Things to do in London in May 2020

Head outdoors in London in May to enjoy open-air theatre, cultural celebrations and flower shows, plus discover culture after dark.
A Chelsea Pensioner poses on the Marks and Spencer Spirit of Summer: A Mediterranean Journey exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower 2017.
A Chelsea Pensioner poses on the Marks and Spencer Spirit of Summer: A Mediterranean Journey exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower 2017. Copyright: RHS/Luke MacGregor. Image courtesy of RHS.
  • Schools take a week-long half-term holiday in May and many family-friendly attractions put on special activities for the week. 

  • There are two public holidays (bank holidays) in May with events taking place over the long weekends.

  • Events include the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London Wine Week and the FA Cup finals.  

In May, spring is well under way with warm weather and some sunshine. But you may still need a light coat and an umbrella in case of rain.

UK schools break up for a half-term holiday at the end of May. Family-friendly attractions are usually busy during this week-long school holiday, and many of them put on special activities for children.

There are also two public holidays (bank holidays) in May in London. Look out for special activities during these two long weekends at the start and end of the month.

Annual events in May

  • Celebrate the heritage of the capital with events, activities and exhibitions on London History Day
  • Head to pop-up bars, alfresco parties and special tasting sessions during London Wine Week.
  • Meet artists, engineers and designers during London Craft Week, which showcases the creativity and craftsmanship of London's celebrated and emerging makers.
  • Check out world-class photography from across the globe at Somerset House's Photo London
  • Join the Eid Festival celebrations in Trafalgar Square, featuring family activities and street food from around the world.

Outdoor events in May

London May sports events

  • Watch the men's FA Cup final later in the month. Plus, join football fans in pubs all over London, which are packed with people watching the game.

For more things to do in London in May, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage with our London theatre guide.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.

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