With summer’s buds bursting into full bloom, London’s busy programme of arts and culture heads outdoors. From flower shows to food festivals, there are plenty of al fresco events to take advantage of the clement weather. Stay at one of Red Carnation Hotels’ London hotels to make the most of the capital’s top events this May.
London Craft Week
The ‘who’s who’ of the capital’s craft scene converges in this week-long celebration of creativity and colour. London Craft Week champions everything homemade, be it pottery, woodwork, glass-blowing, jewellery, weaving, or crochet. Learn macramé, try paper marbling, or discover the art of upcycling at one of innumerable inspiring workshops across the city.
8th – 12th May 2019
AI: More Than Human
It has many of us feeling slightly uncomfortable, but nonetheless intrigued: Artificial Intelligence is the controversial focus of AI: More Than Human. Featuring works by a leading line-up of contemporary artists, the show is a challenging and thought-provoking analysis of the boundaries between human and computer.
16th May – 26th August 2019
Food: Bigger than the plate
Gastronomic experiments, challenging tastings and provocative displays—the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Food: Bigger than the Plate explores the controversial advances that are revolutionising the food industry. Located within easy reach of The Egerton House Hotel, the V&A’s new exhibition explores a range of issues expected to transform our attitude to food, from edible water bottles to urban mushroom farms.
18th May – 17th November 2019
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The most colourful feature in London’s May events calendar, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show bursts into bloom with peonies, roses, wild flowers and dahlias arranged in dazzling displays. Discover the latest trends in horticulture and chat to the experts at this stunning—and very fragrant—show.
21st – 25th May 2019
South Grounds, Royal Hospital Chelsea
An adaptation of TS Eliot’s celebrated poem, Four Quartets features contemporary dance solos, compelling passage recitals and a fabulous score by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. This unprecedented performance is the first to be authorised by the TS Eliot Estate, making it one of London’s top May events.
22nd – 25th May 2019
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing
Considered one of the greatest talents in history, Leonardo da Vinci’s works span an impressively broad scope of interests. To mark 500 years since his death, The Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace—just a short walk from The Rubens at the Palace—is staging a new exhibition: Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing. Bringing together more than 200 of the polymath’s sketches and illustrations, it’s the largest exhibition of its kind in 65 years.
24th May – 13th October 2019
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Celebrating the second centenary of Queen Victoria’s birth on 24th May 1819, Kensington Palace reveals Victoria 2019, an exhibition dedicated to the monarch’s life. Located a few minutes’ walk from The Milestone Hotel, explore the rooms that the young princess inhabited with her mother, and learn about her life as Queen in the palace’s Pigott Gallery.
24th May 2019 – January 2020
Michelin-starred chefs, colourful street-food stalls, live musicians and professional masterclasses roll out across Foodies Festival in Syon Park. Sample street snacks from across the world, enjoy fine vintages from boutique vineyards and meet some of the hottest names in the gastronomic realm.
25th – 27th May 2019
Stay at any of Red Carnation Hotels’ London hotels for easy access to London’s unmissable May events.