We’re now finally heading into summer, the sun has come out (kind of) and rooftop bars are opening left, right and centre. So, if you’re out and around in London, what is there to do? We’ve therefore got a few things rounded up for you to take a look at.
With the random heat wave passing us by last week, May has sprung upon us and we’re ready for the sun to come back. London is blooming and now that our days have got a lot brighter, it’s time to fill your days with something fun. Each month the city brings us events, parades and everything else you feel like doing. But what exactly has May got in store for us? These are the things we’re looking forward to this month.
All Points East Festival
Oh yes, it’s started. The festival season is well and truly upon us and, naturally, we’re starting it in style. Nothing beats a three-day festival in London – it’s easy to get to, you know all your friends will be around and you know exactly what the vibes will be like. So, without further ado, let us introduce All Points East.
Based in Victoria Park, E3, All Points East is a new London-located 10-day festival, bringing live entertainment to just about everyone from the 25th May to the 3rd June. All Points East consists of a three-day music festival followed by a community programme – ‘In The Neighborhood’ – which is full of family appropriate and free activities. All Points East finishes with an APE Presents three-day show. This promises to be the go-to destination to make your May a whole load better.
First up, let’s talk about the All Points East Festival. This three-day gig has one of the best London festival line-ups we’ve seen this year. Starting on the 25th May, LCD Soundsystem will be taking centre stage, alongside the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Glass Animals and more. On Saturday 26th May, we’re treated to the headlining act of The XX as well as performances by Lorde, Sampha, Justice and many more. On the final day of the 27th, we see Björk, Beck, Father John Misty and Friendly Fires amongst many others. With something for everyone in this line-up, be sure to select one day or all three days to give yourself the best possible ending to May.
Next, In The Neighbourhood, running from Monday 28th May to Thursday 31st May, will allow guests access to the All Points East site where there will be a multitude of activities to partake in. There will be free Outdoor Cinema, Live Music & Entertainment, Street Food to Pop Up Bars, Theatre, Arts, Sports & Wellbeing, Children’s Activities and so much more, all in collaboration with local businesses. We love the efforts gone into this event to ensure that the community vibe holds strong, allowing the All Points East destination at Victoria Park to host themselves to a whole variety of people.
Last up is the APE Presents, the three day festival with three headline acts of Catfish and The Bottleman, The National and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Whether you’re into all of the above or just some of the days, you can head over to the All Points East website to buy your single day or all-inclusive tickets.
Make your way over to the All Points East Festival website now.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
It’s that time of year when all the plants start blooming and London turns into a mini floral party. So, what better way to celebrate this than by visiting the annual RHS Chelsea Flower show. The grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea are transformed into a floral display of over 500 exhibitors most prized plants. There’s no denying that this is one of London’s most affluent, colourful and cutting-edge garden design shows, so why not give it a visit.
Stroll around the garden that seems to get better and better each year, and discover a range of flowers and plants that’ll give you all the inspiration for your own summer creations. With it being around for over 100 years now, there are a few changes happening this year. An improved layout, new ‘Space to Grow’ section and, for the very first time, an evening of live music and entertainment.
Open from 22nd May to 26th May, with the live music on the 25th, we would recommend getting your tickets in as soon as possible, because you don’t want to miss this year’s theme of health and wellbeing.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations
You may not have heard much about this Mexican celebration, but if it’s an excuse to drink a lot of margaritas and cerveza (aka beer) then count us in! Although this day is not quite Mexico’s independence day, it’s still a good excuse to fill up on mojitos, guacamole and tacos. To celebrate Mexico’s Chino de Mayo fiesta, all Wahaca restaurants are offering £5 margaritas and £5 mojito cocktails all day and night on both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.
As well as the flavoursome cocktail concoctions, you can enjoy some of Wahaca’s Mexican street food favourites. Everything from taquitos and quesadillas, to a side of nachos or Wahaca slaw, will get you in the mood to celebrate. For a long time, Wahaca has looked to the markets of Mexico for inspiration, and with a love of good food and drink, the term ‘Mexican’ in Britain has evolved from what it used to be.
If a touch of Mexican fun, food and drink sounds like something you’d enjoy, get yourself down to a Wahaca restaurant and live the fiesta life.
The Royal Wedding
As we all know, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot this month, so what better way to spend the royal wedding than enjoying some very British tea and cake. On Saturday 19th May, the couple will be saying “I do”, while you’ll hopefully be saying the same, just maybe your I do will be because someone asked if you want another drink!
There are a load of places that will be celebrating the young couples wedding, so get yourself up to the city and wave your British flag. With a Royal Afternoon Tea available at The Savoy or Anna’s Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House, both featuring pastries inspired by the Prince and his wife to be, you can visit these, not only on their wedding day, but for the entire month!
May Bank Holidays
This is where the rooftop bars come in, and we can’t wait for them all to start opening again. With two bank holidays this month, you can even try out more than one, so let’s just hope the weather brightens up a bit! A favourite rooftop bar of ours opened up once again, and that’s The Queen of Hoxton.
This year the well known bar and club has gone for a Las Vagas look that’s been set in the year 2030, called ‘Lost Vegas’. Featuring an overgrown looking wedding chapel, you can sip your drinks in the sun while munching on a vegan hotdog or some halloumi fries from the abandoned yellow school bus bar. There’s also an array of slot machines and very weirdly stocked Lost Vegas vending machines that will have you intrigued.
If you can get off of work early, a boozy afternoon is calling. The Queen of Hoxton is close to Liverpool street and will be busy so get yourself down there early.
Museums at Night
From 16th to 19th May, some of our favourite museums open up their doors after dark for the biannual nationwide Museums at Night Festival. Every year, in May and October, a wide range of London venues stay up late so you can discover all the heritage and culture you need.
If you’re having Night at the Museum movie excitement then you’re in for a treat as their are things open for everyone. So whether you’re more an under the sea guy or want to check out a new gallery, why not go at night? This is all thanks to Culture24, a non profit cultural organiser that organises and invites all UK museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites to join in the Museum at Night fun.
This is an opportunity for you to brush up on your knowledge while also taking part in something a little different. Check out their website to find out more.
If having fun in a former carpark sounds a bit teenage for you, don’t worry, we’re just talking about the summer rooftop in Tobacco Dock. Skylight is a rooftop that’s home to three floors of bars, street food, croquet and a view of the city skyline. There are three seasons of rooftop fun, with one being opened on the 3rd May.
The Summer roof gives you all you need to enjoy a relaxing weekend in London or a few drinks after work. You’re able to play a competitive game of croquet while sipping on a selection of cocktails, plus you’ll be sitting on one of the best rooftops in London! And, if it starts to get a bit colder, there’s an addition of screens (both inside and out) that will show this year’s World Cup and Wimbledon championships when they begin.
If this sounds like a bit of you, you can book tables, pre-order drinks or book court games on their website.
London Wine Week
If you’re partial to a nice glass a wine like we are, you’re going to love this last one. As London wine week runs from the 14th May to 20th May, why not head to the heart of the festival – the LWW Hub is located at the Flat Iron Square in London Bridge. Here, they’ll be transforming the urban oasis into a wine-filled garden.
You can relax in the sunshine, with a wine in hand, looking out to the city. There are a line of bars, food stalls and restaurants available and there’s even the space for live music as well. If the weather doesn’t quite hold out, don’t worry as this is a partially covered yard. There are different tastes of wine for everyone, so whatever your preference is, you’ll be able to get your hands on it.
The wine festival is essentially free but, you can get your hands on a festival pass that gives you all the best discounts.
On That Note
So there we have it – that’s your lot for the month of May. And by the looks of things, it’s going to be a busy, sunny (hopefully) and fun month. From festivals in Victoria Park to festivals involving wine, we know that this May is going to be the best start to our summer. Preparing you for summer, it’s time to get out and make the most of the lighter evenings before the good old British winter rolls around once again.