Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre
When: Thursday, May 12 – Saturday, August 13, 2016
May marks the opening of the anticipated production of Romeo & Juliet. Directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, he rejoins Richard Madden and Lily James as the lead characters, who were last together in the Disney movie Cinderella. Sir Derek Jacobi has also been selected as Mercutio, making this an exciting piece of casting and putting a refreshingly new spin on the strong male friendship theme that is throughout this play.
When: Races take place 14-15:30 on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday May 8, 2016
Catch a glimpse of this historic sailing race, which is being held in the city for the first time since 1920. This is one of the preliminary events in the lead up to the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, June 2017. The best place to watch the action will be around Battery Park City, with pop-up bars and merchandise booths open throughout the weekend. Settle down in a waterfront bar and watch six teams compete (United States, Britain, France, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden).
When: Wednesday, May 25 to Thursday, May 31, 2016
Honour the members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps by celebrating with the rest of the city in this seven-day festival. Fleet Week kicks off with the Parade of Ships – visiting vessels cruising along the Hudson, then there are military demonstrations and a Memorial Day ceremony. The city quite literally parties for a week, there are a range of venues of pop-up bars and clubs including New York Harbor, Pier 92 in Manhattan and Military Island (Broadway and 7th Avenye between 43rd and 44th Streets).
Peckham Rye Music Festival
When: Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15, 2016
The festival season has begun, quite early for London in this case. Peckham Rye Music Festival celebrates the local music scene, bringing together the artists and record shops that have created the fresh and exciting vibe of the surrounding area as well as headline acts from across the globe. Radio 1 DJ Benji B is already signed up to play, plus top producer Leif and Kassem Mose is collaborating live with Mix Mup.
9th Avenue International Food Festival
When: Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15, 2016
Situated along 15 blocks of 9th Avenue, this two-day event features at least 40 of the city’s culturally authentic eateries. Stated as one of the city’s longest-running food festivals, it’s no surprise that it regularly draws over a million people to the street over that weekend. Not just for foodies, there are also almost 200 vendors selling clothing and jewellery, plus live performances and competitions.
Museums at Night
When: Wednesday, May 11 – Saturday, May 14, 2016
Twice a year this festival, now in its eighth year, allows visitors to explore major museums and historic properties at night. More than 30 venues in London will open to the public by showcasing new exhibitions, giving talks or performances and even torch-lit tours. The Bank of England is opening its doors on Friday 13 May, allowing visitors to attempt at lifting a genuine bar of gold and discussing the new £5 bank note that is launching in September and for the first time ever, will be printed on polymer.