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Things to do in London: 12 events, exhibitions, restaurants and more you won’t want to miss in May

The city is brimming with events, restaurant openings, exhibitions and shows to visit this month  and here is our edit of the best of the best to check out in May.

I appreciate a good night in like the next person.

There’s something about spending a cosy evening indoors, indulging in your favourite comfort foods and catching up on the latest Netflix show that you’ve just been dying to binge-watch.

But you know what? It is finally spring and things are really opening up.

There are a number of exhibitions, pop-ups, restaurant openings and more for us to indulge in while making the most of being out with the people you hold dear – and this month, we have a full list of events for you to choose from that’s going to have you booked and busy in May.

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  • Maker's Mark Distillery

    Maker's Mark Distillery
    Things to do in May: Maker's Mark Distillery

    From 5 May, premium bourbon brand Maker’s Mark is inviting guests to travel to the Marker’s Mark Distillery, which sits on Star Hill Farm, via an immersive experience in one of the UK’s top 50 bars, Callooh Callay.

    Open for one month, Maker’s Mark will transform Callooh Callay into the unique ecosystem experienced only at Star Hill Farm for an unforgettable journey to Kentucky – without the travel.

    Venturing into the secret bar, guests will be transported to the beautiful surroundings of the distillery reminiscent of an enchanted forest, while enjoying delicious, light and refreshing cocktails that have been specially designed by the team at Callooh Callay.

    When is it?: 4 May – 5 June

  • Da Henrietta supper club

    Henrietta Hotel’s restaurant Da Henrietta has brought back its supper clubs, with the launch of their West Coast Dinner series. 

    Each dinner is inspired by the traditional cuisines and flavours of Italy – starting with Rome.

    On 26 May, guests will be able to enjoy a selection of traditional dishes, from seasonal vegetables and fresh pasta to a sensational wine selection from small producers of the west coast and lesser-known native grape varieties.

  • Kocktail & Pasta Evangelists pop-up

    Kocktail & Pasta Evangelists pop-up
    Things to do in May: Kocktail & Pasta Evangelists pop-up

    Get into the summer spirit at this Kocktail and Pasta Evangelists pop-up.

    Running until 15 May, this will be the first pop up experience for the two doorstep delivery brands, with visitors having the chance to enjoy the ‘Spritz and Pasta Garden‘, bringing a taste of Italian sunshine to the Covent Garden Piazza. 

    Get ready to indulge in premium, freshly made cocktails and fresh, artisanal pasta. Yum.

    When is it?:  29 April – 15 May

  • London In The Sky

    London In The Sky
    Things to do in May: London In The Sky

    Take alfresco dining to the next level and book a table in the sky with London In The Sky, the capital’s favourite pop up dining experience.

    Complete with unrivalled panoramic views of London and a delicious food and drink menu, guests will be able to enjoy a world-class dining experience while suspended in the sky and all for £79 per person.

    When is it?: From Thursday 19 May to Monday 29 August

  • The Psychic Sisters Brunch

    The Psychic Sisters Brunch
    Things to do in May: The Psychic Sisters Brunch

    Tarot readings and spiritual mediums are at the heart of The Psychic Sisters Brunch, which takes place at The Fable, nestled in the heart of Farringdon.

    Inviting brunch-goers on a journey of self-discovery, tap into your inner intuition and explore your past, present and future with the internationally acclaimed Psychic Sisters, whilst enjoying an indulgent two-course brunch and cocktails. 

    When is it?: Sunday 22 May 

  • Spring fair at Chelsea Barracks

    Chelsea Barracks
    Things to do in May: Chelsea Barracks

    Chelsea Barracks will be hosting its Spring Fair, transforming its outdoor public areas to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show. 

    The fair will be a celebration of the ‘best of British with garden seminars, an artisan’s market, sustainable flower installations and a food and beverage market that is sure to be a great start to the summer.

    When is it?: 25 – 27 May

  • London Craft Week

    London Craft Week
    Things to do in London May

    London Craft Week returns to the capital from 9 – 15 May for its eighth edition, bringing people together to experience a curated programme of events across the capital. 

    With over 300 events showcasing works by more than 400 independent makers, there is a lot on offer for craft lovers, from learning how to create your own hand-knotted beanie from upcycled materials to botanical cloth-dyeing workshops.

    When is it?:  9 – 15 May 2022

  • BlackEatsLDN

    Things to do in May: BlackEatsLDN

    Support Black businesses this May with BlackEatsLDN a weekend market at Bohemia Place Market, Hackney that brings together 100s of the best Black-owned food, drink, artisans, and traders under one roof!

    Experience a range of Black-owned street food, cocktails, skincare, clothing, and more, all in the heart of east London, along with music from Mothaland Sound.

    When is it? 21 – 22 May

  • Walthamstow Flea Market

    Walthamstow Flea Market
    Things to do in May: Walthamstow Flea Market

    Get a hold of some one-of-a-kind trinkets at Walthamstow Flea Market which returns this May.

    Taking place at Truman’s Social Club, expect to find these ex-factory units full of over 60 hand-picked flea and vintage traders, as you rummage for bargains, personal treasures.

    When is it? Sunday 15 May at Truman’s Social Club from 11am – 5pm

  • Feminine power: the divine to the demonic

    Feminine power: the divine to the demonic
    Things to do in May: Feminine power: the divine to the demonic exhibition at The British Museum

    If you have an interest in female spiritual beings throughout the ages, this sprawling new exhibition at the British Museum is just for you.

     The museum will open the first major exhibition to explore female spiritual beings in world belief, bringing together ancient sculpture, sacred artefacts and contemporary art from six continents to explore the diversity of ways in which femininity has been perceived across the globe.

     The exhibition will explore the embodiment of feminine power in deities, goddesses, demons, saints and other spiritual beings, associated with diverse areas of human experience, from wisdom, passion and nature, to war, mercy and justice.

    When is it? 19 May – 25 September 2022 at The Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery

  • The Rosé Festival

    The Rosé Festival
    Things to do in May: The Rosé Festival

    Rosé lovers unite – a festival just for you is coming to London this May.

    The Rosé Festival is set to be the start of the summer social calendar, with the event taking place in the garden at Fulham Palace over three glorious days. 

    The event will bring together both fun-loving and curious rosé fans and wine connoisseurs with an extensive range of producers and brands from around the world.

    Along with food, live music and entertainment, The Rosé Festival is sure to be an event you’ll never forget.

    When is it? 27 – 29 May 

  • Our time on Earth exhibition at the Barbican Centre

    Our Time On Earth
    Things to do in May: Our Time On Earth exhibition at The Barbican

    This incredible immersive exhibition explores art, science and activism while exploring how to make Earth a more harmonious space for us all to live.

    When is it?  5 May – 29 August 2022 at the Barbican.

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