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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN MAY 2017

Hooray for our beautiful British weather! Whilst you will need a light coat and brolly; the month of May is blissful and its tie to venture out and discover London’s great outdoors. Enjoy the City’s hustle and bustle glory that has to offer and queue up to offers: new exhibitions, magical concerts, open air festivals, sports events and cultural happenings to name a few! A must to look forward to. Here’s our personal picks of favourite upcoming events….so stress not and drag yourself outside. Grab an early-summer ice cream and start maxing out on your potential in having lots of fun in London.

GIACOMETTI AT TATE MODERN – from 10th May to 10th September 2017
For the first time in 20 years, the UK will play host to one of its major retrospective works of Alberto Giacometti. This exhibition reasserts Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century. Through unparalleled access to the extraordinary collection and archive of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, Tate Modern’s ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition brings together over 250 works. It includes rarely seen plasters and drawings which have never been exhibited before and now showcases the full evolution of Giacometti’s career across five decades.

Prices:
Adult £18.50 (without donation £16.80)
Senior (over 60) £17.50 (without donation £15.80)
Concession £16.50 (without donation £15)
Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) by telephone or in the gallery

For further information or to book your tickets, visit the official website

THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS – from 13th May to 1st October 2017
To mark 50 years since the band released their first single Arnold Layne, and with over 200 million record sales later, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum has announced the first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. Re-trace the history of one of the world’s greatest UK bands with Pink Floyd’s first international retrospective. It will feature more than 350 objects and artefacts including never-before-seen material, presented alongside the works from the V&A’s outstanding collections of art, design, architecture and performance. Highlights will also include spectacular set and construction pieces from some of Pink Floyd’s most innovative and legendary album covers and stage performances including The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell, instruments, music technology, original designs, architectural drawings, handwritten lyrics and psychedelic prints and posters.

Prices:
Monday-Friday £20
Saturday-Sunday £24

For further information or to book your tickets, visit the official website.

MUSEUMS AT NIGHT – from 17th May to 20th May 2017
Explore art, history and heritage after dark with Museums at Night events across more than 30 venues in London. Discover new exhibitions, take torch lit tours, enjoy live music in historic surroundings, and engage in a range of free and ticketed night-time activities. May events

REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE 2017 – from 19th to 23rd September 2017
Established in 1932, the award winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is one of the largest theatres in London. Situated in the beautiful surroundings of this Royal Park. Both the stage and auditorium are entirely uncovered. Catch a spectacular programme of theatre under summer skies in the centre of the Royal Park, programme including Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver Twist. Want more entertainment then have a few laughs with live comedy shows, movie screenings and much more.

For further information or to book your tickets, visit the official website

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ANNUAL OPEN AIR CLASSICS CONCERT – 21st May 2017
The London Symphony Orchestra’s free annual Open Air concert in Trafalgar Square is now in its fourth year. For Sunday 17 May’s concert, the orchestra performs an all-Shostakovich programme with their principal conductor Valery Gergiev and violin soloist Nicola Benedetti.
The concert begins at 6.30pm, but make sure to arrive much earlier to secure a space. Large screens and sound systems will be in place to ensure everyone in the square can fully enjoy the experience.

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW – from 23rd to 27th May 2017
RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show that inspires millions through showcasing the best in garden design. Chelsea Flower Show, hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society, is a must-see for green fingered visitors. World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to one of London’s most charming and affluent neighbourhoods to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits. Discover rare flowers and plants. Spot emerging gardening trends. See creative floral artworks and unusual displays. And browse the horticultural products on sale, from gardening gadgets to sculptures and plants.
More information about exhibitors and show gardens will be released nearer the time, good news is that the tickets are already available to buy via RHS website.

FOOTBALL: FA CUP FINAL IN LONDON – 27th May 2017
The FA Cup is English Football’s biggest competition. The FA Cup Final, played at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, brings the nation to a standstill and attracts millions of viewers from around the globe to experience these incredible competitions. . If you’re lucky enough to get tickets to the event, you’re in for a real treat – watching a moment of English football history from the stands at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

SUMMER OF LOVE AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE – until 15th October 2017
Enjoy a Summer of Love at Shakespeare’s Globe, the most enchanting theatre staging in London with a line-up of Shakespeare’s greatest romantic plays, comedies and tragedies.
Performing in the Globe Theatre:
Romeo and Juliet (22 April – 9 July)
Nell Gwynn (2 – 13 May)
Twelfth Night (18 May – 5 August)
Tristan & Yseult (13-24 June)
Much Ado About Nothing (14 July – 15 October)
King Lear (10 August – 14 October)
Boudica (8 September – 1 October)
Midnight Matinees (9 June – 30 June and 22 September)
Prices:
Standing Ticket: from £5 per ticket
Seated Ticket: from £20 per ticket
To view the full season and find out more about the productions, visit the website.

BRIXTON BEACH – from 26th May to 29th October 2017
No plans for summer? Fear not…get yourself down to Brixton because Brixton Beach is back! Housed on a rooftop in the heart of Brixton Market, this colourful paradise is set to be the ultimate urban beach, feeding and watering hundreds of Londoners. Miami circa 1982 is the inspiration and cocktails, DJs, retro film screenings, food stalls and live sports broadcasts are all on the cards, so slick back that hair, pull on a white tuxedo and hope for some suitably tropical weather. Brixton Beach website