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What's On in London May 2022

With May comes sunny evenings, blooming flowers and the sweet taste of rosé, making it one of the most exciting months of the year. It is also the start of festival season, meaning lots of food, drink and music should be on your horizon!

So, what are you waiting for? Show some love for London and the amazing places that make up the city, by reading our ‘What’s On’ guide below:

HM The Queen - Window Installation

From 6 May – 30 June, The Hari is delighted to display a portrait of HM The Queen, by Chris Levine – a renowned UK-based artist working in the field of illumination art.

‘Lightness of Being’was commissioned by the Jersey Heritage Trust and is an image created during the sittings for ‘Equanimity’ which shows the monarch with her eyes closed. The image was taken in between the sittings during a minute of reflection and a moment’s peace from the bright lights.

‘Equanimity’ was presented to the National Portrait Gallery by the people of Jersey in 2011 and was viewed by over half a million people.

Distance from The Hari: 0 Miles
Photo Credit: Chris Levine


Sample beers from over 150 of the world’s most acclaimed brewers at this year’s BrewLDN festival from 6 – 7 May.

Throughout the event you can expect live music from famous DJ’s, delicious food stalls and of course a brilliant selection of beer and cider. Food highlights include award-winning sourdough pizza from Well Kneaded, artisanal pies and sausage rolls from Secret Gold Mine and authentic Thai curry from Krapow.

Don’t worry, tickets are still available and can be purchased from the festival’s official website, so if you haven’t got any plans this weekend, why not head to BrewLDN?

Distance from The Hari: 5.2 miles


Harvey Nichols: Cocktail Masterclass

Learn the art of mixology at Harvey Nichols, and acquire all the tricks of the trade at their new Cocktail Masterclasses. Located at The Fifth Floor Bar, the masterclasses are perfect for special occasions, or a fun day out with friends.

The expert tutor will take you through three themed cocktails, before you take the reins. Once you’ve created your delicious concoctions, you’ll be presented with a certificate and will soon be declaring yourself a Cocktail Master Extraordinaire!

This month, you can choose between their Champagne Masterclass for an elegant and sophisticated evening… Or opt for the Tequila Masterclass for something a little extra. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a little fun.

  • 7th– 8th May, Champagne Cocktail Masterclass
  • 21st– 22nd May, Tequila Cocktail Masterclass

Distance from The Hari: 0.3 miles
Photo Credit:
Harvey Nichols


The Art of the Paper Flower by Pom Pom Factory London Craft Week

Get creative at London Craft Week between 9 – 12 May. Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, this year’s festival will bring together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.

One of our favourites is Pom Pom Factory, a paper florist specialising in hand crafted and eco-friendly paper floral design. This year, Karen Hsu will be teaming up with Italian paper maker ​Cartotecnica Rossi​ at Old Spitalfields Market, showcasing the delicate artistry of paper flower crafting.

Featuring a floral installation created with London Flower School, design workshops, and a talk on the sustainability of paper flowers, you don’t want to miss out!

Distance from The Hari: 5.1 Miles
Photo Credit: Pom Pom Factory 


Somerset House's Photo London

Capture the moment at this year’s Photo London at Somerset House.

Back for their seventh edition, Photo London will run from 11 – 15 May, featuring more than 100 exhibitors, showcasing the very best of the past, present and future of photography. The exhibition brings together an impressive range of international galleries, offering visitors an opportunity to discover and collect some of the world’s most exquisite photographic artworks.

In addition, the fair has put on a series of workshops in partnership with Nikon UK for visitors to try out their latest cameras and lenses on a film noir style shoot.

Distance from The Hari: 2.5 miles
Photo Credit: Photo London


Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival

Enjoy a day out with the family in the East Gardens of Henry VIII’s home at Hampton Court Palace between 13 – 15 May.

You can shop for exquisite hand-crafted gifts from a wide range of luxury independent makers and get creative in ‘Make & Create’ workshops, such as traditional blacksmithing to block printing and calligraphy.

What’s more, you can indulge in delicious food and drink from street food vendors and pop-up bars, whilst surrounded by wonderful live music from the bandstand. There truly is something from everyone!

Distance from The Hari: 11 miles
Photo Credit: Hampton Court Palace


Le Jardin Minuty at The Hari

Stop and smell the rosé!

Reminiscent of St Tropez beach huts and the Mediterranean shoreline, enjoy Château Minuty served either by the bottle or glass, surrounded by crawling ivy under the spring sun, as the South of France comes to The Hari’s Garden Terrace until August 2022.

Featuring ingredients from Provence, menu highlights include a selection of fresh fish, crispy calamari, and charcuterie platters with olive tapenade.

So whether you’re in need of an outdoor haven, fancy some Provence-inspired food, or just simply love rosé wine, be sure to visit The Hari’s Garden Terrace before it transforms once again.

Distance from The Hari: 0 miles


RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The world’s greatest flower show returns in spring with stunning garden designs, gorgeous floral displays and endless shopping!

From 24 – 28 May, you can see the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea transformed with spectacular horticultural displays for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The theme for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is wild and natural spaces, showcasing gardens bursting with native plants and naturalistic designs. Green spaces will be transformed into wildlife-friendly havens, so expect to see wildflower meadows, blossoming hedgerows and lush woodland.

Distance from The Hari:  0.8 miles
Photo Credit: RHS


Belgravia in Bloom

Belgravia in Bloom is returning for its seventh year from 23rd- 29th May 2022 with a ‘Beautifully British’ theme.

The festival is a celebration of exquisitely crafted floral displays and experiences showcased throughout our beautiful central London neighbourhood to coincide with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The leading boutiques and landmark restaurants on Elizabeth Street, Motcomb Street, Pimlico Road and Eccleston Yards will be abloom with unique floral-themed exhibits, promotions, dishes and experiences.

Keep your eyes peeled for our very own floral instillation!

Distance from The Hari: 0 miles


Downton Abbey Walking Tour of London

As Downton Abbey: A New Era blesses the cinema screens, it’s only fitting to include a walking tour of London!

Join the Lords and Ladies on Friday 27 May, as you explore the world-famous sites and quaint historic streets where this award-winning TV series was filmed.

Highlights include: the exterior of Grantham House where you meet Uncle Harold for the first time, where Lady Rose throws all caution to the wind on a date with the jazz singer, and where Branson first confesses his love to Lady Sybil. You will also hear anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information about how the show was made.

Distance from The Hari: 2.4 miles
Photo Credit: BritMovieTours


Applications close Monday 30 May The Hari Art Prize

Feeling creative?

Poised to become an integral part of The Hari London’s annual rolling art programme, The Hari has launched its very own Art Prize, in collaboration with A Space For Art.

The Hari Art Prize will continue the hotels ongoing support for new generations of talent, and is open to all applicants who are self-taught or have graduated in the last three years (2020-2022) from UK art colleges.

Applications close on Monday 30 May, so now is a better time than any to get creating!

Distance from The Hari: 0 miles


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