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May in London 2019

 
 
 
 
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London Bridge City: Summer by the River
Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019
Take That
Wandsworth Arts Fringe
KERB: Jam on Rye
Lee Krasner: Living Colour
Canalway Cavalcade
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
Breakin' Convention
Secret Rivers
English National Ballet: Emerging Dancer
Foodies Festival, Syon Park
Queen's Yard Summer Party
The Tweed Run
Gala Festival
Balance Festival
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)
Kew Children's Garden
Our Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Colourscape at Wembley Park
Robert Bathurst stars in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
Beats on Pointe
London Craft Week
Food: Bigger Than The Plate
Clerkenwell Design Week
Hogarth & The Art of Noise
Christine and the Queens headlines All Points East on Sunday
Chemical Brothers are at All Points East on on Friday
The Flying Bath
Gin Under the Canopy
Cabbages and Frocks: Dog Day Afternoon
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing
Museum of the Moon
Belgravia in Bloom
 

 

The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the West End in May 2019, Take That bring their greatest hits to The O2 and the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre season begins with Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town.

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Death of a Salesman

Marianne Elliott directs this bold adaptation of Arthur Miller's most famous play.

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 24th October 2019 to 4th January 2020

 

The Old Vic is staging an Arthur Miller double bill in 2019 with The American Clock and All My Sons, but it's the Young Vic that's taking on the writer's most famous play. In a bold new adaptation, Death of a Salesman will be given new meaning with the story told through the eyes of an African American family. Revered director Marianne Elliott - renowned for putting contemporary twists on classics - is behind the production while Wendell Pierce of The Wire, Suits and Selma will make his UK stage debut as Willy Loman. Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke and Arinze Kene will also star.

 
 
 

John Smedley: 235

Luxury knitwear brand John Smedley marks its 235th year with a free exhibition.

St James's Market, St James's, London, SW1Y 4QQ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 2nd May to 2nd October 2019

 

Launching at London Craft Week on 1st May, luxury knitwear brand John Smedley marks its 235th year with a free exhibition at St James's Market Pavilion. A celebration of the oldest knitwear factory in the world, the year-long programme includes a series of exhibitions and talks. On Friday 10th May, managing director and 8th generation Smedley family member Ian Maclean hosts a talk on 'Craft & Form' featuring stonemason Zoe Wilson and ceramic artist Alice Walton. The stories of 10 craftspeople are highlighted, including Tom Sands who hand makes acoustic guitars in North Yorkshire. His talk on Saturday 11th May includes a live guitar performance on one of Tom's own instruments. Following London Craft Week, special events continue at St James's Market Pavilion throughout 2019 and into 2020 plus there's a programme of workshops and retail events each month at John Smedley's London stores on Brook Street, New Cavendish Street and nearby on Jermyn Street.

 
 
 

Take That

The band marks its 30th anniversary with a massive UK arena and stadium tour.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 10th May 2019

 

The chart-topping pop trio of singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald performs old favourites like 'Relight My Fire' at The O2. No longer a boy band but grown men with families, Take That celebrates three decades in the music business playing longstanding hits 'Everything Changes But You', 'Could It Be Magic' and 'A Million Love Songs' as well as new songs from their most recent albums. The band is renowned for its spectacular live productions with aerialists, circus performers, holograms and robots, and this show will be just as visually impressive. For this 30th anniversary tour they're joined by special guest Rick Astley.

 
 
 

Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas

The east London rooftop is transformed once again, taking inspiration from San Cristobal in Mexico.

The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 2nd May to 4th October 2019

 

Tacos, tequila and giant frozen margaritas are the order of the day at the Queen of Hoxton Rooftop, which takes the theme Las Mexicanas for its summer residency. The space has been transformed once again, morphing into the secret den of the Luchadores (lady wrestlers). Taking inspiration from the colourful backstreets of San Cristobal in Mexico, the rooftop is now home to a band-stand, a wrestling ring and a backstreet bar, where guests can order a Chilli and Mango Margarita, a Watermelon Paloma or a Mezcal Cantarito to help wash down slow cooked pork and pineapple tacos, fresh nachos and chilli cheese burgers. Throughout the summer, the rooftop will also play host to a number of themed events including feminist embroidery, mezcal insect tasting and Trump piñata making.

 
 
 

The Flying Bath

A new stage adaption of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts' hugely popular children's book, The Flying Bath.

Half Moon Young People's Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London, E1 0ND

Tube: Stepney Green Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 04th May 2019

 

Unplug the kids for a new stage adaption of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts' hugely popular children's book, The Flying Bath, coming to Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse, in May. Perfect for children aged 2 to 5 and their families, this playful and adventurous story sees the bath toys spring into action when everyone has left the house in the morning. Heading off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath, they give a muddy piglet a shower and put out a fire for a frightened baboon with water at the ready for any emergency. Little Angel Theatre presents the tale through a magical mix of puppetry, visual tricks and original music.

 
 
 
 

Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Two weeks of theatre, art, circus and comedy as well as some free shows.

Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 19th May 2019

 

More than 150 shows in over 55 venues across the borough comes to south London as Wandsworth Arts Fringe returns with two weeks of theatre, art, circus, comedy and free shows. In 2019 the festival celebrates its tenth birthday with ten projects, launching with a spectacular free show by Cirque Bijou and ending with a festival of films, family-friendly workshops, comedy and a floor-stomping gig staged by Dash Arts at The Bedford. In between you can discover Hidden Heathbrook, a day of outdoor art around the corner from Wandsworth Road Station, I'll Say it Again! a programme by women artists at Tara Theatre and a live drawing event at Pump House Gallery. See immersive and experimental film at Royal Academy of Dance, theatre in The Cat's Back pub and a sensory wonderland for children by Oily Cart.

 
 
 

Breakin' Convention

Jonzi D is back with his three-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 05th May 2019

 

This annual three-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre, curated by Sadler's Wells associate artist Jonzi D, is back for a 16th year in 2019. Breakin' Convention features performances from some of the world's greatest poppers, lockers, B-boys and B-girls. Taking place every May bank holiday weekend, this world-renowned celebration of hip hop dance culture takes over the whole Sadler's Wells space with dance workshops, graffiti, DJs and freestyle sessions all over the building. On its opening evening, the festival kicks off with an adults-only evening, WORX, where you can enjoy a free cocktail and a night of hip hop cabaret as Breakin' Convention "comes of age" for its sweet 16th.

 
 
 

Gin Under the Canopy

Four days of gin masterclasses, tastings and workshops.

Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, One Wharf Road, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 06th May 2019

 

On the May bank holiday weekend Canopy Market brings together an exciting line-up of British gin distilleries for Gin Under the Canopy. Celebrating gin in all its variety and complexity, the four-day event will offer masterclasses, tastings and workshops along with a central bar where visitors can enjoy the perfect serve. Visitors will be able to sample a number of unique and rare gins from a range of experimental gin makers, including Sandshill Distillery, known for using juniper and coriander to add an authentic and traditional flavour to its gins; Foxhole Spirits, renowned for its sustainable distilling methods; and G&J Distillers, the world's oldest continuous gin distillery. There will also be a number of London-based distilleries along with a curated selection of artisan food stalls serving everything from pastries and cheese to sweet treats and craft beer.

 
 
 

Canalway Cavalcade

Floating and folksy festival featuring the canal boats of Little Venice.

Little Venice, Maida Vale, Little Venice, London, W2 1TH

Tube: Warwick Avenue Station

 

Dates: 04th - 06th May 2019

 

Canalway Cavalcade is a distinctive waterway festival that has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983. Organised by Inland Waterways Association volunteers, there will be an array of boats, trade show stalls and boater gatherings at this festival for water lovers. As well as the boating activities, there will also be Morris dancing, competitions, food, a real ale bar and family-friendly activities making it an enjoyable day out for families. Plus, with the location being quaint Little Venice, this creates the perfect opportunity for a gentle stroll and an enjoyable view alongside your lunch and ale.

 
 
 

Queen's Yard Summer Party

A two-day, multi-site festival with music, street food and live events.

Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station

 

Dates: 04th - 05th May 2019

 

Expanding to a two-day event in 2019, the Queen's Yard Summer Party sees 20 venues across Hackney present a line-up of music and happenings over the May bank holiday weekend. The multi-venue indoor and outdoor event is a celebration of culture and encompasses 25 stages, 20 venues, 30 club brands, three breweries, two boats and a host of vendors, eateries, exhibitors, DJs and live acts. The likes of DJ Boring, Jane Fitz, Bill Brewster and Dave Harvey are on the music line-up while activities include wall climbing experiences, lessons in transformational breathing, and throat singing and yoga classes. Food comes from Crate, Burger Bear, Number 90 Bar & Kitchen and more while The Beer Merchants Tap, Howling Hops Brewery and Tank Bar will provide refreshments.

 
 
 
 

The Tweed Run

1,000 cyclists, clad in tweed, cycle the 12-mile route taking in Regent Street.

Secret Location, , London, XX1 0LL

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Dates: 04th May 2019

 

One of London's most eccentric bike rides - surpassed only by the World Naked Bike Ride - The Tweed Run returns for its annual bike ride this May. The quintessential bike ride requires participants to don their finest tweed attire and set off on a 12-mile scenic route that begins at a secret London location and takes in some of the capital's finest landmarks along the way. Between 750 and 1,000 cyclists, clad in tweed, cycle along Regent Street creating a spectacle so out of the ordinary that crowds form along the route. A pit stop along the way allows for a spot of tea in a fine London square and a picnic break in the park is like a concert and village fete rolled into one. The whole thing ends up with cocktails and a bit of a knees up at The Closing Ceremony when prizes are given for the best dressed participants, bikes and most marvellous moustache.

 
 
 

Colourscape at Wembley Park

Walk through a psychedelic maze of light and colour led by musicians and dancers.

Wembley Park, , London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 04th - 06th May 2019

 

Originally created by artist Peter Jones in the early '70s, Colourscape is walk-in psychedelic maze of light and colour with musicians and dancers who lead you on a journey of colour. This May Bank Holiday, from 4th to 6th May, a large silver dome is coming to Wembley Park for a free weekend of music, dance and colour for all the family. Hear musicians playing instruments from Tibet, China and Mongolia as you explore the changing colourful chambers and walk through the labyrinth of colour and light. Discover this world of colour on Wembley Park Boulevard next to the London Designer Outlet and visit Boxpark Wembley while you're there.

 
 
 

Grand Designs Live

The perfect place to come for ideas and inspiration for the home.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 04th - 12th May 2019

 

Based on the hugely popular Channel 4 TV series, in which the general public aim to build their dream homes, the multi-award winning Grand Designs Live returns to ExCel Centre this spring. Presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the show is the perfect place to come for ideas and inspiration for the home with over 500 exhibitors, top TV celebrities, shopping and fabulous show features. Whether you're building a conservatory, renovating a new home or just trying to sort out your hideous living room, there will be something for you at this ultimate exhibition for people passionate about home and garden design.

 
 
 

The May Fair

The best of the seaside comes to London at this two-day bank holiday event.

Grosvenor Square, , London, W1K 2HP

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 05th - 06th May 2019

 

Bringing the seaside to London, The May Fair will take over Grosvenor Square for two days on the May bank holiday weekend. Providing the chance to enjoy the best bits of the great British seaside right in the heart of historic Mayfair, it will boast everything from helter skelter and fish and chips to coconut shys and candy floss. There will be maypole dancing, children's crafts, a traditional fun fair, educational workshops and a whole host of live music and entertainment.

 
 
 

The Comedy Of Errors

The Lord Chamberlain's Men present Shakespeare's most riotous and farcical play.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 06th May - 23rd August 2019

 

The Lord Chamberlain's Men present Shakespeare's most riotous and farcical play, in which merchants, masters, parents, servants and a long-suffering wife find themselves comically entwined. Staging The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's Globe presents one pair of estranged twin brothers (both named Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both named Dromio) - both pairs separated at sea. Mistaken identity, sorcery and hilarity ensue.

 
 
 
 

English National Ballet: Emerging Dancer

The up-and-coming talents are celebrated in this annual English National Ballet competition.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 07th May 2019

 

The up-and-coming talents are celebrated in this annual English National Ballet competition, now in its tenth year. Six finalists will perform in front of a panel of judges, and a live audience, with the 2019 Emerging Dancer award winner announced at the end of the showcase. It's not just down to the judges, you can vote for your favourite at the People's Choice Award (you've got until Saturday 13th April 2019 to do it) from a long list of 65 dancers. A wonderful showcase and celebration of the talent of English National Ballet's young dancers.

 
 
 

Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell

Cold Feet star Robert Bathurst plays the central character in this new immersive production.

Norman's Coach & Horses, 29 Greek Street, London, W1D 5DH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Tottenham Court Road Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 07th May - 01st June 2019

 

Soho institution Norman's Coach & Horses becomes a theatre in a stand against Fullers by staging, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, in the venue it was originally written and set in. Robert Bathurst, star of award-winning comedy-drama series Cold Feet, stars in a brand new immersive production of the famous Keith Waterhouse play. It tells the musings of London journalist and alcoholic, Jeffrey Bernard, who is locked overnight in The Coach & Horses Soho. It's directed by James Hillier, OFFIE nominee, who brought to life the acclaimed, site-specific productions of Tennessee William's The Hotel Plays which sold out at the Grange, Holborn and Langham Hotel. With extra performances on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the play is followed by late night lock-ins from midnight on Saturdays.

 
 
 

London Craft Week

More than 230 events fusing design, fashion, art, culture and crafting.

 

Dates: 08th - 12th May 2019

 

A showcase of exceptional craftsmanship, London Craft Week returns for 2019. The five-day event brings together more than 230 events from paper flower making to weaving, covering design, fashion, art, luxury, food, culture and shopping. Taking place all over town, in Mayfair Jessica McCormack presents an evening of curated jewellery craftsmanship, knitwear brand Pringle of Scotland puts on a special event and Portuguese craftsmanship is celebrated at Christian Louboutin. At Paperchase Tottenham Court Road stationary brand Caran d'Ache unveils the secrets behind their pencils, Battersea Power Station hosts a large-scale woven installation and Store has dyeing workshops at Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross. There's a huge variety of ways you can join in - either do it yourself or see a mastercraftsperson in action.

 
 
 

Within the Golden Hour / New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Flight Pattern

The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is put forward with revivals of works by Christopher Wheeldon and Crystal Pite.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 08th - 21st May 2019

 

The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is put forward with revivals of works by Christopher Wheeldon and Crystal Pite and a world premiere by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Christopher Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour, created for San Francisco Ballet in 2008 and first performed by The Royal Ballet in 2016, is based around seven couples and includes "larky and spectacular duets" and "a dreamy adagio" (The Guardian). Pite's Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses Gorecki's familiar music and a large dance ensemble to reflect on migration. Between them, a new work created by the acclaimed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has its premiere, showcasing his first piece for The Royal Ballet.

 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

Explore over 100 galleries under one roof in a marquee on Hampstead Heath.

Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, London, NW3 1TH

Tube: Hampstead Station

 

Dates: 09th - 12th May 2019

 

The second Affordable Art Fair of the year in Hampstead is the little sister of the Battersea Park original which occurs in spring and autumn. Held in a marquee on the Lower Fairground Site on Hampstead Heath over a May weekend, there are over 100 galleries under one roof, exhibiting paintings, original prints, sculpture, etchings and photography from both established names and emerging talents - all priced from £100 to £6,000. It's the ninth consecutive year the Affordable Art Fair has come to Hampstead in its 14-year history with artists and gallerists presenting workshops and talks. Thursday is the Late View, an evening of art and activities with music and wine as well as art and sculpture demonstrations.

 
 
 
 

In The Willows

Pantomime favourite Clive Rowe stars as Mr Badger in the hip hop musical adaptation.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station

 

Dates: 09th - 11th May 2019

 

Clive Rowe stars as Mr Badger in the hip hop musical adaptation of In the Willows, a new musical retelling from the award-winning Metta Theatre. The Olivier award-winning actor, "the nation's favourite pantomime dame" and star of BBC's The Story of Tracey Beaker, is joined by X Factor favourite Seann Miley Moore (as Duck) and Let It Shine performer Matt Knight (who plays Chief Weasel). With spectacular street dance choreographed by the award-winning Rhimes Lecointe, associate choreographer for Zoo Nation, the production also stars deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca and incorporates British Sign Language into the choreography.

 
 
 

Balance Festival

Wellbeing festival featuring top fitness experts and free classes in the new FLOW yoga studio.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 10th - 12th May 2019

 

A wellbeing festival designed to help you on your way to a healthy lifestyle, Balance Festival brings a whole host of London's fitness offerings to one place, The Old Truman Brewery, from 10th to 12th May 2019. Fitness favourites like Kelsey Wells and Alice Living help you sweat it out on the main stage. Making its debut for 2019, the FLOW yoga studio gives you access to free classes by industry-renowned yogis Patrick Beach and 80s-inspired yoga studio, House of VOGA. Added to this are boutique fitness studios including KXU, BLOK, Another_Space, Third Space, Barry's Bootcamp, F45 and UNIT offering classes like box HIIT, cardio and strength, yoga and barre. Altogether, it's an ideal place to dip your toe into the water of wellbeing, try new fitness classes, sample healthy food and browse the latest products from over 100 brands from the latest athleisure gear to protein power balls.

 
 
 

White Pearl

A comedy satire about racism within different east Asian ethnic groups.

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 10th May - 15th June 2019

 

Having already made a splash in New York, 24-year-old Thai-Australian writer Anchuli Felicia King is given her UK debut in 2019 with White Pearl. Staged at the Royal Court Theatre, the play is a satire about racism within different east Asian ethnic groups. In Singapore, Clearday is a successful cosmetic start-up, but when the company's latest product - a skin whitening cream - is advertised online, it goes viral for all the wrong reasons. The YouTube views are climbing and the company needs to tackle the PR nightmare.

 
 
 

Stella Live

Two days of masterclasses, workshops and talks designed to reflect the very best of The Telegraph's magazine.

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London, SW3 4SQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 10th - 11th May 2019

 

The debut event from The Telegraph's Stella magazine, Stella Live brings the magazine off the pages and into real life with two days of expert masterclasses, workshops and live talks designed to reflect the very best of the publication. Taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, the event will cover fashion, food, beauty, interiors, relationships and more. The likes of Davina McCall, Jo Brand, Trinny Woodall, Jo Malone and Mary Greenwell are all on the line-up of speakers while further activities include style advice, beauty tips and free pampering sessions along with interior and lifestyle ranges and the chance to purchase the very latest beauty and wellness products.

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant

David Walliams and illustrator Tony Ross' bestselling picture book is brought to life on stage.

Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, London, N1 2DN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 10th May - 04th August 2019

 

David Walliams and illustrator Tony Ross' bestselling picture book is brought to the Little Angel Theatre stage for children aged between three and eight with, particularly appealing puppetry. Adapted and directed by Samantha Lane, the story reveals what happens when a boy called Sam adopts an elephant at the zoo. He didn't think the elephant would actually come to live with him. But Sam gets a very big surprise as a tired, hungry, antique-loving, cycling enthusiast elephant turns up on his doorstep.

 
 
 
 

The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019.

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 11th May to 3rd August 2019

 

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, the critically acclaimed The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles reprise the roles they originally played at the National. Widely praised when it was first staged, this "engrossing play" includes "an acting masterclass from Simon Russell Beale" (The Guardian). Charting Lehman bank's "rise and fall beautifully" (Times), the history of American capitalism takes on the deceptive charm of a folk tale" (Telegraph) under the direction of Sam Mendes (The Ferryman, Skyfall). Nearly two centuries of Lehman lineage is revealed, from 1844 in Bavaria to bankruptcy 163 years later.

 
 
 

The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre

Roundhouse is transformed into a retro-style Mexican arena for a day of wrestling.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 11th May 2019

 

The grand spectacle of Mexican Lucha Libre makes American wrestling look as dramatic as a rained-out cricket match. The masked wrestlers - many of whom do not reveal their identities throughout their careers - are the heroes of their respective barrios, celebrated as representing the spirit of the Mexican poor. The high-flying moves require a degree of gymnastic showmanship that is way beyond the steroid pumped pseudo-athletes of WWE. The whole spectacle decamps to London for two days this May, as Roundhouse is transformed into a retro-style Mexican arena. As well as the shows, there will also be authentic Mexican food, tequila and beer.

 
 
 

We Love Cheese

Two-days of dairy fuelled goodness with an accompanying wine fair and live music.

Battersea Power Station, Circus West, Sopwith Way, London, SW8 4NN

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 11th - 12th May 2019

 

Feta fans and cheddar cheerleaders can unite this May at the We Love Cheese festival. Taking place at Battersea Power Station, the two-day dairy-fuelled occasion will welcome cheese sellers from around the globe. A large selection of stalls will sell all different varieties of cheese as well as bread, charcuterie, olives and cheesecake. Producers will be on hand to discuss the goods and there will be pairing suggestions at pop-up bars from beer and wine specialists. Street food will come from the likes of the Raclette Brothers, Mac to the Future and The Toasty Badger, and this year there will also be a wine fair led by resident urban winery and kitchen, Vagabond. Further activities include music and entertainment, live performances, a craft area for the little ones and a Wheel of Cheese offering the chance to win some special prizes.

 
 
 

Barnes Children's Literature Festival

Meet top authors, hear writers talk about their working methods and pose questions to your favourite wordsmiths.

Barnes, , London, SW13 9SA

Tube: Ravenscourt Park Station

 

Dates: 11th - 12th May 2019

 

An annual favourite for families the Barnes Children's Literature Festival returns in May giving you the chance to meet top authors, hear writers talk about their working methods and pose questions to your favourite wordsmiths. They always manage to secure big name authors and 2019 will be the 5th year for what has now become London's largest children's literature festival. Taking place in various venues in Barnes, stalls are set up next to the duck pond and a big top temporary tent hosts some of the events. This year's line up includes Lauren Child, Michael Rosen, Steve Antony, Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon, Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, Mog creator and Barnes resident, Judith Kerr. As well as readings and book talks there are workshops on Matilda the Musical, model making by Aardman Animations and free fireside folktales from local theatre company Shadow Road Productions.

 
 
 

Cabbages and Frocks: Dog Day Afternoon

Canine couture, dog toys, food and fashion.

Cabbages and Frocks Market, St Marylebone Parish Church Grounds, Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5BA

Tube: Baker Street Station , Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 11th May 2019

 

One Spring Saturday a year, the weekly Cabbages and Frocks Market hosts the Dog Day Afternoon, bringing together canine couture, dog toys, food and fashion. Ever tried Doga? That's yoga with your dog. Well, now you can at a free class which you can join in with your four legged friend. One of the highlights of the day is the Good Boy Dog School headed by TV personality Dima Yeremenko, who appeared on 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'That Dog Can Dance!', presenting new routines at 12 noon and 2pm. If you want to enter your pooch, competition categories include 'A bit of ruff' for mixed breeds, miniatures and puppies, all judged by Mahny Djahanguiri from Dogamahny and Rob Alleyne of Dog Owners club who can be seen on BBC3's 'Dog Borstal'. You can also stock up on accessories for your pet, commission a dog portrait or treat your hound to luxury memory foam dog bed.

 
 
 
 

Dido

A contemporary staging of Purcell's masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, for teenagers.

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 11th May - 02nd June 2019

 

A new production of Purcell's masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, gives a contemporary staging of the tragic love story for teenagers and adults, in a first ever collaboration between English National Opera and the Unicorn. This production, faithful to the Baroque score, refocuses the piece so that it is seen through Belinda's eyes, the only child of Dido. A teenager in a big city, Belinda sees her mother - heroine, feminist icon, modern parent - slowly start to fall apart, with tragic consequences. Performed by a company of twenty-two, the three principal singers are Rachael Lloyd as Dido, Njabulo Madlala as Aeneas and Eyra Norman as Belinda.

 
 
 

The Ivy Chelsea Garden Flower Meadow

The restaurant is transformed with a striking floral installation.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 197 King's Road, London, SW3 5ED

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 13th May - 28th July 2019

 

In honour of this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, The Ivy Chelsea Garden has been transformed with a striking Flower Meadow installation. Sure to be a hit with the city's Instagrammers, the installation sees the restaurant's exterior adorned with yellow, pink, blue and lilac flowers, interspersed with verdant green foliage. Once inside, guests are greeted by a beautiful floral ceiling before entering the dining room, which has nods to wild flowers throughout. Additionally, the restaurant has created two bespoke floral cocktails for the occasion: The Silent Sparkle, made using Silent Pool Gin, ginger & lemongrass cordial, lime juice and Ivy Champagne, garnished with fragrant dried lavender; and The Camomile Garden, incorporating Silent Pool Gin, honey water & Fever Tree Indian Tonic, complemented with a spritz of camomile aromatics and garnished with kaffir lime leaf and orange.

 
 
 

Sci-Fi-London Festival

The festival returns with world premieres, UK premieres, features and shorts.

Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BY

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 15th - 22nd May 2019

 

The Sci-Fi-London Film Festival lands this May offering right days of film, live music and immersive experiences. It brings with it 4 world premieres, 11 UK premieres, 17 features, 36 shorts and 7 VR shorts as well as classic cult events. The festival will open with the UK premiere of Perfect, which sends audiences into a science fiction world like no other when a young man is sent to a futuristic retreat for therapy. Other films on the line-up include Shed of the Dead, After We Leave, The Tangle and Zoo-Head. The festival will close with the world premiere of The Rizen: Possession, directed by Matt Mitchell and starring Julian Rhind-Tutt, Sarine Sofair, Adrian Edmondson and Sally Phillips. Further to the screenings, the programme also includes the world's only cosplay for dogs.

 
 
 

Royal Opera: Jette Parker Young Artists: Phaedra

This new production re-imagines the Classical myth of Phaedra and her stepson Hippolytus.

Linbury Theatre, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 15th - 20th May 2019

 

Hans Werner Henze's final opera, Phaedra, is brought to life by the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists and is performed by professionals at the start of their careers who have been working on the Royal Opera House programme for two years. Staged in the Linbury Theatre, the production re-imagines the Classical myth of Phaedra and her stepson Hippolytus (Hippolyt), placing them at the centre of the action. A story of desire, self-loathing and jealousy, the piece is directed by Noa Naamat, conducted by Edmund Whitehead and sung in German with English surtitles.

 
 
 

Our Town

Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, comes to the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 16th May - 08th June 2019

 

Opening the 2019 season, Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, comes to the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this May. Directed by Ellen McDougall - artistic director of the Gate Theatre with previous credits including Ivan and the Dogs and Othello - the play celebrates what it means to be human, looking at the bonds that hold communities together through the ordinary lives of families in small town America over a period of 12 years. Francesca Henry, who recently made her professional debut in The Wolves at Stratford East, plays the role of Emily Webb, the central character who asks the pertinent question, "Do human beings ever realise life while they live it?"

 
 
 
 

The Starry Messenger

Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut in The Starry Messenger.

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th May to 10th August 2019

 

Hollywood star and multiple Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut at Wyndham's Theatre opposite Elizabeth McGovern from Downton Abbey. The star of Ferris Bueller appears in a moving drama about a New York astronomer, written by Kenneth Lonergan, the Academy Award-winning writer of Manchester-By-The-Sea. The Starry Messenger introduces us to Mark Williams whose world implodes after a chance collision with a single mother. The stars appear to have aligned but when a catastrophic event turns everything upside down, Mark is forced to re-evaluate his life, his faith and his place in the universe.

 
 
 

AI: More Than Human

An exploration of our relationship with artificial intelligence.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 16th May to 26th August 2019

 

A major centre-wide exhibition presented in a festival style at the Barbican Centre, AI: More than Human delves into our relationship with artificial intelligence, exploring how it could potentially revolutionise our lives. Artists, scientist and researchers have come together to present an unprecedented survey of the creative and scientific developments in artificial intelligence. Through a programme of talks, debates, concerts and screenings, the public are invited to experience AI's capabilities first-hand. The programme includes a discussion with BBC Radio 3 broadcasters on how AI is impacting our creativity, a conversation with author Ian McEwan and professor Murray Shanahan about how much of what used to be make-believe is now becoming a reality, and a screening of Greg Kohs' documentary AlphaGo, which follows the first formal match of a computer programme when competing with a human in the ancient Chinese game of Go. The event will also look at the future of food, the impact of 'deepfakes' and the next generation of automation in the workplace.

 
 
 

The Mayfair Flower Show

A edgier, more accessible alternative to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Sketch London, 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th - 27th May 2019

 

Running concurrently with this year's Chelsea Flower Show, The Mayfair Flower Show is sketch's edgier, more stylish offering. Taking over the entire building, the spectacular exhibition gives the beautiful venue an even more glamorous makeover with some of London's most talented florists decorating the space. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a bold floral framework courtesy of Rebel Rebel Flowers before stepping into a fantasy mural installation by Figa & Co, Timorous Beasties and Matter of Stuff in the entrance hall. The reception area has been taken over by Jam Jar Flowers and Matter of Stuff with a remodelled stained-glass window created using pressed flowers as an allegory to William Morris' arts & crafts movement while the East Bar and Pods see Carly Rogers Flowers pay homage to the futuristic visions of Jane Webb and Insley & Nash create a custom sky fabric to sit above the garden. As well as the exhibition, there is a floral-inspired menu in the Lecture Room & Library and a specially themed afternoon tea in The Gallery, featuring a range of botanically-inspired cakes and pastries.

 
 
 

The Merry Wives Of Windsor

Nicole Charles and Elle While co-direct Shakespeare's well-known comedy.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 17th May - 12th October 2019

 

Shakespeare's well-known comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, is about Sir John Falstaff setting about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Staged at Shakespeare's Globe, this production is co-directed by Nicole Charles, who was most recently at the Globe directing Emilia, which transfers to the West End this year. She is joined by Elle While who recently co-directed Hamlet and As You Like It here at the Globe.

 
 
 

Museum of the Moon

Have a close-up encounter with the moon and enjoy the space for reflection.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 17th May to 8th September 2019

 

Displayed in the Natural History Museum's Jerwood Gallery, and timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Museum of the Moon invites you to have a close-up encounter with the moon. The awe-inspiring large-scale artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram puts a six-metre spherical sculpture centre stage. Featuring high-resolution NASA imagery of the moon's surface and a surround-sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones, the artwork offers a new perspective on the moon as well as a space for reflection. To tie in with the installation there are space-themed events including an after-hours gig from art-rock band Public Service Broadcasting to mark the exhibit's opening, yoga under the Moon, lunar-themed fitness classes, space-related talks and a special Lates event.

 
 
 
 

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

Katya Jones and nine professional dancers from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing perform.

Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 18th May 2019

 

See ten of the top professional dancers from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing perform brilliant ballroom dances. Reigning Strictly champion Katya Jones is just one of the ten dancers and Strictly favourites performing on the 35 date tour which comes to London's Eventim Apollo on Saturday 18th May. She's joined by nine of the best dancers from the popular TV series including AJ Pritchard, two-time Strictly finalist Giovanni Pernice and Oti Mabuse and Karen Clifton, both former finalists on Strictly, Australian Open Champion Dianne Buswell and two-time Ballroom and Latin World Champion Nadiya Bychkova.

 
 
 

Katherine Jenkins

The Welsh mezzo-soprano tours the UK accompanied by The London Concert Orchestra.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 18th May 2019

 

She has sung for the Pope, for Presidents and at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, now the Welsh mezzo-soprano tours the UK accompanied by The London Concert Orchestra. Performing classical and contemporary songs, including new tracks from her latest album, Guiding Light, Katherine Jenkins is no stranger to the limelight. She has duetted with Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Jose Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Last year, she wowed us with her stellar performance as Julie Jordan in Lonny Price's semi-staged production of Carousel at the London Coliseum. This is a chance to see her at the London Palladium for one night only, her sole London date on the tour.

 
 
 

Kew Children's Garden

The new garden plays on the elements plants need to survive: earth, air, sun and water.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 18th May 2019 to 18th May 2020

 

Two years in the making, a new Children's Garden at Kew opens to the public on 18th May 2019. Covering 10,000 metres squared, it's the size of 40 tennis courts and includes lots of natural elements. A four metre high canopy walk is wrapped around a 200-year-old oak tree and more than 100 mature trees fill the landscape including ginkgo, pines, sweet chestnut, beech and eucalyptus trees. Designed around the elements that plants need to survive: earth, air, sun and water, the space encourages children to play as they learn. In the earth garden is a giant sand pit with a play hut village surrounded by bamboo plants and tunnel slides. Air is represented by giant windmill flowers, pollen spheres, hammocks, swings and trampolines. A ring of sunflowers, water pumpsand stepping stones complete the life cycle of plants. Aimed at children aged 2 to 12, a giant log scramble challenges older kids to get across to the leaning tower without touching the ground.

 
 
 

Food: Bigger than the Plate

70 projects put the future of the food on our plate up for discussion and digestion.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th May to 20th October 2019

 

Take a sensory journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, at a V&A exhibition which explores current experiments at every stage of the food system. Food: Bigger than the Plate showcases over 70 projects, new commissions and creative collaborations between artists and chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities. Split into four sections: 'Compost', 'Farming', 'Trading' and 'Eating', it takes a fresh, experimental and often provocative perspective. Projects propose alternative food futures, explore urban farming and dig in to the social side of eating. With several exhibits growing in the gallery space, the display asks: "What kind of food future do we want? What could it look like? And taste like?"

 
 
 

Midcentury East

A one-day one-stop-shop where you can source the latest furniture and home decor.

Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, London, E2 8LS

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 19th May 2019

 

A one-day one-stop-shop where you can source the latest furniture and home decor from 55 top mid-century dealers, Midcentury East is a major date in the interiors lovers' little black book. Taking place at the refurbished Haggerston School in Hackney, a brutalist building originally designed by Erno Goldfinger, the fair includes furniture, rare Berber rugs, ceramics, glass, wallpaper, vintage fabrics, industrial, original artwork, clocks, collectable posters, jewellery and more. Dealers include Projekt 26 and Saxon of Metro Retro who supplied the for the latest Guy Ritchie film BUSH. Book into the terrarium workshop if you want to make a day of it and create your own masterpiece to take home. If you like all things Eames and Jacobsen, you will definitely get your fill here.

 
 
 
 

Belgravia in Bloom

50 blooming displays are created on the theme of 'Floriography'.

Eccleston Yards, , London, SW1W 9NF

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 20th - 25th May 2019

 

Taking inspiration from and coinciding with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Belgravia in Bloom brings floral installations, unique displays and special events to the whole area. For its fourth year 50 blooming displays are created on the theme of 'Floriography' or 'The Language of Flowers', inviting visitors to discover the secret meaning behind each flower. Throughout the festival, there will be special events at Eccleston Yards courtyard where you can take part in creative workshops from floral illustration to herbal tea blending. Halkin Arcade, off Motcomb Street, hosts the Mood Gardens - four small gardens planted to improve mood and relieve stress. Look for beautiful floral installations on Motcomb Street, Pimlico Road and Elizabeth Street where Instagram favourite Peggy Porschen resides and Jo Loves is launching a new fragrance.

 
 
 

Royal Opera: Andrea Chenier

David McVicar's production of Umberto Giordano's opera is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 20th May - 09th June 2019

 

First staged here at the Royal Opera House four years ago, David McVicar's production of Umberto Giordano's opera is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Andrea Chenier, Giordano's passionate drama of liberty and love, is based loosely on the life of the eponymous French poet. Reviewing the 2015 staging in the Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen praised the "handsome staging of Giordano's hoary melodrama", giving it four stars. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

 
 
 

Clerkenwell Design Week

The three-day festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with graphic installations and candle-like beacons.

Museum of the Order of St John, St. Johns Gate, 26 St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4DA

Tube: Farringdon Station , Barbican Station

 

Dates: 21st - 23rd May 2019

 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, Clerkenwell Design Week is a three-day festival showcasing the creativity, social relevance and advancements in technology behind design. Taking place in various locations in Clerkenwell, from Spa Fields to Farringdon, the festival includes Design Fields, a large-scale curated exhibition of contemporary design, and British Collection, showcasing up and coming designers in the Crypt of St James's Church. There are literally hundreds of industry events and showcases for design ideas, from architecture practices opening their studios to street spectacles. Look out for Once Upon A Time, graphic installations inspired by their locations, and Decade, a trail of 10, three metre high candle-like beacons. Sustainable shelters show how we can put discarded plastic bottles to good use and illuminated eyes etched onto glass gateways tell the stories of the homeless.

 
 
 

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

A reimagining of John Gay's infamous musical satire, The Beggar's Opera.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 21st May - 15th June 2019

 

Following a successful run in 2015, Kneehigh theatre return to Lyric Hammersmith in 2019 with Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), a reimagining of John Gay's infamous musical satire, The Beggar's Opera. 'Bursting with wit, wonder and weirdness', the show features a cast of actor musicians who shimmy their way through a story about an assassinated Mayor Goodman and contract killer Macheath.

 
 
 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Fragrant flowers and flamboyant designs make Chelsea a highpoint of the London summer season.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 21st - 25th May 2019

 

Regarded as a highpoint of the London summer season, the fragrant Chelsea Flower Show is a wonderful showcase of blooms and celebrities - even the Queen attends. Particularly spectacular are the gardens created by eight hundred imaginative garden designers who spend nearly a month creating a horticultural wonderland over the 11-acre site. This beautiful and inspiring show is a real treat, even for non-gardeners. Held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show, is the finest of the Royal Horticultural Society shows.

 
 
 
 

Beats on Pointe

Fusing street dance and ballet, two opposing dance worlds collide.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 21st May - 16th June 2019

 

Fusing street dance and ballet, dance show Beats on Pointe comes to the Peacock Theatre this spring. With two opposing dance worlds colliding, the high energy show is a wonderfully dynamic production that sets the dance pieces to music, beat-boxing and a touch of comedy. The show has been created by Australian dance company Masters of Choreography, who have become renowned for pushing conventional dance boundaries.

 
 
 

Fritz Hansen: Shaping Reality Through Time

An exploration of Fritz Hansen's design evolution.

Zaha Hadid Gallery, 101 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7EZ

Tube: Barbican Station

 

Dates: 21st May - 13th June 2019

 

For Clerkenwell Design Week 2019, Fritz Hansen presents Shaping Reality Through Time, an exploration of Fritz Hansen's design evolution at the Zaha Hadid Gallery in Goswell Road. Told through the series of chairs produced since Danish cabinet maker Fritz Hansen got a trade license in 1872, the exhibition includes anniversary pieces, early examples of the signature laminated technology still in use today, original prototypes and limited editions, alongside newer pieces launched at this year's Milan Design Week and shown in the UK for the first time. The exhibition opens with a talk between Head of Design at Fritz Hansen, Christian Andresen, and Zaha Hadid Design Director, Maha Kutay.

 
 
 

Amelie

A musical adaptation of the much loved 2001 film.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 25th May 2019

 

A musical adaptation of the 2001 Oscar-nominated film starring Audrey Tatou and Matthieu Kassovitz, Amelie is the story of a unique young woman who uses small acts of kindness to spread a little happiness. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amelie realises that to find her own contentment she'll have to risk everything and say what's in her heart. With music by Hem's Daniel Messe who co-wrote the lyrics with Nathan Tysen and book by Craig Lucas, this new musical adaptation starring French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson is directed by Michael Fentiman.

 
 
 

Manga

The largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bankside, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 23rd May to 26th August 2019

 

A recreation of the oldest surviving manga bookshop in Tokyo comes to the British Museum as it stages the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. Literally meaning 'pictures run riot' this narrative art form has crossed over into other forms of cultural expression, including 'cosplay' dressing up. Contemporary manga and digital anime are linked to their historic roots as Manga gives us a chance to see the origins of modern Japanese cartoons and - spoiler alert - they're older than you think. The Handscrolls of Frolicking Animals (Choju giga), for example, dating back to 1200 AD, is considered by some to be the foundation of modern manga. Showing bestselling books from the 1970s, anime and gaming, the exhibition shows how manga has become a multimedia global phenomenon.

 
 
 

Victoria: Woman and Crown

Looking beyond her public persona, this major exhibition delves into Queen Victoria's private life.

Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: From 24th May 2019

 

A major new exhibition at Kensington Palace, Victoria: Woman and Crown delves into the Queen's private life, looking beyond her carefully managed public persona. Hosted in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, the exhibition will explore how she balanced her roles as a wife and mother with her position of the matriarch of an expanding empire. Rare pieces of clothing from her wardrobe, including a simple cotton petticoat and a pair of fashionable silver boots, show a stark contrast to the black gowns she became famous for wearing in later life and give an insight into her younger years while examples of her personal diaries explore her complex love affair with India and her friendship with Maharajah Duleep. This exhibition runs concurrently with Victoria: A Royal Childhood.

 
 
 
 

Secret Rivers

Unearthing the histories of the 'lost rivers' in - and beneath - the city streets.

Museum of London Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 

Dates: 24th May to 27th October 2019

 

Old Father Thames, gently flowing through the city centre, is no secret to most visitors to London but less is known about the other rivers in - and under - the city. The Museum of London Docklands digs up the fascinating stories behind London's Secret Rivers, unearthing the histories of the 'lost rivers' buried beneath the streets and incorporated into the city's sewer system. Ever heard of the Effra, Fleet, Neckinger, Tyburn, Walbrook and Westbourne? Discover their stories of industry, development, effluence and sacred activities at this flowing exhibition which also looks at restoration on the Lea and Wandle. It even exposes the secrets of Thames itself - its foreshore providing a constant source of fascination and revelation for mudlarkers.

 
 
 

All Points East

A rocking ten day summer music festival.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 24th May - 02nd June 2019

 

After a successful debut in summer 2018, All Points East is back for a rocking ten day summer music festival, taking place over two May and June weekends at Victoria Park. To kick things off, there's a three day music festival with appearances from headliners The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip and Primal Scream on Friday as well as Christine and the Queens on Sunday. It's followed by a four day community-focused midweek programme of comedy, food and outdoor cinema. Then comes a long weekend of three back to back shows with Bring Me The Horizon, the rock band from Sheffield, headlining on Friday 31st May while American indie folk band Bon Iver bring the festival to a close on Sunday.

COMPETITION:

Listen up! We have teamed up with the lovely people at All Points East festival in East London to run a competition. We're giving away five pairs of tickets to see the fabulous French singer songwriter Christine & the Queenson Sunday 26th May 2019.

Support acts at the Victoria Park festival include James Blake, Metronomy and Maribou State. On the X Stage Yala! Records, set up by The Maccabees musician Felix White, will curate an indie-leaning line-up including BC Camplight, Yak, Our Girl, Willie J Healey, Feet and Egyptian Blue.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, answer the following question:

Q: Who is headlining All Points East on Sunday 26th May 2019?

A: Send your answer to competitions@londontown.com by 12noon on Wednesday 15th May 2019 using 'All Points East' as the title of your email. Good luck!

 
 
 

Hogarth & The Art of Noise

Boxing and brothels, breaking and entering are explored through sound.

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

Tube: Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 24th May to 1st September 2019

 

Explore the use of sound in William Hogarth's art as the Foundling Museum stages the first exhibition dedicated to the way the 18th century artist used sound in his art. With the masterpiece, The March of the Guards to Finchley, as its focus, Hogarth & The Art of Noise reveals the artist's innovative use of sound. Including a specially-commissioned immersive soundscape by musician and producer, Martyn Ware, the exhibition reveals how Hogarth used the sounds of London to capture contemporary 18th-century life. Boxing and brothels, breaking and entering are just some of the themes that come up. Complementing the exhibition is a first floor display by contemporary artist, Nicola Bealing, whose paintings have been inspired by 18th century broadside ballads and by Hogarth himself.

 
 
 

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing

A display of over 200 sketches from the Royal Collection celebrate Leonardo da Vinci's half millennium.

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 24th May to 13th October 2019

 

To celebrate Leonardo da Vinci, who died 500 years ago, the Royal Collection, which owns the world's "most eye-popping hoard of his graphic works" (The Guardian), is staging 12 simultaneous exhibitions nationwide. While other host cities display 12 drawings, London gets over 200 sketches in Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, on display at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, from May. The beauty of these preparatory works is that they are well preserved, not restored or painted over nor executed by his assistants. "They are pure clear windows on his mind," says The Guardian, "many with his notes in his reversed handwriting interspersed among the images." A wonderful way to celebrate the great Renaissance artist, scientist, engineer and inventor.

 
 
 

Untangling the Tracks

This new exhibition traces the history of the Thameslink train.

London Transport Museum, 39 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7BB

Tube: Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 24th May 2019 to 31st May 2020

 

The London Transport Museum looks at the history of the Thameslink train line with its new exhibition, Untangling the Tracks. Tracing the history of the route from 1866 through to the recent £7 billion modernisation programme, the exhibition shows how the line has developed over the years and how modern infrastructure allows for millions of passengers to travel on the route each year - something that would have been an unimaginable feat for the Victorians who founded and ran the original railway. Visitors will be able to discover how the modernisation programme has transformed the route and untangled the tracks, which now run into a completely rebuilt London Bridge station. A number of vintage transport posters also go on display and the exhibition provides the chance to solve and Untangling the Tracks puzzle by navigating trains into the correct platforms.

 
 
 
 

Victoria: A Royal Childhood

One of two new displays to mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth.

Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: From 24th May 2019

 

Running concurrently with Victoria: Woman and Crown, Victoria: A Royal Childhood is one of two exhibitions being held by Kensington Palace to mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth. Held in the very rooms where Victoria was born, grew up and experienced her primitive years as monarch, this new permanent display explores her early years. Items such as a poignant scrapbook of mementos created by her German governess, Baroness Lehzen, will show how a young princess developed into the independent and iconic head of state that we remember today.

 
 
 

Feria De Londres

A taste of Andalusian carnival spirit comes to London for the bank holiday weekend.

Bernie Spain Gardens, Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PP

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 24th - 26th May 2019

 

Bringing a taste of Andalusian carnival spirit to London, Spanish festival Feria De Londres returns for its third year on the late May bank holiday weekend. Colourful casetas will pop up in the aptly named Bernie Spain Gardens on the South Bank and will serve a whole manner of Spanish tapas and refreshing cocktails alongside a programme of tasting workshops, Flamenco dance shows, interactive activities and live Spanish music. Dancers from London's best flamenco schools will lead the Sevillana dance lessons and flamenco rhythm workshops, which will include family friendly activities like face painting, fan making and kids flamenco dance lessons. Drinks on offer include ice-cold Iberian beers and fine regional wines alongside Feria cocktails and sherry tasting masterclasses.

 
 
 

Jerk & Beyond

A showcase of Caribbean food alongside rum cocktails and live music.

Old Spitalfields Market, 1 Crispin Place, London, E1 6DW

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 25th - 27th May 2019

 

Add a bit of spice to your late May bank holiday weekend with the brand-new Jerk & Beyond Caribbean food festival. Taking over Old Spitalfields Market for three days, the festival has been curated by Sham Mahabir, the man behind the popular Trinidadian Limin bar and restaurant in Spitalfields, and will show that there's more to Caribbean food than just jerk chicken and rice and peas. A line-up of innovative dishes from Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and Guyana will be served up alongside island rums from Plantation and a programme of music and dance from Notting Hill Carnival's Bacchanalia Mas band.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Syon Park

MasterChef finalists and famous chefs come to leafy west London.

Syon Park, Road, Brentford, London, TW8 8JF

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 25th - 27th May 2019

 

The Foodies Festival returns to Syon Park this spring bringing MasterChef finalists and famous chefs to leafy west London on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May. This year's line-up features a range of culinary elite has yet to be announced but last year saw the likes of Matt Tebutt and Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kocchar, Glynn Purnell and Josh Eggleton at the Chefs Theatre. Great British Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo joined finalists Steven Carter-Bailey and Kate Lyon in the Cake & Bake Theatre. With workshops, over 20 street food outlets, the Pimms Teapot and cookery classes for kids as well as garden games and crafting there's a lot to get your teeth stuck into.

 
 
 

Luna Kids Cinema: Dulwich Park

See family favourites on an outdoor big screen.

Dulwich Park, College Road, London, SE21 7BQ

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 25th May - 02nd June 2019

 

Families can enjoy films in the open air thanks to Luna Kids Cinema who put up the big screen at Dulwich Park and Hampton Court Palace this spring and summer. Screenings kick off with a special May half term run in Dulwich Park, on the East Lawns next to the bowling green, where Moana, Mary Poppins Returns and new film release Dumbo are among the 27 screenings. Just released this year, popular children's films include The Lego Movie 2, Disney's remake of Aladdin and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. There will also be exclusive screenings of The Gruffalo, The Highway Rat, Zog and the brand new Peppa Pig movie - Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun. Later in the summer, from 14th to 18th August, the projector moves to Hampton Court for 15 screenings including high flying adventure How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and computer caper Ralph Breaks the Internet.

 
 
 
 

Cas Public: 9

Dancer Cai Glover's hearing impairment is used as a point of inspiration in this new work.

Linbury Theatre, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 25th - 30th May 2019

 

The Canadian dance company, Cas Public, uses dancer Cai Glover's hearing impairment as a point of inspiration in this new work for both children, from the age of five upwards, and adults. Staged at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre, the 50 minute show plays with music - Beethoven's Ninth Symphony - and silence to question how we capture the grandeur of this music if, like the great composer, our hearing is impaired.

 
 
 

Gala Festival

Honey Dijon, Chez Damier, Midland and more play at the Peckham one-dayer.

Peckham Rye Park, Strakers Road, London, SE15 3UA

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 26th May 2019

 

Chicago icon Honey Dijon headlines the main stage at Peckham one-dayer, Gala which kicks off the summer with a disco focused festival on the late May Bank Holiday Sunday at Peckham Rye Park. Honey is joined by fellow Windy City native Chez Damier as well as Midland, Gerd Janson, Auntie Flo and more. GALA mainstays Crazy P return to play live with DJs Raw Silk and Dan Shake playing more disco sounds along with notorious digger Nick The Record. New for 2019, Peckham's newest culinary hotspot, Levan, hosts an on-site restaurant along with food from Made of Dough, Other Side Fried and Only Jerkin who specialise in big Caribbean flavours. Honest Burger also return while local microbrewery Brick Brewery moves its tap room to the park.

 
 
 

KERB: Jam on Rye

Kelis headlines the Peckham festival which mixes fresh flavours and local traders with live music.

Peckham Rye Park, Strakers Road, London, SE15 3UA

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 27th May 2019

 

Milkshake singer and RnB superstar Kelis headlines Jam on Rye as the chilled out music festival returns to Peckham Rye Park for a second year. She'll be performing hits like Milkshake, Trick Me and Millionaire in a carnival-like show on the second Bank Holiday in May. Brought to you by street food specialists KERB, the festival mixes fresh flavours and local traders with live music. There are four stages of music on offer, reflecting London's vibrant melting-pot of cultures and showcasing undiscovered local talent. Expect reggae, afrobeat and new wave jazz, served with a side order of top London street food traders, summer cocktails, talks and family activities.

 
 
 

Sergei Polunin

The Ukrainian ballet prodigy presents a new mixed programme at the London Palladium.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 28th May - 01st June 2019

 

His goose bump inducing 2015 performance to Hozier's Take Me to Church, made with director David LaChapelle, has had over 25 million views on YouTube. In autumn 2018 Sergei Polunin collaborated again with Hozier for the official video of new single, Movement. Now, in May 2019, the Ukrainian ballet prodigy presents a new mixed programme at the London Palladium featuring an international cast and creative team, including Polunin himself.

 
 
 

Sundance Film Festival: London

The indie film festival returns to London, kicking off with Late Night starring Emma Thompson.

Picturehouse Central, 7-14 Coventry Street, London, W1D 7DH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 30th May - 02nd June 2019

 

Bringing four days of original film, Sundance London returns to Picturehouse Central this year. The UK spinoff of America's indie film festival founded by Robert Redford in 1987 will showcase films screened at the Utah-based film festival in January. With screenings celebrating independent filmmakers, the festival presents a series of both UK and world premieres. This year's festival kicks off with a screening of Late Night starring Emma Thompson while other films on the line-up include The Last Tree, which follows a British boy of Nigerian heritage when he moves from rural Lincolnshire to London; The Nightingale, telling the story of a young Irish convict bent on revenge; and Corporate Animals, a comedy horror starring Demi Moore. A number of the directors and actors will be in attendance at the screenings. There's also the return of the surprise film feature, with the film only being revealed when the opening credits roll.

 
 
 
 

Lee Krasner: Living Colour

The story of a formidable artist whose importance has often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock.

Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 30th May to 1st September 2019

 

One of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism, Lee Krasner, is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery which tells the story of a formidable artist whose importance has often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock. The first retrospective of her work in Europe for over 50 years, Lee Krasner: Living Colour features nearly 100 works - many on show in the UK for the first time - from across her 50-year career. Early self-portraits, charcoal life drawings and impressive large-scale abstract paintings are accompanied by rare photography and film in an elegant exhibition design by David Chipperfield Architects.

 
 
 

Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies

Exploring how debilitating disease can shape the way we think about the body.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station , Euston Station, Warren Street Station

 

Dates: 30th May 2019 to 26th January 2020

 

Two artists who have lived with chronic illnesses explore how debilitating disease can shape the way we think about the body, family and identity at the Wellcome Collection. In Misbehaving Bodies photographer Jo Spence documents her diagnosis of breast cancer, her unflinching photographs are displayed alongside Oreet Ashery's award-winning mini-series Revisiting Genesis, 2016, which explores death and dying in the digital era. Exploring the therapeutic potential of photography, Jo Spence's The Picture of Health? 1982-86 shows her journey from diagnosis to treatment over a four-year period. Combining moving image and performance, Oreet Ashery uses augmented reality gravestones and avatars to comment on vulnerability, mourning and loss.

 
 
 

London Bridge City: Summer by the River

London's largest free festival brings music, theatre, film and food to the riverside

London Bridge, 203 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JX

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 30th May to 1st September 2019

 

London's largest free festival, the London Bridge City's Summer by the River transforms the riverside stretch into a summer hub of live entertainment, food and drink. Bringing a touch of The Hamptons to London Bridge City, the area gets a new, stylish shoreside look. Launching on Thursday 30th May, Chaps Choir gets the festival off to a flying start with their joyful choral pop classics at The Scoop. The outdoor amphitheatre plays host to free open air cinema, big screen summer sports, live comedy and music performances. Between 7th August and 1st September, the free Open Air Theatre returns with a new family production the swashbuckling tale of 'The Sea Queen' and Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy 'Twelfth Night'. Pop-up guru Jimmy Garcia and his team run the Bar by the River and The BBQ Club while Look Mum No Hands returns for a third year in a row to transform The Pier area. Expanding to include the table tennis, the festival also stages a new pop-up area in Hay's Galleria where you can hear musicians perform live.

 
 
 

The Ends Festival

Nas, Wizkid and Damian Marley headline this brand-new music festival.

Lloyd Park, 84 Coombe Road, Croydon, London, CR0 5RA

Tube: Morden Station

 

Dates: 31st May - 02nd June 2019

 

A brand-new music event and the first major music festival to take place in Lloyd Park, Croydon, The Ends will see the likes of De La Soul, Kojey, Maleek, Kranium and Grammy Award-winner J Balvin take to the stage in June. Nas will headline on Friday, Wizkid on Saturday and Damian Marley on Sunday. The festival organisers have also worked in partnership with Croydon Music and Arts Council to focus on home grown talent, and The Croydon Council Stage will provide a platform for 14-30-year-old musicians hoping to become the next big thing.

 
 
 

Peckham Levels Open Studio Weekend

The venue opens its lower levels to the public for a weekend of creative workshops, talks and shopping opportunities.

Peckham Levels, Levels 1 to 6 Peckham Town Centre Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 31st May - 02nd June 2019

 

Peckham Levels is inviting the public into its lower floors for the Peckham Levels Open Studio Weekend. While the site's upper levels have become known for their diverse line-up of street food outlets, bars, and health and beauty venues, the lower levels are only accessible to a myriad of local creatives, who use the space as workshops and studios. For this weekend-long event of creativity, the makers will open their doors to give a unique insight into their craft with a series of workshops, shopping opportunities, and yoga and dance showcases. There will be the chance to take part in portrait drawing and festival glitter workshops, and to purchase items such as prints, paintings, t-shirts and handmade jewellery.

 
 
 

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