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 27th April 2017

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32 events @ Brixton Rooftop with 44 upcoming dates from 26 May 2017 until 28 Aug 2017

It's officially the summer season which can only mean one thing: sun, sand and good times. Brixton Beach brings South London sunshine holiday vibes with their summer pop-up; head there on a weekend for top London DJs, street food and cocktails at this ultimate party destination.

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@Neverland London on Various dates

It's time to steam toward summer with one of the best pop-up events in the city. Coming at you with street food, palm trees and partying aplenty, join Neverland London as this top notch event promises a journey to the tropics just shy of West London. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Background Music
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@Underbelly Festival Southbank on Various dates from 13th May
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Tempest Rose and her House of Burlesque are completely twisting norms this May, combing all the sultry fun and cheeky charm of traditional burlesque and marrying it with technology. Taking place at the Underbelly Festival on the Southbank, the night promises to be something you've never seen before. 

Cabaret/Burlesque
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Silent Sounds: On The Thames is waiting to take you on an unmissable trip and silent disco, all while showing you...
Boat Party, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
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Paradise By Way of Kensal Rise may be more known for their wild party nights and stunning venue but they are also putting on an amazing immersive night with UnCorked Theatre. How To Solve A Problem Like Murder throws you into a world of murder and intrigue, told by seven friends, not everyone is as innocent as they first appear.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Theatre/Arts, Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Queen's Park
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@Master Shipwrights Palace on Saturday 27 May 2017

Taking place in the stunning setting of the 17th Century Master Shipwrights Palace on the banks of the River Thames, Unamplifire hopes to revolutionise the way you listen to music at festivals. Some of the finest artists in the UK will be playing folk, roots and acoustic music, but there’s no speakers or microphones – just completely natural sounds.

Festival, Live Music
Live Music
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Laser Lates: Lost City

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@Secret Location on Various dates

It's time to put on your game face, grab your laser gun and head out for the mission of your lives. Available for private hire and group games, Laser Lates is the latest gaming trend to hit London. The action takes place in a reconstructed town, duck behind tomb stones, hide in an old church and roam the abondoned houses to play this high stakes game.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Something A Little Different, Stag Do
Not Applicable
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It's time to put the fun back into your May in London as Guilty Pleasures bring you the biggest, rowdiest nights full of absolute corkers. Head over to KOKO in Camden to hear the best songs from your favourite pop sensations, confess all to Father Oates and learn the hottest dance moves from The Guilty Grrrls.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
Commercial/Pop
Camden
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This May Whitechapel – Suspects, Lunatics and a Leather Apron is returning for its second and final run. It’s Victorian London and Scotland Yard is being haunted by a mysterious killer. Interact with key characters at the time, visit the Ten Bells for a gin to steel your nerves or confess your sins at Church. Immersive yourself in this haunting pop-up theatre piece and find out the true killer.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights, Activity
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@The Rivoli Ballroom on Various dates

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.

Live Music, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
Live Music
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3 events @ 3 venues with 8 upcoming dates from 02 May 2017 until 31 May 2017

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.

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It wouldn't be a Saturday without brunch and classy central London spot Sanctum Soho are putting on a feast with bottomless prosecco. Join the restaurant to munch on breakfast pots and brunch plates that include classics such as Eggs Royale and Eggs Benedict.

Food & Drink, Date Night, Daytime, Fun Time Partying
Funk & Soul
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The opportunity to get a delicious meal and bottomless drinks is one you shouldn’t pass up lightly. With a menu of roast steak, beef fat roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and more, as well as unlimited prosecco or Bloody Marys, this might be the best lunch in May.

Food & Drink, Daytime
Fulham
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Head to The Vaults at Waterloo to get lost in Wonderland as Les Enfants Terribles bring back their incredible immersive theatre event. Alice's Adventures Underground is unlike any other London event as they bring Lewis Carroll's iconic novel to breath-taking, stunning life. You decide the story for the night as you follow the White Rabbit, unscramble the riddles of the Cheshire Cat and meet the Mad Hatter.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts
Waterloo
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Taking to the heart of Dalston this time around, get ready for another top romp courtesy of Little Nan's. Head on down for a kitsch and colourful wonderland of crockery and cocktails set alongside 90s beats and pic'n'mix to boot. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Date Night, Hen Party, Something A Little Different
Alternative / Indie
Dalston
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Fancy a bottomless brunch? Don’t go to any old café, take a trip to a tiki paradise at the Tropicana Beach Club. Not only are there breakfast tacos to feast on, there’s an hour of bottomless Sangria de Cava, Musical Bingo and tonnes of live performances from great acts.

Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Party Mash Up
Covent Garden
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Thames Lates

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@London Eye Millenium Pier on Various dates

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. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Boat Party, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Stag Do
Background Music
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Drink Shop and Do are hosting another quirky event. Taking place this May in London, the King's Cross Bar will be putting on a Star Wars quiz, test your knowledge on all matters of the Jedi, join in with the games and try one of theri cracking cocktails.

Quiz Night, Comedy, Date Night, Fun Time Partying
Background Music
Kings Cross
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Spring has officially sprung, and so has some of the best comedy in London. Head on down to Laugh Out London in Tooting this May for a night or roaring jokes and top stand-up from the likes of Marcel Lucont and plenty more.

Comedy
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12 events @ 2 venues with 12 upcoming dates from 06 May 2017 until 19 Aug 2017

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.

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6 events @ 6 venues with 23 upcoming dates from 03 May 2017 until 27 Sep 2017

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.

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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.

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Date Night, Hen Party, Something A Little Different, Stag Do, Activity
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28 events @ 2 venues with 35 upcoming dates from 29 Apr 2017 until 26 Aug 2017

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. 

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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. 

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Walks & Tours, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Classes
Hackney
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The carefree team at St John's Gate are hosting a pub quiz full of tough teasers, riddles and conundrums this May in London. Set in the historic surroundings of what used to be Ye Olde Jerusalem Tavern, the bar will be serving tankards of beer and fine wines while the quiz master tests out your wit and cunning. Beat the best and rise to the top at this fun night out in London.

Quiz Night
Background Music
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3 events @ Howling Hops - Brewery & Tank Bar with 3 upcoming dates starting on 10 May 2017

Pickle Boy Comedy might just be the funniest thing you see in May. Bringing the best and most alternative comedians in London and taking place in the unique Howling Hops Tank Bar & Brewery, if you want a hilarious night and some delicious pickled eggs, you’ve found your spot.

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Nocturnal is bringing a huge all day party to Magic Roundabout as they invite in some of East London's hottest DJs and MCs. There's going to be fun, games and loads of great music to get you in the mood for summer.

Clubbing, Daytime
Hip Hop/RnB
Shoreditch
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What with spring rolling around the corner, there's no better sport for the warming weather than a round of golf... crazy golf that is. Host to one of the best courses in London, join Plonk for a few fun rounds at the People's Park Tavern.

Date Night, Something A Little Different, Dating, Sport
Party Mash Up
Hackney
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The Grand in Clapham is hosting a live music event that's certain to leave an impression on you. The Basement Orchestra will be taking traditional classical music to exciting new levels. The group will first play songs by the likes of Sibelius, Hendrik Andriessen and Richard Rodney Bennett, before returning to the more familiar work of Gershwin. Expect melodic tunes and a night full of surprises.

Live Music, Fun Time Partying
Live Music
Clapham
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Sunrise Yoga

13 user reviews
@Sky Garden on Various dates

Yoga has come on leaps and bounds in London, so where to indulge in yoga with a difference this May in London? Found atop the Sky Garden, get familiar with some of the best views in the business as you bow down to the sun and learn a few new moves.

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Activity, Classes, Daytime, Something A Little Different
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Set in the utterly gorgeous Kensington Roof Gardens, The Venetian Masquerade Ball will be an evening of intrigue, beauty and fun. Head to West London for a night that includes all manner of entertainment, from stilt walkers through to fire breathers and a saxophonist before a DJ takes to the decks to keep you partying until 2am.

Fun Time Partying, Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Clubbing
Party Mash Up
Kensington
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Adding a whole heap of atmosphere to The Babadook as Temple Cinema returns for its fourth season. The film club shows iconic films in a secret masonic temple for added oomph; add a four-course dinner and pop-corn and you've got a cracking night.

Film Screenings, Pop-Up, Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Background Music
Liverpool Street
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The Holy Birds are hosting Faded, the best way to spend your Bank Holiday. They are bringing the hottest hip hop and RnB from the noughties, nineties and now for a night of good beats and better vibes. There’s a smart dress code and it’s only over 21s – so expect a classy night.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, VIP Party
Party Mash Up
Shoreditch
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This May, Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet and the group behind Little Nan's Cocktail Bar are teaming, hosting a frivolous disco at the Brookdale Club in South London. With the bar serving all your favourite drinks, plus a handful of Little Nan's signature teapot cocktails, the DJs will be spinning playing all the best vinyl 70s, 80s and 90s pop and funk & soul tunes long into the night. Grab a drink, head to the dancefloor and shake away your worries at this fun event in London.

Clubbing
Retro
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@Paper Dress Vintage on Friday 12 May 2017

Get ready to 'dress to undress' as MILK VII invite you to their infamous burlesque and cabaret night. This time taking place in Hackney's Paper Dress Vintage venue, the evening will include sizzling performances by Miss Sugar Rush and Bella Boom, along with live music and DJs.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Live Music
Funk & Soul
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Who knew you could have this much fun at a boozy lunch? With happy hour cocktails and discounted prosecco, you’ll be partying all day at this amazingly fun celebration. After feasting on a delicious selection of Italian food, you’ll be able to storm the dance floor until well into the night.

Daytime, Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink, Supper Clubs
80's Music
Marylebone
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Looking for something different to do this May in London? Fan of a pooch? This could be the event for you. Join The Dogs Trust as they head to West London for a dog themed party to remember. Head on down for cocktails for the owners, special treats for the dogs, games and prizes aplenty.

Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Food & Drink
House Music
Kensington
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It's big, it's colourful and it's riotous - Thom Foole's House Party is a North London club night that puts the silliness back into partying. Head to Angel to spend the night with comedians, burlesque and cabaret acts, and DJs; expect a completely hilarious night.

Comedy, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Party Mash Up
Angel
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3 events @ 2 venues with 3 upcoming dates starting on 14 May 2017

Soho is famous for two things: it's legendary clubs and swinging live music. Combining the best of both worlds, jazz band Benoit Viellefon are taking over Ronnie Scott's for cracking nights of gypsy swing and American jazz.

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@BallieBallerson on Various dates

It's time to grow up... said no one ever. Join BallieBallerson for one of the most unique events in London this May as they're not only promising a pop-up ball pit to party in, there's nostalgic cocktails, neon lights, DJs and plenty more come sundown.

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Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Activity
Funk & Soul
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Drinks, brunch and a boat. Can you think of a better way to spend May in London? We certainly don't think so. Join Alfred Le Roy for all that and more as they promise the ultimate spring fling with plates, summer cocktails and time aboard their barge. 

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Boat Party, Daytime, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Background Music
Hackney
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May is officially the start of summer, and with the hotter months comes BBQs! But we can guarantee you’ve never had a barbeque quite like this before, as guests will be seated in a decommissioned 1967 London Underground carriage. They’ll also be treated to three courses of delicious BBQ food supplied by nearby Smithfield market and a welcome cocktail.

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Supper Clubs, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Background Music
Walthamstow
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From party games through to massive team sing-alongs, Extreme Sports is a night unlike any other. Professional comedian James Hancox is hosting proceedings at The Rosemary Branch Theatre.

Comedy, Date Night, Activity, Quiz Night
Shoreditch
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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.

Comedy, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Boat Party
Embankment
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2 events @ Ceilidh Night Events with 9 upcoming dates from 05 May 2017 until 03 Nov 2017

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.

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After achieving critical acclaim in South London, Scripts For Supper return to East London, taking over Eastbound and offering its guests a theatrical dinner that they'll never forget. After enjoying a welcome drink and canapes, guests will be given a delicious 5-course dinner that's broken up by a performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Based underneath the arches of an railway station, this is one May event in London well-worth checking out.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Theatre/Arts, Supper Clubs, Something A Little Different
Alternative / Indie
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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.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Canary Wharf
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May just got a whole lot more trippy as a white rabbit leads you down his burrow and into a wonderland of disco music and deep house. Find the secret London location for a glittery party that will have you up until the very latest hours of the morning.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Themed Nights
East London
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It’s easy to forget that dating is supposed to be fun, so why not remind yourself with a bit of Jenga dating! You’ll get to play a few games with like-minded, fun people, and the bricks themselves are labelled with cool ice-breaking questions and hilarious dares to make everything that much more interesting.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Dating, Activity
Clapham
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10 events @ 7 venues with 10 upcoming dates from 17 May 2017 until 16 Aug 2017

Nicole Line’s textile workshop business teaches a creative skill to both adults and children. She’s running a series of events in London this summer that spans screen printing to tie dyeing, and these events are all about welcoming beginners and experts alike together. You’ll learn how to use the equipment and source the materials in a relaxed environment that’s all about sharing ideas and techniques.

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Toting princes and princesses, dressing up boxes, sing-a-longs and all manner of fairy-tale treats, this foodie affair is a must visit for May. Your ticket includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and free flowing bottomless prosecco. 

Food & Drink, Live Music, Pop-Up, Themed Nights
Live Music
Putney
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@Rose Lipman Building on Various dates

This May find out whether you have what it takes to make it into space. This retro futuristic dining experience will see if you have what it takes to colonise Mars, as Professor June Cavendish guides you through an evening of rigorous scientific testing, an epic five-course international menu and, of course, cocktails.

Supper Clubs, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Comedy
Hip Hop/RnB
Camden
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Get ready for a serious stuffing as Billy and Jack host an epic supper club that focuses on home-cooked, big-style food. The pair cook up a feast with simple ingredients, from steaks through to pies.

Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Supper Clubs, Something A Little Different
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@Dominion Theatre 268-269 on Various dates

Featuring a stellar cast of Broadway actors, an Oscar-winning story line and beautiful set design, An American in Paris arrives in London to sweep you off your feet. The story tells the tale of an American GI who dreams of becoming a painter and his adventures in Paris.

Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different
Live Music
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Looking to get your comedy kicks this May in London? Then join the Instant Laughs comedy club as they entice the crowd with a top notch selection of indie comedy acts and stand-up jolly. Oh, and there prices are a darn treat too!

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