Five of the Best Things to Do in May in London

Forget the wash-out April we’ve just had, the capital has got a pretty exciting month of events lined up. From Louboutins at the Design Museum to outdoor theatre, we’ve rounded up a few of the best things to do in May in London...


Christian Louboutin Retrospective

Over in Shad Thames the Design Museum are putting on an exhibition that we’re all very excited about here at ELLEuk. The exhibition will celebrate over 20 years of iconic shoe designer Christian Louboutin and will reveal his designs and inspiration, from his ideas through to their construction, right up to the finished product. Plus, with all his latest comments about not having any sympathy for sore feet after a night out in his creations, we can’t wait to see what decadent shoes are on display. You’ll even get a chance to ask questions to the man himself on May 24th, when he’ll be in conversation with Paula Reed. In the meantime, you can tweet your questions in advance to @DesignMuseum #LouboutinTalk, so get thinking.


28 Shad Thames, London, Greater London SE1 2YD; tel: 020 7403 6933

Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park

Few things are more romantic than a summer evening spent at one of London’s brilliant outdoor theatres with a picnic. And finally it’s that time of year when they all get started again. Our pick of the bunch, though, would definitely be the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. You can book tickets for modern classic Ragtime the Musical on a thrust-style stage from May 18th and then go back again from June 2nd for some Shakespeare (really, there’s no better place than the great outdoors to see a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream). We’ve got our fingers crossed for good weather...


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British Glamour since 1950s at the Victoria & Albert

Another brilliant museum, another brilliant exhibition, from Saturday 19th May the Victoria & Albert Museum will be showcasing their recently renovated fashion galleries with an exhibition of perfectly curated ballgowns, in their Ballgowns: British Glamour Since the 1950s exhibition. The collection, which has been sponsored by Coutts will include Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’, a metallic leather dress from Gareth Pugh and evening wear from Zhandra Rhodes and Victor Stiebel. There’ll be pieces from Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham’s catwalk shows. And from the 1950s ballgowns to modern day red carpet looks, there are some absolute showstoppers.

Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL; tel: 020 7942 2000. Book tickets here:

Edible Cinema at the Electric

From Secret Cinema, with its real camels at Lawrence of Arabia, to the similarly popular silent cinema, we love that the boundaries of cinematic experience are being pushed all the time. However, the Electric certainly caught our eye this month, with the quite brilliant concept of Edible Cinema. The collaboration between the Soho House Group and experimental food designer Andrew Stellitano involves a screening of Pan's Labyrinth and the opportunity to taste different, carefully sourced foods, textures and flavours that tie in with what’s happening on-screen. Multi-sensory cinema? We like.

May 13th, 8.30pm-10:30pm. To book tickets, email:

Museums at Night Festival

If you’re not too museum’d out from all these exhibitions then we’d thoroughly recommend trying out the Museums at Night Festival that’s held annually in the capital from May 18th-20th. First up, there’s the night in space over at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, then, if it’s a literary fix you’re in need of, archivist Robert Brown will be taking a small amount of people (it’s not usually open to the public) through Faber & Faber’s publishing house from T.S Eliot’s book reports to a rejection letter written to William Golding. There’s also the brilliant late-shift Draw the Line night at the National Portrait Gallery, where life drawing, music, film and poetry will be taking place inspired by Lucian Freud’s portraits. Whichever way you look at it, May is certainly going to be a month of culture.

May 18th-20th. Find out more here:

Worn out after all this culture? Check out our pick of the best things to do on Sunday in London. Or see our London guide.

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