Five great things to do in London this May


From Star Wars waxworks to Shakespeare, here’s what May has to offer

Moya Maxwell is chair of Unique Venues of London

Museums at Night, various venues, May 14th – May 16th 2015

Alive with atmosphere, Museums at Night is a rare opportunity to explore the exhibits of some of London (and the world’s) most famous cultural institutions in a different light.

The festival offers a new and fascinating perspective of these iconic buildings and their treasures. Highlights include an after-hours pub quiz at the Museum of the Order of St. John, an electrifying walk through the Wellcome Collection and a special lecture on renowned artist John Sargent at the National Portrait Gallery. For more information, click here

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds, from May 16th 2015

Touching down from a galaxy far, far away, the world’s most famous waxworks display has recreated some of the most iconic scenes from one of the best film franchises in cinema history, Star Wars!

This immersive exhibition will feature the, good, the bad and the ugly from Star Wars episodes I – VI for a truly cosmic experience. For more information, click here.

Foodies Festival, Syon Park, May 23rd – May 25th 2015

The striking grounds of Syon Park provide a scenic setting for this year’s Foodies Festival. The three-day event brings together some of the country’s top chefs for a gastronomic odyssey of new tastes, vibrant flavours, dazzling demonstrations and culinary challenges.

The billing includes the likes of legendary chefs Glynn Purnell, Richard Bertinet and Dhruv Baker who will come together to cook up a storm in the sunshine. For more information, click here

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015, Royal Hospital Chelsea, 19th May – 23rd May 2015

Now in its 102nd year, RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a London institution and the most prestigious of its kind – seeing over 150,000 visitors a year flock to Christopher Wren’s elegantly designed Royal Hospital Chelsea for a visual feast of all things floral.

This year promises to be an inspiring and entertaining event, with a special, socially-conscious garden commissioned by Prince Harry: ‘Sentebale – Hope in Vulnerability’. The piece has been designed to highlight the plight of vulnerable children in Lesotho. For more information, click here

As You Like It, Shakespeare’s Globe, from May 15th 2015

The summer season commences at The Globe with one of The Bard’s best-loved comedies, featuring a cast of cleverly-observed characters for a witty affair full of merriment, gentle satire and mirth. The run of the play (which finishes in September 2015) will also be complemented with special events giving ticket holders the opportunity to meet the cast and attend pre-show introductory lectures from globe scholars. For more information, click here.​


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