“Smiles come out, parks fill up”
The sun makes itself the star of the show all over the bustling capital of the UK in May. Londoners trade their Wellingtons and winter coats for summer dresses and shorts as temperatures begin to rise like the spirits of the people; it’s the ideal time to visit by flying SAA.
There’s an attitude shift you can actually feel and see across the squares and circuses across the quadrants of the city. Smiles come out, parks fill up and people take advantage of the longer daylight hours that linger well into the evening.
May brings with it mild weather conditions that mean visitors can experience more of London’s outdoor events, rather than filling the museums or indoor shows, and May 2019 has a wealth of events to offer the tourist.
Naturally, there’s the big one which fans have been waiting 4 years for, the ICC Cricket World Cup. As the teams take to the crease, the fan parks, pubs and stadiums countrywide will erupt as the Barmy Army’s home ground enthusiasm spills over the nation. Of course, there’s the other matter of the FA Cup finals taking place in May as the football finalist clatter together to be crowned this year’s champions at Wembley stadium.
If sport isn’t top of your agenda, there are other, more cultured ways to take in the sunshine. May heralds in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which bursts into bloom as competitors from across the globe push the floral kingdom to its limits in displays that bees and butterflies alike could only wish to see in the natural world. Our South African contingent is sure to be there and as usual ranks highly in the show.
Of course, wandering through the maze of flowers will work up quite a thirst. London Wine Week is the perfect way to quench it. All across London, bars and bespoke venues will offer up your chance to taste some of their finest tipples for a meagre fee. All one needs to join the festivities is a free London Wine Week pass, available on the DrinkUp.London app.
What’s better than a bit of wine in the sunshine? Well, if you add a bit of outdoor theatre to that equation, not much at all. May is the ideal time to take in the theatrics at Regent’s Open Air Theatre or Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, where performers hone their craft to bring you shows that will not soon be forgotten, ranging from comedic to historic.
If a bit of pomp and ceremony are in order, there’s something unique that May can offer up to you as the Queen travels by carriage through Westminster on route to open parliament.
Yes, London is truly open for tourism in the month of May, so take advantage of the mild weather and sunshine while you have the opportunity by flying direct with SAA. Who knows, you may even catch a dignified wave from Her Royal Highness as an added extra.
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