Things to do in London in May 2019

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Events in London in May 2019

The IanVisits guide to Mays unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Wednesday 1st May

The newly discovered Salvator by Leonardo, the world’s most costly picture, is one of his most notable creations, in which he used his ‘science of art’ to transform a stock subject into a profound expression of the ineffability of the divine.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-01
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Friday 3rd May

The Archbishop's garden is open for a few hours each month between April and September.
 12pm to 3pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-03
2019-05-03
Monthly opening of Lambeth Palace Garden

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Saturday 4th May

IWA Canalway Cavalcade is London's biggest, brightest and best waterways festival.
 All Day
 
 Maida Vale
2019-05-04
2019-05-04
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Tooting
2019-05-04
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Sunday 5th May

IWA Canalway Cavalcade is London's biggest, brightest and best waterways festival.
 All Day
 
 Maida Vale
2019-05-05
2019-05-05
Monthly(ish) open days at 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Reigate
2019-05-05
2019-05-05
Gatton Park monthly open day
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-05
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Monday 6th May

IWA Canalway Cavalcade is London's biggest, brightest and best waterways festival.
 All Day
 
 Maida Vale
2019-05-06
2019-05-06
Local teams build a cart, show it off, race it round the course... and then pick up the pieces!
 12pm to :
 
 New Cross
2019-05-06
2019-05-06
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
2019-05-06
2019-05-06
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend

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Wednesday 8th May

A talk by Robin Myers on his own book about the letters sent by the two brothers.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-08
2019-05-08
Dr Andrew Ducarel, Lambeth Librarian 1757-85, seen through his brother’s eyes
A talk about the construction of the Royal Exchange in the City.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-08
2019-05-08
Hear how the world’s most recognisable chimneys were carefully deconstructed and restored to their former glory
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Battersea
2019-05-08
2019-05-08
Spot the Difference! Rebuilding Battersea Power Station's iconic chimneys

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Thursday 9th May

Juliet Gardiner traces the fascinating cultural and social developments in Britain in the twenty years following the Second World War.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Richmond
2019-05-09
2019-05-09
From the bomb to The Beatles

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Saturday 11th May

Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
2019-05-11
2019-05-11
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend
The afternoon will consist of a brief demonstration of the organ, explanation of its history and a guided session for people to play it.
 3pm to :
 
 Dulwich
2019-05-11
2019-05-11
Occasional open day at a 14th century building in Ilford.
 9am to 10am
 
 Ilford
2019-05-11
2019-05-11
Occasional open day at the Ilford Hospital Chapel

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Sunday 12th May

The free event will be packed full of spectacular kite flying displays and is an opportunity for everyone to go fly a kite.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Streatham
2019-05-12
2019-05-12
Streatham Common Kite Day
Open day at a restored and working water mill.
 2pm to 5pm
 
2019-05-12
2019-05-12
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
2019-05-12
2019-05-12
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend

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Monday 13th May

What’s the future of listening? What will happen to the ways we give attention to music in the future?
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-13
2019-05-13

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Tuesday 14th May

Jonathan Bate will track Keats to Hampstead and tell of the extraordinary circle of writers – opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, essayist Charles Lamb, master-critic William Hazlitt – who wrote for The London Magazine.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-14
2019-05-14
Professor Wilks will discuss the argument that ‘superintelligent’ AI may turn against us, as Hawking and Bostrom have warned.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-14
2019-05-14

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Thursday 16th May

Guided bird walk with London Wildlife Trust in Sydenham Hill Wood
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Sydenham
2019-05-16
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Saturday 18th May

Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car show/meet in central London.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-18
2019-05-18
Monthly Waterloo Classic car display
A day of talks celebrating some of the history associated with St Saviours, the church now known as Southwark Cathedral.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-18
2019-05-18
Life in Early Modern Southwark: Stories of Edward Alleyn, Philip Henslowe and their World

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Top events in London on Thu 23rd May 2019

In conjunction with a book of the same name, the talk will explore how the young royal couple played key roles as public supporters and as large-scale lenders, before the museum grew its own collections.
 7pm to 8:45pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-05-23
2019-05-23

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Saturday 25th May

A special close-up look at the Transport Museum’s poster collection and some of the artworks behind the posters.
 Starts at 11am
 
 Acton
2019-05-25
2019-05-25
Art and poster store tours
See historic vehicles and engineering collections, an array of signs and maps, as well as unusual and unexpected items from London’s rich transport past.
 Starts at 11am
 
 Acton
2019-05-25
2019-05-25
Monthly Depot Discovery tours

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Sunday 26th May

Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
Monthly open day at a site of an important railway wildlife reserve.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Forest Hill
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum

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Tuesday 28th May

This heartfelt, deeply personal memoir explores how one family built bridges across today’s great divides. And how our stories hold the power to heal.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-28
2019-05-28
Mama's Boy - A Talk by Dustin Lance Black

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Wednesday 29th May

Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-05-29
2019-05-29
Tours of Croydon Old Palace
This talk looks at mathematical modelling of real, complex fluids in flow situations – some with serious commercial applications, and some just for fun.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-29
2019-05-29

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Thursday 30th May

Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-05-30
2019-05-30
Tours of Croydon Old Palace

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Friday 31st May

With broadcaster and art historian Dr Janina Ramirez, University of Oxford, we see Munch’s world famous composition The Scream in its various forms.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-05-31
2019-05-31
A 45 minute guided tour around the building to find out more about its history and architecture.
 5pm to 6:30pm
 
 Hackney
2019-05-31
2019-05-31
Hackney Town Hall tour and Vaults - London History Day

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