Spring is one of the most magical seasons in London. The parks are green, the blossoms are blooming, and the mild weather drives everybody outside to bask in the sunshine. It’s also a great time for celebrations, with May welcoming the launch of several new art exhibitions, music festivals and cultural shows dedicated to everything from flowers to puppets. If you’re visiting London in May, make time in your itinerary for some of these top events.

Underbelly Festival

A summer-long celebration of performing arts, Underbelly Festival presents a packed schedule of music, comedy and dance performances on London’s Southbank. Hosted by the Southbank Centre, this year visitors get two for the price of one as Underbelly joins forces with London Wonderground festival. As well as live concerts and shows, visitors can explore street food stands and pop up bars.

Underbelly Festival

28th April – 30th September 2017

London in May | Underbelly

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone™ in Concert

Experience the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter as the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra presents an exclusive performance of John Williams’ score from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The concert, hosted at the Royal Albert Hall for four days only, will be accompanied by the movie, which will play on screen behind the musicians.

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone™ in Concert

11th – 14th May 2017

London in May | Harry Potter

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

When it comes to museum exhibits, it doesn’t get much more rock ‘n’ roll than The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains. Chronicling the life of one of England’s most successful bands, Pink Floyd, this show at the V&A presents a 350-strong collection of artefacts, artworks and performances that takes music enthusiasts on an immersive audio-visual journey through the band’s history.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

13th May – 1st October 2017

London in May | Pink Floyd

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

Experience a traditional British Punch and Judy show at this annual puppet festival at Covent Garden (the setting of the first puppet show recorded in 1662). A great day out for the whole family, the event kicks off with a brass band procession around the square, followed by an afternoon of fun and games and performances in the garden of St Paul’s Church, also known as ‘The Actors’ Church’.

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

14th May 2017

London in May | Puppet Fair

Photo London

A world-class photography fair at Somerset House, Photo London presents the best of contemporary photographic art in a suitably striking setting. Hundreds of photographers and around 100 galleries from 17 countries are represented at the must-see event, which presents thought-provoking works by the likes of Taryn Simon, Isaac Julien and William Klein.

Photo London

18th – 21st May 2017

London in May | Photo London

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

When visiting London in summer, treat yourself to an al fresco show at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. During the warmer months of the year, the theatre hosts a programme of unmissable productions in a striking Regent’s Park setting. Highlights of the 2017 calendar include performances of On the Town, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

19th May – 16th September 2017

London in May | Regent's Park Theatre

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society, the Chelsea Flower Show is highly anticipated among London’s gardening enthusiasts. The world-famous flower show, set in the grounds of the Royal Hospital of Chelsea, showcases the best in modern-day garden design, alongside displays of new and rare flowers and plants, and much more.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

23rd – 27th May 2017

London in May | Chelsea Flower Show

After enjoying these key events, take in some sightseeing on an Evan Evans London tour. If you’ve already visited the city’s must-see attractions, why not try one of our alternative themed tours.

Images courtesy of Underbelly Festival, TonyBaggett/iStock, SangHyunPaek/iStock, Gannet77/iStock, Jeff Knowles, David Jensen, and the Royal Horticultural Society