At long last the wonderful month of May is upon us, and as London gears up for summer an awesome array of cool events and pop-ups are launching in the capital, with everything from a Scottish supperclub to a Star Wars exhibition on offer. Check out our pick of the best London Events May 2015 and get involved!
Street Feast at Dalston Yard and Model Market
London's infamous Street Feast market, which incorporates the coolest street food traders, bars and music for the ultimate weekend party is now in two locations as of May 2015, so you've no excuse not to visit. Lewisham in South East London is hosting Model Market, a converted 1950s market filled with delicious food traders and quirky bars, while Dalston sees the return of the expansive Dalston Yard.
Address: Model Market, 96 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London, SE13 6LS
Address: Dalston Yard, Hartwell Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DU
Alchemy Festival at Southbank
Now in its sixth year and running from May 15th - 25th, Alchemy Festival is the Southbank Centre's colourful annual celebration of music, theatre, design, dance and more from South Asia and the UK. There are plenty of free performances, exhibitions and workshops to enjoy as well as some very tasty South Asian food to tuck into.
Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Phone: 020 7960 4200
Little Heroes: Roy's People at Curious Duke
Blink and you'll miss them, but London is actually full of thousands of teeny tiny inhabitants enjoying the city as best they can in their miniature state. Artist Roy's People has been documenting these little Londoners for years, and his latest show focuses on superheroes and daily acts of heroism. The ultimate combination of adorable and thought-provoking.
Address: Curious Duke, 173 Whitecross St, EC1Y 8JT
Phone: 020 7251 6551
Dram + Smoke Scottish Pop-Up
Our favourite Scottish supper club has returned to Hackney Wick for a spring residency until May 16th, serving up a five course tasting menu of fine Scottish fare such as Cullen Skink Mousse, Smokin' Onion Broth, and a Lemon Hot Toddy Tart, along with generous whisky cocktails. The party continues after dinner with a bar and a beer pong room, so book your tickets early - we guarantee they'll sell out.
Address: Swan Wharf, 60 Dace Road, Hackney Wick, E3 2NQ
London Craft Week
This lovely new annual event celebrates all types of specialised craftsmanship and industries, with events and demonstrations all over London from May 6th until May 10th. Everyone from The British Museum to Fortnum & Masons have gotten involved, and highlights include watchmaking at Vacheron Constantin, book binding at the Wayvern Bindery, and a Craft of Food tour.
Jimmy's Secret Garden Pop-Up
King of the Pop-Ups Jimmy Garcia is back with another lovely South-West London foodie escape, this time in the form of Jimmy's Secret Garden on Clapham Park Road. They've taken over the space above Clapham North pub and transformed it into a magical leafy space for small plate dishes, tasting menus, indoor BBQs and botanical cocktails, so you can enjoy the great outdoors whatever the weather!
Address: 409 Clapham Road, London SW9 9BT, United Kingdom
Phone: 020 7737 0722
Dalston Roof Park
Hidden on a rooftop near Dalston Kingsland station, Dalston Roof Park has finally reopened for the summer season and it's better than ever. Inspired by Robert Hammond's High Line in New York, the DLR hosts a whole array of music events and film nights on its Astroturf lawns over the summer months, and membership is just £5 for the year.
Address: The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
Phone: 020 7275 0825
Museums at Night
For just three nights in May, Museums at Night offers you the chance to explore your favourite cultural collections after dark in a series of events from May 16th - 18th. Have a sleepover at the William Morris Gallery, enjoy Charles Dickens house after dark or give yourself a real scare with 'Night of the Bodysnatchers' at the Old Operating Theatre Museum...but just make sure you check under the bed before you go to sleep.
Star Wars at Madame Tussauds
Fans of George Lucas' epic series are in luck this May, as Madame Tussauds hotly-anticipated interactive Star Wars exhibition opens on May 16th. Mingle with Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker and the rest of the cast through a series of sets and creepily realistic waxwork models. May the force be with you!
Address: Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR
Phone: 0871 894 3000
Festival Asia at Tobacco Dock
Transport yourself to the Orient via Tobacco Dock from Friday 15th May - Sunday 17th May with Festival Asia, London's largest celebration of all things Asian. This vibrant festival offers cultural activities, music, dance, food, martial arts and much more, so you'll have more than enough to entertain you over that weekend.
Address: Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London EW1 2SF
Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear since 1900
Opening on May 22nd, this brand spanking new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey explores the development of seaside fashion from the conservative costumes of the Victorian era to modern-day swimsuits and sarongs, with everything from 1960s bikinis to Nigella Lawson's infamous Burkini in between. Even if you don't consider yourself a fanatic fashionista, the exhibition raises interesting questions about changing attitudes to modesty and body image too.
Address: 83 Bermondsey Street London SE1 3X
Phone: 020 7407 8664