What to Do This Month: May 2018 Guide

Written by Ameena Navab

As the summer breeze drifts across the city, London has a lot to offer this season. Here’s your comprehensive guide to the best things to see and experience, from famous Shakespeare plays to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding. Take a look at what suits your taste and be one step ahead when it comes to booking tickets and knowing what to see in London. 

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe
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‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate’

There is nobody in this world that doesn’t recognize the familiar words of the ever-famous English Playwright and poet. If you’re a fan of the great William Shakespeare, then get ready for the yearly Shakespeare Globe that takes place in the summer.
Shakespeare’s Globe is a theatre complex housing a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre built in 1599 which held the famous Shakespeare plays. Today the theatre productions are among the best in London. Each season, from spring, summer to autumn holds several of the writer’s classics performed by talented actors with stunning visuals and costumes. Visitors will find themselves transported to the Shakespearean era as his work resonates in the live performances. 

The plays by Shakespeare in the summer will be held on:

May 7th - Twelfth Night
May 11th- The Taming of the Shrew
May 14th Merchant of Venice
INFO: shakespeareglobe.com

Arcadia Festival- 5th and 6th May

Arcadia Festival- 5th and 6th May
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If you are a lover of music, then Arcadia’s 10th Anniversary Festival at Olympic Park is a must-visit. This music event will have electronic artists Letfield, Rodimental, Noisia and Groove Armada play their hit instrumentals for the two-day show. The event will also be accompanied by aerial performances, mechanical theatre, and fireballs.

DJ’s will be spinning foot-tapping beats that are a mix of techno, drums and bass while you dance on The Reactor which is a 360 degree immersive daytime dance floor with lasers, overhead performers and a giant robotic spider as the backdrop.  

If you’re into some outdoor fun, then this will definitely be worth your time. 

The Royal Wedding- May 19th

The Royal Wedding- May 19th
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If you are in London on May 19th, then you can celebrate the wedding of the decade. Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 12pm. At 1pm, the newlyweds will partake in a carriage procession through Windsor Town. 

London will be celebrating this grand wedding at various venues throughout the city.

As part of this celebration, you can experience the Royal Afternoon Tea at The Savoy. The restaurant will be serving the Queen’s favorite chocolate ganache cake and rich tea biscuits. They will also be serving a new drink quite aptly called ‘The Royal Wedding’.

The Savoy will be serving this special tea menu all throughout the month of May so you can savor the delicacies of fine British tea for an extraordinary occasion. 

The Chelsea Flower Show – 22nd to 26th May

The Chelsea Flower Show – 22nd to 26th May
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The Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show and also sets the trends for garden design in the country. 

The Flower Show has been going on for a century and in 2018, 500 exhibitors are decorating the place with colorful floral with unbelievable gardening designs. This year they have included an additional ‘Space to Grow’ garden as well as a vibrant evening where the garden brightens with incredible lights, live music and a food market on May 25th.

2018’s gardening theme speaks of health and wellbeing, highlighting the immense power of plants, and how plants and green spaces can improve lives and help lessen major environmental damage including some of the most prominent issues the planet faces today.

Featured Image Courtesy of Royal Family