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 30th May 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This epic boat party doesn't just promise three separate DJs to choose from via their state-of-the-art silent disco technology, guests of Silent Sounds will also take in some of London's most iconic sights and landmarks as they cruise up the River Thames.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 planet themed cocktails, neon lights, DJs and plenty more come sundown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28 West is not all stripped back interiors and a cool vibe, it also has the perfect riverside setting for a summer party. Join them come the weekend for evenings full of cocktails and hot DJs along with some of the best views of the river.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Crab Tavern near Liverpool Street is putting their touch to brunch as they create a delicious three course feast. Head to the City to work your way through dishes that range from hanger steak through to crab on toast, as well as the choice for bottomless Bloody Marys or prosecco.
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.
Hayman's Gin are joining forces with Social Pantry Cafe for a special four course meal. The dinner will take place at the cafe's venue in Battersea and as well as a feast of fresh seasonal plates, there will be plenty of gin cocktails as well as tastings from the family distillers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head to South London and enjoy a Sunday of chilled vibes and reggae fun with the team at Brixton Jamm. Hosting a number of great DJ sets throughout the summer and having called in some of the biggest street food vendors to cater, this event is the ultimate way to shake off any remaining weekend energy that you might have.
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.
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.
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.
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.