May is finally here! You can leave your big winter coat at home and get lost in the streets of London enjoying the sunny weather and explore the spring flowers.
Wander through the Capital, discovering its culture and history, or stop by to sip a drink on a terrace or rooftop bar: there are plenty of things to do in London in May!
Here are Smartsave’s top picks:
Open Air Theatre’s Summer Season
The Open-air theatre season starts in May along with the summer evenings. Learning is essential, and making it enjoyable is even better. Get May off to a good start by fusing culture and pleasure in one of London open air theatres. Get 20% off entrance tickets to Shakespeare Globe exhibition and tour with Smartsave where they open their doors to welcome visitors to The Southbank.
16th-19th May Museum at Night Festival
In May, museums and galleries allow you to engage with history and culture in a different way. From the 16th to the 19th of May, don’t miss out the chance to visit museums after hours. These three days feature special night time events such as gallery gigs, twilight screenings or even all-night sleepovers.
However, you can also visit the Household Calvary Museum for a day visit and download a 20% off entrance tickets voucher for discounted entry tickets. Ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle, you can delve into the history of Royal consorts both official and unofficial- from Charles II’s Nell Gwynn to the late and much beloved Queen Mother.
19th May FA Cup Final
On the 19th May 2018, emotions will be surrounding Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup Final – Chelsea FC v Manchester United… Join the football fans in London’s pubs and enjoy a pint of beer while watching the game.
However, if you are unable to attend the FA cup final. Don’t worry you can still experience life as a legend by visiting Wembley’s Stadium Tour. Your tour includes visiting the backstage areas of the complex, the Press Conference Room, the England Dressing Room, the tunnel leading down to the hallowed turf, and the 107-step ascent to the Royal Box, where the FA Cup is hoisted aloft by the captains of winning teams. Save 20% off entrance tickets here.
19th May The Royal Wedding
The most talked about event of the year is being held this May. The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle will be taking place on the 19th of May at Windsor Castle in St George’s Chapel, a historical site of several royal weddings. Prince Harry and Ms Markle will say ‘I do’ as husband and wife in front of their friends, families and, of course, in front of the Queen. The wedding is said to be devoted to joy and fun, as well as to the public. 600 cherry-picked guests are kindly invited to the ceremony.
If you don’t have the chance to be on that very special list, you can still feel romantic by enjoying a City Cruise along the river Thames. During this cruise you will be able to hop on and off of the boat at St Pauls Cathedral – where Lady Diana Spencer got married to Charles in 1981 – or even at Westminster Abbey – that witnessed the union of Kate Middleton to Prince William in 2011.
Make the most of this combo by downloading your 20% off voucher tickets here
22nd-26th May Chelsea Flower Show
Flowers are out in abundance during Spring and colourful petals are on view in London’s parks and streets. May is the perfect time for the Royal Horticultural Society to hold its annual Chelsea flower show. From the 22nd to the 26th, admire gorgeous flowers and innovative garden designs under the sun. Moreover, May is also the scene of many other floral-themed events around Chelsea. Visit Chelsea Physic Garden, and following a peaceful walk through the gardens, enjoy afternoon tea. Download your 20% off entry tickets voucher here.
Besides, immerse yourself in centuries of horticulture, science and royal heritage at Kew Gardens, London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site. Use your Kew Gardens + 24 hour river pass combo to cruise down the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to Greenwich with unlimited access to the river. Download your 20% off voucher here.
26th May-3rd June May Half Term
The end of May is approaching which means one thing… Half term! Time to enjoy family friendly events and attractions. During this special week, make your children’s dreams come true for an afternoon, by bringing them to KidZania, the UK’s first educational entertainment experience. With more than 60 real life role-play activities, your 4 to 14-year-old kids will be able to try out their dream jobs for a few hours. From radio presenting to being a firefighter, or perhaps a doctor, there are plenty of activities to try at KidZania. Save 20% off entrance tickets here!