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    What's on in London this May 2018 near Canary Wharf

    May in London brings more daylight and warmer temperatures. And this month has two public holidays (on Monday 7 May and Monday 28 May) so that means two long weekends to enjoy.

    THE O2

    As ever, there are some great shows at The O2 this month.

    Tears For Fears are on their first UK and Ireland Tour since 2005 and it's stopping at The O2 on Thursday 10 May 2018. Having sold 30 million albums worldwide, they have a string of huge hits including classics such as Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Shout and Mad World. The duo are joined on tour by Alison Moyet.

    At the end of the month, multi-million selling recording artist Bryan Adams brings his UK tour to The O2 on Thursday 31 May 2018. His energetic performance and effortless stage presence will see the showman perform a rip-roaring set of material from his forthcoming new album Ultimate, plus back-catalogue hits including (Everything I Do) I Do It For You and Summer of '69.

    And for sporting fun, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters bring their world tour to The O2 on Monday 28 May 2018. The Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind show is unrivalled in the world of family entertainment. Every game showcases incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequalled fan interaction.


    The Museum of London Docklands has a major free exhibition opening on 25 May 2018. Roman Dead examines important questions about death in Roman London whilst exploring the latest research into beliefs around afterlife and funerary practice.

    London's complex Roman burial landscape is an important source of historical knowledge. This new exhibition investigates the cemeteries of ancient London, examining the discoveries that were made there and their context within today's modern cityscape.

    Exotic grave goods from across the Roman Empire are just some of over 200 objects on display. Highlighted are an expensive multi-coloured glass dish found with cremated remains and a jet pendant in the form of Medusa's head, thought to protect the dead, perhaps on their journey to the Underworld.


    As part of the Museums at Night festival, Pop-Up Opera return to Trinity Buoy Wharf arts quarter on 16 May 2018 with their new Mozart Double Bill: Der Schauspieldirektor & Bastien und Bastienne.

    Enjoy these two one-act comedies in which a pair of actresses battle it out to be the prima donna, and a pair of lovers tease and test their feelings for each other. These brilliant gems showcase Mozart's music and sense of playfulness; the first written in the last 5 years of his life and the second when he was just 12 years old. The two pieces work well together bringing two engaging stories that sit either side of the interval.

    Trinity Buoy Wharf also has a Street Art Trail and a sound walk download to help you explore the area. And the 1940s-style American Fat Boy's Diner is open daily for shakes and burgers.


    From 16 to 19 May 2018, The Royal Ballet's production of Elizabeth is on at the Barbican.

    Former Principal of The Royal Ballet Zenaida Yanowsky is Elizabeth I in this dynamic exploration of her life and loves, a chamber work that weaves dance, music, text and song into an opulent tapestry.

    Drawn from letters, diaries, poetry and plays, including material written by her famed suitors, the script for this dance-drama is spoken and sung by female actors and a baritone. Their words illuminate the movements of two dancers. Accompanied by an original score – played on cello, with borrowed musical structures and harmonies from great Elizabethan composers – the elegant and intimate performance is also enriched by sumptuous costumes.


    On Tuesday 1 May 2018, you can watch Shakespeare's Macbeth performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Captured live from Stratford-upon-Avon, you can watch the performance in Canary Wharf's East Wintergarden.

    Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

    This contemporary production of Shakespeare's darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston's RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.


    At the Guildhall Art Gallery from 11 May to 28 October 2018, Sublime Symmetry uncovers the mathematics behind William De Morgan's exquisite ceramic design.

    De Morgan was able to conjure up fantastical beasts to wrap themselves around the contours of ceramic hollowware and his manipulation of fanciful flora and fauna to meander across tile panels fascinated his contemporaries and still captivates today.

    Over his career William De Morgan revolutionised the field of ceramic design with his reinvention of lusterware, dedication to studying and perfecting Middle Eastern designs, invention and use of his own kilns and his wonderful patterns. Despite, in his time, being best known as an author, De Morgan was a talented potter and possessed great mathematical aptitude which he applied to his work.


    This month sees the first of a series of Pop-Up Vintage Fairs in Cabot Square. On Wednesday 16 May (midday to 7pm) you can browse a range of retro stalls and discover handpicked vintage goodies. Expect to see an array of ladies and menswear, jewellery, fashion accessories, haberdashery, retro furnishings and loads more collectables and curiosities dating from the '20s to the '80s.

    There's also vintage food vans serving up lunchtime treats and vintage entertainment from hot club band Café Manouche. Formed by three brothers playing music from the 1920s to '50s, the Café Manouche quartet bring Django Reinhardt-inspired guitars, hot double bass and swinging vocals from Natalia Amy Douglas.

    Further Pop-Up Vintage Fairs will take place in June and July.

    If you are planning your trip in May, please check Fraser Place Canary Wharf offers! We are in the heart of Canary Wharf, minutes away from great bars, restaurants and shopping malls and only a 15 minutes tube ride to Westminster for Big Ben and the London Eye. 



    Laura Porter writes and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction.

    Required image credits: Roman Dead (skull) © Museum of London  |  Elizabeth © ROH, 2016. Photographed by Andrej Uspenski.