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What's on in London this May 2016 near Canary Wharf, London

Better weather and less crowds than the summer means this is a great time of year to be in London.

CANARY WHARF POP UP VINTAGE FAIR

A wonderful monthly vintage market is starting in Canary Wharf from this month. Head to Cabot Square for stalls offering ladies and menswear, jewellery, fashion accessories, haberdashery, retro furnishings and many more collectables and curiosities; all from the 1920s to the 1980s.

It's going to be a great place to grab a unique bargain and there will be different stalls each month. The market is on the second Wednesday of the month from May until September so that's: 11 May, 8 June, 13 July, 10 August and 14 September.

ELTHAM PALACE ART DECO FAIR

Eltham Palace is an art deco lover's delight but visit on 7-8 May for the Art Deco Fair and it's a real paradise.

At the Palace visitors can discover rooms such as Virginia Courtauld's walk-in wardrobe featuring glamorous thirties dresses with costumes to try on, and a luxury wartime bunker. The Palace is a fascinating 1930s showpiece with the unique combination of a medieval great hall and beautiful gardens.

The Art Deco Fair allows lovers of art deco decadence to sample the splendour of the thrilling thirties. Lots of vintage stalls bring the opportunity to buy something unique.

NEW GALLERY AT MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS

To find out the history of London's docklands area you need to go to the Museum of London Docklands, especially now there's a new gallery opened. The museum is housed in a former warehouse that is Grade I Listed (must be preserved). Originally called No 1 Warehouse, the museum building was part of the West India Docks, London’s first enclosed dock system back in 1802.

The new gallery reveals the inner workings of London's docks and warehouses. Bringing the story to life with historic equipment and machinery which performed the day-to-day work of the docks, as well as oral histories, historic images, film and the remarkable building itself. And it's free to visit so you can pop by more than once.

OLYMPIC PARK

This is a great time of year to explore the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. There are lots of artworks across the park so see how many you can find with the Art in the Park field guide.

From 9 to 22 May, the LEN European Aquatics Championships 2016 are at the London Aquatics Centre. The continent's best swimmers, divers and synchronised swimmers will battle for champion status less than three months before the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Absent from the UK for 23 years – and London for 78 – only the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games better the LEN European Aquatics Championships in size and scale for an event held at the London Aquatics Centre.

THE O2

As always, there are lots of great music acts at The O2 this month. You can see The Dixie Chicks on 1 May and Bryan Adams on 7 May. Il Divo are in The O2 Arena on 13 May and Busted are there 27-28 May.

But why not try something different and climb over The O2? Full climbing gear is supplied for Up at the The O2 so you can climb to the viewing platform at 52m above ground level. The climb is on a tensile fabric walkway and you go up in a group, all clipped together and to the walkway, so it's safe while also exciting.

Climb during the day and should be able to see landmarks up to 15 miles away. Or try a Sunset Climb or a Twilight Climb and see the city lit up.

BRITISH MUSEUM

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds is at the British Museum from 19 May until 27 November 2016. Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in this blockbuster exhibition.

The amazing rediscovery of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus transforms our understanding of the connections between ancient Egypt and Greece. Over the last 20 years, world-renowned archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team have excavated spectacular underwater finds. These are on display in the UK for the first time alongside fascinating objects from Egyptian museums.

BRITISH LIBRARY

Punk London is a year of events, gigs, films, talks, exhibitions and more celebrating 40 years of punk heritage and influence in London.

The British Library has Punk 1976-78, a free exhibition on from 13 May to 19 September 2016. Starting with the impact of the Sex Pistols in 1976, the exhibition explores punk’s early days in the capital and reveals how its remarkable influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide.

Showcasing a range of fanzines, flyers, recordings and record sleeves from the British Library's collections the exhibition celebrates the enduring influence of punk as a radical musical, artistic and political movement.

You could combine a visit here to also see Shakespeare in Ten Acts, on until 6 September. This exhibition looks at the performances that made an icon, charting Shakespeare's constant reinvention across the centuries.

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

 

Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen.

Image credits: Museum of London Docklands: © Museum of London  |  LEN European Aquatics Championships: © swimming.org  |  Up At The O2: © Visit Greenwich