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.


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This lecture examines the ways in which Jews across Europe and Asia co-operated in helping the tens of thousands of their co-religionists displaced by the mid-seventeenth century wars in eastern Europe.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Euston
2019-05-22
2019-05-22
Harmful practices due to belief in witchcraft have seen a huge increase in the past six years both globally and in the UK and Kirsty Brimelow QC and author and campaigner Syd Moore have joined forces to expose this phenomenon.
 7:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Holborn
2019-05-22
2019-05-22
Hear from a series of experts from the architectural, built environment and cultural sectors, as we examine the future threats and opportunities for London’s 24-hour city.
 6:30pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
2019-05-22
2019-05-22
The 24-hour city, powered by PechaKucha
Tessa Murdoch will introduce Huguenot craftsmen and entrepreneurs responsible with examples from the V&A’s Ceramic collections.
 1pm to 1:45pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-05-22
2019-05-22

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Thursday 23rd May

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
The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation presents an evening with the authors shortlisted for this year’s Best Published Novel award.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Soho
2019-05-23
2019-05-23
What is adventure fiction? 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize
Every element within this ancient ritual has a sacred and symbolic meaning. Join City Guide Robert Stephenson to learn more.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
2019-05-23
2019-05-23
The Hidden Meaning of the Coronation

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Friday 24th May

Join Justin Saddington as he recounts a series of incredible battlefield escapes and discusses their impact on soldiers.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-05-24
2019-05-24
Close shaves and lucky escapes
A chance to go into the normally private gardens in the medieval monastery by the Barbican
 5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-05-24
2019-05-24
Monthly opening of the Charterhouse's gardens
Acclaimed manga artist Takahashi Yōichi, creator of the football-themed sensation Captain Tsubasa and exhibition curator Nicole Rousmaniere discuss the global impact Takahashi's artwork has had over the past four decades.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-05-24
2019-05-24

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Top events in London on Saturday

Be the first to see our brand new museum, temporary exhibition gallery and restored period rooms which open today!
 10:30am to 5pm
 
 Fulham
2019-05-25
2019-05-25
Fulham Palace unveiled
Visit the c.1397 Grade 2 listed ‘threshing’ barn, over 100ft x 40ft in size, with a fine crownpost roof.
 10:45am to 1pm
 
 Rickmansworth
2019-05-25
2019-05-25
Monthly open day at a wood and nature reserve that's next to the railway at Forest Hill.
 1pm to 4pm
 
 Forest Hill
2019-05-25
2019-05-25
Monthly open day at the Dacres Wood nature reserve
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
Flower and champagne expert Nick Barber describes and demonstrates how to make this seasonal treat.
 2pm to 4pm
 
 Tottenham
2019-05-25
2019-05-25
See and buy from a display of more than 200 cacti and succulent plants
 10am to 5pm
 
 Enfield
2019-05-25
2019-05-25

More London events on Saturday 25th May

Top events in London on Sunday

View Tate’s Grade II* listed mansion Park Hill (exterior only) and explore the historic garden with its Grade II listed features, including the Pulhamite grotto, Victorian folly, lake and temple.
 2pm to :
 
 Streatham
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
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
Over 100 vintage to modern cars race around the old Crystal Palace motor track.
 9am to 5:30pm
 
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
MotorSport at the Palace
See the gardens on seven linked floating barges.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
Garden Barge Square at Downings Roads Moorings
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
See and buy from a display of more than 200 cacti and succulent plants
 10am to 5pm
 
 Enfield
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
A chance to visit five private gardens overlooking the Thames.
 2pm to 5:30pm
 
 Hammersmith
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
Open day at the Chiswick Mall Gardens

More London events on Sunday 26th May

Top events in London on Bank Holiday Monday

Semi-regular days where they fire up a Victorian steam engine.
 12:30pm to 4:30pm
 
 South Tottenham
2019-05-27
2019-05-27
Open day at a Victorian steam pump
Over 100 vintage to modern cars race around the old Crystal Palace motor track.
 9am to 5:30pm
 
2019-05-27
2019-05-27
MotorSport at the Palace
See and buy from a display of more than 200 cacti and succulent plants
 10am to 5pm
 
 Enfield
2019-05-27
2019-05-27

More London events on Monday 27th May

Tuesday 28th May

Historian Serhii Plokhy talks to journalist and author Luke Harding, drawing on his recent book Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2018.
 6:45pm to 8:15pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-28
2019-05-28
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

The Science Museum will be marking the redefinition of the Kilogram with a special Lates in partnership with the National Physics Laboratory (NPL)
 6:45pm to 10pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-05-29
2019-05-29
Except for churches, the sugar refineries of Georgian London were the capital’s tallest buildings, but they virtually vanished overnight in the 1870s. They are little known and yet played a huge role for so many. With architectural historian Andrew Byrne.
 6:15pm to 8:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-05-29
2019-05-29
The Remarkable Sugar Houses of Georgian London – completely vanished
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
Jasmine Losasso will examine medical phenomena in London from the outbreak of the plague to the introduction of the contraceptive pill.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-05-29
2019-05-29
Medical History and Archival Documents
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

A book launch to mark the 200th anniversary of Brixton Prison.
 6:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Stockwell
2019-05-30
2019-05-30
Sample a range of delights, from film screenings to hands-on workshops; from oysters to ale, all at this special late-night event.
 6:30pm to 9pm
 
 Poplar
2019-05-30
2019-05-30
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
Launch of a presents an intimate cross-section of life in Ethiopia's capital through 242 images from private archives and their accompanying stories.
 6:30pm to 8:45pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-05-30
2019-05-30
Vintage Addis Ababa London Book Launch & Pop-up Exhibition

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Friday 31st May

Join Kim A Wagner to learn about the experiences of the ordinary British and Indian people affected by the Amritsar Massacre of 1919.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-05-31
2019-05-31
The Amritsar Massacre revisited
This workshop with Paul from the Ultimate Navigation School is specially designed for people who are comfortable with the basics of map and compass work but wish to brush up further with navigation and map reading techniques.
 12pm to 2pm
 
 Soho
2019-05-31
2019-05-31
Ordnance Survey Map Reading for Intermediates Workshop
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
Join us for various activities to celebrate the women who built nearby Waterloo Bridge with poster making, dressing up, a pop up exhibition and a walk to the nearby bridge.
 2:30pm to 5pm
 
 Holborn
2019-05-31
2019-05-31

More London events on Friday 31st May

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