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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.
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.
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.
Step into the world of Bletchly Park at this cocktail experience-cum-escape room that combines code-breaking and mixology to bring you an evening of personalised cocktails and brain-teasing puzzles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever wondered how the music industry works? Well now you've got an exclusive shoe-in courtesy of Access All Areas. This unique immersive experience will have you attempt to handpick the finest musicians in London for a life-changing record deal... but of course nothing is as it seems.
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.
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.
Taking over the iconic Boisdale of Canary Wharf this month, Alexandra Burke is bringing you an evening filled with legendary songs from the likes of Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin alongside her own original work. Head east for delicious bites set to the tune of live music.
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.
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.
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.
Think you know tequila? Put your tastebuds to the test with the epic Margarita Rumble. Heading to OXO2 for two days this May, the cocktail-fuelled favourite has got over 15 curated bars and restaurants competing for the crown of best marg.
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.
Head to Hackney's gorgeous cocktail bar Martello Hall 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Add some sparkle to your spring brunching, at this awe-inspiring brunch extravaganza. You'll be amazed by five hours of musical theatre from some of the West End's biggest stars, along with a delicious bottomless brunch.
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.
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.
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.
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.