What's Happening in May
London is at the top if its game this month. Head outdoors to explore London this May, from cultural celebrations to vibrant flower shows, delicious foodie pop-ups to film nights are a given. These are our top ideas this month.
1. Celebrate a planet-friendly future
This is the last weekend to catch Selfridges' experimental concept store ‘SUPERMARKET' before it closes on 30 April. An extension of the Project Earth initiative, the ‘SUPERMARKET’ is an imagined planet-conscious shop of the future. The pop-up showcases 3D-printing robots creating everything from juicy plant-based steaks to lightweight handbags and recycled plastic furniture on demand. Look into the future with this one.
Until 30 April, 2022
Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street
2. Photo London at Somerset House
Experience the best contemporary photography from across the globe, as nearly 100 galleries from various different countries come together for series of events and exhibitions as part of Photo London 2022 at Somerset House. Leading institutions and emerging galleries from the US, Japan, Germany, Italy and more usually join by London’s major museums and galleries, auction houses and creative communities, to exhibit work from some of today’s most exciting photography talents.
12-15 May, 2022
Somerset House, The Strand
3. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Fashion merchandising major Elle Woods (Courtney Bowman) and her college sweetheart Warner Huntington III (Alistair Toovey) meet once again in Legally Blonde. Enjoy a musical version of the popular Hollywood movie in the stunning surrounds of Regent's Park.
13 May-2 July 2022
4. Raphael at The National Gallery
A painter, draughtsman, architect, archaeologist, and poet, Raphael captured in his art the human and the divine, love and friendship, learning and power. In his brief career, spanning just two decades, Raphael shaped the course of Western culture like few artists before or since.This exhibition, one of the first ever to explore Raphael's complete career, looks at his celebrated paintings and drawings as well as his work in architecture, poetry, and design for sculpture, tapestry and prints. With loans from the Louvre, National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Prado Museum, Uffizi Museum and the Vatican Museum this is an unprecedented opportunity to see the breadth of Raphael’s skill, creativity, and ingenuity.
Until 31July, 2022
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
5. Ilan Eshkeri’s Space Station Earth
This May, the Royal Albert Hall welcomes a brand-new special event – Ilan Eshkeri’s Space Station Earth - an incredible concert and visual experience that is like nothing else you’ve seen before. Created in collaboration with The European Space Agency, this music event from award-winning composer and show creator Ilan Eshkeri, allows you to see through the eyes of an astronaut. Lose yourself in this awe-inspiring concert as a live band, ensemble and choir take you on the emotional journey of astronauts, allowing you to contemplate our planet, the stars and the universe from their unique vantage point with incredible new music and spellbinding visuals on three high-definition screens.
Sunday 15 May, 2022
Royal Albert Hall