Guide to what’s on in London in May 2018
It’s May – whoopee! It means two Bank Holidays, a royal wedding (although not in London), longer days, warmer weather and we’re in touching distance of summer. With spring in full swing, more events and festivals are taking place alfresco. Film fans will find plenty of movie offerings, while there’s many art exhibitions on for those seeking some culture. Here’s Metro Girl’s guide to the best of London’s events on in May.
For a guide to London’s outdoor and pop-up cinemas this summer, click here.
- 1 – 7 May : Sci-Fi London Film Festival
The 18th annual celebration of the sci-fi genre, featuring premieres, talks and screenings. At BFI Southbank, Stratford Picturehouse, Rich Mix, The Trampery, JuJu’s Bar & Stage, EXP, Science Museum IMAX, and the Moth Club. For more information, visit the Sci-London Film Festival website.
- 1 May – 1 June : Herne Hill Free Film Festival
Month-long free celebration of film, featuring screenings, workshops, competitions, short films, live music around Herne Hill. Movies include Get Out, Paddington 2, Coco, Loving Vincent, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and more. At venues around SE24, including Prince Regent pub, Effraspace, Lido Café, Half Moon pub, The Florence and more. For more information, visit the Free Film Festivals site.
- 3 May – 31 August : Neverland London
Head to the river for Fulham’s beach club. Includes Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club pop up restaurant, two bars, live DJs, bottomless brunches, games and activities, including yoga and cocktail masterclasses. Open Wed-Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-8pm. Entry from £5. Neverland London, 364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY. Nearest station: Wandsworth Town. For more information, visit the Neverland London website.
- 3 May – mid September : Skylight
Rooftop bar Skylight London returns to Wapping with city views, cocktails, street food, lawn games, World Cup and Wimbledon screenings and more. Open Thu-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm. Free entry. Croquet: Indoor £25, Outdoor £35 (45 min game), Petanque: £15 (2-4 players). Skylight, Tobacco Quay (Pennington Street entrance), Wapping, E1CW 2SF. Nearest station: Shadwell or Wapping. For more information, visit the Skylight London website. For Metro Girl’s review, click here.
- 3 May – September : Rooftop Film Club
Pop-up cinema returns to rooftops across the capital, screening new and classic films. Venues include Bussey Building (Peckham), Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch) and Roof East (Stratford). Tickets start from £14/95/£15.96 (includes seating and wireless headphones). For more information and tickets, visit Rooftop Film Club website.
- 4 – 6 May : Be: Fit London
The UK’s health and fitness festival for women is back for its fifth year, featuring classes, talks, cooking demos, workshops and shopping village. Tickets start from £18. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH. Nearest station: Angel. For more information, visit the Be: Fit London website.
- 4 – 7 May : Alchemy Festival
A festival of music, dance, film, literature, theatre and performance from India, the UK and South Asia, featuring Aakash Odedra, Luke Sital-Singh, The Ska Vengers, Talvin Singh, Tez Ilyas and much more. Prices vary, with some activities free. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website.
- 4 – 20 May : Wandsworth Arts Fringe
Two week fringe festival in the borough of Wandsworth featuring over 180 events, including theatre, dance, art, music, comedy, poetry, workshops, talks, markets and more. Highlights include Pump House Gallery Pavilion, National Opera Studio Magic Wandsworth, Wes Barker, Swing Patrol and much more. For more information, visit the Wandsworth Arts Fringe website.
- 5 May : The Tweed Run
The 10th annual bicycle ride sees participants dressing up in vintage tweed and cycling past London’s landmarks. Starting in a secret location yet to be revealed and going for 10 miles, before ending for the Closing Ceremony (4-9pm) in Spa Fields, Clerkenwell, EC1. Rider tickets are sold out, but spectators can watch for free. Nearest station: Angel or Farringdon. For more information, visit The Tweed Run website.
- 5 May : Cycle Revolution
Cycling festival returns to Clerkenwell to coincide with the Tweed Run. Featuring demos, street food, vinyl DJs, workshops, stalls and cocktails from Bourne & Hollingsworth. 12pm-8pm. Free entry. Spa Fields, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU. Nearest station: Farringdon or Angel. For more information, visit the Cycle Revolution website.
- 5 May : Day Of Dance
The Westminster Morris Men and Morris Dance teams from across the country will gather in Trafalgar Square for a day of dancing. 2pm-5pm. Free. Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N. Nearest station: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- 5 May : Cinco de Mayo with Cahoots and Cointreau
Underground drinking den Cahoots is teaming up with Cointreau to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Special drinks have been created for the evening, such as You’ll Never Smile Again, 1948 In The Big Smoke, and Seventy Years Of Cheers. From 5pm. Cahoots, 13 Kingly Court, Soho, W1B 5PG. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information or to book a table, visit the Cahoots website. Read Metro Girl’s review of Cahoots.
- 5 – 7 May : Canalway Cavalcade
A unique waterways and community festival at Little Venice. Features stalls, bands, kids’ activities, Morris dancers, a Real Ale bar, food and pageant of boats. Open Sat-Sun 10am-6pm, Mon 10am-5pm. Procession of illuminated boats @ 9pm on Sun. Free. Little Venice, Maida Vale, W2. Nearest station: Warwick Avenue. For more information, visit the Inland Waterways Association. For Metro Girl’s blog post on a previous year’s Cavalcade, click here.
- 5 – 7 May : Morden Hall Park Country Show
Country show in the grounds of Morden Hall, featuring Savage Bike Skills Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, Grant Bazin the Horse Whisperer, terrier racing, children’s entertainer, Circus Skills Workshop, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and more. 10am-5pm. Tickets on the gate (or cheaper online): Adults £7.50, Children age 5-18 £5, Under 5s free. Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD. Nearest station: Morden or Phipps Bridge (tram). For more information, visit the Oakleigh Fairs website. For Metro Girl’s post on Morden Hall Park, click here.
- 5 – 13 May : Grand Designs Live
Based on the Channel 4 TV series, the show features ideas and inspiration for your own grand design, including workshops, consultations, lectures and celebrity guests. Tickets: Weekday £12, Weekend £15. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent (DLR). For more information and tickets, visit the Grand Designs Live website.
- 6 May : Days Of Poland Festival
The biggest Polish festival in the UK, featuring traditional and contemporary Polish music, arts and cuisine for adults and children. 1-6pm. Free. Potters Field Park, Queens’ Walk, SE1 2AA. Nearest station: London Bridge or Tower Hill. For more information, visit the Days Of Poland website.
- Now until 6 May : Life With The Kennedys @ Proud
Exhibition of LIFE magazine photojournalist Mark Shaw’s intimate portraits of late US President John F Kennedy and the first family. Open Mon-Sun 11am-6pm. Free entry. Proud Central, 32 John Adam Street, WC2N 6BP. Nearest station: Charing Cross or Embankment. For more information, visit the Proud Galleries website.
- Now until 6 May : Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
Showcasing the winning and shortlisted photographs from this year’s awards. Open: Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-8pm. Tickets: £6-£18. Somerset House, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit the Somerset House website.
- 7 May : Beer And Bread Festival
Festival returns to the Brixton Windmill for the third year. Local stalls will be selling beer, ale, bread, pastries and bakes, while there will live music and morris dancers. 1pm-5pm. Free entry. Brixton Windmill, Windmill Gardens (west end of Blenheim Gardens, off Brixton Hill), Brixton, SW2 5EU. Nearest station: Brixton. For more information, visit the Brixton Windmill website.
- 9 – 13 May : London Craft Week
A celebration of craftsmanship, featuring over 230 events, such as workshops, exhibitions, open studios, tastings, galleries and shops. Various venues across the capital. For more information, visit the London Craft Week website.
- 10 – 13 May : Carnaby Style Weekender
A long weekend of all things style, featuring exclusive discounts, panel discussions, workshops, freebies, promotions, styling sessions and more. Over 50 shops and restaurants are taking part. Carnaby Street, Soho, W1F. Nearest station: Oxford Circus. For more information, visit the Carnaby London website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on what to expect.
- 10 -13 May : Affordable Art Fair
An event giving people a chance to buy a unique piece of art or photography for their homes at an affordable price. There are over 100 galleries, with pieces for sale ranging for £100 to £6,000. Open Thur 11am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-6pm. Tickets start from £10/£12 (online) £12/£15 (on the door). Hampstead Heath (Lower Fairground Site), East Heath Road, Hampstead, NW3 1TH. Nearest station: Hampstead Heath or Hampstead. For more information, visit the Affordable Art Fair website.
- 11 – 13 May : Balance Festival
Festival of wellbeing and fitness to try inspire you to live a balanced life. Featuring talks and advice from experts, over 200 workouts, shopping and more. Tickets start from £28. Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street or Aldgate East. For more information, visit the Balance Festival website.
- 11 – 13 May : London Whisky Weekender
A celebration of whisky, featuring tastings, workshops and plenty of dram downing opportunities. Open: Fri 6-10pm, Sat 12-9pm (2 sessions), Sun 12-4pm. Tickets: £25-£99. Kia Oval, Surrey County Cricket Club, Harleyford Street, Kennington, SE11 5SS. Nearest station: Oval. For tickets, visit the Whisky Lounge website.
- 11 – 20 May : Dulwich Festival
This historic London suburb hosts its 24th festival, featuring talks, gigs, dance, fairs, concerts, workshops, artists’ open houses, walks and more across Dulwich Village and East and West Dulwich. Includes the Dulwich Festival Fair on 13 May and Dulwich Park Fair on 20 May. Nearest stations: West Dulwich, East Dulwich or North Dulwich. For more information and tickets, visit the Dulwich Festival website. Read Metro Girl’s post on the Dulwich Street Art Walk here.
- 12 May : Belgravia Asparagus Festival
Mark the start of the asparagus season with a host of foodie treats at the Pimlico Farmers’ Market. Including meet asparagus growers, Madame Gautier’s asparagus dishes, Phil’s Pasta asparagus pesto and asparagus ravioli, artisan food asparagus tarts, win a basket of asparagus and hunt for the golden spears. 9am-1pm. Free entry. Pimlico Farmers’ Market, Orange Square, Pimlico Road, Belgravia, SW12 0JA. Nearest station: Victoria or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the London Farmers’ Market website.
- 13 May : Forty Hall Village Fete
Craft market, entertainment including Punch and Judy and Morris Dancing and the launch of the Forty Hall Farmers Market and a lot more. 10am-5pm. Free entry (£4 for car parking). Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA. Nearest station: Turkey Street. For more information, visit the Forty Hall website.
- 14 – 20 May : London Wine Week
A week long celebration of wine from the same people behind London Cocktail Week. Featuring pop-ups, tastings, wine tours, masterclasses and other events. Buy a £10 wristband so you can take part in £5 wine taster flights and discounts and deals. For wristbands, visit the Drink Up London website.
- 16 – 19 May : Museums At Night
Museums across the capital are opening their doors for some after-hours action, such as performances, lectures, balls and sleepovers, including the London Transport Museum, Dr Johnson’s House, Strawberry Hill House, Horniman Museum & Gardens, Banqueting House, Kenwood House, Museum Of Brands and many more. For more information and listings, read the Museums At Night website.
- 17 May : Caketail Bar Pop-Up @ Simmons
Love cocktails and cake? Well, how about a mix of both? Cakeologist Juliet Sear has created cakes that look and taste like cocktails to mark Cake Month on the Food Network. Caketails, such as Espresso Martini and Pink Grapefruit Gin and Tonic, will be given away during ‘Caketail hour’. 3pm-7pm. Free. Simmons Bar, 61 Royal Mint Street, Whitechapel, E1 8LG. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Aldgate East. To register for a free place, visit Eventbrite.
- 17 – 20 May : Photo London
Photography fair at Somerset House, featuring expanded exhibition spaces and the chance to experience a range of photographic practices. Tours and talks also available. Open Thu 12pm-8pm, Fri and Sat 12pm-7.30pm, Sun 12pm-6.30pm. Adult day passes: £29. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. For more information, visit Photo London website.
- 18 May : Friday Lates – Swinging Sixties @ London Transport Museum
Late night opening at the LTM exploring the 1960s. Featuring talks, curator tours, live poetry, workshops, 60s music, Flower Power cocktails and more. 6.45pm-10pm. Tickets: £15. London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Nearest station: Covent Garden, Charing Cross or Embankment. For booking, visit the LTM website.
- Now until 18 May : Sense Of Space
Multi-sensory art pop-up installation featuring four different rooms and a bar to help you switch off from busy London life. Rooms include The Doodle Room, The Motion Box, The Infinity Garden and The Zen Studio. Events include live doodle art, silent cinema, yoga, art talks and more. Free entry. Exchange Square, Broadgate, EC2M 3WA. Nearest station: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit the Broadgate website.
- 19 – 27 May : Chelsea Fringe
The alternative garden festival is back for a seventh year, featuring workshops, trails, exhibitions, family activities and more. At various locations across the capital. For more information, visit the Chelsea Fringe festival website.
- 20 May : Urban Village Fete
A contemporary twist on a traditional village fair featuring stalls, music, DJs, dance, art & design workshops and international food trucks. 12-7pm. Free entry. Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich, SE10. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For more information, visit the Urban Village Fete website.
- 20 May : London Pizza Festival
A celebration of one of the most popular foods, featuring six different pizzerias taking part. 12.45pm-6.45pm. Tickets: £28 (inc 6 quarter slices of pizza, 1 beer or soft drink and entrance to the festival). Borough Market, Borough, SE1 1TL. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the Young & Foodish website. For Metro Girl’s blog post on Borough Market, click here.
- 21 May : Graphic Bar Gin Off
Second heat in the battle to be crowned Gin Off champion 2018. This round features four of 16 of the world’s most exciting gin brands compete through a series of cocktail making heats. Guests will be invited to try each mix and vote for their favourite. Tickets: £10 (includes 4 gin cocktails). Graphic Bar, 4 Golden Square, Soho, W1F 9HT. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit Tickets available through Eventbrite or check out the Graphic Bar website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post to find out more.
- 22 – 24 May : Clerkenwell Design Week
Independent design festival featuring workshops, presentations, product launches, showrooms, debates and even a design walk. Venues across Clerkenwell. Nearest station: Barbican or Farringdon. For more information, visit the Clerkenwell Design Week website.
- 22 – 26 May : RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The biggest event of the year for horticulturists. Full of stunning fantasy gardens and opportunities to buy your own plants and flowers. Open Tues-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-5.30pm. Most tickets sell out in advance, so buy ASAP. RHS members: £29-£79, Public £37-£87. Royal Hospital, Chelsea, SW3 4SL. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the RHS website. For Metro Girl’s blog on a previous year’s Flower Show, click here.
- 25 May : Urban bee and honey showcase @ Borough Market
Special event at Borough Market as part of the Chelsea Fringe. Featuring honey cookery demonstrations, bee-keeping advice, how the public can help the bee population, live dance performance and activities with the Bee Friendly Trust. 10am-4pm. Free. Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, Borough, SE1 1TL. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the Borough Market website.
- 25 – 27 May : London Comic Con
Pop culture show featuring chances to meet your favourite stars and buy memorabilia from your favourite shows and films. Featuring Cooper Andrews, Khary Payton, Felicia Day, Jackie Cruz, Taryn Manning, April Stewart, Jess Harnell, Jennifer Hale, Jim Cummings, David Hayter and more. Open Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Tickets: £17-£27. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest station: Prince Regent or Custom House (DLR). For tickets and more information, visit the MCM Comic Con website.
- 25 – 27 May : Louis Masai’s Missing
Artist Louis Masai’s new exhibition highlights the need to protect endangered species and the planet’s biodiversity. 12pm-6pm. Free entry. The Crypt Gallery, Euston Road, NW1 2BA. Nearest stations: Euston or Euston Square. For more information, visit Louis Masai’s website. Check out Metro Girl’s post on the exhibition to find out more.
- 25 – 27 May : Feria de Londres
The spirit of Andalusia comes to London. Expect to see food stalls serving Spanish tapas, Tio Pepe tastings and cocktails, Flamenco dancing, live Spanish music and interactive workshops. Open Fri 25 4pm-9pm, Sat 26 12pm-9pm, Sun 27 12pm-8pm. Free entry. Bernie Spain Gardens, South Bank, SE1 9PH. Nearest station: Blackfriars, Southwark, Waterloo East or Waterloo. For more information, visit the Feria de Londres website. Check out Metro Girl’s blog post on this year’s festival.
- 25 – 28 May : MindBodySpirit Wellbeing Festival
Festival of wellbeing, featuring workshops, demonstrations and performances on the live stage, lifestyle studio, yoga space, wellbeing spa, mantra lounge, pop up temple, yoga silent disco and more. Open Fri-Sun 10am-7pm, Mon 10am-5pm. Tickets: £13. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more information, visit the MindBodySpirit website.
- 26 – 27 May : Heroes & Villains
Meet your favourite heroes and villains from TV and films, take part in obstacles, games of skill and even gain a superpower. Celebrities include Brandon Routh, Emily Bett Rickards, Sean Pertwee, Cory Michael Smith, John Barrowman, Tyler Hoechlin, Camilla Mendes, Katie Cassidy and more. Open Sat 10.30am-6pm, Sun 10.30am-5pm. Tickets start from £44. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For booking and more information, visit the Heroes & Villains website.
- 26 – 28 May : Meeting Of Styles
London’s largest graffiti and street art festival, featuring over 600 artists from around the world painting the streets of the capital. Featuring live painting, live music, pop-up bars and cafes, mini market and more. Nomadic Community Gardens, Brick Lane, 1 Fleet Street Hill, Shoreditch, E2 6EE. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit the Meeting Of Styles website.
- 26 – 28 May : Foodies Festival @ Syon Park
Food festival including fine food and drink, live music from Toploader and The Hoosiers, Cream Pie throwing contest, Chilli Eating Competition, Kid zone (cookery classes, bouncy castles, face painting, craft area and giant garden games), Vintage Tea Tent; Drinks Theatre; Artisan Market; Tequila Shack, Tikki Rum Bar, Gin Station, double decker Bar Bus and Pimms Teapot. Watch chefs in action such as Sophie Faldo, Matt Tebbutt, Atul Kochhar, Steven Carter-Bailey, Omar Allibhoy, Tam Storrar, Dhruv Baker and Anne Shooter and many more. Sat-Sun 11am-9pm, Mon 11am-6pm. Tickets start from £24. Syon Park, Brent Lea, Brentford, TW8 8JF. Nearest station: Syon Lane. For more information and tickets, visit the Foodies Festival website.
- 28 May : ABBA Bottomless Brunch
ABBA fans can feast on a sumptuous brunch while being entertained by a live tribute band playing the Swedish group’s biggest hits. There will also be a singalong quiz. 11am-4pm. 2/3 courses for £24/£29, Bottomless prosecco for £17. Aster, 150 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 5LB. Nearest station: Victoria. For more information, visit the Aster website.
- 28 May : Gourmet Cinema Presents Bunga Cinema – The Greatest Showman
Enjoy an Italian feast while watching hit musical The Greatest Showman. Fancy dress encouraged. 12pm-5pm. Tickets: £30 (includes food, screening and Aperol Spritz on arrival). Bunga Bunga Covent Garden, 167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PG. Nearest station: Covent Garden or Holborn. For tickets, visit DesignMyNight.
- 31 May – 3 June : Sundance London
The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, comes to London to showcase the best of independent movies, featuring UK and International feature film premieres, 15 shorts and special events. Festival passes for £150 or individual tickets available. Picturehouse Central, corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, W1D 7DH. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus. For more information and tickets, visit the Picturehouse website.
- 31 May – 25 August : Moonshine Saloon
A new immersive cocktail experience from the same team behind Alcotraz. Bring your own liquor to the Wild West and learn about the dark world of moonshining. Dress in cowboy gear and Stetsons and let experienced mixologist whip up some cocktails using your spirit of choice. Open Wed-Fri 6.15pm-10.15pm, Sat 12.15pm-11pm. Booking fee: £33.99 (includes 4 cocktails from brought drink of choice and 1hr 45m inside the saloon). Moonshine Saloon, 535 Kings Road, Fulham, SW10 0SZ. Nearest station: Fulham Broadway. Bookings can be made on the Moonshine Saloon website or DesignMyNight. Read Metro Girl’s blog post to find out more.
- Now until 2 June : An Evening Of Meat
An immersive culinary experience celebrating fierce femininity. Featuring dance, performance art and a six-course feast created by Michelin-trained Head Chef Chavdar Todorov. Vegan and vegetarian options available. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets: From £35 (inc pre-dinner lounge, six-course meal, performance and post-event dancing). The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7AD. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and booking, visit The Vaults website.
- Now until 2 June : London Burlesque Festival
The world’s finest burlesque performers gather in the capital for an extended five week festival. Doors open 7pm, shows start at 8.05pm. Tickets: General £24, Priority £35. Shaw Theatre, 110 Euston Road, NW1 2AJ. Nearest station: Euston or Kings Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the London Burlesque Festival website.
- Now until 17 June : Ocean Liners – Speed And Style
Exhibition examining the golden era of ocean liners from the mid 19th century until the 1960s, featuring over 200 artefacts from the Titanic, Mauretania, Normandie and Queen Elizabeth. Open 10am-4pm (tickets available in time slots). Tickets: Adults £18, Seniors £17, Child 12-17yrs £15, Child 11 and under free. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL. Nearest station: South Kensington. For more information, visit the V&A website. Read Metro Girl’s review of the exhibition here.
- Now until 30 June : Somnai
Experience a live, multi-sensory experience with immersive technologies. Somnai is said to be the biggest theatrical event since Punch Drunk and offers a ‘lucid dreaming’ experience. Over 18s only. 90 minutes long. Times vary. Tickets from £35. 2 Pear Tree Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 3SB. Nearest stations: Old Street, Barbican or Farringdon. For booking and more information, visit the Somnai website. Read Metro Girl’s review.
- Now until June : Sculpture In The City 2017/2018
Free public art exhibition, bringing contemporary pieces to the streets and spaces of the City of London. At various sites around the Square Mile. Nearest stations: Fenchurch Street, Monument or Liverpool Street. For more information and a map of the artworks, visit the City Of London’s official website. Check out Metro Girl’s gallery of this year’s exhibition.
- Now until summer TBA : Backyard Cinema – Mission To Mars
Watch your favourite sci-fi film in a ‘spaceship’ for an immersive cinematic experience. Tickets: Adults from £17.50, Children (under 12) from £9.50. Date night package for two: £75 (includes snacks, bottle of Prosecco and blankets). Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle or Borough. For booking and listings, visit the Backyard Cinema website. Read Metro Girl’s review to find out more.
- Now until 8 July : Secret Cinema presents Blade Runner – The Final Cut
Secret Cinema returns with an live immersive experience of Blade Runner. Over 18s only. Dress code TBA. Starts from 6-7.30pm until late. Tickets start from £45. In a secret Zone 2 London location to be revealed nearer the time. For more information and booking, visit the Secret Cinema website.
- Now until early August : Spritz & Giggles pop-up
Aperol Spritz pop-up bar in the City of London, featuring plenty of cocktails, entertainment, sports screenings. Seating both inside and alfresco. Open Mon-Tues 4pm-11pm, Wed-Sat 1pm-12am, Sun closed. Spritz & Giggles, 37 Broadgate Circle, City of London, EC2M 2QS. Nearest station: Liverpool Street or Moorgate. For more information, visit the website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on the pop-up.
- Now until 2 September : Painted Hall Ceiling Tours
The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is undergoing a huge restoration. For a limited time only, visitors will be able to ascend 60ft to see the painted ceiling up close. Times vary. Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5. Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN. Nearest station: Greenwich, Maze Hill or Cutty Sark (DLR). To book, visit the Old Royal Naval College website. Read Metro Girl’s review of the tour here.
- Now until 30 September : Underbelly Festival
Summer-long arts festival on the South Bank, featuring comedy, circus, cabaret and family shows at affordable prices in the inflatable upside down cow venue, international street food, open-air bar. Festival grounds open daily until 11pm. Ticket prices for show vary, but a majority are under £20, free entry to festival grounds. Jubilee Gardens (off Belvedere Road), South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Underbelly Festival website.