London in May: Things to Do, Places to Visit & Events 2020
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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

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

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

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

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

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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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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Get along with a splendid experience that leads to you some ever-cherishing memories. Witness some amazing views from the top of the world. Try on to the panoramic flight that lets you take a ride on the world's highest observation wheel. From the top, you shall be able to witness the mesmerizing views of the entire London. Rise above 135 meters height and observe the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, which are worth to be beheld. 

About the London Eye Ticket:

The London Eye ticket ensures to provide entry to the giant wheel in London, that takes you to the top of the world from where you can witness the charming views of the entire London. With the London Eye tour ticket, you avail the chance to undergo a thrilling and adventurous 40-minute cruise along the River Thames.

Board the air-conditioned glass pod and watch as the vast capital stretches out before you. During the ride, you shall be able to gather information in six languages about the spots such as St. Paul's Cathedral and Big Ben. The spots will be witnessed on the skyline by you during the ride and you can sit back in ease and grasp the charming views of the entire city. 
Besides, on selecting the respective ticket option, you can take hold of the beautiful views of the River Thames and observe the ferries passing by.

Packages Offered with the London Eye Ticket:
Standard Entry: Provides access via the standard boarding line and lets you experience the London Eye 4D Cinema. 

Fast track Entry: Provides access via the fast track boarding line and lets you experience the London Eye 4D Cinema. 

Champagne Experience: A fixed date ticket that provides access via the fast track boarding line and lets you experience the London Eye 4D Cinema. Not applicable for children.

London Eye + River Cruise Experience: Provides with a circular sightseeing cruise along the River Thames along with live and audio commentary by a guide in various languages. Also, you get access to the Eye Lounge and London Eye 4D Cinema Experience.

How to Reach:
On availing the London Eye tour tickets, you can reach the location easily by walking, based at walking distances from several London Underground stations. You can also take help of London sightseeing bus tours and reach the location.

Note:
Children with age in between 0-15 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the tour.
Children aged 3-15 years can book the child ticket to London Eye.
Children aged 0-3 years can enter free of charge.
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Hop on Hop off Thames River Cruise | Book @ ₹ 1550 Only!
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About River Thames:
The River Thames in London leads you to one of the most historical and cultural landmarks in London. You get to hop across with the River Red Rover and witness the mesmerizing views of the famous River Thames and land onto the tour’s four pier stops near the city’s top attractions.

The River Thames acts as a bridge leading you to the city’s astonishing marvels and the sites of British Monarchs since the 11th-century, the Westminster Abbey. You shall gather the sights of the famous ancient fortress, the Tower of London and understand the British monarchy’s priceless Crown Jewels. 

About hop on hop off Thames River Cruise:
The hop on hop off Thames River cruise makes the optimum use of your London tour by going on for a fun adventure at the River Thames. Get the pleasure of enjoying a delightful cruise experience along the renowned River Thames through which you can gather some eye-pleasing scenic beauty of the city’s sights and identify the skyline.

Get astonished at the city’s famous and prominent monuments such as the London Eye, Shakespeare's Globe, Big Ben, etc. Besides, you shall be able to easily roam endlessly at any one of four piers which are located near the city’s top attractions. The onboard live commentary also helps you to learn the history and cultural composition of London and understand the richness of the city as a whole.

How to Reach:
You can reach the below-mentioned boarding location with the help of the following ways.
Westminster Pier: Take the London Underground to Westminster Station. Walk 1 minute
London Eye Pier: Take the London Underground to Waterloo Station
Tower Pier: Take the London Underground to Monument Station or Tower Hill Station
Greenwich Pier: Take the London Underground to North Greenwich Station

Timings:
This hop-on hop-off Thames river cruise runs daily every 40 minutes from 10:00 am-6:15 pm
Last sail admission: 6:15 pm
Route: Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Pier, and Greenwich Pier.

Note:
Children aged 5-15 years can book the child ticket for the hop on hop off Thames river cruise.
Infant aged 0-4 can join the Thames river hop on hop off cruise free of charge.
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Kew Gardens London Tickets, Book @ Flat 10% off
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About Kew Gardens:
The Kew Gardens, renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a great spot that is comprised of a wide variety of living plants. The Kew Gardens lets you witness a glass house that breathes with the freshness of green plants. The Kew Gardens is occupied with the fresh plants that are restored from the Temperate House till the tropical rainforests of the Palm House.

You also see the Treetop Walkway, which would hold you overwhelmed with the most exciting tree-top experience in the UK. You shall be able to go under the ground, which will eventually lead you to 59 feet up in the air. You shall get close to trees that will take your breath away and let you breathe freshly at the same time. 

About Kew Gardens Entrance Tickets:
The Kew Gardens entrance tickets let you explore and witness the world’s largest gallery of living plants. You get to roam around the garden and explore uncountable herbal plant varieties that are very helpful to humans. In other words, you shall be able to explore tropical rainforests inside the Palm House and view the freshly restored Temperate House. 

You can also pick some rare plants to your home and store some valuable plants in the world. Besides, you also get to visit the Bamboo Garden which is renowned as a home to the UK's largest collection of bamboos. The spot lets get astonished at the wide range of plants ranging from lofty pole varieties to wispy species. 

Opening Hours:
Gardens open at 10:00 am daily
Closing times may vary (usually 6 pm or 7 pm during the summer season and 4 pm or 5 pm in the winter season)
The last admission is 1 hour before each closing time

How to Reach:
The Kew Gardens is based at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE, UK and you can easily reach the location with the help of the following ways:
By tube: Kew Gardens station is 500m from Victoria Gate. It is in Zone 3 and is served by the District Line (Richmond branch) and London Overground
By train: Kew Bridge station is 800m from Elizabeth Gate, via Kew Bridge. South West Trains run services from Waterloo, via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction. There is no level access at Kew Bridge
By bus: Route 65 stops close to Lion Gate and Victoria Gate; Route 391 stops near Kew Gardens station; Routes 237 and 267 stop at Kew Bridge station

Note:
Children aged 4-16 years can book the child Kew Gardens London tickets.
Children aged 0-3 don't need to book the Kew Gardens entrance tickets and can enter for free.
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In these days we every bit of London as soon as possible we could. Never thought we could go through many places in some days! It was nicely planned and smoothly executed.
I booked this tour as a solo trip to Europe,and being a person with a lot of interest in history, It was the perfect opportunity for me to take this package. As we visited many monuments and cities and as we visited it became more and more exciting!Will visit again, it is a complete package one could ask for.
11 February 2020
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The cruise was really grand and no matter where you are sitting you will have a wonderful view of the outside. The journey lasts for around 40 minutes and you get to explore a number of sightseeing spots around London. The best time to enjoy the ride is around sunset but it is also the time when a lot of tourists visit. I recommend you reach the place a little in advance if you want to capture a good seat for yourself. All in all, you should definitely give it a try.
14 December 2019
Excellent
I got to see some of the most amazing animals that I didn't expect I would have ever seen. I am not a big wildlife fan but my 9-year-old is a fanatic. I was very pleased by the entire decorum of the place. We took a lot of photos and not just my boy but I too had a great time. Getting so close to the animals was fun.
14 November 2019
Excellent
It was a great experience touring around the iconic Stonehenge. I always wanted to visit there and although I knew a bit about the place the guide gave me some great insight about the place and the grand mysteries that surround it. I suggest everyone who is visiting London to make a visit to the Stonehenge & Windsor Castle.
09 November 2019
Excellent
If you love to explore and are a fan of the arts like me, I would definitely recommend you to go the Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery.The entire tour will not take more than 2 hours to explore and I assume you that it will be worth it. The gallery is one of the best places to learn a lot of London and it's past.
06 December 2019
Excellent
What a magical experience it was, I mean from the structures to the ambiance everything gives a very ancient vibe that I really loved. Upon reaching I just had to show my ticket and I got an entry just like that. Pretty cool. I would like to recommend it to everyone visiting London.
04 January 2020
Excellent
Transportation in London can be really expensive. I was looking for a cheaper option and I found that there was a Gatwick airport transfers in shared coach. I was traveling solo and believe me this was the best option. The rates were very reasonable. Upon arrival, finding the coach was easy and the ride was overall very comfortable.
13 January 2020
Excellent
One of the best ways to tour around the city and enjoy a number of destinations would be to take the London Pass Hop On Hop Off London. The ride is very comfortable, and we get to explore a ton of tourist spots. I would recommend that you visit the meeting spot well in advance so that you can grab the best seats for yourself.
10 December 2019
Excellent
The best place to enjoy a night in London. Me and my friend got direct access to the pubs and had a fun time throughout the night. The music was really good and we enjoyed a lot of local drinks there. Cheers.

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  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.
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