7 Things to do in London in May

As summer approaches London becomes a hive for activity. There is an abundance of more and more events, social gatherings and shows all across London.

With Wimbledon approaching in June, Udderbelly kicking off in a couple of weeks and Ascot already in full swing it is time to get your diary out and start planning a wonderful May. Oh and don’t forget we also have two bank holidays this month so make sure you make the most of your annual leave. Always make the most of bank holidays when you work 9-5 full time!


RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Over 500 exhibitors will already be making plans and tending to their most prized plants in preparation for the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show, which has taken place annually (apart from a few gaps during the two world wars) for over 100 years now. More information about exhibitors and show gardens will be released nearer the time, but tickets are already available to buy via the RHS website.

Gir Lion Lodge
Wake not a sleeping lion unless you want a very nerve-wracking night’s sleep at the zoo’s new Land of the Lions development. Book into the Gir Lion Lodge for the night and you and your chosen companion will bed in just next door to the resident big cats. As well as your stay in the private cabin the experience includes a two-course dinner, an exclusive evening tour of the zoo, breakfast and a morning tour.


Brixton Beer and Bread Festival
2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the Brixton Windmill and to celebrate they have a jam-packed programme of events scheduled throughout the year. One of the highlights includes this Beer and Bread Festival organised in collaboration with Brixton Brewery. The event will see the launch of Brixton Windmill Flour and milling of malt for beer.

National Pet Show
A fair for pet owners, or those looking for a suitable pet. Visitors can meet and get advice from owners and breeders on choice of breed, care and training. The Stables this year will include micro pigs, alpacas and shetland ponies. There’s also an Animal Action Area – who doesn’t want to see a skateboarding dog?


Open-air theatre season in London
Read our round-up of open-air theatre events for the summer ahead. You’ll find London’s best outdoor productions at venues as world-famous as Shakespeare’s Globe, in parks as pretty as Regent’s Park or at festivals as vibrant as More London Free Festival. Not sure what you’ll need for an open-air theatre trip? Then don’t miss our guide to all the practical open-air theatre info you could need.

Urban Village Fete
This modern version of the traditional British fair (courtesy of Wayne Hemingway, MBE) takes place in the Greenwich Peninsula. Bringing together London’s finest portable performers, vendors and designers, Urban Village Fete will feature creative workshops, gigantic slinkies, hula hooping classes and street food from Paris, Thailand, Carribean, Mexico and, well, that universal treat: mac’n’cheese.


Spin – The Cycling Festival
This city-focused bike show is a dream for those who commute using pedal power. Leading cycle and lifestyle brands and start-ups will exhibit the modern world’s most useful and beautiful bicycle-related gadgets and clothing. There’ll be test tracks for both grown-ups and kids so that everyone can try out the shiny, shiny bikes.


Which events will you be attending this month? I would love to know, tweet me at @sophiessuitcse!


Sophie is a blogger and freelance writer based in the UK. She writes about all things travel on her blog over at Sophie’s Suitcase and in her spare time writes for Huffington Post, Elite Daily and The Culture Trip. You can also find her on social media; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.