What’s on in London for May 2013

ascotThe holiday season has started and London will start to fill with tourists from all over the world. This year in London is expected to be very busy after the London Olympics last year, so if you are coming this summer make sure you start booking your hotels now. Also transport will also be busy so if you need a transfer from the airport when you arrive don’t delay and make arrangements. This month sees the big football final at Wembley, “The FA cup” always a spectacle and always sold out. See below for all the other top events for May.

No.1.  1st May to 6th May ”Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular at Wembley Arena”

A show that has astounded audiences and critics alike, Walking with Dinosaurs is a technological triumph that brings over 20 life-size dinosaurs into the arena. This unique family spectacular, based on the BBC television series, provides an entertaining and educational overview of 185 million years of (pre) history. Huge, realistic dinosaurs roam around the arena, roaring, interacting with one another and moving so quickly that you’ll be looking for the nearest cave to hide in! Fortunately, palaeontologist Huxley braves earthquakes, volcanoes and comets to teach you about the dinosaurs and explain the various events that took them from global mastery to eventual extinction. Accompanied by symphonic music and incredible special effects, these beautifully crafted creatures are each operated by up to three people and provide an unforgettable opportunity for both children and adults to a realistic glimpse of prehistoric life.

No 2.  10th May  to 12th May “Basketball: 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at The O2”

Europe’s premier basketball event lands in London when The O2 Arena hosts the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in May. In the leadup to the London finals, 24 clubs from 13 European countries will battle through three stages over seven months for a chance of winning the ultimate prize on the hardwood at The O2. Defending champions Olympiacos Piraeus of Greece and 2012 runner-up CSKA Moscow of Russia are being tipped as favourites.   The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four is more than just a basketball competition, it’s a hoops celebration.                                                                                     The games include: two semi-finals on 10th May, the third-place game and the Euroleague title game on 12th May Be there when the Euroleague crowns its next champion!

No.3.   10th to 12th May “ Turkish Airlines Euroleague Fan Zone in Trafalgar Square”     

There will be a basketball court in the middle of the square , performances by EFES Cheerleaders, who will be teaching dance classes throughout the festival.  The final stages of the Turkish Airlines Slam Dunk Contest, The Nike International Junior Tournament three-point shooting and dunk contest, skills demonstrations by professional coaches. An exhibition game, featuring disabled players and legends from UEFA and Euroleague Basketball, and Ten hoops where you can have a go at basketball and learn basics such as shooting, passing and dribbling from coaches. There will also be a chance to have your photo taken with the Euroleague Champion’s Trophy.

No.4. 11th May “FA Cup Final Manchester City v Wigan “  held at Wembley Stadium

Don’t miss the FA Cup football final in London. Whether you’re right there at Wembley or you catch the action live in one of many locations throughout London, it’s one of the sporting events of the year! The FA Cup is English Football’s biggest competition. The FA Cup final, played at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, brings the nation to a standstill and attracts millions of viewers from around the globe. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets to the event, you’re in for a real treat watching a moment of English football history from the stands at the newly built Wembley stadium is something not to be missed for all sports enthusiasts.

No.5.  12th May “The World on Regent Street Festival”

Enjoy music, arts, food and fashion from all over the world in this global-themed festival.  In the heart of London’s West End, Regent Street will become a traffic-free zone for the day to enable shoppers to enjoy fantastic entertainment, including music and dance, food and drink, arts and crafts, and more. The festival is part of a month of international celebrations in Regent Street, where global destinations are linking up with shops and restaurants to entertain the public.

No.6.   21st May to 25th May  “RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013”held at the Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR

Come and experience the greatest flower show in the world at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea. The 2013 event marks the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show so it’s going to be extra-special. Every year the grounds of the Royal Hospital are transformed into show gardens, inspirational small gardens and vibrant horticultural displays for the world’s most famous flower show. The Chelsea Flower Show is attended by 157,000 visitors each year. The number is limited by the capacity of the 11-acre ground. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The show has become an important venue for watching emerging gardening trends. New plants are launched and the popularity of older varieties revived. It’s the garden design equivalent of Paris Fashion Week.

No.7   23rd May to 26th May  ”UEFA Champions Festival “ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford.  

The UEFA Champions Festival is a free four-day football celebration with a host of family-friendly activities. Taking place on The International Quarter, close to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the festival will be the first major event to come to the home of London 2012. Festival attendees will have the chance to visit the UEFA Champions League museum and watch world-renowned former players in the Ultimate Champions match (Saturday 25 May, 12.30pm). Children can take part in skills clinics and coaching courses with professional coaches. Football fans can also get their photos taken with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women’s Champions League trophies.   Opening times: 23rd – 12:00-21:00, 24th- 12:00-21:00, 25th- 9.00-18.00, 26th- 12:00-18:00

N0. 8 .  25th May  “Field Day Festival 2013 at Victoria Park”, Bow

Join East London’s cool kids for the popular Field Day music festival in Victoria Park.  Originally a low-key festival outside a pub, Field Day is now a large-scale event that features some of the biggest names in music. This year’s line-up includes Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes, Disclosure, Django Django, Everything Everything, Four Tet and Solange, who is making her UK festival debut.  As well as great live music, visitors can enjoy food from Clapham’s Venn St Market, wacky games in the Village Mentality area and spoken word events at the Caught By The River stage.                                     Featured Artist:  Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes, Disclosure, Django Django, Everything Everything, Four Tet.   Tickets from £39.50. Starts at 11.30 a.m.

No.9 26th May “Rita Ora, As One in the Park at Victoria Park”  Victoria Park Bow, London, E9 7DD

Rita Ora is headlining As One in the Park, a new LGBT festival for London. The British singer-songwriter will perform her three No 1 hits: Hot Right Now, R.I.P and How We Do (Party). The gay gathering will also see performances from Katy B, and X Factor stars Union J and Rylan. DJ sets will include Israeli superstar DJ Offer Nissim. The festival will have four large indoor arenas and five additional stages, which will be hosted by some of the world’s leading gay party brands.  Tickets from £35.00. Doors open from 12.00 p.m.

No.10.  29th May  “England v Republic Of Ireland” at Wembley                                                                                                                                                                              Republic of Ireland will play their first game at Wembley since the stadium was rebuilt.  The teams last met at Wembley in 1991 in a European Championship Qualifier. Lee Dixon opened the scoring after nine minutes with his only ever England goal but Niall Quinn equalised before half time and the game eventually finished 1-1.  Kick off  is at 20.00 p.m.   Tickets are on sale now from the FA Ticketing website and prices range from £35 – £65

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