May is one of my favourite months of the year. Spring has sprung, everyone wants to get outdoors and it means it is finally time for some summer clothes. Why not head to a rooftop bar, the Chelsea Flower Show or even Brixton Beach, and dip for toes in the sand. Here are my recommendations for the best events, pop-ups and things going on across the city in May.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Over 500 exhibitors will already be making plans and tending to their most prized plants in preparation for the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show, which has taken place annually for over 100 years now. Highlights for 2017 so far include Jack Dunckley’s ‘The Bermuda Triangle’, a garden styled as an active volcano and the ‘RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden’ a green space set in an urban context of high-rise and developments. I am going on the Saturday and cannot wait!
London might not have Cuba’s fleets of classic cars or choice of cool Panama hats, but this summer, Brixton is trying to bring a little Havana life to SW9. The Piña Coladas, Cubanitos and Mojitos will be flowing in a space decorated with mint and exotic flowers. There’ll be a rotating choice of street food vendors, with mac ‘n’ cheese bites from Mac to the Future and dishes from Dirty Bones, Mama’s Jerk and Negril.
Open Air Theatre Productions
Watch a play outdoors this month, as some of London’s biggest open-air theatres kick off their summer seasons, including Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Underbelly Festival’s summer season of live entertainment is also underway in May, with comedy, circus, cabaret and children’s shows, plus one of London’s biggest outdoor bars.
Do you know your cannoli from your arancini? No? Then correct your Mediterranean missteps with a visit to SicilyFest, a pop-up Sicianlian food and creativity market in Bishops Square, Spitalfields. Food stands will be lined with cannoli, pizzoli and pretty Sicilian desserts designed to make your mouth and eyes water.
For football fans, the FA Cup final takes place at Wembley Stadium. This is the English Football Association league final and pubs all over London are packed with people watching the game.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains
Fifty years since their first single, Arnold Layne, the V&A is hosting a retrospective of those psychedelic pioneers, the Floyd. Set and construction pieces from The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall join instruments, designs, lyrics and prints – and, yes, a laser show. Wish You Were Here?
Museums at Night
If the mention of a trip to the museum makes you think of stuffy exhibitions and school trips, well think again. This year’s spring edition of ‘Museums at Night’ takes place from Wednesday May 17-Saturday May 20 2017, with a series of after-hours events at some of the capital’s best museums and unusual attractions.
I am off to London next weekend visiting the new Hackney Walk, Soho, and Tower of London! Follow me on Instagram for photos galore…