May hurray! Spring is in full swing and London is in full bloom. But you may still need a light coat and an umbrella in case of rain. Head outdoors in London in May to enjoy open-air theatre, cultural celebrations and flower shows, plus discover culture after dark. We’ve put together a list of events to keep you occupied during your stay with us!
MUSEUMS AT NIGHT – from 16th to 19th May 2018
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. Visit the official website for more information.
ROYAL WEDDING – PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE – 19 May 2018
Join in royal festivities as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle at the historic Windsor Castle.
Royal wedding timings
- The royal wedding takes place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle at 12pm.
- At 1pm, the newlyweds partake in a carriage procession through Windsor Town.
- The couple then join their wedding guests for a reception at St George’s Hall.
- The wedding is likely to be televised, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Royal wedding celebrations in London
Celebrations are taking place across London – including the chance to raise a glass to the happy couple as pubs in England and Wales stay open until 1am on Friday and Saturday. For more info visit https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/46249114-royal-wedding-prince-harry-and-meghan-markle
RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW – 22nd to 26th May 2018
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.
UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL IN SOUTH BANK – until 30th September 2018
Enjoy a fun-packed festival of live entertainment and al-fresco eating and drinking at Underbelly Festival in South Bank. Stretching throughout the summer, the festival stages affordable circus, theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and children’s shows on the south bank of the Thames. Visit the official website for more information.
SUMMER SEASON 2018 AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE – until 13th October 2018
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.
Standing Ticket: from £5 per ticket
Seated Ticket: from £22 per ticket
To view the full season and find out more about the productions, visit the website.
CHANGING THE GUARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11am. The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music. The ceremony is free to watch and currently takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, weather permitting.