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 17th January 2019

  The Murdér Express

330 user reviews 4

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Wednesday 23rd January 2019

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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.

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Wednesday 23rd January 2019

It's BYOB, Wild West style. Successfully sneak your bottle of hooch into this cool West London Saloon and watch an expert mixologist whip it into a tasty old cocktail for you. Get yourself kitted out in boots and Stetson at one of the best upcoming events in London this May.

  Silent Sounds Boat Party

134 user reviews 5

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Various dates from Saturday 26th January 2019

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.

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. 

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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. 

  The Big London Bake

262 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Sunday 20th January 2019

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?

@ The Rivoli Ballroom on Saturday 9th February 2019 and 9 other Saturdays

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.

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.

  Crazy Eight

59 user reviews 5

@ The London Shuffle Club on Various dates from Tuesday 22nd January 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Sunday 20th January 2019

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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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.

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. 

@ Crate Bar & Pizzeria on Various dates from Thursday 24th January 2019

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. 

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.

Bringing you one of the best events in May, Little Nan's Royal Wedding Bottomless Brunch is going to blow the rest out of the water because no one loves a commemorative tea towel like these guys.

@ The Chocolate Cocktail Club on Various dates from Sunday 20th January 2019

Make sure to catch this wonderfully weird pop-up before it heads off. This haven for anyone with a sweet tooth is sure to blow your socks off with all the chocolate creations on offer, from cocktails to wine, beer and brownies. 

  Gospeloke East London

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@ Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen on Thursday 21st February 2019 and 4 other Thursdays

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.

@ The Ivory Vaults on Sunday 27th January 2019 and 21 other Sundays

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.

  Tasting Tour (Over 18)

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@ Fuller's Brewery on Various dates from Monday 21st January 2019

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.

  Blingo - Hip Hop RnB Bingo

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@ Fest Bar (Formerly called Proud Camden) on Friday 8th February 2019 and 3 other Fridays

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.

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.

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.

@ Concrete on Thursday 31st January 2019 and 10 other Thursdays

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.

@ SEA LIFE London Aquarium on Various dates from Friday 25th January 2019

Delve beneath the surface at Southbank's iconic aquarium, where you'll find stingrays, jellyfish and a whole heap of marine life. With sharks swimming beneath your feet and a bunch of pop-up bars, this is the perfect hangout whether you're with mates or on a date.

  Strictly Come Drag Queen

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@ Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern on Saturday 16th February 2019 and 3 other Saturdays

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.