The Best Things To Do In London In May


From a re-enactment of the Royal Wedding to London’s very own beach club, we roundup the best things to do in the capital in May

Celebrate the Royal Wedding at Marylebone

If you were not one of the few lucky “normal” people who received invitations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, you can still celebrate what is quickly becoming the event of the year. Housed in the Grade II-listed church, ONE Marylebone, the official ceremony on Saturday 19th May will be live streamed at 12 noon on screens while guests sit back and sip on champagne and tuck into British favourites. There will also be workshops promising corsage making, wedding cake decorating and, well, everything you’ll need to know to enjoy a most royal of royal affairs. The evening event, though, is where the party’s at. A string quartet will open the reception before Elton John and Ed Sheeran tribute acts soundtrack the post-dinner festivities.  

ONE Marylebone. 1 Marylebone Road, London NW1.

Discover the Rodin exhibition at the British Museum

Opening to stellar reviews and already shaping up to be one of the cultural highlights of the year, the British Museum’s latest exhibition brings together two polar forces of the art world in a celebration of the classic and the modern. The exhibition, Rodin and the art of ancient Greece, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, pools together some of the former’s most iconic sculptures – including “The Kiss” and “The Thinker” – and sets them alongside his inspiration: the Parthenon Marbles. Evocative and mesmerising, the show runs until 29 July.

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B.

Pop by this Espresso Martini pop-up

No sooner has another month began and a slew of new pop-ups pepper London’s food and drink scene. This particular one, located on Soho’s Moor Street, is promising the world’s biggest espresso martini menu — there are 20 different options available to tickle all taste buds, from coffee lovers to those who pride themselves on their tolerance for vodka. There’s even a cocktail that tastes exactly like salted caramel cheese cake. Designed to mimic the look and feel of an old-fashioned speakeasy, the Espresso Martini Society runs until 27 May. That’s the spirits.

12 Moor Street, London W1D.

Pack a towel and head to Fulham Beach Club

One of the great downfalls of living in London is its utter lack of beaches, especially for those periods of proper sunshine occasionally bestowed upon the city. But fear not, as Neverland is transforming itself into its very own beach club complete with cabanas and deck chairs. Alongside cocktail masterclasses, live music and Jimmy’s BBQ pop-up restaurant, two bars will keep guests watered and there is even yoga classes on the sand for those not looking for party vibes. It may not be the Cote d’Azur, but it’s the next best thing. Avoid the fear of missing out and make Fulham Beach Club your next staycation spot — besides, you’ll be seeing it all over your friends’ Instagrams sooner rather than later.

364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6.

Brunch at Dirty Lobster

What would a monthly roundup be if we did not tick off the most essential of London weekend activities: brunch. This time, though, swap out your local for something a little more special. From Monday 14 May for one week only Dirty Lobster will be hosting brunch complete with live music, performances and art in some truly unique spaces along with the standard food and drink offerings London’s brunch-going coterie have come to expect. Highlights include lobster thermidor and a Singapore lobster chilli roll along with bottomless cocktails.

Try the tapas at El Pirata 

Bringing a taste of Madrid to Mayfair, El Pirata offers up incredible Spanish tapas alongside a drinks menu featuring more than 140 different wines. It’s an oft overused term in London’s food scene, but there is something genuine and authentic about the delivery at this institution, thanks in no small part to the exceptional talents of head chef Rosendo Simbana. Try the Calamares con arroz negro (black rice and squid) if you don’t believe us. As the summer season approaches, now is the opportune time to tuck into the delights of the Mediterranean. Plus, El Pirata has just launched a brand new gin-and-tonic menu, enjoyed best on the restaurant’s al fresco terrace. We’ll see you there. 

5-6 Down Street, London W1J.