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 16th March 2020




@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Thursday 9th April 2020

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.

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 one of the venue's numerous locations across London for a night of good-heart, easy-going fun.

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.

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Various dates from Thursday 9th April 2020

Travel back in time to Victorian England and the midst of a Martian invasion at this epic immersive experience. Taking place in a huge central London location, audience members will be invited to take on the earth's deadliest threat, combining VR, holograms, theatre and cutting edge technology to transport you to a land of sci-fi fantasy.

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.

@ The Harrison on Various dates from Saturday 9th May 2020

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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.

Agency Unknown

234 user reviews 4

Looking for a completely raucous and fun night out? Last Man Standing, Gospeloke and more are here to up your next night out in London. Expect an eclectic series of events with It's Unknown.

  BEYONCE BRUNCH

20 user reviews 4

@ Secret London Location on Saturday 2nd May 2020 and 7 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. 

@ Le Cordon Bleu on Sat, 2nd May 2020 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

Spend a day tucking into incredible bites from a range of Michelin-starred chefs at Le Cordon Bleu Spring Festival. The renowned cookery school will be opening their doors for a day of practical workshops, demonstrations and tastings from Alumni experts and current students for what is guaranteed to be a delicious day.

  Cocktail Time Machine

15 user reviews 5

@ Timeless Bar and Kitchen on Various dates from Thursday 9th April 2020

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One of the best drinks events in London this May, the Cocktail Time Machine is taking you on a journey back to some key moments in bartending history. On this unique experience you'll learn about the origins of three hugely popular drinks, and yes, there will be tasters.

Laugh Train Home Events

224 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. 

London Craft Beer Cruise

59 user reviews 4

Join the crew aboard The River Princess this May as they show you exactly what London in springtime should be about - boats and beers. Take in the sights of the city as you sail down the Thames with some tasters of the finest craft beers in town.

Disco Yoga

131 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.

A night of

93 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.

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.

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.

@ The Grand on Saturday 2nd May 2020 and 5 other Saturdays

A far cry from the bog-standard Tuesday night quiz down your local boozer, Sounds Familiar is a non-stop celebration of the greatest tunes of all time (with a music quiz thrown in for good measure). Bring a group of your closest friends and spend the night drinking, dancing and hollering to number one hits of yesteryear.

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.

The Vauxhall Comedy Club

35 user reviews 5

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.

In need of May bank holiday ideas? Switching up your usual weekday evening antics? Join one of these quirky events where you'll be able to experience London's biggest attractions after-hours and with cocktails too.

THE DOUBLE R CLUB

29 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.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

124 user reviews 5

This sell-out event will have you and your mates on your feet, singing and dancing to classic party bangers as you compete to guess the name of the song and artist. Blasting out everything from Stormzy to Meatloaf, Ed Sheeran to Tina, get your inflatable mics at the ready for this raucous evening.

Taking over Dingwalls and the Karma Sanctum Soho this month, the London Burlesque Festival brings together acts from across the world for a stunning array events ranging from classic peepshows and 20s-inspired nights to queerlesque and anti-racism nights.

Bashment Brunch

46 user reviews 4

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.

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

222 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.

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. 

Blingo - Hip Hop Bingo

202 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.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Thursday 9th April 2020

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.

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

99 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 90's Brunch

204 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.