The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is round the corner, but first, things to do in May
May is set to be an especially joyful month as London gears up for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with family activities, celebrations and bank holidays galore (and an extra long weekend to top off the month – thank you Ma’am!) And if royal festivities are not your thing, there’s plenty more on offer. Here are our top 20 things to do in May in and around London town.
Go on a journey of self-reflection, discovering how technology can connect us to the natural world, at the Barbican’s immersive exhibition Our Time on Earth.
See in the month in style with some Elizabethan May Day Merriment at the Chiltern Open Air Museum, featuring music, dancing, food and a noisy display of traditional fire power.
Design a stained glass window inspired by Westminster Abbey’s breathtaking architecture. While there, explore the Abbey and join a free Jubilee crown trail.
See how the Royal family has influenced household brands at the Museum of Brands’ exhibition Jubilation: 200 Years of Royal Souvenirs, with royal-themed family craft sessions, object handling for kids and a Royal trail.
Set off on a quest that puts a twist in the tail of traditional stories at Lyric Hammersmith’s show Suddenly…!
Express yourself through dance and explore Waacking street dance and Jazz at the V&A’s Families Workshop: Dance Pioneers.
Have a blast with fashionista Elle Woods, as she embarks on a drastic plan to win back her ex-boyfriend in the stage musical Legally Blonde, which is based on the hit film.
Enjoy carnival vibes and celebrate the influence of reggae music, food and culture in London at the one-day family-friendly City Splash Festival.
Celebrate the Jubilee at The National Army Museum’s Royal Rations workshops, and decorate your own handmade biscuit to take home
Budding astronauts and space lovers – make sure to catch Royal Albert Hall’s Space Station Earth, a performance combining music and visuals from the ISS and ESA.
Be inspired by artist Luchita Hurtado at Hauser & Wirth’s Family Saturday and create your own nature-themed masterpiece.
Explore the Royal Family’s role in conflict and trace the Queen’s personal experience of war at Imperial War Museum’s new Jubilee exhibition.
Make hieroglyph stamps at Sir John Soane’s Weekend Family Workshop, taking inspiration from the museum’s own Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus.
Experience art so good you can eat it at Kew Gardens’ When Flowers Dream, as visual artist Pip & Pop creates a fantasy food landscape made from sugar and sweets.
Celebrate World Bee Day at the British Museum’s Busy Bees and paint your own wings before buzzing along a multi-sensory bee path.
Put your detective skills to the test and help Catch a con-artist, as a clever thief is on the loose at the Museum of London Docklands.
After a busy UK tour, the nation’s favourite dinosaur Dippy returns home to the Natural History Museum for a short visit.
Create a nature crown, plant seeds and enjoy a storytelling session about the royal history of London’s parks and their connection to the Queen at Hyde Park’s Discovery Day: Royal Celebration.
Learn the beautiful art of folding paper with a Japanese origamist at Gunnersbury Park Museum’s Origami for Beginners.
Get up close and personal with roarsome realistic dinosaurs at Jurassic Live, an interactive stage show at Hackney Empire.