJs.
Who knew you could have this much fun at a boozy lunch? With happy hour cocktails and discounted prosecco, you’ll be partying all day at this amazingly fun celebration. After feasting on a delicious selection of Italian food, you’ll be able to storm the dance floor until well into the night.
Looking for something different to do this May in London? Fan of a pooch? This could be the event for you. Join The Dogs Trust as they head to West London for a dog themed party to remember. Head on down for cocktails for the owners, special treats for the dogs, games and prizes aplenty.
It's big, it's colourful and it's riotous - Thom Foole's House Party is a North London club night that puts the silliness back into partying. Head to Angel to spend the night with comedians, burlesque and cabaret acts, and DJs; expect a completely hilarious night.
Soho is famous for two things: it's legendary clubs and swinging live music. Combining the best of both worlds, jazz band Benoit Viellefon are taking over Ronnie Scott's for cracking nights of gypsy swing and American jazz.
It's time to grow up... said no one ever. Join BallieBallerson for one of the most unique events in London this May as they're not only promising a pop-up ball pit to party in, there's nostalgic cocktails, neon lights, DJs and plenty more come sundown.
Drinks, brunch and a boat. Can you think of a better way to spend May in London? We certainly don't think so. Join Alfred Le Roy for all that and more as they promise the ultimate spring fling with plates, summer cocktails and time aboard their barge.
May is officially the start of summer, and with the hotter months comes BBQs! But we can guarantee you’ve never had a barbeque quite like this before, as guests will be seated in a decommissioned 1967 London Underground carriage. They’ll also be treated to three courses of delicious BBQ food supplied by nearby Smithfield market and a welcome cocktail.
From party games through to massive team sing-alongs, Extreme Sports is a night unlike any other. Professional comedian James Hancox is hosting proceedings at The Rosemary Branch Theatre.
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.
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.
After achieving critical acclaim in South London, Scripts For Supper return to East London, taking over Eastbound and offering its guests a theatrical dinner that they'll never forget. After enjoying a welcome drink and canapes, guests will be given a delicious 5-course dinner that's broken up by a performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Based underneath the arches of an railway station, this is one May event in London well-worth checking out.
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.
May just got a whole lot more trippy as a white rabbit leads you down his burrow and into a wonderland of disco music and deep house. Find the secret London location for a glittery party that will have you up until the very latest hours of the morning.
It’s easy to forget that dating is supposed to be fun, so why not remind yourself with a bit of Jenga dating! You’ll get to play a few games with like-minded, fun people, and the bricks themselves are labelled with cool ice-breaking questions and hilarious dares to make everything that much more interesting.
Nicole Line’s textile workshop business teaches a creative skill to both adults and children. She’s running a series of events in London this summer that spans screen printing to tie dyeing, and these events are all about welcoming beginners and experts alike together. You’ll learn how to use the equipment and source the materials in a relaxed environment that’s all about sharing ideas and techniques.
Toting princes and princesses, dressing up boxes, sing-a-longs and all manner of fairy-tale treats, this foodie affair is a must visit for May. Your ticket includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and free flowing bottomless prosecco.
This May find out whether you have what it takes to make it into space. This retro futuristic dining experience will see if you have what it takes to colonise Mars, as Professor June Cavendish guides you through an evening of rigorous scientific testing, an epic five-course international menu and, of course, cocktails.
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.
Get ready for a serious stuffing as Billy and Jack host an epic supper club that focuses on home-cooked, big-style food. The pair cook up a feast with simple ingredients, from steaks through to pies.
Featuring a stellar cast of Broadway actors, an Oscar-winning story line and beautiful set design, An American in Paris arrives in London to sweep you off your feet. The story tells the tale of an American GI who dreams of becoming a painter and his adventures in Paris.
Looking to get your comedy kicks this May in London? Then join the Instant Laughs comedy club as they entice the crowd with a top notch selection of indie comedy acts and stand-up jolly. Oh, and there prices are a darn treat too!