Weather of London in May
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.
What to pack for London in May
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
Have fun at London Wine Week
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.
See a play at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
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
Visit the Canalway Cavalcade
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
The Kensington Dollshouse Festival
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
Visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
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
Watch the changing of Life Guard
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
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
Watch the State Opening of Parliament
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
May Fayre and Puppet Festival
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
Timings: 11 am to 5:30 pm
Visit the Museum of the Moon
Enjoy Music Festivals
Location: Peckham Rye Park for Gala Festival, Damyns Aerodrome Hall in Upminster for We Are FSTVL
Price: 5000 INR for Gala Festival
Visit the All Points East festival
Location: Victoria Park
Price: 6000 INR upwards, depending on who is playing
ActivityLocation: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
Activity Duration: 15-55 minutes (as per the option selected)
- 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.
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.
Location: Richmond, TW9 3AB, London
- 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.