May, everyone’s favourite month of the year. Summer is well on its way (or at least as close to summer as we get here in England) and we are treated to not one, but two bank holidays. Naturally, there is no better place to spend a month with fewer working days than usual than in our glorious capital. As the heat rises, events and merry-making migrate outdoors and for the first time since distant September, the city is warm and boasting open air events worthy of a king. Here are our top picks to keep you occupied not just during the long weekends, but throughout the entire, glorious month.
London Craft Week
London Craft Week: 3-7 May
Scattered across venues throughout central London, London Craft Week is a fun packed five day festival celebrating the art of skilled craftsmanship. Creativity oozes from the city as glass blowers, diamond cutters and calligraphers perform their crafts live before awestruck spectators. London Craft Week unearths the raw passion and talent that lies within our modern designers and exhibits it in all its glory. The programme has such a vast array of different shows and workshops, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.
We all loved Robin William’s Genie in the Disney film of Aladdin and there’s no denying, he is a tough act to follow. Yet, on the 27th of May (just in time for the bank holiday) the animated classic is hitting the West End in what we expect to be a masterpiece of sound and colour. Directed by the genius behind the Book of Mormon, we only have high hopes for this production.
Romeo & Juliet
For those looking for something a bit more profound to sink their teeth into, Shakespeare’s greatest play of all time, Romeo and Juliet, is being revived by the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company and being performed at the Garrick Theatre. Expect tears and laughter as you follow the star-crossed lovers on their tragic journey through the tangled web of forbidden love.
45 Free Walking Tours over the 21st and 22nd of May
On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May, Walk London is giving out 45 free walking tours that will give energetic sight-seers the chance to explore the capital on foot with the help of a friendly guide. Tours span the entirety of the city with some taking a mere hour and a half while others last nearly an entire day. A must-do for anyone who wants to learn about the city and get a bit of fresh air and exercise while they’re at it.
London Pub Crawl
How often are you allowed to get drunk on a Sunday? For the party animals among us, boozy Sundays are exactly why Bank Holiday Mondays were created. The London Pub Crawl hosted by London Gone Wild is the best way to celebrate that extra day off work. Be guided through some of the hottest bars and clubs in the West End by people that really know the true meaning of party. Indulge in shots and dance the night away and relish in the fact that you can spend the entirety of the following day away from your desk (and probably dying in your bed).
London’s Royal Opera House will be the fortunate host of the world premiere of the ballet inspired by the beautiful yet dark novel by Mary Shelley: Frankenstein. The performance deals with a number of profound issues including love, death and solitude as dancers re-enact the notorious gothic masterpiece. Choreographed by the renowned Liam Scarlett, the ballet will run throughout the month of May.
Covent Garden May Fayre
Release your inner child and go along to St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden for a day filled with traditional British amusement. Entertainment includes Punch and Judy shows, May pole dancing and live music from up and coming folk bands. It’s free to attend and there will also be a number of food stalls selling fresh goods to visitors.
London Wine Week
Yes, this is a real thing. For seven blissful days London will be dominated by the world’s most delicious festival. Events will take place at over 100 venues across the city and will encompass tastings, food pairing workshops and wine tours. For anyone looking to fill their bank holiday with some boozy fun, London Wine Week is guaranteed to satisfy all of your grape-based needs as you sip your fancy Pinot in the late May sun.
What do you plan on doing in May? Any suggestions? Leave a comment below.
Main Image Credit: Courtesy of London Wine Week
Image Credit: London Craft Week courtesy of Holland and Holland
Image Credit: London Sights courtesy of Walk London
Image Credit: May Fayre and Puppet Festival courtesy of PunchandJudy.com
Image Credit: London Wine Week courtesy of London Wine Week