What’s on around the City of London in May


There are stacks of things happening around the City of London this month. Check out all best theatre shows, exhibitions and festivals which are running throughout the month in the Square Mile. It’s time to experience all the best cultural happenings that the City has to offer.

Soapbox Science London

Want to keep your little Einstein enthralled? Head to South Bank at the end of May to join a group of London’s leading female scientists as they showcase incredible experiments to the public.

With the aim to eliminate gender inequality in the world of science and challenging people’s view of women and non-binary people in the industry, the event is sure to wow and inspire little ones and big kids alike.

Founded by Dr Seirian Sumner and Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, both research biologists in the UK, Soapbox Science London 2022 is set to be an exciting day full of interactive science lessons and awe-inspiring talks.
May 28
South Bank SE1 9GY

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Soapbox Science London

The Hop

Take the family to enjoy the interactive installation outside the Hayward Gallery this month. Inspired by the Kent hop farms, the free exhibit showcases a luminous public canopy almost four metres high, growing from the side of the Hayward Gallery.

The artist Jyll Bradley invites you to enjoy the free work of art by spending time in The Hop. Bradley suggests creating a dance routine or simply having a picnic and watching the reflections made by the artwork in the sun.
May 18 – October 2
Hayward Gallery SE1 8XX

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The Hop artist Jyll Bradley

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

An event that needs little introduction, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is back and better than ever. Take the trip across the capital and join other green-fingered flower enthusiasts in west London as you walk the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea checking out the work of many talented gardeners from across the UK.

Know your carnations from your chrysanthemums? The annual floral event is the perfect place to feel inspired, speak to experts for advice and buy some flowers and plants to take home to recreate your favourite gardens at home. You may even spot a celeb or two.
May 24-28
London Gate SW3 4SR

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Image courtesy of RHS / Luke MacGregor

Our Time on Earth

This exhibition has been on our radar for a while and is set to impress. The latest installation at the Barbican Centre, Our Time on Earth, celebrates the power of global creativity to transform the conversation around the climate emergency.

The immersive exhibition will host works across many mediums to present a range of radical visions for the future of humanity in the hope to reignite respect and inspire awe once again for our beautiful planet and the natural world. This is your chance to engage with other species on our planet in a way we have never been able to.
Barbican EC2Y 8DS
May 5 – August 29

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Our Time on Earth

Hackney Half

Got your fitness back on track after the pandemic? Why not sign up for east London’s most-talked about half marathon?

Join 28,000 runners as you take to the streets of Hackney on a 13.1mile route. Pound the pavement past Mare Street, through Broadway Market and onto Hackney Wick. The route will cross twelve canals and rivers and you’ll even enjoy panoramic views of the Olympic Park.

Leave you headphones at home as the streets will be awash with people cheering and playing music alongside a selection of bands too. You’re sure to stay motivated as you take on the run. Plus, you’ll be given your own medal to remember the experience forever.
May 22
Hackney E8

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Hackney Half

The Gunpowder Plot

Remember, remember to book a ticket to the latest immersive show to open in the City. Head to the Tower of London to experience The Gunpowder Plot, which mixes live theatre with virtual reality and transports you to London in 1605.

Tasked with blowing up stopping the famous plot to blow up Parliament, the show is set to be an incredible adventure for all the senses. The undercover experience lasts almost two hours and includes a 20-minute interval where you can enjoy a drink at the recreated ‘Duck and Drake’, which is a wateringhole for the plotters – the perfect place to infiltrate? What’s more, Harry Potter star Tom Felton will be playing Guy Fawkes himself. Need we say more?
May 6 – September 4
Tower of London EC3N 4AB

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The Gunpowder Plot

The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Edvard Munch

A highly anticipated exhibition, an impressive group of works by artist Edvard Munch will be shown for the first time in a new collection at The Courtauld Gallery.

The gallery will play host to 18 paintings borrowed from Norway’s KODE Bergen Art Museum, and it will be the first time these paintings have been exhibited outside Scandinavia.

The exhibition at the newly refurbished gallery inside Somerset House will include the work Self-Portrait in the Clinic (1909), which Munch painted when undergoing treatment for stress in Copenhagen. The work also signifies a shift in the artist’s style as he adopts a brighter palette from this moment.

One of the most distinctive painters of modern art during the turn of the 20th century, this is a collection not to be missed.
May 27 – September 4
The Courtauld Gallery WC2R 0RN

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Edvard Munch, Summer Night Inger on the Beach 1889

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