Unmissable Things to Do In London in May 2019
May is a mighty month with highlights including free film festival, a fiery fringe launch and much more …
Festivals & Seasons
Deptford’s Albany Theatre wins the prize for best programming this year. Whether it’s falling for Jeremy Corbyn, two cabaret powerhouses joining forces or a punk hymn to exotic birds from To Do List fave Brigitte Aphrodite you’re in for a good time.
Join the foot-stomping all-female Deep Throat Choir, pioneering social justice theatre ensemble Clean Break and many more to celebrate women and the radical change we need at the Globe.
An exciting showcase of new performances, film and multimedia artworks by the rather exciting CASS School of Arts. Read our interview with curator Jacek here.
Free lectures, readings, concerts, film screenings, performances, walks, workshops, panel discussions and exhibitions to platform the arts at London’s evening university in Bloomsbury.
A free, three day festival celebrating two powerful genres of music from the Indian sub-continent.
The south London free film festival scene is blossoming and this New Cross and Deptford edition includes: quick-witted prince and the pauper tale Trading Places (pictured above), LGBT+ solidarity with miners’ strike in Pride and a trippy kaleidoscope in Arcadia.
A short film night exposing queer stories from South Asia.
Our favourite cult cinema presents: ‘Rocky Horror meets Phantom of the Paradise with a long-lost 80s Japanese rock-musical featuring zombies, animation and much more’.
See the sexploitation origins of the hitchhiker in horror at this bizarre double bill.
DIY queer festival with bite.
Wandsworth Arts Fringe gets the epic launch it deserves with Cirque Bijou presenting a free spectacle in Shillington Park featuring tight rope walking, fire juggling, umbrella dancing, choir singing, live drumming, stage pyrotechnics and so much more!
Theatre & Performance Art
Margaret Thatcher once stated: ‘There is no such thing as society.’.
Hannah Ringham & Glen Neath explore how politics can affect mental health in this searing vision of the age of anxiety.
Enter Girl World to meet 2 BFFs whose world is about to change.
Literature & Talks
A much needed literary festival which champions novelists, poets, journalists and playwrights of colour.
Show & Tell at All Points East: In the Neighbourhood | North Stage Outdoor Cinema | 28 May | 2:15pm | Free
Get inspired with free TED-style creative talks in the park. Also check out the free films being shown as well as pop up bars and yummy street food.
Over 200 cats compete in the competition which includes kitty themed shopping and activities.
The hilarious duo bring their attention to histories greatest (and silliest) mysteries.
Meet the next K-Music superstars in this showcase of indie ones to watch.
Get BOGOF all night in this cavalcade of double acts featuring the rib-tickling camp of Busty and Ginger.
Sink the Pink director and now BBC Radio 1 drag podcaster Glyn Fussell takes the show to Underbelly Festival for a glitter strewn live outing on the South Bank.
A cabaret night for fat bodies, queer bodies and allies.
Uncover the hidden rivers of London at this fascinating free exhibition.
A weird and wonderful late night in Dalston.
Did we miss any offbeat things to do in London? Leave a comment…
Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.
Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.
Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.