Things to do in London in May 2020

Head outdoors to explore London in May: hang-out at an open-air theatre, join cultural celebrations and marvel at vibrant flower shows across the city.
A woman looking at the colourful flowers during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Wander the beautiful floral displays during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Credits: Georgi Mabee. Image courtesy of the Press Office.

The UK government has advised against all non-essential travel and instructed that people remain at home.

Events have been cancelled. Attractions, restaurants, pubs, theatres, public spaces and other venues have temporarily closed, and public transport should only be used for essential journeys.

A nationwide ban has also been placed on public gatherings of more than two people.

Check the latest UK government guidance before travelling to London.

  • Schools take a week-long half-term holiday in May. Choose from piles of family-friendly activities put on by top attractions this week.

  • Make plans for the two public holidays (bank holidays) in May with special events taking place over the long weekends.

  • Unmissable events include the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the FA Cup finals.  

In May, spring is well under way with warm weather and some delightful sunshine, but you may still need a light coat and a brolly, in case of a light drizzle.

Schools across the UK break up for a half-term holiday at the end of May, bringing a packed programme of family-friendly events at some of London’s top attractions.

There are also two public holidays (bank holidays) this month: the early May bank holiday and the spring bank holiday. So, keep an eye out for what’s on in London in May to make the most of the extended weekends.

What's on in London in May 2020?

  • 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 (TBC).
  • 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.
  • Tate Modern is officially entering its 20s and invites you to join the celebrations this month.

Outdoor events in May

  • Watch a play in the sun this month during some of London's biggest open-air theatre summer seasons, including Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe.
  • See vivid floral displays and innovative show gardens at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show, plus floral displays in the surrounding streets for Chelsea in Bloom.
  • If you’re hanging out in Belgravia, check out the neighbourhood’s own Belgravia in Bloom
  • …or stop by Covent Garden to be wow-ed by Covent Garden in Bloom and the striking floral displays of Fleurs De Villes.
  • Take dining to new heights with London in the Sky, the ultimate experience for foodies and adrenaline junkies.
  • For a music festival in London this May, make an appearance at All Points East at Victoria Park.
  • You’re in for a treat, The May Fair at Grosvenor Square brings seaside vibes to the city on the early May bank holiday weekend.

Exciting events for your calendar

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. For on-the-go adventure ideas, download the Visit London App

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

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