Best Things to Do in London in May – Unforgettable Spring Adventures

May in London is a revelation, a time when the city shakes off its winter cloak and embraces the vibrant hues of spring. As the days grow longer and the weather warms, London bursts into life with a calendar packed with festivals, outdoor markets, and floral displays that transform the urban landscape. Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a foodie, or simply in search of the perfect spring day, London in May offers an unparalleled experience that captivates every visitor.

The Weather in London in May

The weather in London in May is generally mild and pleasant, marking the transition from spring to summer. Average temperatures range from lows of around 9°C (48°F) to highs of 18°C (64°F), with the possibility of warmer days.

May experiences a good amount of daylight, with longer days as the month progresses, allowing for more time to explore the outdoors. While there is a fair chance of rain, as is common in London, the showers are usually not too heavy and are interspersed with periods of sunshine. It’s advisable to bring a light jacket and an umbrella to be prepared for any sudden weather changes.

Ultimate May Guide: London’s Premier Events and Festivals

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    The National Gallery Turns 200: A Celebration of Art in London (May 10, 2024)

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    The National Gallery in London is celebrating its 200th anniversary! This serves as the perfect excuse to visit one of the most stunning art museums in London. Since opening in 1844, the gallery has continuously amazed its visitors, myself included.

    Situated at the northern end of Trafalgar Square, right in the heart of London, the gallery hosts a collection of some 2,500 paintings dating from the 13th to the 19th century, each more valuable than the last.

    The festival kicks off on 10 May 2024, celebrating art and creativity with 12 brand new exhibitions ready to be discovered and admired, perfect for art enthusiasts.

    And for those who think the festival will only offer a traditional look at the works, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. With workshops, interactive exhibitions, and the involvement of social media stars (we’re still waiting to see who they will be), it promises to be a fascinating experience for visitors of all ages and interests.

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    Spring Family Festival at the London Zoo

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    Exploring the London Zoo in May offers an unparalleled adventure, perfect for families. Your visit might align with the enchanting Spring Family Festival, typically celebrated in late May.

    This festival transforms the zoo into a vibrant family haven, showcasing splendid tulip arrangements and offering a plethora of unique activities for children, including footprint tracking, dancing, music, and face painting. Entry to the zoo grants complimentary access to this lively festival, ensuring a day of joy and entertainment for visitors of all ages.

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    Mamma Mia! The Party in London

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    As a true ABBA enthusiast who adores the Mamma Mia movies, you’ll discover your slice of paradise at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich. Step into Nikos Taverna, and you’ll be instantly whisked away to the charming Greek island of Skopelos, immersing yourself in the romantic saga firsthand.

    With delectable cuisine and outstanding performances, “Mamma Mia! The Party” is an absolute must-see for any fan of the iconic Swedish pop group. This party offers an exceptional opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable evening filled with music, camaraderie, and the spirit of a musical, perfect for gathering with friends and family.

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    Portobello Road Market

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    Spring beckons one to relish the markets and fairs of London. The Portobello Road Market, nestled in the vibrant Notting Hill district, radiates an exceptional charm during this season. Open daily, the market truly comes alive on Saturdays, with hundreds of stalls showcasing antiques, vintage fashion, art, jewelry, and goods from around the globe.

    Moreover, there’s nothing quite like spending a sunny day wandering through Notting Hill, absorbing its lively atmosphere, admiring the colorful houses, and exploring a diverse array of fantastic restaurants and cafes. An absolute must-visit experience!

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    SicilyFest (May 2-5, 2024)

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    For culinary enthusiasts, nothing beats the allure of Italian cuisine: pasta, pizza, and a glass of exquisite wine truly represent culinary treasures. Immerse yourself in the Italian allure this May in London at SicilyFEST London. Spanning four days, the festival offers an unparalleled showcase of Sicilian gastronomy, featuring everything from authentic desserts to the unparalleled arancini. You’re not just attending a food festival; you’re embarking on a culinary journey.

    Embrace the opportunity to learn secret Sicilian cooking tips and perhaps even bring a piece of Italy back home with you. SicilyFEST London is the ultimate celebration of Sicilian culture and cuisine, promising a memorable experience for all who attend.

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    City Splash Festival

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    The London City Splash is a one-day music festival held in Brixton, attracting over 20,000 attendees with the vibrant beats of Caribbean and African music. Beyond its stellar musical lineup, City Splash also boasts 60 food trucks, offering a gastronomic journey with the tastiest international cuisines: from Jamaican Jerk chicken to Senegalese Jollof rice… a true foodie paradise!

    This year’s impressive lineup includes artists like Capleton, Chronixx (Harry Styles‘ support band in Brazil), Koffee, Shenseea, Skillibeng, and many more. With over 60 bands performing across 7 stages, Brockwell Park in Brixton will be alive with rhythm and melody, promising an unforgettable celebration of music and culture.

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    End of the Premier League

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    In May in London, the fervor for the Premier League hits its peak, promising high-stakes matchups. Who will emerge as champions, and who will stave off relegation?

    England, the birthplace of football, experiences this sport with unparalleled passion. To soak up the excitement from the stands of Chelsea, West Ham, or Arsenal’s stadiums, securing your tickets early is essential. Check the match schedule; you might be on the verge of witnessing a historic moment in football.

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    Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip

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    Embark on a picturesque voyage along London’s enchanting Regent’s Canal aboard a historic boat, boasting over 110 years of maritime heritage. This captivating journey stretches from Camden Lock to Little Venice, reaching its peak beauty in spring. As the canal awakens, it becomes a vibrant tapestry of lush greenery, offering a serene and verdant escape in the heart of London.

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    Climb to the top of London's O2 Arena

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    Did you know you can climb to the top of London’s O2 Arena? If you’re a thrill-seeker and fancy a completely different view of London from above, you now have the chance to embark on a fun climb over this iconic building.

    It’s a unique way to discover a new part of the city and experience an unforgettable adventure on your next trip to London!

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    Horniman Museum & Gardens

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    The Horniman Museum & Gardens in London is a magical place in London (especially in spring) that allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours.

    Nature lovers will fall head over heels for this botanical oasis, where you can not only admire exquisite flowers and meticulously designed gardens but also enjoy a fabulous view of the London skyline.

    The space also includes a small aquarium and a charming Butterfly House. While access to the Horniman Museum & Gardens is free, a ticket is required to explore the Butterfly House and the aquarium.

FAQ about May in London

Is May a Good Time to Visit London?

Yes, May is an excellent time to visit London. The weather is typically mild and pleasant, making it ideal for exploring the city’s parks, gardens, and outdoor attractions. The city comes alive with vibrant colors and the scent of blooming flowers. Additionally, May offers a rich calendar of cultural events, festivals, and exhibitions, providing plenty of entertainment options for visitors. It’s a time before the peak tourist season of summer, so you can enjoy slightly less crowded attractions while still experiencing the best of what London has to offer.

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About the author

I love traveling in Europe and I am passionate about writing about my travels. The cultural peculiarities of each region always fascinate me. I enjoy exploring and discovering the best-kept secrets of each town or village. I love road trips as much as city breaks; I love visiting an art gallery and also the magic of musicals or discovering new delicacies in a street market. In this blog, I write about all my travel adventures and my best tips and tricks! Auf Loving Travel schreibe ich über alle meine Reiseerlebnisse und gebe euch meine besten Tipps und Tricks!

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