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What's on May

Ends 1 Jun 2019 at 12:00 AM


The flowers are blooming and London is booming with exciting riverside activities this May


Feel VIP at Icon Outlet at The O2

Get an extra 20% off at selected stores at ICON Outlet at The O2 between 2-6 May. Simply sign up via the ICON Outlet website to obtain your unique QR code and receive a further 20% off premium fashion and lifestyle brands, redeemable in store at London’s newest designer outlet destination! ICON Outlet offers a world-class shopping experience in the heart of North Greenwich within one of the capital city’s most iconic landmarks. ICON Outlet boasts over 40 brands with up to 60% off big names. For a VIP experience from start to end, take the boat to North Greenwich Pier, a three minute walk away!

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

We Love Cheese

Are you feta-natical about cheese? If so, the free We Love Cheese festival, now in its third year, is at Battersea Power Station from Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 May for a two-day celebration of all things fromage, which promises to be brie-lliant. Exhibiters include Raclette Brothers, Mac to the Future and Vagabond’s Urban Winery, which is based inside Battersea Power Station itself, as well as expert UK cheese producers who will battle it out to win the We Love Cheese Cup.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

Urban Village Fete

Join BBC Radio 6 Music’s Giles Peterson, Aardman Animations, and a range of unique pop-ups and entertainment for the Greenwich Urban Village Fete. Taking place on Sunday 19 May this free modern village fayre will play host to creative workshops, debates (including a talk by BBC Radio London’s Robert Elms) and the capital’s best street food.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

London in the Sky

Ever wondered what it’s like to dine among the clouds? Between Wednesday 1 May and Monday 15 July, London in the Sky will provide fantastic food and drink, unparalleled views of London and an unforgettable experience to share with friends, family and partners. This unique experience will suspend you 100 ft in the air above The O2 where you will be wined and dined like never before.

Nearest pier: North Greenwich

Secret Rivers

We all know that the River Thames is the river that flows through London, but what about the rivers Effra, Fleet and Neckinger? From Friday 24 May - Sunday 27 October, the Museum of London Docklands will be lifting the lid on London’s lost rivers and ensuring you can tell the Wandle from the Walbrook.

Nearest pier: Canary Wharf

James Capper – MUDSKIPPER

On Thursday 16 May, British artist James Capper will unveil his latest work 'MUDSKIPPER’ at Battersea Power Station. The amphibious sculpture features the body of a tug boat but with two step-type hydraulic propulsion legs, enabling it to traverse the Thames and step out of the water at low tide. This unique 12-ton piece is inspired by early invertebrates and questions the connections between art and engineering.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The most famous flower show in the world returns to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea Tuesday 21 – Friday 25 May. Now in its 106th year, RHS Chelsea Flower Show promises to be the most glamorous event in the gardening calendar featuring expertly designed show gardens, shopping, live music and dining, The Chelsea Flower Show is sure to inspire even the most reluctant horticulturists to pull their green fingers out.

Save ⅓ on your travel to and from this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Nearest pier: Cadogan or Battersea Power Station

London Craft Week at Battersea Power Station

Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 May is London Craft Week, celebrating and showcasing exceptional craftsmanship. Events are taking place across London including a series at Battersea Power Station which will bring the iconic landmark’s restoration into the limelight. Craftsman whose businesses have been helped by The Prince’s Trust will also be at Battersea Power Station providing expert workshops and there will be a discussion about the circular economy presented by Claire Potter Design and par-avion co.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

The EY exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain

This major exhibition at Tate Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. It brings together over 50 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists. You will be able to see some of his most famous works lent from all around the world including Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône, L'Arlésienne and Sunflowers. It shows also how his vision set British artists on the road to modern art.

Nearest pier: Millbank

One small snap for man, one giant exhibition for mankind

Explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy at the National Maritime Museum for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Featuring some of the most out of this world astrophotography from the last decade, the exhibition runs until Sunday 4 August.

Nearest pier: Greenwich

Last chance to see Dorethea Tanning and Franz West at Tate Modern

The brightly coloured and highly influential work of abstract sculptor Franz West is on display at Tate Modern until Sunday 2 June. Also nearing the end of its season, Dorethea Tanning features 100 works from across the legendary surrealist's 70 year career and is at Tate Modern until Sunday 9 June.

Nearest pier: Blackfriars (while Bankside Pier is being refurbished until 24 May)

Flea Vintage Fair at the Vinegar Yard

You never know what you might find at Flea Vintage Market's new home at the Vinegar Yard. Providing a hunting-ground for lovers of pre-loved clothes, furniture, antiques and art, Flea Vintage Market brings retro sustainability to the heart of London Bridge. Open daily from 11.00am, the market extends on weekends to include weekly market traders.

Nearest pier: London Bridge City

Sarah Morris – Machines do not make us into Machines

Taking place at White Cube Bermondsey, this unique exhibition is Sarah Morris's first solo show in the UK for six years. The exhibition utilises paintings, films, wall painting and the artist's first sculpture to examine the networks, typologies, architecture and language of the modern city. 'Machines do not make us Machines' is at White Cube Bermondsey until Sunday 30 June.

Nearest pier: London Bridge City or Tower

Chelsea Fringe

Building on the excitement of the Chelsea Flower Show, the Chelsea Fringe pollinates the capital with botanical activities. Events take place across London Sunday 19 - Monday 27 May and highlights include; Tasseography at Battersea Park (nearest pier: Battersea Power Station), The Great Garden Fête at Inner Temple Garden (nearest pier: Blackfriars or Embankment), and a range of workshops held at The Jetty at Greenwich Peninsula (nearest pier: North Greenwich)

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