10 Things You Need To Do In LDN This May
by Leighanne Bent
Don’t panic, but one more month and we’ll officially be halfway through 2017. Yep, really. And if you’re stuck for things to do, take a look at DesignMyNight’s pick of May’s best events. From a bottomless brunch in a dreamy tropical setting to a gin-fuelled house party in a secret private members’ club, it’s not too late to start making the most of your year.
Club Tropicana’s very first brunch is happening on the 21st May and as a fellow hedonist, it’s your duty to attend. Not only will you be entitled to free-flowing Sangria de Cava for an entire hour, but you’ll also get to scoff some Insta-worthy breakfast tacos and pancakes too. As for the entertainment? It’s second to none with musical bingo to start the day’s shenanigans. There’ll be plenty of other live performances throughout the day to keep you partying underneath their 30ft palm trees.
Get up close and personal with London’s iconic landmarks this month and hop aboard the Silent Sounds Boat Party. Floating down the Thames by night, you’ll have unrivalled views of major sights like Big Ben and Tower Bridge. You’ll also be in charge of the night’s soundtrack with the choice of three different DJ sets to tune into. If you get tired of throwing shapes on the dancefloor, pop off your headphones and wander around the two-storey boat; they have a bar on each level and word on the water is that bottles of fizz are under £20.
After an excuse to buy a new outfit? The Roof Gardens are throwing a decadent Venetian Masquerade Ball and it’s going to be a black tie affair. Dress to kill and get ready for a night like no other as talented acrobats, stilt walkers, contortionists and daring fire and glow performances work their magic atop the flower-filled rooftop. Music wise, a saxophonist will take the stage come 10pm with one of London’s top DJs on the decks afterwards to open the dancefloor.
If you haven’t already re-lived your childhood dreams at this adult playpen, May’s the month to do so. BallieBallerson revamped their ball pit with hundreds and thousands of clear balls that light up thanks to a 10k LED dance floor and it’s a sight to be seen. Once you’re done kidding around, make your way out of the ball pit to their upstairs bar. The cocktails on offer are modelled around the solar system - one of them comes served with a floating balloon.
What’s better than brunch? Bottomless brunch on a boat, obvs. Take a trip down the River Lea with OverPoured this month and quench your thirst with unlimited bloody Marys, prosecco and mimosas for £25. Worried about getting peckish? You can treat yourself to a selection of savoury filled croissants if hunger comes knocking. Floating lazily along the water for two hours, this event is the best way to end your week and get you prepped for the next.
No longer is darts reserved for your dad and his pals. Flight Club have given the sport a much needed facelift with their interactive approach, and truth be told - their new Bloomsbury plot is quite the hangout. They have a carousel-themed bar, vintage furniture and nine couches to settle into. Offering boozy frozen slushies, deep-fried everything and a hella lotta fun, this place is sure to become one of your fave watering holes.
Set in a secret location in north London, Christabel’s Mad Hatter’s Mar-tea-ni Masterclass will teach you all the tricks of the trade when it comes to creating the perfect boozy brew. Everyone will be welcomed with a flute of earl grey bubbles before sitting down at a table set with copper cocktail shakers for their unique mixology lesson. With loads of ingredients to choose from, don't be afraid to get creative your cuppa.
Devastated that your childhood dream of becoming an astronaut crashed and burned? Don’t be. Operation Red Rocket have turned back the clock to 1965 and are recruiting for their colony on Mars. Check into this futuristic dining affair for an evening of scientific experiments, intergalactic music and an international five-course menu that uses out-of-this-world ingredients.
Tumble down the rabbit hole this month and take a trip to wonderland with The Vaults’ epic Alice’s Adventures in Underground event. Back bigger and better than ever, it promises an unforgettable theatrical experience with the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts and a host of other crazy characters. Let nonsense carry you away at this quirky event as you make a series of choices between eat or drink and grow or shrink.
You didn’t hear this from us, but there’s a gin-fuelled party happening at a secret members’ club in east London in May and DesignMyNight can get you in. Alongside magicians and daring burlesque performances, you can expect plenty other mesmerising performances that include fire-eating and snake-charming. Open until the dizzying hour of 5am, this vintage soiree is not to be missed.