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56 exciting things opening in London this May

Posted at 8:00 am, May 1, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Sunny London. Credit: Myahcat

[Sunny London lomography. Credit: Myahcat]

May Day, pay day, cray day! Yes, the fifth month is upon us and there sure are a marvellous amount of great things opening this month. Lean in and we’ll reveal all…


May 1: 32 Londoners will give talks on the capsules of the London Eye, one for each London borough.

May 2-Aug 19: From Victorian cartoons to Tank Girl, see Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK at the British Library.

May 3-Mar 15 2015: For bridal inspiration, head to Wedding Dress 1775-2014 at the V&A.

May 15-17: From swinging sixties parties to sci-fi under the stars, it’s all going on at the Museums at Night weekend.

May 15-Mar 8 2015: WW1, bus drivers on the Western Front and more at Goodbye Piccadilly at the London Transport Museum.

May 17: See perfectly spiffing chaps and chap-ettes don their finest vintage cycling clobber for The Tweed Run, Clerkenwell.

May 17-18: Show off your furry friends and admire others at The London Pet Show, Earl’s Court.

May 20-24: Fawn over the flora and gambol around the gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show.

May 22-Nov 30: Expect temples, mummies and embalming at Ancient Lives: New Discoveries, the British Museum.

May 23-Sept 7: Be awestruck by the extinct animals at Mammoths: Ice Age Giants, the Natural History Museum.

May 24-Sept 7: Try the barefoot trails, cocktail tasting, herbal medicine and tai chi at Nature’s Sanctuary, Kew Gardens.

May 26- June 1: Treat the little ‘uns to a gobsmacking view as Kids Go Free to the Shard.


May 2: Flamingo Pier: totally tropical pop-up pontoon in Hackney Wick.

May 2-3: Elsewhere Fest: Hackney mini-festival with Mike Skinner, Actress, Kelela, Floating Points, Ryan Hemsworth, Doc Daneeka + more.

May 3: Anchorman Party: head to Bloomsbury Bowling Alley for this annual movie tribute night. And just remember, stay classy, London!

May 3: Soundcrash Roof Partyget high at the first of these summer rooftop parties in Shoreditch.

May 3: The Cajmere vs Green Velvet nightessential Bank Holiday clubbing for all house music fans.

May 4: Streetfestup your street cred with this ‘urban’ celebration of graffiti, tattooing, breakdancing, skateboarding, BMxing and more in Hackney Wick.

May 5: ICan Studios beach opens in Hackney Wick in time for summer playtimes.

May 8: Night of the Living Dead: it’s the first birthday of this macabre club that only plays artists who have died or disappeared.

May 15-25: London Burlesque Festivalnipple tassels at the ready as this annual festival returns for the eighth year.

May 18-26: Bearfest: calling all bears, cubs, otters – take part in this week-long celebration of London’s bear scene.

May 21: Pizza Underground gig: Macaulay Culkin brings his pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band to town.

May 31: The UKG Chronicle: return to the heyday of garage for one night only at Wembley Arena.


May 1: Admire London’s iconic skyscape as swish art deco joint City Social opens its doors in Bank.

May 6: Chef Simon Rogan’s new place, Fera at Claridge’s replaces Gordon Ramsay’s old restaurant. Definitely worth checking out.

May 19: The pair behind The End and AKA nightclubs have teamed with the chefs from Jerusalem’s Machneyuda restaurant to open Palomar in Soho.

May TBC: The tiny (and very British) Lyle’s is set to be open in Shoreditch this month, courtesy of foodie James Lowe (one-third of the former Young Turks collective). 



May 9: Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, the man who co-founded Studio Ghibli and directed ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ is releasing his final ever film, ‘The Wind Rises.

May 9: Michael Fassbender dons a papier mâché head for the entire duration of ‘Frank. A strong candidate for oddest film of 2014.

May 15: Gareth Edwards (aka the next Spielberg), is the latest in line to reimagine classic monster movie ‘Godzilla

May 22: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘ offers double the mutant fun as the ‘X-Men’ crew, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, confront their 1970s selves.

May 28: Angelina Jolie is terrifying as the evil Disney fairy who put a curse on Sleeping Beauty in ‘Maleficent.

May 30: Hero of British film Ken Loach has produced his final feature film ‘Jimmy’s Hall, an Irish 1930s drama.

May 30: ‘Edge of Tomorrow: Tom Cruise does what Tom Cruise does best…


May 12-31: Adrienne Truscott attacks rape-joke culture with her Foster’s Panel Prize-winning solo show: Adrienne Truscott’s Asking for It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else!, The Soho Theatre.

May 16: Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans, Alan Carr, Jack Dee et al join forces for Channel 4’s Comedy Gala.

May 16-17: Ricky Gervais’s funniest character creation stars in Brent & Foregone Conclusion Live at the Hammersmith Apollo.

May 13-20: Expect classic Irish mischief at Andrew Maxwell’s London Loves, The Peckham Liberal Club.

May 6-10: From laidback Canadian comic: The Jokes I’m Most Fond Of… An Evening with Glenn Wool, the Soho Theatre.


May 1-25: The best from this year’s graduate & postgrad artists at The Caitlin Prize, Londonewcastle Project Space, Old St. 

May 2-June 22: Celine Condorelli explores interactive environments at the Chisenhale Gallery, Mile End.

From May 3: Hear a Van Gogh-inspired audio installation from Saski Olde Wolbers: Yes, These Eyes are the Windows, Brixton.

May 9-12: Enjoy the art of craft at Collect 2014, the Saatchi Gallery.

May 22-June14: View ‘Consuption’ through the eyes of 11 photographers at Prix Pictet 2014.


May 1- Sep 6: ‘Wolf Hall‘/ Bring up the Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre. The RSC tackles Hilary Mantel’s blockbuster historical novels.

May 1-25: ‘The Testament Of Mary at the Barbican. Fiona Shaw is an embittered Virgin Mary in this classy Broadway transfer.

May 1-Oct 25: ‘Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre. Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Nam-set blockbuster helicopters back into town.

May 5-24: ‘Yellow Face at the National Theatre. Original ‘Miss Saigon’ director Nicholas Hytner cheekily programmes David Henry Hwang’s satire about the casting controversy behind the original run.

May 10-Aug 30: ‘Bakersfield Mist‘ at the Duchess Theatre, Covent Garden. Kathleen Turner returns to the London stage to star as a redneck barmaid convinced she’s bought an original Pollock.

May 12-June 21:This May Hurt A Bit at the St James Theatre. The great theatre company Out of Joint returns with a timely drama about the NHS crisis.

May 14-June 21: ‘Incognito‘ at the Bush Theatre, Shepherds Bush. ‘Constellations’ playwright Nick Payne returns with an already acclaimed drama about the mysteries of the brain.

May 15-June 7: ‘All My Sons at the Open Air Theatre. Summer is officially on its way as the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s season begins, with a revival of this Miller classic.

Until July 13: ‘Titus Andronicus‘ at Shakespeare’s Globe. Famous for making whole swathes of the audience faint back in when it first ran in 2006, Lucy Bailey’s notoriously gory production opens the Globe’s outdoor season.

Until July 19: ‘1984 at the Playhouse Theatre. Headlong’s viscerally horrifying adaptation of Orwell’s classic transfers from the Almeida to the West End.

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