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 20th April 2018
It might be the wedding of the year, but it doesn't matter if you can't make it to the actual thing because there's a much better party going down at One Marylebone. Catch all the action from Windsor without ever having to leave Zone 1, then stick around for the real reception party, with cocktails, dancing, live tribute acts and cake, of course.
You've only got six weeks to discover the world's largest variation of espresso martinis as The Espresso Martini Society has a secret pop-up; find the Soho world for an amazing variation of cocktails.
Secret Cinema is back and it's as epic as ever as they take on Bladerunner. The renowned immersive experience brings films to life, from casting you as one of the characters to creating entire set to fully take you behind the screen this May.
One of the most anticipated events in London this May, climb aboard The Murdér Express to experience to the early days of luxury train travel, complete with delicious dinner prepared by Masterchef finalists Billy and Jack.
Whisky fans are in for a treat as the London Whisky Weekender returns for its 10th birthday, packed with over 100 whiskies from Scotland and elsewhere from a variety of vendors for you to sample, blending workshops, cocktail masterclasses and much more.
Head to the London Aquarium after hours and get up close and personal with some of the sea's most interesting animals. With a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival, guests will be able to explore the two floors of the aquarium, seeing the sharks, sea turtles and Cuban crocodiles that live in the aquarium.
Drop into the middle of an illicit gambling den and do everything you can to save it in this fun immersive event. You and your team must collect clues, meet characters and gather evidence to solve the case – if you can!
One Hit Wonders has become a bit of a name on the London clubbing scene and they're back with another biggie. Join the party-happy people as they jump aboard a boat for a roaring party that takes in the sights of London.
Join the royal wedding celebrations with the Strictly Come Drag Queens, where there’s disco dancing, lip-syncing, two courses of delicious food, an hour of bottomless fizz and entertainment from the queens themselves.
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.
Coming at you from the sunny shores of Fulham, this great spring and summer pop up will be one of the best events in London in May. Bringing beer pong, bottomless brunch, shuffleboard and delicious barbecue food Fulham Beach Club has everything you need for a perfect summer.
Inspired by one of the most popular shows on TV, The Big London Bake is a fun event taking place in London this summer that will see guests compete against each other in a carefree baking competition. Will you crumble under the pressure? Or do you have what it takes to slice through the competition?
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.
One of the best upcoming events in London in May, this cool and quirky rooftop pop up promises great drinks, stunning views and plenty of croquet and petanque for you to get involved with.
Helping you make the most of your bank holiday, TURNT are back with the very best in Hip Hop and Garage. Head to FEST for an all night party across three areas.
A gin-tasting like no other, this cool May event in London features a three-hour boat tour, during which time you'll be invited to try three gins from a menu of over 15 artisan gins and be treated to some gin-inspired tapas.
Taking place on the second May Bank Holiday, this event is a hot all-dayer of bands and DJs. Head over to Kachette in London for 12 hours of top music, with bands featured on BBC 6 and renowned local artists.
Laugh Out London is a massive seven years old and it's celebrating in style. The hugely popular comedy night is returning to The Old Queen's Head for a night that features Bridget Christie, Ed Gamble, Met Ewains and Bec Hill.
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.
Make the most of your chances to get on a boat this summer as you come aboard The Boat Show for a night of hilarious comedy. A well-known and intimate venue, it's often frequented by big acts wanting to perform to a small audience, perfect for a special summer night to remember.
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.
Enjoy the wonders of Sauvignon Blanc at this masterclass and dinner, as you enjoy a mini lesson on the tastes of the drink before enjoying a four course Antipodean-inspired dinner provided by kiwiandroo matched with different wines.
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.
Hexogasm is the ultimate competition for pairs of people to compete on the Wonderball tables in order to secure a £100 bar tab. There’s drink specials throughout – and at the Grand Final you could win a £500 ping pong party.
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.
Brunchpepper is here to make your brunch a whole lot sunnier with their fun Caribbean-inspired events. Taking place in a secret location, the day will include steel drums, cocktails, bottomless drinks and delicious brunch plates.
With feasting, fighting and lots of beer, Medieval Banquet might sound like a normal Sunday, but it's not. Head over to the atmospheric Vaults in Waterloo to munch on five courses of food, be entertained by sword-fighters and dance ballroom style.
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.
Join Hush as they celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a telenovela like never before, where you’ll witness the drama of a Mexican starlet murdered on set as you drink margaritas and feast on a four-course Mexican dinner, before deciding who you think committed the crime.
Head to Pizza Pilgrims in West India Quay for a fantastic day of pizza-making, pizza-eating and plenty of drinking. Build your own pizza from scratch while you nibble on some Neapolitan street food and indulge in some tasty beverages.
Celebrate the three-day weekend with this huge party over in Balham. Taking place at The Exhibit over the first May Bank Holiday weekend, the day will include bottomless bubbles, delicious brunch and a roaring after-party.
This May, prepare for Afrobeat N Brunch, where you’ll enjoy an hour of bottomless cocktails, as well as three courses of tasty African food, followed by the hottest afrobeat talent providing the soundtrack and awesome dancers.
This crazy London rave is packed full of top Djs, delicious cocktails and all the fire breathers, podium dancers and crazy Kookyloco live drummers you can handle. That’s not all: there’s also 50 kilos of confetti throughout the night dropping on you.
Ever wanted to visit Clapton-On-Sea without actually having to set foot in Essex? No problem, just head to Clapton for this evening of deliciously fresh seafood and the odd shanty.
Looking for a fun bottomless brunch in Shoreditch? Head over to circus themed Trapeze as they transform your Saturday with bottomless cocktails, gourmet hotdogs and a roaring disco soundtrack.
One of the best events in London in May, the London Cheese Project is all your fromage dreams rolled into one. With tickets just £5, you can taste test the best cheesy goodies from the UK's best producers and traders.
This is your chance to get up close and personal with some hip hop royalty as founding Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah come to Troxy for a rare co-headline performance.
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.
Head aboard the Vriendschap Community Boat – a converted canal boat in Barking – for an evening of amazing comedy, with the likes of Nicole Arris, Eleanor Conway, Fatiha El-Ghorri and more taking to the stage.
Travel up to the Sky Garden and enjoy an evening of specially chosen wine, as they invite world famous producers to discuss the complexities of production, all while you enjoy a delicious dinner.
With May's royal wedding coming, the Red Rooster is hosting a US and UK fusion brunch that brings the best of American and British food and cocktails to the table. Enjoy a three course meal as you watch this special occasion on the big screen
From interactive dance performances to immersive treasure hunts, this Croydon theatre festival promises to be one of the best events in London in May as some of the nation's most exciting new talent comes to venues across the borough.
One of the best upcoming events in London in May, the BBQ Club returns to Southbank for more delicious grilled goods and even an interactive six-course tasting menu.
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.
Meet people over a wonderful dinner at this singles supper club, where the three courses are inspired by scenes from a newly released book, the soundtrack is smooth, and the beer is perfectly crafted; basically, ideal conditions to meet someone cool.
Hosted by radio DJ Remel London, this evening of great food and great music features food from Ranette Prime of Love Loretta’s Kitchen, and live entertainment from some of the best breaking performers.
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.
One of the best events in London in May, this brunch party is so much more than simply bubbles and some eggs benny. Get ready for bottomless cocktails, awesome games and a great vibe all round.
Get your fill of amazing comedy at Drink, Shop & Do as they welcome a whole host of spectacular comedians. Taking to the stage will be Aisling Bea, Lou Sanders and double act Lazy Susan.
Motive is coming to the Junction House in Shoreditch for a night of free self-expression and inspiration on 4th May. Looking to motivate the next generation of creatives, Motive is hosting a party to bring the community together. Throw caution to the wind for the night as you forget worrying and just enjoy being you.
Get ready for one of the best Shoreditch events in May as Dirty Lobster unleashes its bottomless brunch on the world. With an hour of unlimited cocktails, three course meal and DJs all day, it's one of the coolest brunch parties in town.
May flowers bring natural wine and cheese tastings to London at The Cheese Bar. Enjoy a night celebrating the beautiful way natural wines pair with some of the best British farmhouse cheeses as London-based importer, Les Caves de Pyrene, supplies the wine for the event.
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.
Cargo are making sure there's never a dull moment in your bank holiday this May. Join the renowned East London club as they put on four days and nights of partying, all with top DJs, incredible installations and different themes.
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.
Learn how to become an expert in entomology at this unique masterclass, where you’ll learn the basics and get to take home your own masterpiece. There’s refreshments to enjoy, as well as cocktails.
Bethnal Green’s premier street party is back, as Star of Bethnal Green celebrate their 10th birthday with everything from Djs, booze and street food for the adults, to face painting, bouncy castle and children’s entertainers for the kids.
Head over to Blues Kitchen in Brixton as they pay tribute to the legendary David Bowie this Bank Holiday weekend. The roaring live music venue are mixing it up with a live band, DJs and late night motown and soul set.
Join Supa Dupa Fly, the ultimate RnB and Hip Hop night, as they take over the Prince of Wales for the first May Bank Holiday, as you party into the night on their amazing rooftop space.
Taking place at Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, this comedy night is an affordable way to see some of the biggest stars on the circuit. Fom Abandoman to Sion James, this evening will get you up close and personal will your favourite stand ups.
Join South Place for a wonderful four course meal packed with seasonal produce, including a delicious suckling pig, and there’s also an optional wine flight to make the night even better.
Welcome in the warmer months with this Cinco de Mayo celebration in Chelsea. Head to Albert's Club for cool cocktails, live Mariachi band and great DJs at one of the best events in London this May.
It’s the world-famous storytelling event finally in London: four people, ranging from ambassadors to astrophysicists, will tell you unexpected, unbelievable and ridiculous stories – and only one of them will be a lie. Can you spot the right one?
Extravagance, raunchiness, and pure talent – the London Burlesque Festival is here and ready to get you hot under the collar. With shows ranging from the dangerous, to the risqué and even the geeky, any fan of burlesque would be a fool to miss this.
Head to Stratford for one of the best events in London in May. Choose your own adventure from over 20 different options, and enjoy 30 minutes of immersive gameplay within the Star Command gaming booths.
Blues Kitchen Camden are celebrating the iconic music of the great Amy Winehouse. Head to the buzzing bar as The Beekays house band bring her amazing music to life, from Frank through to Back to Black.
Taking place on the last day of the Bank Holiday, this day at Prince of Wales in Brixton is set to be a corker. Head over to the party pub as Supa Dupa Fly take over with their huge '90s RnB themed bash.
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.
Taking place in a secret location, this supper club will immerse you in the grisly world of Victorian London. Along with supper, the night will include theatre and murder mystery as you work together to solve the Jack the Ripper horror.
The Old Queen's Head in Angel are putting on another corker of a night with this themed event. Put on your flares, your platforms and your most glittery outfit, and get ready to party to the best in 1960s music.
Mangi in Clapham are show casing their delicious range of sushi with this evening in May. Join the Japanese spot as they put on a feast complete with yellowtail ceviche, octopus and tuna.
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.
Looking for a completely raucous and fun night out? Musical Bingo is here to up your next night out in London. The mad game-show style event mixes bingo, sing-alongs, mystery boxes and silly prizes for a great group event.
All eyes are on May as London prepares to celebrate the royal wedding; celebrate in your own way with Showtime Cabaret's Royal Wedding Special. A night of cabaret, circus, comedy, and burlesque will help you get over not be invited to the party as you lose yourself in the dazzling performance.
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.
One of London's best events in May, this evening of stunning live music is sure to leave you reeling. With three great acoustic acts, the gig takes place inside the bombed-out ruins of Peckham's The Asylum.
Take a staycation this spring to one of the most charming spots in town. Head to the Brunel Museum rooftop garden for a crackling campfire, innovative cocktails and delicious street food - all part of the magical Midnight Apothecary experience.
Bringing you some of the best new movies, this great series of screenings at One Aldwych are some of the best London events coming up this May.
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.
Join Nicole Line for a series of creative workshops designed to create a relaxed environment for artists to collaborate, share ideas, and develop techniques – all while learning how to use professional equipment and where to source materials. Workshops range from Screen Printing to Wood Engraving.
DEFINE.London are helping you get the summer bod early with a series of unique, 50-minute fitness classes on the Rooftop St James, where you’ll enjoy full body workouts before heading to the Trafalgar Dining Rooms for a healthy brunch.
One of the best food events in London this May, Social Pantry are teaming up with contemporary sherry brand XECO for an evening of fresh, delicious dishes, and exciting sherry pairings.
Boogie your way through the bank holiday at this fun London event in May. With amazing brunch options, fantastic cocktails and non-stop music, you can drink and dance yourself all the way into Monday.
Get those legs stretched and run through the Pizza Run, where you run for 5k and along the way you can collect pizza from checkpoints! There’s Djs, photos and fun at the afterparty too.
All sorts of amazing, this gin evening aboard the R.S Hispaniola is packing more than just incredible views. Hop aboard for a night of all things gin including cocktail making, G&T drinking and plenty of interesting facts.
Join this elegant 30s-inspired soiree aboard the Silver Sturgeon. With live music, cabaret and dancing it's a night to lose yourself to the opulence of the Jazz-era.
Haymarket Hotel and Diageo are celebrating World Whisky Day with a wonderful four-course dinner paired with uniquely chosen whiskies, along with canapes, and a welcome cocktail.
This May, the Lacy Nook are taking it back to feudal Japan with an evening filled with fun Eastern activities, including kimono dressing, Japanese calligraphy, nibbles, and a delicious three course meal.
From Drake to Missy Elliot and Daft Punk, RE:IMAGINE is a series of stunning concerts that bring your favourite artists to life in a completely new way; expect a 16-piece orchestra and a whole new way to appreciate songs.
Renowned French producer Yuksek is coming to London for a night of electronic mash-ups and mad mixes. Put on your dancing shoes and join him at The Old Queen's Head in Angel.
Prepare for the ride of your life with this London May event. Fly and dive your way across the Royal Victoria Dock inside an 18ft killer whale, turn loops and splash yourself silly.
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.
One of the coolest boozers in North London has an May schedule packed with awesome nights, from themed discos to top DJs and live performances amazing bands, there’s not a lot you can’t enjoy there if you love to dance.