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Looking for things to do this month, don’t sweat it, we’ve got lots to keep you busy.
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With two Bank Holidays and the promise of climbing temperatures, May might just be one of our fave months. Those (slightly) hotter days and longer nights are ideal for festivals and May is when the season really starts to kick off, with The Great Escape just a train ride away and All Points East pitching up even closer to home. Normally we break out the stretchy trousers during the festive season but with National Doughnut Week, British Sandwich Week AND National BBQ Week all happening this month, we’re gonna have to dig them out earlier. There’s a lot of eatin’ to be done.

THE WORLD’S FIRST MEAT MASSAGE JOINT IS COMING TO LONDON

Bull’s-Eye BBQ Sauce is opening a meat massage joint at the Truman Brewery, where you can pick up a FREE cut of meat ready to barbecue on the Bank Holiday Weekend

23rd & 24th May 2019

ADMISSIONS

After receiving critical acclaim over in New York, Admissions transfers to the West End for a limited run before going on tour across the country.

28th February - 25th May 2019

gala festival 2019

The GALA crew are back for 2019 with a big ol’ knees up at Peckham Rye Park and they’ve drafted in the likes of Midland, Honey Dijon and Horse Meat Disco.

26th May 2019

PECKHAM RECORD FAIR

The Hackney Record Fair is heading south for the first time, pitching up in Peckham this May with all things vinyl

26th May 2019

EVERYMAN CINEMAS’ MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL 2019

Everyman Cinemas is bringing back its Music Film Festival for a fifth edition this May, with screenings, Q&As, live performances and more at cinemas across London.

9th - 26th May 2019

kerb jam on rye festival

After a successful first edition this year, KERB is bringing back Jam on Rye for another year.

27th May 2019

ONLY HUMAN | MARTIN PARR

Only Human: Martin Parr focuses on people, including portraits of people from all over the world as well as images that tackle Britishness and identity today.

7th March - 27th May 2019

JERK & BEYOND CARIBBEAN FOOD FESTIVAL

Get a taste of island life without leaving Spitalfields at Caribbean food festival Jerk & Beyond.

25th - 27th May 2019

DEPOP MARKET LONDON

Depop is coming to life over the Bank Holiday weekend with a pop-up market in Hackney, featuring 50 handpicked sellers.

25th - 27th May 2019

World’s First Vegan Wingz Eating Competition

Biff’s Jack Shack vegan wingz eating competition is taking place at Boxpark Shoreditch on Thursday 30th May. Who will be crowned this year’s winger?

30th May

CURRY SAUCE TAKEOVER AT POPPIES

Curry sauce may not be the typical London condiment of choice for chips but Poppies is about to change all that with a curry sauce takeover this spring.

1st April - 31st May 2019

FACELESS

Faceless at Maddox Gallery is Spanish artist Coco Dávez’s collection of pop-art portraits that pay tribute to many of her idols.

10th - 31st May 2019

FINLAY LONDON

Finlay London is popping up in Mare Street Market with a whole range of glasses and sunnies in tow.

Until 31st May 2019

FLASH DAY AT VAGABOND TATTOO STUDIO

Vagabond are teaming up with P&Co for their next FLASH DAY meaning you’ve not just got exclusive discounts on amazing tattoo’s from the Vagabond Team but you also get FREE P&Co merch.

Fri 31st May 2019

an aperol splash pool is coming

Aperol is coming back to London with another spritz social event, transforming the Shoreditch Electric Light Station into an Aperol Lido.

23rd May - 1st June 2019

THREE SISTERS

Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters gets a modern interpretation at the Almeida Theatre courtesy of playwright Cordelia Lynn and director Rebecca Frecknall.

6th April - 1st June 2019

london pizza festival is back

Six pizzerias will battle it out to be crowned champion at London Pizza Festival.

2nd June 2019

wake up to the lord mayor’s balloon regatta

This is one Sunday you’ll wanna be waking up early because 50 hot air balloons will be taking to the sky as part of the Ricoh Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta

2nd June 2019

FRANZ WEST

The Tate Modern is celebrating the work of irreverent artist Franz West with this exhibition of his sculptures, collages and large-scale works.

20th February - 2nd June 2019

dinner is coming

To celebrate the release of the final season, spoof immersive dining experience Dinner is Coming is heading to The Vaults in Waterloo.

9th April - 2nd June 2019

MANDELA | THE OFFICIAL EXHIBITION

A huge exhibition dedicated to the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela is having its world premiere in London at 26 Leake Street

8th February - 2nd June 2019

ALL POINTS EAST 2019

After a very successful first edition, All Points East is returning to Vicky Park with the likes of The Strokes, The Chemical Brothers, Bon Iver and Christine and the Queens headlining

24th May - 2nd June 2019

STAROPRAMEN’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY SUPPER CLUB

Staropramen is turning 150 years old and to celebrate, the Czech beer is hosting a special supper club at Somerset House.

5th June 2019

sample sale | christopher kane

If you’ve always wanted to get your hands on a bit of Christopher Kane, this two day sample sale is your chance.

6th & 7th June 2019

LEND ME YOUR EAR

Lend Me Your Ear is a collaborative exhibition at Stance between music photographer Andrew Cotterill and illustrator Ben Tallon.

24th May - 6th June 2019

mighty hoopla 2019

Mighty Hoopla is back Brockwell Park for their 2019 edition and it’s going to be just as much of a pop-fest as before.

8th June 2019

field day 2019

Field Day is undergoing a massive move for 2019, heading north to Meridian Water and they’ve put together a huge line-up for the new space.

7th & 8th June 2019

SWEET CHARITY

For her final production as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, Josie Rouke is taking on Sweet Charity with Wayne McGregor providing the choreography.

6th April - 8th June 2019

ALL MY SONS

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons gets the A-list treatment with Sally Field, Bill Pullman and Jenna Coleman in the cast of this production at the Old Vic.

13th April - 8th June 2019

STEPHEN ANTHONY DAVIDS

Stephen Anthony Davids (also known as S.A.D.) explores black identity and the black experience through his work by repurposing historical objects

29th May - 8th June 2019

GET A TASTE OF THE PHILIPPINES AT CASA SUGARLANDIA

Get a real taste of the Philippines without leaving Shoreditch – yep no actual travel required – as Don Papa rum opens Casa Sugarlandia this month.

22nd May - 8th June 2019

DOROTHEA TANNING

The Tate Modern is hosting the first major Dorothea Tanning exhibition for 25 years. The show features 100 works from her remarkable seventy year career.

27th February - 9th June 2019

CELEBRATE EID WITH DISHOOM

Dishoom is teaming up with Dinerama to celebrate Eid with a fully halal food line-up at Dinerama, with resident traders and Dishoom cooking up the grub.

11th June 2019
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BREAKTHROUGH AT SECOND HOME

Second Home is doing its bit to get your ideas moving with its Breakthrough Programme, kicking off this June at the Clerkenwell site.

4th - 14th June 2019

bushstock 2019

Bushstock is back for 2019 with one hell of a line-up in tow, including Gang of Youths, Novo Amor, Mosa Wild, Rhys Lewis, and Ferris and Sylvester.

15th June 2019

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

After an initial run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the Trevor Nunn-directed revival of Fiddler On The Roof transfers to the Playhouse Theatre

21st March - 15th June 2019

THE WORLD’S FIRST BRING-YOUR-OWN TABLE RESTAURANT IS COMING

We’ve heard of BYO drinks and BYO dishes but the world’s first BYO table restaurant is coming to London.

12th - 15th June 2019

A PURER PIZZA AT ‘O VER

Neapolitan restaurant ‘O ver, known for its pure sea water pizzas, is launching the limited edition Purer Pizza to coincide with World Ocean Day.

8th -15th June 2019

TOP GIRLS

Caryl Churchill’s famous 1982 play, which follows Marlene who hosts a dinner party featuring some of the most powerful women in history, hits the National

26th March - 22nd June 2019

THE LAST WORD FESTIVAL IS BACK

Spoken word festival The Last Word is returning to the Roundhouse this June for 19 days of performances

2nd - 22nd June 2019

LITTLE DEATH CLUB

She’s taken her Weimar punk cabaret everywhere from Edinburgh to Adelaide and now Bernie Dieter is bringing Little Death Club to London as part of this year’s Underbelly Festival.

18th April – 23rd June 2019
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SARA SHAKEEL | THE GREAT SUPPER

Sara Shakeel is putting on The Great Supper at NOW Gallery (which also happens to be her first UK exhibition) as part of its Young Artist Commission.

15th May - 23rd June 2019

JEWS, MONEY, MYTH

The Jews, Money, Myth exhibition at Jewish Museum London explores the role of money in Jewish life and tackles the myths surrounding the association of Jews with money.

19th March - 7th July 2019

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Fresh from winning widespread praise for Company, Marianne Elliot takes on Arthur Miller with her version of Death of a Salesman.

1st May - 13th July 2019

MAGIC REALISM | ART IN WEIMAR GERMANY 1919-33

To coincide with the anniversary of the end of WWI, the Tate is hosting a year-long (and FREE) exhibition of art from Weimar Germany, where expressionism gave way to more unsettling and emotional imagery.

30th July 2018 - 14th July 2019

london in the sky is back

Dine on some of the finest food in town whilst suspended 100 feet over London

1st May - 15th July 2019

#TOGETHERBAND

Sustainable accessories brand BOTTLETOP and the United Nations have created the #TOGETHERBAND interactive pop-up shop in Soho

Until mid-July 2019

ROSMERSHOLM

Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell star in this Ian Rickson-directed production of Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm.

24th April - 20th July 2019

EDVARD MUNCH | LOVE AND ANGST

He’s most famous for The Scream but this exhibition at the British Museum delves deeper into the life and work of Edvard Munch.

11th April - 21st July 2019

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

After a sell-out run at the National Theatre, The Lehman Trilogy, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles, is transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre.

11th May - 3rd August 2019

DESSERT POP-UP WHISK IS BACK

Calling all dessert fans! Whisk, the pop-up that serves a three-course dessert-only menu, is back and it’s bigger and better than ever

14th May - 3rd August 2019

THE WORLD EXISTS TO BE PUT ON A POSTCARD

A major exhibition of postcard art, The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard: Artists’ Postcards From 1960 To Now, is being held at the British Museum

7th February - 4th August 2019

BE TRANSPORTED TO THE BANQUET OF HOSHENA

Journey through the magical land of Hoshena with the new, projector-led immersive dining experience Banquet of Hoshena

19th April - 7th August 2019

OVAL NIGHT MARKET

Across four weekends this summer, the Oval Night Market will pitch up around the gasworks, with food traders, craft bars and music in tow.

17th May - 10th August 2019

VAN GOGH AND BRITAIN

The Van Gogh and Britain exhibition at Tate Britain will be the largest display of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for almost ten years

27th March - 11th August 2019

ANISH KAPOOR

Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor has recently been restored and the inaugural exhibition is a series of sculptures by Anish Kapoor.

Until 18th August 2019

QUEER SPACES | LONDON, 1980s -TODAY

Between 2006 and 2016 over half of London’s LGBTQ+ venues closed and this exhibition looks at how redevelopement is changing the queer scene in London.

2nd April - 25th August 2019

MANGA

The British Museum is hosting the largest manga exhibition ever held outside of Japan. The show explores the origins of manga through to its global appeal.

23rd May - 26th August 2019

AI: MORE THAN HUMAN

The Barbican is hosting a major ‘festival-style’ exhibition on AI, exploring the developments in AI, both creative and scientific, as well as our relationship with the technology.

16th May - 26th August 2019

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL

The 1980 classic is hitting the West End stage courtesy of Dolly Parton herself, featuring that original Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score.

28th January - August 2019

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES THE MUSICAL

Yes the Trotter family is going from Peckham to the West End thanks to Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan who are bringing Only Fools and Horses back to life

9th February - August 2019

free films and theatre at summer by the river

London Bridge City is hosting Summer By The River, another season of free treats including comedy, theatre, fitness classes, music, sports and film screenings

30th May - 1st September 2019

CHRISTIAN DIOR | DESIGNER OF DREAMS

Based on the major Paris exhibition of the same name, will be the largest exhibition on Dior ever held in the UK.

2nd February - 1st September 2019

LEE KRASNER | LIVING COLOUR

This exhibition at the Barbican, the first major one on her in Europe for more than 50 years, celebrates the life and work of Lee Krasner.

30th May - 1st September 2019

COME FROM AWAY

Come From Away tells the true story of 7000 travellers who were grounded in a small town in Newfoundland, Canada in the wake of the 9/11

Until 14th September 2019

ride the world’s biggest city zip wire at southbank

Get ready to fly! Zip Now London, the world’s longest and fastest city zip line is coming back to the Southbank for another year.

12th June - 15th September 2019

STANLEY KUBRICK | THE EXHIBITION

The Design Museum is hosting Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, which has been touring the world and it’s jam-packed with archive pieces and original props.

26th April - 15th September 2019

JIMMY GARCIA’S SKY HIGH DINING

Jimmy Garcia’s Sky High Dining is a pop-up restaurant on board the Emirates Air Line, the cable car suspended 90m above the Thames

12th June - mid-September 2019

NYETIMBER SECRET GARDEN

A bit of the English countryside is coming to Holborn as Rosewood London opens the Nyetimber Secret Garden in the courtyard.

31st May - 29th September 2019

social fun & games club is back at roof east

Social Fun & Games Club is back at Roof East for summer and they’ve got a new look, new games and new street food.

17th April - 30th September 2019

LAS MEXICANAS

For Las Mexicanas, the summer edition of their rooftop, Queen of Hoxton is taking inspiration from San Cristobal in Mexico

2nd May - October 2019

FRENCHIE TO OPEN BACON SCONE POP-UP

Gregory Marchand is opening a bacon scone pop-up in Covent Garden, meaning you don’t have to book into Frenchie to get your fix.

11th June - October 2019

FOOD | BIGGER THAN THE PLATE

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the V&A explores how food goes from farm to table, how we enjoy it, and how we can help create a more sustainable food future

18th May - 20th October 2019

ARTIST ROOMS | JENNY HOLZER

This year the Artist Rooms at the Tate are dedicated to Jenny Holzer, with works from across her 40-year career on display.

23rd July 2018 - Summer 2019

BRICK WONDERS

A coral reef and an ancient Egyptian pyramid are just some of the 50 models made of LEGO at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Horniman Museum.

Until 27th October 2019

MUSEUM OF THE MOON

Museum of the Moon, a six-metre model featuring incredibly detailed NASA imagery of the moon, is residing in the Natural History Museum

17th May - 1st January 2020

INTO THE NIGHT | CABARETS AND CLUBS IN MODERN ART

Cabarets and clubs have featured widely in modern art and this major exhibition at the Barbican celebrates the spaces where artists pushed the boundaries.

30th March 2019 - 19th January 2020

MARY QUANT

It’s a celebration of the sixties at the V&A as the museum hosts a major retrospective of revolutionary fashion designer Mary Quant

6th April 2019 - 16th February 2020

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