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Guide to what’s on in London in May 2016

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London Wonderground returns to the South Bank

The weather is hopefully starting to warm up soon so a lot more festivals and special events are taking place alfresco. With May many people’s favourites months thanks to two bank holidays, there’s a host of things on around town.

For a guide to music festivals in London this summer, click here.

  • Now until 1 May : Made London – Bloomsbury

A new companion show to Made London Marylebone, featuring craft and art from over 100 designers and makers. Open 10am-6pm (29 and 30 Apr), 10am-5pm (1 May). Tickets: £5 (early bird). Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, Bloomsbury, WC1H 9SN. Nearest station: Russell Square. For more information, visit the Made London website.

  • 2 May : Gumball 3000 Rally

The Gumball rally rolls into London with Regent Street closed off to non-Gumball traffic for the whole day for a street festival. Including extreme sports demonstrations, live music, celebrity appearances, kids’ zone, car display and more. Noon-5pm: History of the motorcar and entertainment, 5-8pm: Gumball arrivals. Free. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Gumball 3000 website.

  • Now until 2 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. 10am-6pm. Free. Nearest station: Warwick Avenue. For more information, visit the Inland Waterways Association. To read about Metro Girl’s visit to the Cavalcade, click here.

  • Now until 2 MayMorden Hall Country Show

Country show in the grounds of Morden Hall, featuring The Sheep Show, Terrier Racing, The Goat Show, birds of prey, Devilstick Peat children’s entertainment plus Circus Workshop, Historical Re-enactment with the Company of 1415 with static & arena displays, Ferret Racing, Morris Dancing, Brass Bands and arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. Scale steam engines. 10am-5pm. Tickets: Adults £7.50, Children age 5-16 £3, Under 5s free. Morden Hall Road, Morden, Surrey, 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.

  • Now until 2 MayPick Me Up

Graphic arts festival at Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries, showcasing and selling original graphic art, design and illustration. Daily 10am-6pm, late nights on Wed and Thurs until 10pm. Tickets: £10, concessions £8. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple. For more information, visit the Pick Me Up website.

  • 3 – 7 MayLondon Craft Week

Following the inaugural event last year, LCW returns, celebrating craftsmanship, featuring workshops, exhibitions, open studios, galleries and shops. Various venues across the capital. For more information, visit the London Craft Week website.

  • Now until 3 May : New Cross & Deptford Film Festival

A free film festival run and staffed by volunteers offering free screenings in venues around New Cross and Deptford. Classics will be screened alongside independent films by new and local talent, including Withnail & I, The Lion King, Julius Caesar, Spice World The Movie, Romeo + Juliet and a bike-powered screening of Labyrinth. At various venues including the Golden Anchor, Deptford Lounge, Telegraph Hill Upper Park and more. For more information, visit the Free Film Festival website.

  • 4 – 18 May : Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

The only UK festival dedicated to pan-Asian writing, featuring book launches, talks and discussions. Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain will open this year’s festival in conversation with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, while further events will include Dutch historian Frank Dikötter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong, Turkish author Elif Şafak and best-selling crime writer Boris Akunin. Ticket prices vary. Most events take place at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, W1G 7LP. Nearest station: Regents’ Park, Oxford Circus or Great Portland Street. For more information, visit the Asia House website.

  • 5 May : Carnaby Style Night

A shopping extravaganza where over 100 shops, restaurants and bars will be offering 20% off. There will also be GQ Style Panel, freebies, activities and prizes. Register online for your free ticket. 5-9pm. Carnaby, Soho,. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Carnaby website. For Metro Girl’s blog on Carnaby Style Night, click here.

  • 5 May – 25 September : London Wonderground

The London Wonderground Festival returns to the Southbank for a fifth year – an entertainment extravaganza in Jubilee Gardens, near the foot of the London Eye and by the Southbank Centre. It includes cabaret, children’s show, comedy, burlesque and alfresco drinking. Open daily until 11pm. Free to get in, but tickets required for shows. Nearest station: Waterloo, Embankment or Westminster. For more information, visit the Wonderground website.

© Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2013

The Dulwich Festival returns to SE21 and SE22

  • 6 – 15 May : Dulwich Festival

This historic London suburb hosts its 23rd festival, featuring talks, gigs, dance, fairs, concerts, workshops, artists’ open houses and more across East and West Dulwich and Dulwich Village. Includes the Dulwich Park Fair on 15 May. Nearest stations: West Dulwich, East Dulwich or North Dulwich. For more information and tickets, visit the Dulwich Festival website. Read about Metro Girl’s visit in 2013 here.

  • 6 – 22 May : Wandsworth Arts Festival & Fringe

Two week festival in the borough of Wandsworth featuring theatre, dance, art, music, comedy, poetry, workshops, talks, markets and more. Highlights include The Ladykillers, Big Art Picnic, Lady Chastity’s Reserve immersive team game, Pop Up A Capella and The Vagina Monologues. For more information, visit the Wandsworth Art Festival website.

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Guide to what’s on in London in April 2016

© Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2013

The Udderbelly cow returns to the Southbank

Spring is well and truly in full swing, with the Easter Holidays kicking things off from the end of March. As the temperatures warm and the days get longer, the festival season is really starting to kick off. Here’s a guide to special events on in London this April.

For a guide to what’s on in London over the Easter holidays, click here.

  • 1 – 10 April : London Games Festival

A new festival is bringing 15 fun events to 10 locations in the capital, including South Bank, Tobacco Dock and the Museum of London. The first three days of the festival features talks, workshops and an exhibition in Somerset House. For more information, visit the Games London website.

  • 2 April : Prohibition Party

Step back to the 1920s with Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Prohibition Party, featuring fabulous costumes, gambling, cocktail making classes and more speakeasy fun. 8pm-2am. Tickets start from £30. The Laundry, 4 Sidworth Street, London Fields, E8 3FN. Nearest station: London Fields. For tickets, visit Prohibition 1920s website.

  • Now until 2 April : Hung Up, Ripped Off @ Atom Gallery

An exhibition of artist David Shand’s screenprints of collages from photographs of decayed photos and adverts. Open 11am-6pm. Atom Gallery, 77 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, N4 3EG. Nearest station: Finsbury Park. For more information, visit the Atom Gallery website.

  • Now until 3 April : Easter Rising 1916 Sean Sexton Collection

Exhibition of the role of photography of keys events in the battle for Irish independence between 1840 to 1930s, including the Easter Rising in 1916. Opening hours vary. Tickets: £3/£2.50. The Photographers Gallery, 16–18 Ramillies Street, Soho, W1F 7LW. Nearest station: Oxford Circus. For more information, visit The Photographers Gallery website.

  • Now until 3 April : Ideal Home Show

A place of inspiration for homeowners including interiors, fittings and gardens. Includes plenty of opportunities to buy things both big and small for the house. Tickets: £12 (weekday) or £14 (weekend). Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more tickets, visit the Ideal Home Show website.

  • 4 – 24 April : CircusFest

Three week festival of spectacular UK and international circus. Ticket prices vary. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8EH. Nearest station: Chalk Farm. For more information, visit the Roundhouse website.

  • 6 April – 4 SeptemberExhibitionism @ Saatchi Gallery

The Rolling Stones stage their first major exhibition to mark 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll. Open 10am-6pm. Tickets: £21. Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Square, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4SQ. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Saatchi Gallery website.

  • 6 April – 4 September : Goosebumps Alive

This summer, another immersive theatre experience returns to the tunnels below Waterloo station. With two separate shows for adults or children inspired by the ’90s cult horror series. Take a journey through the dark, abandoned vaults and scare yourself silly as you try to escape the stuff of nightmares. Times vary. Tickets: Adults start from £32.50. Children from £15. The Vaults, Launcelot Street (off Lower Marsh), Waterloo, SE1 7AD. Nearest station: Waterloo. For booking, visit Goosebumps Alive website. For more information, read Metro Girl’s blog post on the production.

  • 7 – 10 AprilThe Other Art Fair

Chance to buy art from 130 unrepresented artists, regardless of how experienced you are in purchasing artwork. Also features book signings, panel discussions, an immersive dining experience, film screenings, performance art and pop-up food and drink with DF/Mexico, First Aid Box and Meantime Craft Brewery. Tickets: £8.80 in advance. Victoria House, Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, WC1B 4DA. Nearest station: Russell Square or Holborn. For more information, visit the Other Art Fair website.

© Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2012

Celebrate caffeine at the Coffee Festival

  • 7 – 10 April : London Coffee Festival

A celebration of coffee for the capital’s caffeine lovers at the Old Truman Brewery, featuring food, music and – of course – coffee. Visitors will even have the chance to make perfect coffee at home from some top baristas. Tickets start from £14.40 (advance), £20 (on the door). The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Aldgate East. For more information, visit the London Coffee Festival website.

  • 7 April – 17 July : Udderbelly Festival

Udderbelly returns to the South Bank for an eighth year, featuring three months of comedy, circus, cabaret and family shows at affordable prices in an inflatable upside down cow venue. Ticket prices vary. Jubilee Gardens (off Belvedere Road), South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Udderbelly website.

  • 28 April – 3 May : Roberto Grosso exhibition

London-based Italian artist Roberto Grosso is showcasing some of his limited edition art on metal, metallic paper and perspex. Space W10, 593 Harrow Road, Kensal Green, W10 4NJ. Nearest station: Kensal Green. For more information, check out the ArtSmart Contemporary website.

  • 8 April – 31 May : Anarchy In The UK #PunkLondon exhibition

An exhibition of punk rock photography featuring classic and previously unseen images from the archive of photographer Richard Young. Opening hours Mon 11am-5pm, Tue-Thu 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm. Richard Young Gallery, 4 Holland Street, Kensington, W8 4LT. Nearest station: High Street Kensington. For more information, visit the Richard Young Gallery website.

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Guide to what’s on in London in May 2015

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The Dulwich Festival returns in May

Spring is in full swing, the nights are getting longer and the days are getting warmer. With two bank holidays, May is jam-packed with festivals and special events, with many outside so we can enjoy the spring weather. Here’s a guide to what is on in London this month.

For a guide to London’s open air cinemas this summer, click here.

  • 1 – 17 May : Wandsworth Arts Festival & Fringe

Two week festival in the borough of Wandsworth featuring theatre, dance, art, music, comedy, poetry, workshops, talks, markets and more. Highlights include Noel Coward’s Private Lives, Alice In Wonderland, South African Voices and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. For more information, visit the Wandsworth Art Festival website.

  • 1 – 31 May : Herne Hill Free Film Festival

Four week festival featuring free screenings in the Herne Hill area at various locations, including Railway Tavern, Herne Hill Velodrome, Brockwell Lido, Prince Regent Pub and Rosendale School. Films include The Ladykillers, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Nearest train station: Herne Hill. For more information and screenings, visit the Herne Hill Free Festival website.

  • 1 – 31 May : Notting Hill MayFest

A month-long festival in and around Notting Hill, featuring concerts, lectures, exhibitions, film screenings, children’s events and a May Fair on 9 May. Various venues including St John’s Church, St Peter’s Church, 20th Century Theatre and the Gate Theatre. Ticket prices vary. For more information and tickets, visit the MayFest website.

  • 2 – 4 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. Free. 10am-6pm. Nearest tube: Warwick Avenue. For more information, visit the Inland Waterways Association.

  • 2 – 4 May : Morden Hall Country Show

Country show in the grounds of Morden Hall, featuring jive pony equestrian acrobatics, terrier racing, Goat Show, birds of prey, Devilstick Peat children’s entertainment, historical re-enactment, ferret racing, arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. Entrance: £7.50, concessions £6, Children age 5-16 £3, Under 5 free, family: £19 (2 adults and 2 children). £2 per car for the car park. Morden Hall Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5JD. Nearest station: Morden or Phipps Bridge (tram). For more information, visit the Oakleigh Fairs website.

  • 2 – 10 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 and lectures. Tickets: Weekday £12, Weekend £15. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest tube: Custom House (DLR). For more information and tickets, visit the Grand Designs Live website.

  • 3 May : Streetfest

One day celebration of street culture, featuring performance art, live urban music, film, dance, sport and fashion. Acts include Kutmah, James Massiah, MC Loyle Carner, Hannah Faith, Shamz Le Roc, So Fresh So Clean and Doctor’s Order Showcase. 1-11pm. Tickets start from £20. Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, E1W 2SF. Nearest tube: Wapping. For more information and tickets, visit the Streetfest website.

  • Now until 3 May : New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival

A free film festival run and staffed by volunteers offering free screenings in venues around New Cross and Deptford. Classics will be screened alongside independent films by new and local talent. Films on show include Friday Night Fever, Paddington, Love & Basketball, Arthur Sleep and singalong Frozen. For more information, visit the Free Film Festival website. For Metro Girl’s interview with one of the film-makers and trailer of one of the film’s being shown, click here.

© Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2012

Celebrate caffeine at the Coffee Festival

  • Now until 3 May : London Coffee Festival

A celebration of coffee for the capital’s caffeine lovers at the Old Truman Brewery, featuring food, music and – of course – coffee. Visitors will even have the chance to make perfect coffee at home from some top baristas. Tickets start from £11.50 (advance), £14.50 (on the door). The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Aldgate East. For more information, visit the London Coffee Festival website.

  • Now until 4 May : Pick Me Up

Graphic arts festival at Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries, showcasing and selling original graphic art, design and illustration. Daily 10am-6pm, late nights on Wed and Thurs until 10pm. Tickets: £10, concessions £8. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple. For more information, visit the Pick Me Up website.

  • 5 May – 8 October : Victorian London In Photographs

Exhibition of archive shots of Victorian London on show at the London Metropolitan Archives. Free entry. Opening times: Mon and Sat 9.30am-4.45pm, Tues-Thurs 9.30am-7.30pm, Closed Fridays and Sundays. London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HB. Nearest station: Farringdon. For more information, visit the City Of London website.

  • 6 – 10 May : London Craft Week

An inaugural event celebrating craftsmanship, featuring workshops, exhibitions, open studios, galleries and shops. Various venues across the capital. For more information, visit the London Craft Week website.

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