London in May: Things to Do, Places to Visit & Events 2022
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Things to Do in London in May 

Ride the London Eye, Cruising on the Thames, Have fun at London wine week, See a play at the Regent's Park open theatre, Visit the Canalway Cavalcade, The Kensington Dollshouse Festival, Witness the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Watch the Changing of Life Guard, See an Open-Air Theatrical Performance, Witness the State Opening of Parliament and many more.

London in May is a beautiful sight for anyone visiting. Although the city is magnificent all year long, the charm in May is uncanny. The warm days with mild temperatures are ideal for touring this diverse place. Moreover, the parks and other landscapes are blooming with flowers and lush greens all over around this time. 

Not just that, there are also plenty of places to visit in London in May that would make your holiday worth. For all the wine connoisseurs, the London wine week is organized around this time where the vineyards display their best collections. Also worth attending is an interesting boat display at Canalway Cavalcade around May.

Apart from these, attending a number of other activities like music festivals, dollhouse festival in Kensington, a flower show in Chelsea, open-air theater performances, museum tours and other exciting events are things to do in London in May. So, book your London vacation with Thrillophilia and get memories for a lifetime!

Here are some of the best things to do in London in May:

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Weather of London in May

London in May is a picture straight out of a postcard- bright sunshine on most days, lush green parks, and colorful flowers in full bloom. The London weather in May is mostly pleasant, and the temperature is mild.

The maximum temperature never goes above 18 degrees Celsius, and the minimum does not drop below 7 degrees. However, the one unpredictable part of the weather in London in May is the rainfall. It is spontaneous and may happen on 8 to 10 days of the month. London usually has a variable amount of rain in May, and as tourists, you must be prepared for it.

The English generally call it late spring, and because of the excellent weather, this is also prime time for travel. Tourists swarm in from all corners of the world, and as a result of this, the flight and hotel prices shoot up.
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What to pack for London in May

Dressing for London in May is tricky because you cannot be exactly sure of what will come your way. So the best way to dress is in layers. The days can be warm at times, and so you must carry cotton dresses and jeans.

However, the weather dips in the evening and after rainfall. So it is better if you have a light jacket on- you can always take it off if you feel warm. Carry a hat, scarf, and gloves as well so that you do not feel cold if the temperature drops to 7 degrees Celsius.

Another thing you must be prepared for is the rain- it is unpredictable and might ruin your plans for the day if you are not dressed accordingly. So always wear a pair of waterproof boots and thick socks, so that the water does not get to you, and an umbrella is also a must. 

Things to Do in London in May

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Have fun at London Wine Week

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For a country that lives for wine, does it surprise you at all that they have a wine week? The British swarm to the location selected every year in May for the London Wine Week- where a number of vineyards showcase their best.

The best wines are selected, the best vineyards are awarded, and you are also taught how to pair your wine with the best kind of food. All through the week, wine lovers assemble at different locations, to taste, to twirl, and have a good time with the several kinds of wine produced in the country.

Location: Southwark, Flat Iron Square

Price: 540 INR if booked online, maybe more if you book the tickets at the festival.
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See a play at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

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Another classic thing to do in London in May- watch a play at an open theatre. The temperature is mild and pleasant, and sitting in the open will be neither too warm nor too cold. You get to see splendid performances from the best of the London theatre circle, and you can choose among classics and new stories.

You can also opt for classics like The Nutcracker or Romeo and Juliet, or you could go for newer ideas like the 101 Dalmatians musical.

Location:
The Regent’s Park, Inner Cir, London

Price:
3500-6000 INR
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Visit the Canalway Cavalcade

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This annual little boat display takes place in May and is the prettiest sight to behold. If you are looking for places to visit in London in May, then this must be a must-visit in your itinerary. This event takes place in the third week of May in Jason’s Trip Little Venice and Little Paddington.

Over 100 boats are lined up on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, between Blomfield Road and Warwick Avenue. All the ships are bright, painted beautifully, and decorated by the owners. The whole place looks like a carnival, with decorations, stalls, and live music.

Location:
Jason’s Trip Little Venice, London

Price:
Free
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The Kensington Dollshouse Festival

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Of all the things to do in London in May, this is the most interesting and unique festival where 200 craftsmen are invited from all over the world to showcase their talent. Here, all the artists create miniature versions of the useful items from daily life.

It can be a tiny doll, or a dining table laid perfectly, and then these are all put on display for visitors. If you attend this festival, then you’ll be able to meet the most famous miniature enthusiasts and artists.

Location:
Lawford Road, London

Price:
720 INR

Timings:
 10 am to 6 pm
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Visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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Also known as the Spring Show, this event is held every year in May by the Royal Horticultural, and it is said to be one of the Queen’s favorite flower shows. A number of exhibits are held- for flowers, trees, vegetables, fruits, and even herbs.

It is famous not only in England but all over the world and is broadcast on the BBC every year. The Royal family and the who’s who of London society diligently attend this festival every year. Make sure to get tickets a few months prior, or you may miss out on this.

Location:
Royal College Hospital, Chelsea, United Kingdom

Price:
9500 INR

Timings:
11 am to 5 pm
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Watch the changing of Life Guard

Though an outdated ceremony, this show of ceremonial pomp is a treat for the visitors. May is the best time for this because it is neither too warm nor too cold to watch the guards assembling and performing their skills.

The guards initially leave Hyde Park Barracks and move to Horse Guards parade via a public route, and then the ceremony takes place at the Horse Guards Parade. Make sure you are there on time, as they are extremely punctual with the ceremony.

Location:
Horse Guards Parade, London

Timings:
11 am on weekdays, and 10 am on Sunday

Price:
Free
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See an Open-Air Theatrical performance

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London in May has the best weather with spring just passing by and monsoon yet to come. There is sunshine, and you can also feel a light breeze in your hair- and this makes it the perfect weather to see an open-air theatrical performance.

Though Regent Park is the most famous, others like Grosvenor Park Theatre and Chiswick Gardens open theatre also have great shows which you can watch at a lesser price and with a smaller crowd around.

Location:
Grosvenor Park Theatre- Chester, United Kingdom

Chiswick House and Gardens: 
Chiswick, United Kingdom
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Watch the State Opening of Parliament

Of all the things to do in London in May, the State Opening of Parliament is definitely the grandest experience which showcases the Queen entering the Parliament and giving her speech.

This event is steeped in history and culture and makes a beautiful spectacle for viewers. Though it is telecast live, there is nothing like watching history unfold in front of your eyes.

Location:
Westminster, London
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May Fayre and Puppet Festival

Covent Garden is one of the best places to visit in London in May, and if you have a child, even more so on the day of the May Fayre and Puppet festival. This unique little festival has been running for around 3 centuries and is equally entertaining for young and old.

It takes place every May in the St Paul’s Church ground in Covent Garden to celebrate the birthday of the famous puppet Mr. Punch. A number of Punch and Judy puppeteers and ventriloquists perform, several food stalls are set up, and quite a few quirky ceremonies are performed.

Location:
Covent Garden, London

Price:
Free

Timings:
11 am to 5:30 pm
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Visit the Museum of the Moon

This brilliant piece of artwork by British artist Luke Jerram has been touring the world for about 3 years now. This 6 feet high helium balloon model shows the lunar surface exactly as NASA photographed, and this meticulous detail has made the exhibit one of the most famous at the Natural History Museum so far.
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Enjoy Music Festivals

The Gala Festival takes place in the last week of May, and it is specially curated for music lovers. FSTVL also takes place around the same time, and focuses heavily on electronic music and metal rock. So this summer make this one of your top things to do in London in May to experience the best musical symphonies and wildest performances.

Location:
Peckham Rye Park for Gala Festival, Damyns Aerodrome Hall in Upminster for We Are FSTVL

Price:
5000 INR for Gala Festival
           15000 INR for We Are FSTVL
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Visit the All Points East festival

This 10-day-long festival is also the most famous in Britain, because of the sheer range of music it showcases. There are classic rock performances and modern genres such as psychedelic music performances. Whatever your age or preference, you are bound to find something of your taste here.

Location:
Victoria Park

Price: 6000 INR upwards, depending on who is playing
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ActivityLocation: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

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Operational Hours:

  • Mon-Fri 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat-Sun: 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
  • The London Eye is closed on 25th December

About the London Eye Ticket:

The London Eye ticket will take you to the top of the world from where you can witness the charming views of the entire London. Be seated in an air-conditioned glass pod and enjoy the view of the glimmering lights of the whole city. With the London Eye tour ticket, you can also avail yourself of the chance to undergo a thrilling and adventurous 40-minute cruise along the River Thames.

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Departure point: The cruise starts at Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier, and Greenwich Pier

Starting Timing: 10:00 AM

Activity Duration: Depends on your convenience (Unlimited for 24 hours)

About Thames Hop On Hop Off River Cruise:

Enjoy the unbounded and splendid views of the prominent landmarks of London from a river cruise ride on the River Thames. Hop on and hop off from any main piers of London for 24 hours and explore the places according to your itinerary. Come across some famous destinations like Westminster, Greenwich, London Eye, and the Tower.

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Location: Richmond, TW9 3AB, London

Operating Time:

  • 1 to 30 Apr: Daily - 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Last Admission Time: 6:00 PM
  • 1 May to 31 Aug: Weekdays - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Weekends - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Last Admission Times are 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM respectively
  • 1 to 30 Sep: Daily - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Last Admission Time: 6:00 PM
  • 1 to 29 Oct: Daily - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Last Admission Time: 5:00 PM
  • 30 Oct to 15 Nov: Daily - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Last Admission Time: 3:00 PM
  • 16 Nov to 31 Dec: Daily - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM; Last Admission Time: 2:00 PM

Activity Duration: 7-8 hours (approx)

About Kew Gardens:

Visit one of the most prominent destinations among the tourists of London- Kew Gardens, which is also London's largest UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a perfect place for an outing with your family and friends. See various galleries of botanical art and witness 250 years of royal history here. The gardens have fresh plants that are restored from the Temperate House to the tropical rainforests of the Palm House.

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Not an experience that you get to have every day. From all the places I visited in London on my tour, this had a distinct feel to it. I didn't expect a lot of tourists there but to my surprise, I found there was a great line for ticket booking. The entire museum had a very offbeat feel to it. It really made me feel like I was in a war room preparing for some kind of a battle.
18 November 2019
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Even though the building looks a little ancient the overall feel of the place is very futuristic. It is not something that we get to see everyday. The kids are also going to love it. A good place to learn and have some fun! Must visit.
09 January 2020
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Always wonder where the word GMT came from. Haha! My trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich was extraordinary. I got to discover a lot and it was an insightful tour. The tickets I got were from Thrillophilia. I did a lot of cool stuff like standing right on the meridian line and also took a lot of photos with my friends. Overall, a blissful experience providing a rich learning opportunity to people like me. I would definitely want every holidaymaker to visit this place.
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The best way I can describe my entire experience starting with getting my tickets from Thrillophilia to touring around St. Paul's Cathedral would be to the day that it was simply amazing. The place was so quiet and soothing, it was the kind of thing I wanted towards the end of my first-day tour in London. A side note, Just make sure you have a valid ID proof along with the tickets, it is important.
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I had a great time at St. Paul's Cathedral. The experience was sublime and I loved every bit of it. The place was amazing and we got a chance to just relax and enjoy some peace in the Cathedral. It is a definite recommendation from my end to every tourist visiting London. Trust me, advance booking your tickets take a load off of you.
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My visit to the Imperial War Museum was insightful and really inspiring. I got to see a ton of war artilleries from the time of World War. Upon entering it will take you some time but the place will really grow on you. I must say that the guide was also thorough about the entire place.
16 December 2019
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Kensington Palace is very grand and beautiful. The palace also carries a rich history that we learned a lot about from the people there. If you are interested in architecture and history then visit as I got bored after sometime.
22 October 2019
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It is a royal palace with a distinct architectural design that is really beautiful for the visitors. I really admired the entire ambiance of the place and the tour was just perfect. I strongly recommend everyone to visit the place on their tour to London.
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I got a chance to relax and me and my parents just sat in the garden and admired it's beauty. We spent around 30 minutes there walking around. Overall, it was nice experience but nothing special.
17 November 2019
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The Kew Gardens was the perfect addition to my overall London trip. Upon reaching I visited the place towards the evening and I must tell you what a relaxing feeling it was. It was great sitting amidst the raw nature and enjoying some time in peace. We also took a lot of pictures and overall, we enjoyed the place very much.

People Also Ask About London

  1. Is May a good month to visit London?

    May is the best time to visit London because of the mild temperatures- neither too warm nor too cold. However, this makes the flights and hotels insanely expensive.
  2. Is it expensive to visit London?

    It may be expensive to visit London in May considering it is peak season, but if you go during the off-season like October and February, you may get quite a few good deals.
  3. How many days are enough in London?

    A week is a minimum time you need to spend in London if you truly want the essence. You will need that much time to drop into the top few places to visit in London in May- Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, etc.
  4. What should I buy in London?

    There are many things to do in London in May and shopping tops the list. The ones you must pick up from London are- Earl Grey tea coats from the famous brands on Kensington and M&Ms from their original store. An oyster card Liberty London’s fabric Suit from Savile Monmouth coffee

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