London has some irresistible stores and there’s a great shopping event on Saturday 9 May with a street party too. London shopping destinations Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard are on the edge of Covent Garden and from 12 midday to 5pm over 120 shops, bars, and restaurants will be offering a 20% discount. The area will be traffic free with live music, street food, alfresco games, and a pop-up lawn with deck chairs. Ladies can get complimentary up-do’s and for the men there’s complimentary beard and moustache trims. Register for a free ticket and you’ll get a complimentary cocktail too.
West London loves this month of the year as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is here from 19 to 23 May. It’s a true pleasure to visit but do note you cannot buy tickets on the door and it does sell out in advance. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy floral delights as Chelsea in Bloom is a floral art on the streets of Chelsea. From 18 to 23 May the shops and restaurants transform their windows and menus so it’s worth exploring the area.
You can see the world in miniature this month with the Kensington Dolls House Festival on 15 and 16 May at Kensington Town Hall. This is the festival’s 30th year and it has become the top international show for quality dolls’ houses, miniatures and models. The show is not just for collectors and makes a lovey day out.
Pint of Science
Have you ever had one of those conversations down the pub where you try to solve a scientific quandary? I guess we’ve all done it but did you have the answers? Try an evening with a bunch of scientists and you might just get those solutions at Pint of Science. From 18 to 20 May you’ve got the choice of twenty pubs in London with topics such as climate change, the stars, radioactivity and many more.
The Victoria & Albert Museum
At the V&A seven galleries have been transformed for the redisplay of the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 17th- and 18th century European art and design. Europe 1600-1800 opens from 2 May and is part of a major project in the V&A’s ongoing redevelopment programme. The displays have 1,100 spectacular examples of textiles and fashion, painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass, furniture and metalwork, prints and books, including a number of important new acquisitions. On show will be some of the most magnificent works held by the V&A, many made by Europe’s finest artists and craftsmen for the period’s most discerning leaders of taste such as Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great and Napoleon.
On 30 & 31 May there’s a weekend of free led walks from Walk London. You could walk The Thames Path for 8 hours or take a 1.5 hour stroll around the West End. There’s a huge choice and you don’t even have to book in advance.
If you would like even more ideas for this month have a look at the May 2015 in London blog post from London Bridge Hotel, our sister hotel.
In June, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens at the V&A looking at the extremes of footwear from around the globe.
Book ahead for Sunset Safari at London Zoo which is on every Friday from 5 June to 17 July.
And on 20 & 21 June it’s West End Live in Trafalgar Square to celebrate London’s West End theatre shows.
Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.