London Events / May

Football Emirates F A Cup Final
18 May 2019

Football Emirates F A Cup Final

The Emirates FA Cup final will be played after the conclusion of the Premier League this year, restoring the Wembley showpiece to its rightful place as the last game of the English season.

For the latest information about the Emirates FA Cup - visit their website

Check for more information about travel to the stadium and stadium tours.

Chelsea Flower Show
20 May 2019 - 25 May 2019

Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS first became involved with the Chelsea Hospital in 1905. Three years before, it had leased the grounds of Holland House in Kensington to hold what was first advertised as a Coronation Rose Show, but which turned into a more general show (with not many roses) by the time it actually opened in June. Two further two-day summer shows took place at Holland House in 1903 and 1904, but then, to the general satisfaction of exhibitors and press, a three-day Summer Show was staged in the Hospital grounds, a more spacious site than Holland House had allowed, with room for five tents. The Summer Shows reverted to Holland House for the years thereafter, except in 1911, when both it and Chelsea proved unavailable, and the Show was held at the Olympia exhibition hall.

The Royal International Horticultural Exhibition of 1912 demonstrated, at a time when the complaints from the Temple were increasing annually, what an excellent site for a show the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital provided. Accordingly, for 1913, the Great Spring Show was moved there, while the Summer Show reverted to Holland House. Despite the First World War, the show was held 1914 - 1916, but was cancelled in 1917 and 1918.

By the roaring 1920s, the Chelsea Flower Show was back in full swing, the famous Chelsea tea parties were established and Royal visits resumed. In 1926 the show was held a week late due to the General Strike. In 1937, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth celebrated their Coronation Year, and to mark the occasion, a superb Empire Exhibition was staged. It featured wattles from Australia, pines from Canada, brilliant gladioli from East Africa and even a big prickly pear from Palestine.

The show was cancelled during the Second World War, as the land was required by the War Office for an anti-aircraft site. Some doubt arose as to whether the show would resume in 1947. The majority of exhibitors wanted a postponement, as stocks of plants were low, staff much depleted and fuel for greenhouses was obtainable only with special permits, but Lord Aberconway (then RHS President) and the RHS Council felt strongly that the show should resume as soon as possible. As it turned out, the show went ahead in 1947 and it was a great success.

For information about the event and to buy tickets online

To get there from the Americana; take the Jubilee Line southbound from Baker Street to Westminster. Change there to the District Line westbound and take the first train to Sloane Square. It is just a short walk to get to the show and the route is signposted.

SkyBET League 2 Play-Off Final
25 May 2019

SkyBET League 2 Play-Off Final

The SkyBET League 2 play-offs are contested by the teams finishing from 4th to 7th in the table to determine the fourth promotion place to the third tier of English football, League One.

The semi-finals are played over two legs, with 6th playing 3rd and 5th playing 4th, with the return fixtures following before the Final which is a grand occasion at Wembley Stadium

Royal London One Day Cup Final
25 May 2019

Royal London One Day Cup Final

The final of Royal London One-Day Cup for 2019 will be played in a 50-over format in line with one-day international cricket.

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SkyBET League 1 Play-Off Final
26 May 2019

SkyBET League 1 Play-Off Final

The SkyBET League 1 play-offs are contested by the teams finishing from 3rd to 6th in the table to determine the third promotion place to the second tier of English football, The Championship.

The semi-finals are played over two legs, with 6th playing 3rd and 5th playing 4th, with the return fixtures following before the Final which is a grand occasion at Wembley Stadium

 

SkyBET Championship Play-Off Final
27 May 2019

SkyBET Championship Play-Off Final

The SkyBET Championship play-offs are contested by the teams finishing from 3rd to 6th at the end of the season to determine the third promotion place to the first tier of English football, The Premiership.

The semi-finals are played over two legs, with 6th playing 3rd and 5th playing 4th, with the return fixtures following before the Final which is a grand occasion at Wembley Stadium

Derby Festival Epsom
31 May 2019 - 01 June 2019

Derby Festival Epsom

Investec Derby Festival

The Investec Derby Festival is one of the most famous and iconic events in both the sporting and social calendars. This year's festival takes place on Friday 3rd June (Ladies Day - The OAKS) & Saturday 4th June (The DERBY) in front of over 100,000 spectators and to a TV audience of over 200 million people.

Tickets for the 2016 Investec Derby Festival are onsale online now, with a fantastic advance discount for a limited time only.

The two feature races on Investec Ladies Day are the Investec Coronation Cup and the Investec Oaks. The Investec Oaks, arguably the top race for fillies in Europe, is contended over the same 1 ½ mile course as the Investec Derby and features only the finest 3 year old fillies, ensuring the action off course is matched by the style and glamour alongside it.

The 'Style on the Downs' fashion competition epitomises the essence of Investec Ladies Day, when chic summer outfits and millinery are showcased to find the most stylish lady on course. The competition culminates with a shortlist of 10 being whittled down to the top 3 and the winner crowned live on BBC Television. This year's prize was a luxury trip for two people to Ireland, courtesy of Tourism Ireland.

The highlight of the Investec Derby Festival is undoubtedly the Investec Derby. The race stands apart from any other as the greatest horse race in the world. The Investec Derby will be witnessed by a crowd of up to 125,000 who flock to Epsom Downs to celebrate a one of the most historic and quintessentially English events.