Best Events In May

London is on its A-game this month (and we have reopening to thank). The usual mix of delicious foodie pop-ups, boat parties and film nights are a given, but May also sees one-off outdoor festivals and the return of incredible brunches following their departure last year. We've been out scouting once again, and come up with this list of the best events and things to do in London this May.

Last updated on 20th May 2021




Looking for fun things to do outdoors this May? Head over to plonk, who are offering Londoners the chance to putt their golfing skills to the test. Kick-start the summer with a dose of healthy competition, as you take on quirky courses across the capital.

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

108 user reviews 4

Join the city's premium vintage showgirls at secret east London haunt The King's Head Member's 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.

Hosting some of the best events in London this May, The Brixton Courtyard is proving you don't have to be in a dark room to get into the club vibe. Bringing in a wealth of incredible DJs, it'll be table dancing until dawn at this lively spot.

Sipsmith

81 user reviews 5

One of the best things to do this May in London, this cool at home event is making sure you're not getting bored between pub trips. They'll be giving you the inside scoop on their distilling process via virtual tours and delivered tasters.

London's quirkiest cocktail is back this spring, ready to lock you up for another night of illicit drinks and sneaking away from the crooked warden. Don that famous orange jumpsuit to spend that night sipping on handcrafted tipples.

Midnight Apothecary

754 user reviews 4

Midnight Apothecary is a gorgeous hidden green space, located in the heart of the Brunel Museum. Head along this May to sip on alfresco cocktails and keep cosy by the firepit as the sunsets behind London's horizon.

Queen of Hoxton

20 user reviews 5

Queen of Hoxton is coming back to life this May, with a jam-packed event schedule of unmissable parties, brunches and more. Whether you fancy belting out hip hop anthems or soaking up the sun on a gorgeous rooftop, this place is an absolute must.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

275 user reviews 5

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz' events will have you and your mates on your feet, singing and dancing to classic party bangers in the cool surroundings of The Old Queen's Head. Blasting out everything from Stormzy to Meatloaf, Ed Sheeran to Tina, get your microphones and bevvies at the ready as you compete to guess the name of the song and artist.

Rivoli Pop up Cinema

86 user reviews 5

Home to some of the best pop-up cinema screenings in London, Rivoli is bringing its popular pastime back this spring with a whole host of events in May. Expect all the classics; from The Goonies and Pulp Fiction to The Breakfast Club and E.T.

Thames Rockets

40 user reviews 5

Shake up your standard plans and head to the Thames for an unforgettable experience aboard the Thames Rockets. 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.

Reggae, soca and afrobeat tunes, tasty food and carnival vibes are all on the menu at Shabba Party. The brunch pros will be joined by a range of talented DJs who'll be keeping the tempo high as you and your troop eat, drink and dance throughout the day.

Hip Hop Brunch LDN

610 user reviews 4

Fan of all things reggae, dancehall and RnB? Then Hip Hop Brunch LDN is the place for you. Head to one of their wicked events and you'll be treated to a three-course meal, bottomless cocktails, tunes galore and bingo games.

Bar Elba

198 user reviews 3

Craving some top-quality cocktails, bites to eat and stunning views this May in London? That's where Bar Elba comes in. Swing by the Waterloo rooftop bar and soak up the sun with bottomless brunches, suppertimes sessions and plenty more waiting for you.

Trapeze Bar

36 user reviews 4

Looking for fun events in Shoreditch this May? Trapeze Bar is bringing the heat with a whole series of reopening parties, brunch dos and live performances from their East London haunt. Get your glad rags on, because the circus is back in town.

  London Bar Bus

71 user reviews 5

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Looking for fun things to do this May? Hop aboard London Bar Bus for a unique day out with pals. Not only will you soak up the sun with a drink to hand, but you'll also get to learn all about our stunning city on the 90-minute tour. 

Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

3121 user reviews 4

Themed ball pits, fruity cocktails and party tunes are all on the menu at big kids party spot Ballie Ballerson. Grab the gang and head over to their fun-loving venue in the heart of Shoreditch for a night of hilarious, easy-going fun.

Do something a little different this May in London, as the official live game of Sherlock has landed. Taking place online and outdoors, this immersive mystery will have you playing detective with footage from the actors to guide you along the way. 

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 bookable booths, day beds, garden games and cocktails all year around. 

When in doubt? A bottomless brunch is always the answer to lacklustre weekends, and Barrio's is no different. The vibrant group of Latin-style bars is hosting a roster of themed events throughout May, from daytime bashes to musical bingo sessions.

Spice Girls, Britney, Taylor Swift and Disney... Impossible Things Entertainment are offering you a whole host of themed brunch events this May. Simply pick your experience and head over to West London's Aeronaut for an alfresco afternoon of music, food and two hours of free-flowing booze.

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.

Tonight Josephine

150 user reviews 4

Can't wait to finally be let loose on the city this spring? Nab yourself a spot at Tonight Josephine as May sees the arrival of their epic bottomless afternoon tea. Join them in Shoreditch and Waterloo for free-flowing cocktails and tiers of sweet treats.

The 90's Brunch

210 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.

Old School R&B Brunch

204 user reviews 5

Old School R&B Brunch will be returning this May for yet more daytime antics. Tickets start at just £38 and include live DJ sets, a two-course brunch feast and an hour of unlimited cocktails - all inside a top secret London location.

Looking to spice things up a little this May in London? Check out what Bougie Drag & Boy Toy have to offer. From world-class drag shows to bottomless dinners and buff bingo brunches, there's a whole range of unmissable events and experiences to explore. 

Lost Boys Pizza

71 user reviews 5

Lost Boys Pizza will be celebrating all things mezcal this May with their Tequila Taco-ver. Expect free-flowing nachos, tasty charcoal pizzas and, of course, a mega selection of tequila-based cocktails, which can be enjoyed on the heated outdoor terrace.

All Star Lanes Events

15 user reviews 5

Looking for fun London events in May? All Star Lanes are promising a wealth of incredible activities to keep you entertained throughout the month. From quirky Britney brunches to tabletop escape games, there's something for every kind of night out.

Dabbers Bingo

106 user reviews 4

Back for good from May, Dabbers is returning to London once again. Join them for the chance to get your bingo on with a slap-up selection of incredible events including outdoor and virtual sessions as well as bottomless brunches.

Four Wheel Events

14 user reviews 4

Four Wheel Events are providing you with some of the best things to do in May. Get in your car and head to East London where this quirky drive-in experience will keep you entertained with comedy acts and DJ sets.

London Boat Party

38 user reviews 4

Take your nights out up a notch with an evening on board the London Boat Party. Guaranteed to provide a fun-filled night of epic views, popular tunes and delicious drinks. these guys are bringing something a little different to the table.

The London Cabaret Club

265 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.

Fulham Beach

506 user reviews 4

Fulham Beach is the go-to this May for a beach experience in the city. Found by the River Thames in South London, this unique pop-up features everything from frozen cocktails and freshly baked pizza to full moon parties and quirky activities.