What’s on in London for May 2012

May 2012 Harmony airport transfersMay is the start of the London Summer season. This summer is going to be crammed with special events, The Olympics, The Queens Jubilee, Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and loads more. Most of these events won’t start till June, so May is still a little quiet but there are still has some exciting events to see, especially if you are a Soccer or Rugby fan.

Below are our top 10 things to see and do in London for this month.

No. 1.   Saturday 5th May “The FA Cup Final” at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea v Liverpool . Two of the biggest names of the Premiership league will be fighting it out to see who will win the coveted trophy. Both teams will play there strongest squad, so all the top Stars of both teams will be on show. This is always a special occasion and marks the end of the football season. Tickets will be hard to obtain but if you can get one then you are in for a very special sporting day. Kickoff  is at 5.15 pm .

No 2.  5th May  “An Evening of Athletics and Entertainment at the Olympic Stadium”. Join celebrities, sports stars and an audience of 40,000 . This is your chance to preview the Olympic Stadium before the London 2012 Games, and even be in with a chance of officially opening the venue! The London 2012 organisers are inviting a crowd of 40,000 people to an evening of athletics and entertainment at the stadium, where one audience member will be chosen to officially open the venue. Arriving at 7pm, you’ll see the final hour of the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships, which takes place during the day. Then there’ll be a series of UK Athletics Invitational events, featuring some of Britain’s best athletes, who are hoping for a place in Team GB this summer. After the athletics, a celebrity host will be joined by famous faces including Olympians and Paralympians for an evening of stunts, games, challenges and prizes. At the end of the evening, one lucky person will be selected from the audience to stand in the middle of the stadium and officially open the venue.

No 3.  6th May “ Vaisakhi in London at Trafalgar Square” The event starts at 12 noon and goes on to till 6 pm. Each year, London celebrates Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year festival, and previous events have been very popular, with around 30,000 people attending during the day. The event is totally free and is well worth a look.

No. 4.   8th May till 9th September “The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe”

Being staged at The threesixty Theatre, Kensington Gardens.

Journey into Narnia this summer with a spectacular new production of C S Lewis’ classic story adapted for the stage by Rupert Goold, and the show is alo co-directed by Goold and Michael Fentiman The production shows the first instalment in C S Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, combining live theatre and breath-taking special effects performed in a state-of-the art theatre tent.

No.5.  8th May till the 30th September “The London Wonderground” at the Southbank Centre. This summer, the coach park between the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye will be transformed into The London Wonderground.

The brainchild of the Southbank Centre and Underbelly (creators of the Udderbelly Festival), The London Wonderground will bring a taste of 20th-century Coney Island to London. Headline Acts at The London Wonderground

At the centre of the festival will be a 600-capacity Spiegeltent presenting cabaret, music and circus, headlined by the Australian circus show Cantina.

Cantina stars some of Australia’s greatest circus acts, including artists from La Clique, Circa, Acrobat and Circus Oz, in a show designed especially for the Spiegeltent.

No. 6.  4th till 18th May “British Open Squash Championships at The O2

See the world’s best players assemble in London for the most prestigious squash tournament in the world.

Top level squash returns to London for four days in May for the “Wimbledon of Squash”. The O2 will see both men’s and women’s tournaments, including appearances from current British and world No 1 James Willstrop and top-ranked British female player and world No 2, Jenny Duncalf. Get up close and personal with the squash action at one of the most incredible spectator sport events around.

Adult Ticket: £15.00 to £45.00 per ticket

No.7.   18th till 19th May “Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup” at Twickenham

Four teams, two finals, one city! Roll up to Twickenham for the ultimate rugby showdown.  The Amlin Challenge Cup and the Heineken Cup Final

This year’s Amlin Challenge Cup takes place in the Twickenham Stoop, which has hosted the competition three times previously. The following afternoon, just a mile down the road, Twickenham Stadium will host the Heineken Cup Final 2012.

English rugby fans will be hoping history can repeat itself. In the three previous occasions that Twickenham Stadium has hosted the Heineken Cup Final an English team has lifted the trophy. Prices and Booking for Heineken Cup Final and Amlin Challenge Cup Final 2012 at Twickenham Stadium. Adult Ticket:£25.00 to £45.00  per ticket

No.8  22nd till the 26th May “RHS Chelsea Flower Show” held in the Grounds of The Royal Hospital, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the top event in the gardening calendar and presents the ultimate pilgrimage for all green-fingered enthusiasts!

See the very latest trends in gardening in the show gardens, each one created with passionate attention to detail by the world’s leading garden designers. They will provide lasting memories and inspiration. For further inspiration you can visit the Great Pavilion housing over 100 floral displays from all over the world. Cutting edge products, designs, and techniques will also be on show.

Public days: May 24th – 25th, 8am–8pm and May 26th 8am-5:30pm Plant sell off from 4pm on Saturday 26th May. Admission: Adult: £22 to £49 . All tickets must be booked in advance

No. 9.   25th till 27th May “Le Cadre Noir de Saumur” held at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road. For the first time ever, the UK will have the chance to see Le Cadre Noir de Saumur: Le Cadre Noir de Saumur is world renowned for its incredible complex horsemanship. Visitors will see the riders performing spectacular movements including the famous ‘airs above the ground’ and the magnificent ‘croupades et cabrioles’., Le Cadre Noir de Saumur dates back to 1825 when they provided training to the Officers of the French Cavalry and gets its name from the black uniforms that are still used today. 50 horses and 22 riders will be performing accompanied by musicians from the European Symphony Orchestra, creating an outstanding spectacle which brings together sport, art and culture in an unforgettable experience.

No.10.   26th May “Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2012” held at Twickenham Rugby Stadium. Be a part of the biggest domestic club final in world Rugby Union and watch the top two teams in the Aviva Premiership battle it out in an epic clash at Twickenham! For the past four seasons all 81,601 tickets in the vast Twickenham Stadium have sold out. Last year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final saw Saracens take the title for the first time after holding off an onslaught from Leicester Tigers. Expect a similarly bruising encounter.

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