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Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019
Take That
Wandsworth Arts Fringe
KERB: Jam on Rye
Lee Krasner: Living Colour
Canalway Cavalcade
Arcadia London
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
Breakin' Convention
Secret Rivers
English National Ballet: Emerging Dancer
Foodies Festival, Syon Park
Queen's Yard Summer Party
The Tweed Run
Gala Festival
Balance Festival
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)
Kew Children's Garden
Belgravia in Bloom
Our Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Colourscape at Wembley Park
Robert Bathurst stars in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
London Craft Week
Beats on Pointe


The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the West End in May 2019, Take That bring their greatest hits to The O2 and the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre season begins with Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town.

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Death of a Salesman

Marianne Elliott directs this bold adaptation of Arthur Miller's most famous play.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 1st May to 29th June 2019


The Old Vic is staging an Arthur Miller double bill in 2019 with The American Clock and All My Sons, but it's the Young Vic that's taking on the writer's most famous play. In a bold new adaptation, Death of a Salesman will be given new meaning with the story told through the eyes of an African American family. Revered director Marianne Elliott - renowned for putting contemporary twists on classics - is behind the production while Wendell Pierce of The Wire, Suits and Selma will make his UK stage debut as Willy Loman. Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke and Arinze Kene will also star.


Take That

The band marks its 30th anniversary with a massive UK arena and stadium tour.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 2nd to 10th May 2019


The chart-topping pop trio of singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald performs old favourites like 'Relight My Fire' at The O2. No longer a boy band but grown men with families, Take That celebrates three decades in the music business playing longstanding hits 'Everything Changes But You', 'Could It Be Magic' and 'A Million Love Songs' as well as new songs from their most recent albums. The band is renowned for its spectacular live productions with aerialists, circus performers, holograms and robots, and this show will be just as visually impressive. For this 30th anniversary tour they're joined by special guest Rick Astley.


Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas

The east London rooftop is transformed once again, taking inspiration from San Cristobal in Mexico.

The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station


Dates: 2nd May to 4th October 2019


Tacos, tequila and giant frozen margaritas are the order of the day at the Queen of Hoxton Rooftop, which takes the theme Las Mexicanas for its summer residency. The space has been transformed once again, morphing into the secret den of the Luchadores (lady wrestlers). Taking inspiration from the colourful backstreets of San Cristobal in Mexico, the rooftop is now home to a band-stand, a wrestling ring and a backstreet bar, where guests can order a Chilli and Mango Margarita, a Watermelon Paloma or a Mezcal Cantarito to help wash down slow cooked pork and pineapple tacos, fresh nachos and chilli cheese burgers. Throughout the summer, the rooftop will also play host to a number of themed events including feminist embroidery, mezcal insect tasting and Trump piƱata making.


Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Two weeks of theatre, art, circus and comedy as well as some free shows.

Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station


Dates: 3rd to 19th May 2019


More than 150 shows in over 55 venues across the borough comes to south London as Wandsworth Arts Fringe returns with two weeks of theatre, art, circus, comedy and free shows. In 2019 the festival celebrates its tenth birthday with ten projects, launching with a spectacular free show by Cirque Bijou and ending with a festival of films, family-friendly workshops, comedy and a floor-stomping gig staged by Dash Arts at The Bedford. In between you can discover Hidden Heathbrook, a day of outdoor art around the corner from Wandsworth Road Station, I'll Say it Again! a programme by women artists at Tara Theatre and a live drawing event at Pump House Gallery. See immersive and experimental film at Royal Academy of Dance, theatre in The Cat's Back pub and a sensory wonderland for children by Oily Cart.


Breakin' Convention

Jonzi D is back with his three-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 3rd, 4th and 5th May 2019


This annual three-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre, curated by Sadler's Wells associate artist Jonzi D, is back for a 16th year in 2019. Breakin' Convention features performances from some of the world's greatest poppers, lockers, B-boys and B-girls. Taking place every May bank holiday weekend, this world-renowned celebration of hip hop dance culture takes over the whole Sadler's Wells space with dance workshops, graffiti, DJs and freestyle sessions all over the building. On its opening evening, the festival kicks off with an adults-only evening, WORX, where you can enjoy a free cocktail and a night of hip hop cabaret as Breakin' Convention "comes of age" for its sweet 16th.


Canalway Cavalcade

Floating and folksy festival featuring the canal boats of Little Venice.

Little Venice, Maida Vale, Little Venice, London, W2 1TH

Tube: Warwick Avenue Station


Dates: 4th, 5th and 6th May 2019


Canalway Cavalcade is a distinctive waterway festival that has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983. Organised by Inland Waterways Association volunteers, there will be an array of boats, trade show stalls and boater gatherings at this festival for water lovers. As well as the boating activities, there will also be Morris dancing, competitions, food, a real ale bar and family-friendly activities making it an enjoyable day out for families. Plus, with the location being quaint Little Venice, this creates the perfect opportunity for a gentle stroll and an enjoyable view alongside your lunch and ale.


Arcadia London

Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82 and Sasha play under the giant spider.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E15 2EE

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station


Dates: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019


Arcadia, the nomadic party organisers known for bringing some memorable sets to Glastonbury deliver a giant a 50-tonne fire breathing mechanical spider to London this May Bank Holiday weekend for the spider's only UK show. The two day festival begins on Saturday as, fresh from his ground breaking Barbican show, DC10 DJ Jamie Jones headlines at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He's part of a strong Saturday line up which includes Sasha, Alan Fitzpatrick and Hot Since 82. Sunday sees the bass heavy and flamboyant DJ EZ mixing against a backdrop of giant flame bursts, flying creatures, and a whole new set of SFX. Joining him is Sub Focus delivering drum n bass, with ID on the mic. Hot off the back of her XOYO residency comes Flava D in her first major festival appearance of the summer, while special guest Lethal Bizzle takes over with rampaging hip hop. Unique to the event is the Metamorphosis show, 30 minutes where the spider comes to life with pyrotechnics and aerial artists, all centred on the spider.


Queen's Yard Summer Party

A two-day, multi-site festival with music, street food and live events.

Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station


Dates: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019


Expanding to a two-day event in 2019, the Queen's Yard Summer Party sees 20 venues across Hackney present a line-up of music and happenings over the May bank holiday weekend. The multi-venue indoor and outdoor event is a celebration of culture and encompasses 25 stages, 20 venues, 30 club brands, three breweries, two boats and a host of vendors, eateries, exhibitors, DJs and live acts. The likes of DJ Boring, Jane Fitz, Bill Brewster and Dave Harvey are on the music line-up while activities include wall climbing experiences, lessons in transformational breathing, and throat singing and yoga classes. Food comes from Crate, Burger Bear, Number 90 Bar & Kitchen and more while The Beer Merchants Tap, Howling Hops Brewery and Tank Bar will provide refreshments.


The Tweed Run

1,000 cyclists, clad in tweed, cycle the 12-mile route taking in Regent Street.

Secret Location, , London, XX1 0LL



Dates: Saturday 4th May 2019


One of London's most eccentric bike rides - surpassed only by the World Naked Bike Ride - The Tweed Run returns for its annual bike ride this May. The quintessential bike ride requires participants to don their finest tweed attire and set off on a 12-mile scenic route that begins at a secret London location and takes in some of the capital's finest landmarks along the way. Between 750 and 1,000 cyclists, clad in tweed, cycle along Regent Street creating a spectacle so out of the ordinary that crowds form along the route. A pit stop along the way allows for a spot of tea in a fine London square and a picnic break in the park is like a concert and village fete rolled into one. The whole thing ends up with cocktails and a bit of a knees up at The Closing Ceremony when prizes are given for the best dressed participants, bikes and most marvellous moustache.


Colourscape at Wembley Park

Walk through a psychedelic maze of light and colour led by musicians and dancers.

Wembley Park, , London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station


Dates: 4th, 5th and 6th May 2019


Originally created by artist Peter Jones in the early '70s, Colourscape is walk-in psychedelic maze of light and colour with musicians and dancers who lead you on a journey of colour. This May Bank Holiday, from 4th to 6th May, a large silver dome is coming to Wembley Park for a free weekend of music, dance and colour for all the family. Hear musicians playing instruments from Tibet, China and Mongolia as you explore the changing colourful chambers and walk through the labyrinth of colour and light. Discover this world of colour on Wembley Park Boulevard next to the London Designer Outlet and visit Boxpark Wembley while you're there.


English National Ballet: Emerging Dancer

The up-and-coming talents are celebrated in this annual English National Ballet competition.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: Tuesday 7th May 2019


The up-and-coming talents are celebrated in this annual English National Ballet competition, now in its tenth year. Six finalists will perform in front of a panel of judges, and a live audience, with the 2019 Emerging Dancer award winner announced at the end of the showcase. It's not just down to the judges, you can vote for your favourite at the People's Choice Award (you've got until Saturday 13th April 2019 to do it) from a long list of 65 dancers. A wonderful showcase and celebration of the talent of English National Ballet's young dancers.


Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell

Cold Feet star Robert Bathurst plays the central character in this new immersive production.

Norman's Coach & Horses, 29 Greek Street, London, W1D 5DH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Tottenham Court Road Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 7th May to 1st June 2019


Soho institution Norman's Coach & Horses becomes a theatre in a stand against Fullers by staging, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, in the venue it was originally written and set in. Robert Bathurst, star of award-winning comedy-drama series Cold Feet, stars in a brand new immersive production of the famous Keith Waterhouse play. It tells the musings of London journalist and alcoholic, Jeffrey Bernard, who is locked overnight in The Coach & Horses Soho. It's directed by James Hillier, OFFIE nominee, who brought to life the acclaimed, site-specific productions of Tennessee William's The Hotel Plays which sold out at the Grange, Holborn and Langham Hotel. With extra performances on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the play is followed by late night lock-ins from midnight on Saturdays.


London Craft Week

More than 230 events fusing design, fashion, art, culture and crafting.


Various Venues Dates: 8th to 12th May 2019


A showcase of exceptional craftsmanship, London Craft Week returns for 2019. The five-day event brings together more than 230 events fusing making, design, fashion, art, luxury, food, culture and shopping. In Mayfair, Mount Street Curates partners leading names in fashion such as Erdem, MATCHESFASHION.COM and Linda Farrow with artists and makers like Frida Wannerberger and Dominic J Henry. Head to Coal Drops Yard for workshops and with botanical activities to and Battersea Power Station to meet the makers and join workshops and demonstrations on everything from silk scarf, headband and candle making to ceramics. Over at Paperchase Tottenham Court Road stationary brand Caran d'Ache will be unveiling the secrets behind their pencils.


Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

Explore over 100 galleries under one roof in a marquee on Hampstead Heath.

Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, London, NW3 1TH

Tube: Hampstead Station


Dates: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th May 2019


The second Affordable Art Fair of the year in Hampstead is the little sister of the Battersea Park original which occurs in spring and autumn. Held in a marquee on the Lower Fairground Site on Hampstead Heath over a May weekend, there are over 100 galleries under one roof, exhibiting paintings, original prints, sculpture, etchings and photography from both established names and emerging talents - all priced from £100 to £6,000. It's the ninth consecutive year the Affordable Art Fair has come to Hampstead in its 14-year history with artists and gallerists presenting workshops and talks. Thursday is the Late View, an evening of art and activities with music and wine as well as art and sculpture demonstrations.


In The Willows

Pantomime favourite Clive Rowe stars as Mr Badger in the hip hop musical adaptation.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 9th, 10th and 11th May 2019


Clive Rowe stars as Mr Badger in the hip hop musical adaptation of In the Willows, a new musical retelling from the award-winning Metta Theatre. The Olivier award-winning actor, "the nation's favourite pantomime dame" and star of BBC's The Story of Tracey Beaker, is joined by X Factor favourite Seann Miley Moore (as Duck) and Let It Shine performer Matt Knight (who plays Chief Weasel). With spectacular street dance choreographed by the award-winning Rhimes Lecointe, associate choreographer for Zoo Nation, the production also stars deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca and incorporates British Sign Language into the choreography.


Balance Festival

Wellbeing festival featuring top fitness experts and free classes in the new FLOW yoga studio.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 10th, 11th and 12th May 2019


A wellbeing festival designed to help you on your way to a healthy lifestyle, Balance Festival brings a whole host of London's fitness offerings to one place, The Old Truman Brewery, from 10th to 12th May 2019. Fitness favourites like Kelsey Wells and Alice Living help you sweat it out on the main stage. Making its debut for 2019, the FLOW yoga studio gives you access to free classes by industry-renowned yogis Patrick Beach and 80s-inspired yoga studio, House of VOGA. Added to this are boutique fitness studios including KXU, BLOK, Another_Space, Third Space, Barry's Bootcamp, F45 and UNIT offering classes like box HIIT, cardio and strength, yoga and barre. Altogether, it's an ideal place to dip your toe into the water of wellbeing, try new fitness classes, sample healthy food and browse the latest products from over 100 brands from the latest athleisure gear to protein power balls.


White Pearl

A comedy satire about racism within different east Asian ethnic groups.

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 10th May to 15th June 2019


Having already made a splash in New York, 24-year-old Thai-Australian writer Anchuli Felicia King is given her UK debut in 2019 with White Pearl. Staged at the Royal Court Theatre, the play is a satire about racism within different east Asian ethnic groups. In Singapore, Clearday is a successful cosmetic start-up, but when the company's latest product - a skin whitening cream - is advertised online, it goes viral for all the wrong reasons. The YouTube views are climbing and the company needs to tackle the PR nightmare.


Stella Live

Two days of masterclasses, workshops and talks designed to reflect the very best of The Telegraph's magazine.

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London, SW3 4SQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May 2019


The debut event from The Telegraph's Stella magazine, Stella Live brings the magazine off the pages and into real life with two days of expert masterclasses, workshops and live talks designed to reflect the very best of the publication. Taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, the event will cover fashion, food, beauty, interiors, relationships and more. The likes of Davina McCall, Jo Brand, Trinny Woodall, Jo Malone and Mary Greenwell are all on the line-up of speakers while further activities include style advice, beauty tips and free pampering sessions along with interior and lifestyle ranges and the chance to purchase the very latest beauty and wellness products.


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The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019.

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 11th May to 3rd August 2019


Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, the critically acclaimed The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles reprise the roles they originally played at the National. Widely praised when it was first staged, this "engrossing play" includes "an acting masterclass from Simon Russell Beale" (The Guardian). Charting Lehman bank's "rise and fall beautifully" (Times), the history of American capitalism takes on the deceptive charm of a folk tale" (Telegraph) under the direction of Sam Mendes (The Ferryman, Skyfall). Nearly two centuries of Lehman lineage is revealed, from 1844 in Bavaria to bankruptcy 163 years later.


The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre

Roundhouse is transformed into a retro-style Mexican arena for a day of wrestling.

York Hall Leisure Centre, 5-15 Old Ford Road, London, E2 9PJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station


Dates: Saturday 11th May 2019


The grand spectacle of Mexican Lucha Libre makes American wrestling look as dramatic as a rained-out cricket match. The masked wrestlers - many of whom do not reveal their identities throughout their careers - are the heroes of their respective barrios, celebrated as representing the spirit of the Mexican poor. The high-flying moves require a degree of gymnastic showmanship that is way beyond the steroid pumped pseudo-athletes of WWE. The whole spectacle decamps to London for two days this May, as Roundhouse is transformed into a retro-style Mexican arena. As well as the shows, there will also be authentic Mexican food, tequila and beer.


We Love Cheese

Two-days of dairy fuelled goodness with an accompanying wine fair and live music.

Battersea Power Station, Circus West, Sopwith Way, London, SW8 4NN

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2019


Feta fans and cheddar cheerleaders can unite this May at the We Love Cheese festival. Taking place at Battersea Power Station, the two-day dairy-fuelled occasion will welcome cheese sellers from around the globe. A large selection of stalls will sell all different varieties of cheese as well as bread, charcuterie, olives and cheesecake. Producers will be on hand to discuss the goods and there will be pairing suggestions at pop-up bars from beer and wine specialists. Street food will come from the likes of the Raclette Brothers, Mac to the Future and The Toasty Badger, and this year there will also be a wine fair led by resident urban winery and kitchen, Vagabond. Further activities include music and entertainment, live performances, a craft area for the little ones and a Wheel of Cheese offering the chance to win some special prizes.


Sci-Fi-London Festival

The festival returns with world premieres, UK premieres, features and shorts.


Various Venues Dates: 15th to 22nd May 2019


The Sci-Fi-London Film Festival lands this May offering right days of film, live music and immersive experiences. It brings with it 4 world premieres, 11 UK premieres, 17 features, 36 shorts and 7 VR shorts as well as classic cult events. The festival will open with the UK premiere of Perfect, which sends audiences into a science fiction world like no other when a young man is sent to a futuristic retreat for therapy. Other films on the line-up include Shed of the Dead, After We Leave, The Tangle and Zoo-Head. The festival will close with the world premiere of The Rizen: Possession, directed by Matt Mitchell and starring Julian Rhind-Tutt, Sarine Sofair, Adrian Edmondson and Sally Phillips. Further to the screenings, the programme also includes the world's only cosplay for dogs.


Our Town

Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, comes to the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 16th May to 8th June 2019


Opening the 2019 season, Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, comes to the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this May. Directed by Ellen McDougall - artistic director of the Gate Theatre with previous credits including Ivan and the Dogs and Othello - the play celebrates what it means to be human, looking at the bonds that hold communities together through the ordinary lives of families in small town America over a period of 12 years. Francesca Henry, who recently made her professional debut in The Wolves at Stratford East, plays the role of Emily Webb, the central character who asks the pertinent question, "Do human beings ever realise life while they live it?"


The Starry Messenger

Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut in The Starry Messenger.

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 16th May to 10th August 2019


Hollywood star and multiple Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut at Wyndham's Theatre opposite Elizabeth McGovern from Downton Abbey. The star of Ferris Bueller appears in a moving drama about a New York astronomer, written by Kenneth Lonergan, the Academy Award-winning writer of Manchester-By-The-Sea. The Starry Messenger introduces us to Mark Williams whose world implodes after a chance collision with a single mother. The stars appear to have aligned but when a catastrophic event turns everything upside down, Mark is forced to re-evaluate his life, his faith and his place in the universe.


Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

Katya Jones and nine professional dancers from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing perform.

Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: Saturday 18th May 2019


See ten of the top professional dancers from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing perform brilliant ballroom dances. Reigning Strictly champion Katya Jones is just one of the ten dancers and Strictly favourites performing on the 35 date tour which comes to London's Eventim Apollo on Saturday 18th May. She's joined by nine of the best dancers from the popular TV series including AJ Pritchard, two-time Strictly finalist Giovanni Pernice and Oti Mabuse and Karen Clifton, both former finalists on Strictly, Australian Open Champion Dianne Buswell and two-time Ballroom and Latin World Champion Nadiya Bychkova.


Katherine Jenkins

The Welsh mezzo-soprano tours the UK accompanied by The London Concert Orchestra.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: Saturday 18th May 2019


She has sung for the Pope, for Presidents and at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, now the Welsh mezzo-soprano tours the UK accompanied by The London Concert Orchestra. Performing classical and contemporary songs, including new tracks from her latest album, Guiding Light, Katherine Jenkins is no stranger to the limelight. She has duetted with Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Jose Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Last year, she wowed us with her stellar performance as Julie Jordan in Lonny Price's semi-staged production of Carousel at the London Coliseum. This is a chance to see her at the London Palladium for one night only, her sole London date on the tour.


Kew Children's Garden

The new garden plays on the elements plants need to survive: earth, air, sun and water.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 18th May 2019 to 18th May 2020


Two years in the making, a new Children's Garden at Kew opens to the public on 18th May 2019. Covering 10,000 metres squared, it's the size of 40 tennis courts and includes lots of natural elements. A four metre high canopy walk is wrapped around a 200-year-old oak tree and more than 100 mature trees fill the landscape including ginkgo, pines, sweet chestnut, beech and eucalyptus trees. Designed around the elements that plants need to survive: earth, air, sun and water, the space encourages children to play as they learn. In the earth garden is a giant sand pit with a play hut village surrounded by bamboo plants and tunnel slides. Air is represented by giant windmill flowers, pollen spheres, hammocks, swings and trampolines. A ring of sunflowers, water pumpsand stepping stones complete the life cycle of plants. Aimed at children aged 2 to 12, a giant log scramble challenges older kids to get across to the leaning tower without touching the ground.


Belgravia in Bloom

50 blooming displays are created on the theme of 'Floriography'.

Eccleston Yards, , London, SW1W 9NF

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 20th to 25th May 2019


Taking inspiration from and coinciding with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Belgravia in Bloom brings floral installations, unique displays and special events to the whole area. For its fourth year 50 blooming displays are created on the theme of 'Floriography' or 'The Language of Flowers', inviting visitors to discover the secret meaning behind each flower. Throughout the festival, there will be special events at Eccleston Yards courtyard where you can take part in creative workshops from floral illustration to herbal tea blending. Halkin Arcade, off Motcomb Street, hosts the Mood Gardens - four small gardens planted to improve mood and relieve stress. Look for beautiful floral installations on Motcomb Street, Pimlico Road and Elizabeth Street where Instagram favourite Peggy Porschen resides and Jo Loves is launching a new fragrance.


Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

A reimagining of John Gay's infamous musical satire, The Beggar's Opera.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 21st May to 15th June 2019


Following a successful run in 2015, Kneehigh theatre return to Lyric Hammersmith in 2019 with Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), a reimagining of John Gay's infamous musical satire, The Beggar's Opera. 'Bursting with wit, wonder and weirdness', the show features a cast of actor musicians who shimmy their way through a story about an assassinated Mayor Goodman and contract killer Macheath.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Fragrant flowers and flamboyant designs make Chelsea a highpoint of the London summer season.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 21st to 25th May 2019


Regarded as a highpoint of the London summer season, the fragrant Chelsea Flower Show is a wonderful showcase of blooms and celebrities - even the Queen attends. Particularly spectacular are the gardens created by eight hundred imaginative garden designers who spend nearly a month creating a horticultural wonderland over the 11-acre site. This beautiful and inspiring show is a real treat, even for non-gardeners. Held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show, is the finest of the Royal Horticultural Society shows.


Beats on Pointe

Fusing street dance and ballet, two opposing dance worlds collide.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 21st May to 16th June 2019


Fusing street dance and ballet, dance show Beats on Pointe comes to the Peacock Theatre this spring. With two opposing dance worlds colliding, the high energy show is a wonderfully dynamic production that sets the dance pieces to music, beat-boxing and a touch of comedy. The show has been created by Australian dance company Masters of Choreography, who have become renowned for pushing conventional dance boundaries.



A musical adaptation of the much loved 2001 film.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th May 2019


A musical adaptation of the 2001 Oscar-nominated film starring Audrey Tatou and Matthieu Kassovitz, Amelie is the story of a unique young woman who uses small acts of kindness to spread a little happiness. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amelie realises that to find her own contentment she'll have to risk everything and say what's in her heart. With music by Hem's Daniel Messe who co-wrote the lyrics with Nathan Tysen and book by Craig Lucas, this new musical adaptation starring French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson is directed by Michael Fentiman.



The largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bankside, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station


Dates: 23rd May to 26th August 2019


A recreation of the oldest surviving manga bookshop in Tokyo comes to the British Museum as it stages the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. Literally meaning 'pictures run riot' this narrative art form has crossed over into other forms of cultural expression, including 'cosplay' dressing up. Contemporary manga and digital anime are linked to their historic roots as Manga gives us a chance to see the origins of modern Japanese cartoons and - spoiler alert - they're older than you think. The Handscrolls of Frolicking Animals (Choju giga), for example, dating back to 1200 AD, is considered by some to be the foundation of modern manga. Showing bestselling books from the 1970s, anime and gaming, the exhibition shows how manga has become a multimedia global phenomenon.


Secret Rivers

Unearthing the histories of the 'lost rivers' in - and beneath - the city streets.

Museum of London Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL

Tube: Canary Wharf Station


Dates: 24th May to 27th October 2019


Old Father Thames, gently flowing through the city centre, is no secret to most visitors to London but less is known about the other rivers in - and under - the city. The Museum of London Docklands digs up the fascinating stories behind London's Secret Rivers, unearthing the histories of the 'lost rivers' buried beneath the streets and incorporated into the city's sewer system. Ever heard of the Effra, Fleet, Neckinger, Tyburn, Walbrook and Westbourne? Discover their stories of industry, development, effluence and sacred activities at this flowing exhibition which also looks at restoration on the Lea and Wandle. It even exposes the secrets of Thames itself - its foreshore providing a constant source of fascination and revelation for mudlarkers.


All Points East

A rocking ten day summer music festival.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station


Dates: 24th May to 2nd June 2019


After a successful debut in summer 2018, All Points East is back for a rocking ten day summer music festival, taking place over two May and June weekends at Victoria Park. To kick things off, there's a three day music festival with appearances from headliners The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip and Primal Scream on Friday as well as Christine and the Queens on Sunday. It's followed by a four day community-focused midweek programme of comedy, food and outdoor cinema. Then comes a long weekend of three back to back shows with Bring Me The Horizon, the rock band from Sheffield, headlining on Friday 31st May while American indie folk band Bon Iver bring the festival to a close on Sunday.


Foodies Festival, Syon Park

MasterChef finalists and famous chefs come to leafy west London.

Syon Park, Road, Brentford, London, TW8 8JF

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 25th, 26th and 27th May 2019


The Foodies Festival returns to Syon Park this spring bringing MasterChef finalists and famous chefs to leafy west London on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May. This year's line-up features a range of culinary elite has yet to be announced but last year saw the likes of Matt Tebutt and Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kocchar, Glynn Purnell and Josh Eggleton at the Chefs Theatre. Great British Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo joined finalists Steven Carter-Bailey and Kate Lyon in the Cake & Bake Theatre. With workshops, over 20 street food outlets, the Pimms Teapot and cookery classes for kids as well as garden games and crafting there's a lot to get your teeth stuck into.


Gala Festival

Honey Dijon, Chez Damier, Midland and more play at the Peckham one-dayer.

Peckham Rye Park, Strakers Road, London, SE15 3UA

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: Sunday 26th May 2019


Chicago icon Honey Dijon headlines the main stage at Peckham one-dayer, Gala which kicks off the summer with a disco focused festival on the late May Bank Holiday Sunday at Peckham Rye Park. Honey is joined by fellow Windy City native Chez Damier as well as Midland, Gerd Janson, Auntie Flo and more. GALA mainstays Crazy P return to play live with DJs Raw Silk and Dan Shake playing more disco sounds along with notorious digger Nick The Record. New for 2019, Peckham's newest culinary hotspot, Levan, hosts an on-site restaurant along with food from Made of Dough, Other Side Fried and Only Jerkin who specialise in big Caribbean flavours. Honest Burger also return while local microbrewery Brick Brewery moves its tap room to the park.


KERB: Jam on Rye

Kelis headlines the Peckham festival which mixes fresh flavours and local traders with live music.

Peckham Rye Park, Strakers Road, London, SE15 3UA

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: Monday 27th May 2019


Milkshake singer and RnB superstar Kelis headlines Jam on Rye as the chilled out music festival returns to Peckham Rye Park for a second year. She'll be performing hits like Milkshake, Trick Me and Millionaire in a carnival-like show on the second Bank Holiday in May. Brought to you by street food specialists KERB, the festival mixes fresh flavours and local traders with live music. There are four stages of music on offer, reflecting London's vibrant melting-pot of cultures and showcasing undiscovered local talent. Expect reggae, afrobeat and new wave jazz, served with a side order of top London street food traders, summer cocktails, talks and family activities.


Sergei Polunin

The Ukrainian ballet prodigy presents a new mixed programme at the London Palladium.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 28th May to 1st Jun 2019


His goose bump inducing 2015 performance to Hozier's Take Me to Church, made with director David LaChapelle, has had over 25 million views on YouTube. In autumn 2018 Sergei Polunin collaborated again with Hozier for the official video of new single, Movement. Now, in May 2019, the Ukrainian ballet prodigy presents a new mixed programme at the London Palladium featuring an international cast and creative team, including Polunin himself.


Lee Krasner: Living Colour

The story of a formidable artist whose importance has often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock.

Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 30th May to 1st September 2019


One of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism, Lee Krasner, is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery which tells the story of a formidable artist whose importance has often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock. The first retrospective of her work in Europe for over 50 years, Lee Krasner: Living Colour features nearly 100 works - many on show in the UK for the first time - from across her 50-year career. Early self-portraits, charcoal life drawings and impressive large-scale abstract paintings are accompanied by rare photography and film in an elegant exhibition design by David Chipperfield Architects.


Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies

Exploring how debilitating disease can shape the way we think about the body.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station , Euston Station, Warren Street Station


Dates: 30th May 2019 to 26th January 2020


Two artists who have lived with chronic illnesses explore how debilitating disease can shape the way we think about the body, family and identity at the Wellcome Collection. In Misbehaving Bodies photographer Jo Spence documents her diagnosis of breast cancer, her unflinching photographs are displayed alongside Oreet Ashery's award-winning mini-series Revisiting Genesis, 2016, which explores death and dying in the digital era. Exploring the therapeutic potential of photography, Jo Spence's The Picture of Health? 1982-86 shows her journey from diagnosis to treatment over a four-year period. Combining moving image and performance, Oreet Ashery uses augmented reality gravestones and avatars to comment on vulnerability, mourning and loss.


The Ends Festival

Nas, Wizkid and Damian Marley headline this brand-new music festival.

Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London, E17 4JF

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station


Dates: 31st May, 1st June and 2nd June 2019


A brand-new music event and the first major music festival to take place in Lloyd Park, Croydon, The Ends will see the likes of De La Soul, Kojey, Maleek, Kranium and Grammy Award-winner J Balvin take to the stage in June. Nas will headline on Friday, Wizkid on Saturday and Damian Marley on Sunday. The festival organisers have also worked in partnership with Croydon Music and Arts Council to focus on home grown talent, and The Croydon Council Stage will provide a platform for 14-30-year-old musicians hoping to become the next big thing.





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