Spring is everywhere to be seen, touched and felt… If we disregard the various days of complete and utter darkness and rain throughout April – but oh well! That’s London for you! As much as I believe that rain has a way of blending perfectly with London’s architecture, there’s no denying that spring is an otherworldly experience, be it through London’s colourful neighbourhoods, beautiful parks, or potentially because the splash of colours and sun makes us all a little cheerier and more smiley than average. Not to get too carried away with the description of spring time in London, let’s go through our suggestions for May:
1. Wisteria Hysteria
Get tuned in to the Wisteria Hysteria that all of London’s Instagrammers tend to get carried away by! In case you’ve never come across the term Wisteria Hysteria before, fear not, you’re not the only one. It’s a very catchy phrase, designed to whimsically describe the time when bluebells, tulips, wisteria, cherry blossom and the rest of the stunning flowers are in full bloom. As you will undoubtedly notice soon enough, Instagram will become a place of worship for such pink hued frames, and also your go-to place to guide you through the most beautiful areas to visit throughout May.
2. AI: More than Human
A brand new exhibition that tackles head on our relationship with technology will land at the Barbican mid-May. As the digital era is evolving, so does our relationship with artificial intelligence… The Barbican set out to explore the boundaries of the human relationship with AI through an exhibition that engages scientists, researchers and artists. The intriguing exhibition opens May 16th, and it’s the ideal opportunity to challenge your presuppositions of AI while exploring the intriguing architecture of the Barbican.
3. Have drinks in Mexico
…or the closest thing to Mexico around London! Queen of Hoxton boasts a spacious terrace that is renounced for its annual transformation. This year, Queen of Hoxton has opted for a Mexican themed terrace, and it’s the drinking spot that we will definitely been inclined to visit weekend after weekend. Opening May 1st, it’s the perfect spot to get you prepped and cheerful for the summer!
4. The Chelsea Flower Show
The Chelsea Flower Show has become somewhat of an institution, making an annual appearance for almost 100 years now. The prestigious flower display boasts – among others- meticulously designed gardens that will stun you! Starting May 21st and ending on the 25th, its popularity means that the quite steep-priced tickets sell out pretty fast, so be sure to book fast!
5. Outdoor Theatre
May marks the time when outdoor theatre becomes a must in London, with the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe making their seasonal debut sometime mid-May! Be sure to make the most of the beautiful weather, while enjoying Shakespeare’s classics such as the Twelfth Night…
6. Take a city break
Albeit this guide has a – supposedly – strong London-focus, this suggestion deviates from the norm. The British countryside is a sight for sore eyes, especially during the months that it’s in full bloom, so we recommend you make the most of the May Bank Holidays! Given that there’s two of them, there’s more than enough time to indulge in quiet cafes with windows overlooking picturesque cottages… If you are looking for suggestions on what to visit, we have the coolest guide up on the blog!