Things to do in London May 2016

09 May 16

Things to do in London May 2016

09 May 16

This blogpost lists our top picks of things to do in London this May - from exhibitions, events and a Shakespearean play, there is plenty going on to keep you entertained - and as the days are getting longer and warmer we have even included some outdoor pursuits! 

Ninety Ways to See the Queen

When? 5th May – 17th May 
Where? We Built This City - 35 Beak Street, W1F 9SX (closest station: Oxford Circus)

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We Built This City is a fantastic shop on Carnaby Street that showcases local artistic talent. The shop aims to revolutionise London souvenirs – pop by and you’re sure to find something wonderful.

In the lead up to the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations you can pick up a unique Queen-themed souvenir or limited edition artwork, the perfect keepsake from your trip to London. And in doing so you're supporting local creative talent, it's a win-win situation.  

Dutch Flowers Exhibition

When? 6th April – 29th August
Where? The National Galley

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This one room exhibition will showcase beautiful Dutch flower paintings from the National Gallery’s collection.

The exhibition presents leading artists in the field – head over to the National Gallery and admire the inspiring detail in their works. We advise exploring the rest of the gallery whilst you're there - it's a beautiful space filled to the brim with artistic treasures. 

Photo London

When? 19th – 22nd May
Where? Somerset House (closest station: Temple)

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This event brings together 80 of the world’s leading galleries in a major international photography fair. If you’re a photography enthusiast this event is a must! Somerset House is a beautiful setting for a great day out appreciating photography. 

Tickets: Day tickets cost £25

Picnic in Richmond Park 

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On a sunny day this May be sure to make the most of the good weather and head out to Richmond Park with a hamper full of delicious food.

Richmond Park is a glorious expanse of nature spanning more than 2,500 acres, the largest of the Royal Parks, and the perfect location for a quiet picnic in a picturesque setting.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When? 30th April - 11th September 
Where? Shakespeare's Globe

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For a truly unforgettable experience watch a Midsummer Night’s Dream - Shakespeare’s magical comedy - at the Globe. 

Since opening in 1997 Shakespeare’s Globe, an open-air theatre, has proved immensely popular. The summer season always starts on the bard’s birthday 23rd April (and runs to the middle of October).

Visit the website here to learn more. 

London Wine Week 

When? 23rd - 29th May  
Where? All over London (visit the website for more information).

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This one is for the oenophile's - London wine week is a great excuse to explore London’s bars and savour some fine wine with fellow enthusiasts.

In celebration of the capital’s thriving wine scene a £10 wristband gets you discounts and deals across more than 100 venues in London.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

When? 24th – 28th May
Where? Royal Chelsea Hospital

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The Chelsea Flower Show is world famous and well worth a visit. Held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital the Chelsea Flower Show is regarded as a high point of the summer season. Always inspiring and a wonderful showcase of horticultural talent – the show is attended by the Queen, and members of the Royal Family. Please note: tickets sell out well in advance. 

To learn more read our previous blogpost on the flower show here

Boating on the Serpentine

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The Serpentine is an impressive man made lake located in the splendid Hyde Park - there is no finer way to while away a warm afternoon than hiring a pedal boat with your friends or family. Please note: dogs and children under 12 months are not permitted on the pedal boat. 

Looking for accommodation in London?

Browse our full portfolio of London Vacation Rentals here

- Below are our top picks for Spring Vacation Rentals -

Oakfield Street

With a delightful outdoor patio & colourful interior, this is the perfect rental for couples vacationing in London this Spring.

Buckland Crescent

Floor to ceiling windows flood the living room with light & a large balcony provides the perfect outdoor space to enjoy the finer weather.

Clavering Place

This spacious and luxurious London home is a real gem, perfect for families - the garden is perfectly equipped with a barbecue and outdoor seating, the best place for dining alfresco.


- Ivy Lettings looks forward to welcoming you to London -


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