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 25th June 2020

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 Wednesday 5th August 2020 and 4 other dates

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.

@ Cassidy's Apothecary (Speakeasy Liquor Store) on Wed, 15th Apr 2020 - Wed, 30th Dec 2020

From the brains that brought you Alcotraz Moonshine Saloon, this immersive drinks experience is being delivered straight to your door. Alongside a range of cocktails like martinis, negronis and margaritas, you can expect exclusive content, secret messages and a bootlegging journey.


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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.

Thames Rockets

37 user reviews 5

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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.

@ ONLINE on Various dates from Thursday 9th July 2020

A self-made millionaire has mysteriously died on the day he launched a new underground endeavor, and your mission is to piece together clues in an attempt to catch the killer. Work as part of a team, quiz witnesses and figure out who's behind it all at this online murder mystery this May.

The London Cabaret Club

222 user reviews 4

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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.

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.

Agency Unknown

244 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.

Disco Yoga

148 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

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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.

@ The Harrison on Various dates from Friday 25th September 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.

Bashment Brunch

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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.

London Craft Beer Cruise

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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.

Laugh Train Home Events

240 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. 

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.

Good Ship Comedy

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It's safe to say we could all do with a laugh this May, and that's exactly where Good Ship Comedy comes in. Join them for a series of online comedy shows with the UK's biggest comedy stars and underground taken all making you giggle using the magical powers of internet live streaming. 

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. 

@ Secret London Location on Saturday 1st August 2020 and 4 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. 

@ Your Home on Various dates from Friday 10th July 2020

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz' online event will have you and your mates on your feet, singing and dancing to classic party bangers from the comfort of your home. Blasting out everything from Stormzy to Meatloaf, Ed Sheeran to Tina, get your hairbrushes and bevvies at the ready as you compete to guess the name of the song and artist.

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.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Tuesday 7th July 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.

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 90's Brunch

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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.

This month, West London Wine School is going online to bring you everything from online tastings to virtual meet the winemaker experiences. Join the experts, learn something new and soak up a few gorgeous bottles.