With two bank holidays in May, Londoners are in high spirits! We’ve picked out our favourite things to do in the city this month – so you can go and enjoy them …

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1. From Selfie to Self Expression 

Think that selfie’s are only a 21st century thing? Think again. This Saatchi Gallery exhibition delves into the history of the selfie, celebrating a form of art that is often deemed trivial or vain. The Gallery has also teamed up with Huawei to commission ten up and coming British photographers to create new pieces using their new and revolutionary dual lens smartphone, emphaising the emerging role of the mobile phone as a tool for artistic self-expression.

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Now until 31st May 2017
Mon – Fri: 10am-6pm 
Free Entry

2. London Craft Week 

London Craft Week is a celebration of all the craftsmen and women across the city who are practicing ancient skills and developing new techniques. You’ll find them in a variety of interesting nooks and crannies throughout London, in disciplines ranging from jewellery-making to fashion, art and design.

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Various Venues 
May 3rd – May 7th 2017 

3. KERB: The Bucket List

Looking for London’s most finger lickin’ food festival? Then step right this way! KERB, just a few minutes’ walk from Clink, is hosting London’s first fried Chicken Festival. Feast on battered jerk chicken, mango nuggets, twice buttermilk soaked Cajun strips, spicy Korean wings – and more – from London’s finest chicken street food vendors.

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5th and 6th May 2017, 8-11pm 
Tickets £20 (include a portion of chicken from each vendor)

4. Peckham Rye Music Festival

Peckham loves a good party and it’s got it’s very own festival to prove it. Yet to hit the mainstream, this oh-so-hip weekender launched only last year and is back this year bringing some of the hottest acts to various venues around South-East London.

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Various Venues 
May 12th – May 14th 2017 
Tickets £39.50 

5. Museums at Night

Experience London’s museums and galleries when the sun goes down and the stars come out to play! For four days this May, various cultural gems across the city and beyond will open the doors to showcase their treasures in a whole new light. There’ll be talks, workshops, cocktails and more. Head along, join in and see what you might discover!

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17th – 20th May 2017
Ticket price vary from event to event.
Full Event Listings 

Read more: You’ve got to visit these London Museums and Galleries! 

6. Open Air Theatre

Summer kicks off in true style as Open Air Theatre returns to Regent’s Park. The award-winning theatre, established in 1932, is one of the largest in the city and draws in large crowds during the warmer months. The season opens on 19th May with ‘On the Town,’ directed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie.

19th May – 16th September
Performances begin at 7.45pm
Tickets from £23 

7. Urban Village Fete 

Offering  a modern twist on the traditional summer fete, you’ll find a whole lot of fun down at the Urban Village Fete at Greenwich Peninsula. Have a boogie along to reseident DJ Giles Peterson or march along to a lively brass band. Also discover street food delights, workshops (including group hula hooping), pop-ups and talks. All in all, a right good day out!

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21st May 2017 
11am – 7pm 
Free Event

8. California 

Nope, we’re not talking about a hop across the pond to sunnier climes. Rather, go explore this landmark exhibition at The Design Museum. It looks into the sunshine state’s global reach and rallies around the idea that California has championed the tools of personal liberation – from LSD to skateboards and iphones.

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24th May – 15th October 2017 
Various time slots available
Tickets £16 

9. We Are FSTVL

Zone 6 might seem like a long way from central London, but in reality it’s just a 20 minute tube journey. Jump on the district line and you’ll find yourself in Upmister, home of the We Are FSTVL. Kicking off the summer festival season in true style, you can catch big names like Craig David and Dizzee Rascal, indulge in a bit of pampering at the woodland spa or get involved with pillow fights, silly sports or testing out one of the many pop up restaurants.

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May 26th – 28th 2017
One day tickets from £69.75

10. The Great Gatsby

Step back in time with The Arts Theatre as they present a new and immersive production of The Great Gatsby in a secret London location. Step into the heart of the action – a world of hot jazz, hedonistic pleasures and moonshine – and watch the story unfold …

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From 30th May – 30th July 
Performances at 7.3opm
Tickets £30.40 

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