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What's on in London this May 2017 near Canary Wharf

May is a real treat as we get two long weekends with Bank Holidays on Monday 1 May and Monday 29 May. There's more sunshine this month and radiant flowers fill the parks and gardens.

GEFFYRE MUSEUM PERIOD GARDENS

While the front gardens are open all year, the period gardens behind the Geffyre Museum have now reopened for the summer months.

In the way the displays inside the museum show us how home living rooms have transformed over the past four centuries, the museum's award-winning walled herb garden and period gardens show how domestic gardens have changed.

Inspired by local history – Shoreditch was a centre of horticulture and market gardens – the museum gardens are chronologically arranged to explore the links between home interiors and gardens.

The herb garden planting scheme shows the many household uses of herbs, with separate beds for medicinal, culinary, aromatic and dye plants. And the period gardens are based on the design and planting of urban middle-class gardens since the 17th century.

ED SHEERAN

Global superstar Ed Sheeran starts the month in The O2 Arena in North Greenwich as part of his worldwide tour. There are shows on 1, 2 and 3 May to see this incredible solo artist whose dual singles Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill reached the no.1 and no.2 spots across the charts worldwide.

If you miss out on tickets for these shows, Ed Sheeran is back for The O2's 10th Birthday with another date on 22 June. Other artists confirmed for the week's celebrations include alt-J, Celine Dion and Jamiroquai.

IRON MAIDEN

If Heavy Metal is more to your taste, Iron Maiden are at The O2 Arena on 27 and 28 May continuing their hugely successful The Book of Souls World Tour into 2017. The tour opened in Florida in February 2016, and has seen them play in 35 countries in North and South America, Asia, Australasia, Africa and Europe.

The Book of Souls is Iron Maiden's first ever double studio album and their most successful chart entry to date, debuting at the no.1 spot in over 40 countries around the globe.

They are joined by special guests Shinedown, the American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida.

DJ SASHA

For another switch in musical genre, DJ, producer and remixer Sasha is making his Barbican debut on 20 and 21 May. Sasha is recognised as one of the world's most innovative icons of electronic music, and Sasha: re-Fracted (live) sees him performing his well-known tracks in a new way.

In this concert hall setting, Sasha explores a more introspective side to his music in a special performance of his Late Night Tales release Scene Delete – an album that filters contemporary classical influences through the lens of House and Techno.

In the first half, Sasha is joined on stage by a small chamber ensemble. Further indulging his eclectic taste in music, the second half of the concert sees Sasha perform new interpretations of tracks from across his career.

JAPANESE HOUSE FILM PROGRAMME

To complement the Barbican Art Gallery exhibition The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945, Barbican Cinema is presenting a season exploring Japanese architecture and the country's unique domestic environment on film.

Featuring the work of Hiroshi Teshigahara, YasujirôOzu, Sogo Ishii, Yoshifumi Kondo, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata the season also includes a rare chance to experience a Silent Film and Live Music screening with live Katsudo-Benshi narration.

This film season is in Cinemas 1 and 2 from 14 May to 24 June.

PAINTED HALL CEILING TOUR

The Painted Hall at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich was painted between 1707 and 1726 and is now undergoing a 2-year conservation and restoration project. As the scaffolding is up we are being offered a remarkable opportunity to get close to the adorned ceiling and see the artist's quirks often missed from ground level.

You may recognise the hall from the Pirates of the Caribbean as it's a popular filming location but they would never have got the view you can now enjoy.

Ceiling Tours are running until July and you need to be able to climb 70 steps (in sensible shoes) to reach the ceiling.

JULIUS CAESAR

The screenings in Canary Wharf's East Wintergarden are a real delight. On Monday 22 May you can see Julius Caesar performed live by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The Season Director is Angus Jackson who chose this epic political tragedy to start the Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. The politics of spin and betrayal soon turn to violence.

DANSE DE NUIT

Sadler's Wells presents an adventurous dance performance by one of the most thought provoking choreographers working today. Boris Charmatz, acclaimed French former ballet dancer turned mischievous experimentalist, brings his latest production danse de nuit to the top of a multi-storey car park in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

In danse de nuit (French for 'dance of the night') six dancers are moved by a palpable sense of urgency. Last seen taking over Tate Modern in 2015, Charmatz plays with expectations, dealing with the complexities of human experience in unexpected ways.

Danse de nuit can be seen at 9.30pm on 17 to 20 May. The location has been chosen to bring the audience to the edge of the city, after dark, to a place where dance does not usually dare go. Like playing truant after hours when we should be safely at home, these performances are likely to be disturbing but also exciting and mesmerising.

When staying at Fraser Place,  you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in May 2017. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon! 

You can also check-out what's on in Kensington, by clicking here

 

Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

Required image credits: Geffrye Museum garden: Photographer Jayne Lloyd