May has lots of events happening in London that we think offer some great photo opportunities. Read on to see our suggestions…
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition 1st-18th May
Winning and shortlisted images from a record number of entries submitted.
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA
Well worth a visit if you are in London - inspiring photography.
Park Cameras London Photo Walk - Saturday 3rd May - Starts promptly at 10.30am
Join Park Cameras as we explore the spectacular architecture of the City of London.This photo walk starts at London Liverpool Street Station.
Pre-booking your place is essential as there are limited places available. At £20 per walker, this 3.5 mile walk covers Fashion Street, Brick Lane, and City sights including the Gherkin, and the Lloyds building. There will be plenty of chances for architecture and street photography as well as street performers, street food, Close-ups and Macro. To book your place visit www.ParkCameras.com.
A pageant of boats and a floating festival for the May bank holiday.
Little Venice, Maida Vale, Little Venice, London, W2 1TH
Tube: Warwick Avenue Station
The place to visit for a colourful canal boat cavalcade in Little Venice. Great photo opportunities for candid shots, close up details and colourful boats.
Vaisakhi on the Square - Sunday 4th May
A colourful way to welcome in the Sikh New Year.
Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS
Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station.
This promises to be a colourful and exciting festival in Trafalgar Square. With music and dancing plus exotic foods a feast for your camera awaits.
Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibition - 5th May 2014 - 1st March 2015
On display beside images by William Eggleston and Harry Callahan.
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Tube: Blackfriars Station
Photographs and self portraits by the avant-garde American artist are the subject of a free display at Tate Modern where works by three iconic US photographers can be seen in close proximity to one another. Alongside the Robert Mapplethorpe self portraits, available from 5th May, are rooms dedicated to William Eggleston (until 11th May) and Harry Callahan, until 31st May 2014.
Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival - Sunday 11th May 2014
Annual celebrations in Covent Garden that draw in puppeteers from all over the country.
St Paul's Covent Garden, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9ED
Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station
These annual celebrations in Covent Garden draw puppeteers from all over the country as well as folk music, dancers, clowns, jugglers and stalls. The day's events start with a toast to Mr Punch, and a brass band led Grand Procession starting at St Paul's Church garden.
Museums at Night - 15th, 16th and 17th May
After-hours fun at some of London's finest venues.
Museum of London, 150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN
Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station
The Museums at Night opens up museums for a weekend of special, exclusive viewings and events. Around 70 other venues take part including the Museum of London, Apsley House, William Morris Gallery, British Postal Museum, London Transport Museum, Benjamin Franklin House, and even The Supreme Court.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 20th - 24th May
The finest of the Royal Horticultural Society shows.
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR
Tube: Sloane Square Station
ITU World Triathlon London - Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014
Athletes of all levels compete in London's Hyde Park.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dickens Festival – 30th May – 1st June
A terrific event for photographers with dozens of characters to catch with your camera as well as loads of activities and outdoor events. Be prepared to search for a parking space if driving.
Trooping the Colour Rehearsal - Saturday 31st May
Your chance to see all the pomp and circumstance of the Trooping the Colour ceremony without the huge crowds and the Royal Family. Position yourself in the Mall to see the march past of soldiers on the way to Horseguards and on the way back after the rehearsal.
Park Cameras London Photo Walk - Saturday 31st May Starts promptly at 10.30am
Join Park Cameras as we walk on a route around Greenwich, covering local architecture and places of interest to photographers including; Greenwich Market, Greenwich Park , Greenwich Mean Time, Meridian Line, Royal Observatory and the Old Naval College.
Pre-booking your place is essential as there are limited places available. At £20 per walker, this 2.5 mile walk will be at a leisurely pace and is on level ground throughout, with plenty of time allowed for you to get your shots and your photo walk leader is at your service for some great hints and tips. This is great opportunity to capture shots of historic Greenwich. To book your place visit www.ParkCameras.com.