Unmissable Things To Do In London in May 2017

Unmissable Things To Do In London in May 2017

Mayday Mayday! Spring has sprung, summer is coming, and London is full of fab fun frolics to keep you smiling obliviously as we approach armageddon!  

This month’s things to do in London include a Margaret Thatcher resurrection (no, not Theresa May), fringe-tastic variety, foody films, top-notch tunes & much more…

Main pic: A dinosaur at Crystal Palace Park

Cabaret & Circus

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Gameshows | Underbelly Festival Southbank | 12 May – 2 July | Times Vary | £15.50 – £22

Rib-tickling funny woman Margaret Thatcher returns for a night of Saturday night tv style game shows.


Brighton Fringe | 5 May – 4 June

We love the Brighton Fringe for giving experienced and first time showpeople the chance to get seen by the seaside. Look out for our coverage of the festival on social media.

Fragility Takeover: Wandsworth Fringe | The Cat’s Back & The Putney Arches | 5-21 May

A pick and mix of leftfield shows and events coming up in this DIY takeover in Putney.

London Clown Festival | Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre | 11-21 May

Coulrophobics beware the clowns are in town. But this time they’ve ditched the Ronald McDonald look in exchange for some comedy genius in the making including the devil incarnate, Red Bastard.

DIY Cultures | Rich Mix | 14 May | FREE

A celebration of DIY workshops, stall and events.

Urban Village Fete | Greenwich Peninsula | 21 May | 11am – 7pm

A free family friendly festival on Greenwich Peninsula.


French Fancies: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (& Crêpes) | Nonsuch Studios | 3 May | 6pm | £6.50-£15.50

‘Escape into technicolor with French Fancies: a film and food experience marrying The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and delicious crêpes at Aubrey’s Traditional Crêperie.’

Launches & Openings

Skin Deep: The Spectacle | The Yard | 13 May | 9:30pm | £9 – £12

A new issue of the cult mag devotes an issue to: ‘living in Trump’s post-truth world, and why RuPaul is our shining light’.


Whyte Horses Experience | Barbican | 11 May | 8pm | £15 – £22.50

Guests La Roux, The Go! Team, Mélanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague), and St Bartholomews Choir join the psych pop troupes combining film and music to create a ‘mind-expanding collage’.

Peckham Rye Music Festival | 12-21 May

Peckham comes alive with the sound of music in this lo-fi extravaganza.

Friday Tonic: Parekh & Singh | Southbank Centre | 19 May | 5pm | FREE

A free gig by the dapper chaps Parekh and Singh whose dreamy indie pop hails from the east Indian city of Kolkata.

Theatre & Performance Art

Simon Mayer: Sons of Sissy | The Place | 5 May | 8pm | £16

‘Part weird folk-music quartet, part playful ritual dance combo Sons of Sissy defies categorisation and pigeonholing and uses humour to radically disrupt the male role models in old traditions.’


Hatch#4 | Platform Southwark | 17 May | 7pm | £3

An informal evening showcasing 6 pieces of brand new work from the creative gurus behind Brainchild Festival.

Did we miss the perfect May event or opening? Let us know and we’ll do our best to add it in!


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.