What to do in London in May? - Good Deals London

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With the "beautiful month of May" activities in London flourish. Athletes will be spoiled with the Royal Windsor Horse Show, the breast cancer marathon, the rugby sevens tournament and finally the final of the English football championship. Many cultural activities will also be on the menu, including Museum Night, the London Original Print Air, the South Asian Culture Festival and many others! In short, in the month of May you will really do what you like !!!

London Original Print Fair

London Original Print Fair is the most important fair dedicated to printing and more particularly to engravings, linocuts and lithographs. These works are great masters such as Rembrandt, Goya, Warhol… but also, much more contemporary and young artists. This fair is the meeting place for publishing houses, collectors, and international galleries.

Prices start from £ 100 up to £ 1.000.000!

When?  30 APRIL - 3 May 2020
Or ? Royal Academy of Arts
Price: £12

Adresse : Burlington House - Piccadilly London W1J 0BD Métro : Piccadilly Circus, Green Park Bus : 8, 9, 14, 19, 22, 38

Visit the Palace of Westminster, seat of the British Parliament

During the Easter holidays, the Palace of Westminster is open to the public. A unique opportunity to visit the House of Commons and Lords, the nerve center of British politics, and understand how the parliamentary monarchy works.

An informative and impressive visit to share with the family.

Reservations and information on the site de See tickets (visit with an audio guide in French) or on Expedia (guided tour).

When? 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 May 2020
Or ? Palace of Westminster
Price: From £ 20 for a tour with an audio guide


Metro bus River shuttles Westminster3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211, 453Westminster Pier

Mamma Mia! The Party

Mamma Mia! The Party is a theatrical dinner in a setting that is intended to be the replica of the tavern from the film with Meryl Streep.
For four hours, enjoy a spectacular show, a gourmet three-course Mediterranean meal and an ABBA nightclub to dance to !!!

Information and reservations on the London Box Office website.

When? Until 31 May 2020
Or ? The 02 Arena
Price : 180 €

Metro bus North Greenwich 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472, 486


An exhibition dedicated to ABBA at the O2 Arena

An exhibition dedicated to ABBA presents personal objects, photographs and an immersion in the life stories of each member of the group.

For the first time, emblematic objects such as a limited edition replica of the “Star Guitar” played at Eurovision 74, the school book of member Bjorn Ulvaeus as well as photos, gold records and clothing are on display.

The ABBA Super Troupers exhibition immerses visitors through its music, lyrics, creative process and influence on the musical landscape of the 70s and 80s.

Information and reservations on the Lastminute website

When? Until August 31, 2020

Or ? 02 Arena

Price: £ 20 instead of £ 27 when booking through Last minute.

Metro bus North Greenwich 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472, 486


Exposition Body Worlds

Conceived by the German professor Gunther von Hagens, the Body Worlds exhibition aims to explain the mysteries and the transformations of the organism by relying on real human bodies.
This traveling exhibition presents a total of 200 bodies and organs kept intact thanks to plastination, a technique for preserving human bodies invented by Gunther von Hagens.

With over 45 million visitors, Body Worlds Vital is one of the most visited health exhibitions in the world. Often described as a "life changing experience", Body Worlds will give you a better understanding of the complexity of the human body.

Information and reservations at the British Tourist Office 

When? Until October 1, 2020
Or ?  London Pavilion at Piccadilly Circus
Price : 27 €

Metro bus Piccadilly Circus3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 453


Exhibition "Tutankhamun, the Pharaoh's treasure"

After its immense success in Paris, the exhibition “Tutankhamun, the Pharaoh's treasure” travels to London for the third meeting of its world tour, which began in 2018, on the occasion of the centenary of the discovery of the tomb.

Until May 3, 2020, the Saatchi gallery, museum of contemporary art, hosts 150 objects found in 1922 in the tomb of the young pharaoh, 60 of which are coming out of Egypt for the first time.

Information and reservations on the Ticketmaster website.

When? Until 3 May 2020
Or ? Saatchi Gallery
Price : £ 37.40

Metro bus Sloane Square 11, 19, 22, 49, 137, 211, 319, 360


David Hockney at the National Portrait Gallery

David Hockney is known for his paintings of swimming pools as,
Portrait of an Artist, Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool or A Bigger Splash, his most famous painting (photo above).

Since February 27, 2020, the National Portrait Gallery presents works less known to the general public of the British artist.

Through the exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life, the museum exhibits for the first time 150 drawings and more particularly self-portraits and portraits of four people close to Hockney: his mother, Laura Hockney, his muse Celia Birtwell, his friends Gregory Evans and Maurice Payne.


Information and reservation on the museum website


When? April 1 - June 28, 2020
Or ? National Portrait Gallery
Price : £ 17- £ 20

Metro bus Charing Cross, Leicester Square3, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 24, 87, 91, 139, 176


Canalway Cavalcade

Every year since 1983, Little Venice organizes a gathering of 130 barges which are for the occasion shiny and dressed in multicolored pennants. A nice walk for the whole family.


When? 2 - 3 May 2020
Or ? Little Venice, at the junction of Regents Canal and Grand Union Canal.
Price: Free


London Craft Week

For a week, this festival celebrates crafts and crafts through conferences, workshops and tastings. Take part in weaving workshops, ceramic painting, ice cream tasting and many other activities to discover on the event site.




When? May 1-3, 2020
Or ? All over London
Price: £10


Royal Windsor Horse Show

Royal Windsor Horse Show is the UK's largest and most prestigious horse show held annually in the beautiful private gardens of the Windsor Castle. Here is the unique opportunity to discover the Queen's Gardens and catch a glimpse of the royal family.


On the program: show jumping, dressage, harness racing and endurance.



When? 13 - 17 May 2020
Or ? Windsor Castle
Price: From £ 11


Moonwalk: May's Bra Party!

Against breast cancer, London organizes an annual marathon and half marathon nocturnal (42 km) in a bra. Open to everyone, each participant including men 😉 must wear a bra, as eccentric as possible!

To display your best bra or to volunteer, Inscrivez-vous !

When? From Saturday evening May 16 to Sunday morning May 17, 2020
Or ? Departures between 18:00 p.m. and 23:00 p.m. at Clapham Common



London Wine Week

During a week, this festival offers numerous wine tastings in more than 125 bars in London.

Program and practical information on the festival site.


When? 11 - 17 May 2020
Or ? All over London
Price : From £6



Hunting at Adams Antiques Fairs

Like every month, Adams Antiques Fairs is the meeting place for 140 antique dealers, specializing in jewelry, crockery, silverware, paintings and many other objects.
A word of advice: come as soon as it opens to avoid crowds.

When? May 24, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. - 16:30 p.m.
Or ? The Royal Horticultural Halls
Price: £4


Museum night

On the occasion of the museum night held in London twice a year (once in May and once in October), over 70 London museums leave their doors open overnight.

On the program: shows, guided tours, music, conferences, film screening ...

Some museums open that night: British Museum, London Museum, National Gallery, Bank of England Museum and many more ...

When? 15 - 18 May 2019
Or ? All over London
Price: From £ 5


Rugby Sevens Tournament

It is at Twickenham Stadium that the Rugby Sevens tournament ends each year in May.

On the sidelines of this tournament, supporters will be able to taste the cuisine of the competing nations, enjoy historic attractions and listen to live music.

Tickets on sale on Ticketmaster.


23 - 24 May 2020
Or ? Stade de Twickenham
Price: From £ 40 for an adult and £ 10 for a child.


Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week is the meeting place for 300 architects, British and international designers who exhibit their new creations. Here is the opportunity to discover the latest trends in furniture, lighting or upholstery fabrics. This fair also offers exhibitions, conferences and open workshops.

The exhibitions are held in different places in the Clerkenwell district such as in a former Victorian prison or the crypt of the XNUMXth century St James's Church for the most unusual spaces!


When? May 19-21, 2020
Or ?  The main event venues are on a north-south axis bounded by Farringdon Road to the west and Goswell Road to the east. For information you can consult the program.
Price: Free


Chelsea Flower Show: flower paradise

The Chelsea Flower Show is the world's most prestigious horticultural fair, held annually since 1913 in the gardens of the Royal Chelsea Hospital.

For 5 days, professional and amateur gardeners exhibit their floral creations in the hope of winning one of the show's prestigious prizes. Their creations are sculptures and plant statues or even English or French gardens. The 150 visitors are amazed and discover the latest trends in plants and the pinnacle of garden design.


When? 19 - 23 May 2020
Or ? Royal Hospital Chelsea
Price: £ 67 - £ 38 - Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Bon plan! Admission £ 39.75 from 17pm on May 30-22, 23

Information and reservations on the Ticket Factory website


Major General’s Review

To prepare the queen's birthday for Trooping the Colour, the major general reviews the troops. The parade starts at 10:00 am at Horse Guards Parade and lasts approximately 2 hours.


When? May 30th
Or ? Horse Guards Parade


Metro bus Charing Cross, Embankment, Westminster3, 11, 12, 159, 24, 3, 453, 53, 87, 88


FA Cup: the final of the English football championship

The Football Association Challenge Cup, better known as the FA Cup, is the equivalent of the French football championship. It is the oldest and longest football tournament in the world, with the only participating clubs being English clubs belonging to a wider elite and Welsh clubs playing in the Premier League. The final is held in May at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

Tickets on sale on Fanpass.


When? May 23th
Or ? Wembley stadium
Price: £77


Foodies Festival: the festival de la gastronomie

Are you an epicurean and love to cook? Visit the Foodies Festival where chefs - starred or MasterChefs winners - prepare their favorite recipes and give their best advice to enhance your dishes. Syon Park offers a bucolic setting where you can browse from stand to stand, original and carefully decorated.

On the menu, pastry courses, food and cocktail tastings, cooking lessons for children, conferences and concerts.

Information and reservations on the See Tickets website

When? May 25-27, 2020
Or ? Zion Park
Price: £16

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