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Unique events to get your summer sizzling

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 13:15

As blossom blooms and the sun starts to appear across the capital, thoughts turn to the summer season and the amazing array of events, exhibitions and extravaganzas available to the public. From nights at the museum to the world’s most prestigious flower show there’s plenty to please the London culture vulture this May. 

Museums at Night, various venues, 19th May 2017

The first of its kind at the National Gallery, join award-winning improvised comedy group Do Not Adjust Your Stage as they create comic scenes, sketches and characters on the spot, inspired by the paintings on display. Having performed everywhere from the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris to the Natural History Museum in London and comedy festivals across the world, these guys are seasoned pros.

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If living, breathing art is more your thing, join the Museum of London for an evening celebrating London as one of the most creative and diverse cities on the planet. This free late event also sees the launch of ‘City Now City Future’, a year-long season exploring what it means to live in a capital with a truly global reputation. Immerse yourselves in all things London as you discover London-based artists and community projects and explore what it means to be a Londoner today through fashion, style, food, music and film.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea, 23rd - 27th May 2017

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a London institution and the most prestigious of its kind, will once again be attracting over 150,000 visitors to Christopher Wren’s elegantly designed Royal Hospital Chelsea for a visual feast of all things floral. RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the pinnacle of the horticultural calendar and will inspire millions by showcasing the best in gardening.

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Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s Globe, 18th May - 5th August 2017

Ditch the cinema tickets this weekend and opt for something a little more authentic at the home of one of the world’s greatest playwrights, Shakespeare’s Globe.

Directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director Emma Rice, this production of Shakespeare's greatest mistaken identity comedy follows a critically acclaimed version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last summer and offers guests a chance to enjoy all the thrills of the capital’s thriving theatre industry.

To top it all off, award-winning drag artist Le Gateau Chocolat will be taking to the stage to play Feste against the backdrop of glitter, kilts and singing sailors!

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The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, V&A, Throughout May 2017

Music fans will be delighted by this retrospective of one of the world's most pioneering and influential bands, Pink Floyd. Recognised as one of the top selling artists’ of all time, in this unprecedented multi-sensory journey, guests are invited to explore the music, design and staging of Pink Floyd's extraordinary world, from their debut through to the present day.

Taking place at the iconic V&A, the exhibition has been produced with active involvement and collaboration from the three surviving band members, and includes artefacts such as instruments, music technology, original designs, architectural drawings, hand-written lyrics, graphics and artwork.

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Alchemy, Southbank Centre, 19th May - 29th May 2017

This May, London’s Southbank Centre will be transformed for a ten-day celebration of South Asia's rich culture. With a line-up featuring music, dance, literature, film and fashion, the festival will once again showcase talent from the UK and the Indian subcontinent, exploring the creativity that's grown from our shared history.

The festival provides a space for the innovative and curious, where artists and audiences can exchange ideas and ingratiate themselves into the culture of South Asia with workshops, talks, food and drink and a range of free events for those looking to try something new.

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For more information on all the fantastic summer events going on across the Unique Venues of London portfolio, check out our member venues here.