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London May 2012

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What's on in London in May 2012?

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22 - 26 May 2012) - The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the event of the year for all garden and flower enthusiasts. Exhibiting for five days in May, this iconic event showcases the latest trends in gardening. The world’s leading garden designers all come together to display their innovation, knowledge and passion towards garden design. - Find out more in our Chelsea Flower Show blog post.

Christian Louboutin Exhibition (1 May - 9 July 2012) - The iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin comes to London, presenting his first UK exhibition, displayed at The Design museum. This innovative, iconic designer has pushed boundaries and broken barriers in high fashion, show design for the last two decades. - Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD - www.designmuseum.org

2012 Hours to Go: An Evening of Athletics and Entertainment (5 May 2012) - The official Olympic countdown has begun, join in on the countdown celebrations and mark the official ‘2012 hours to go’! The evening will see a number of celebrities and athletes entertain an audience of 40,000 at London’s Olympic Stadium. - Olympic Park, London - www.london2012.com

The London Pet Show (12 - 13 May 2012) - Calling all animal lovers! The London Pet Show is the perfect opportunity to meet, experience and learn about hundreds of different breeds of animals. Now in its second year, The London Pet Show is an exciting, dynamic event that is full of animal action. - Earl's Court Two, Warwick Road, Earl's Court, London, SW5 9TA - www.londonpetshow.co.uk

Camden Crawl 2012 (4 - 6 May 2012) - The Camden Crawl is a celebration of Camden’s musicians and talent, covering a two mile stretch of historic pubs and venues that have produced some the UK’s top musicians, spearheaded by the legend that was and still is, Amy Winehouse. - Camden - www.thecamdencrawl.com

The London Wonderground (8 May - 30 September 2012) - This summer will see the park between the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye transformed into The London Wonderground. Artists and performers from La Clique, Circa, Acrobat and Circus Oz will wow the crowds, performing cabaret, music and circus acts throughout the summer of 2012. - Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX - www.southbankcentre.co.uk

In the Night Garden Live (24 May - 9 June 2012) - Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka will all be embarking on a magical adventure, performed live at the O2 this spring as part of their nationwide tour. The live show will recreate the successful children’s program with life-size costumes, incredible special effects and magical music all displayed on a set that is so enchanting you too will believe in the magic! - The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX - www.nightgardenlive.com

Leather Forever Hermes Exhibition (8 - 27 May 2012) - The Leather Forever Hermes exhibition opens its doors this spring, celebrating the 175 years of fascination with leather objects. This event will give you an exclusive insight into the design and creation of these decadent fashion accessories that are now world renowned. Anyone with a passion for designer handbags will be in their element at this exhibition – plus it is free! - 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET - www.viewlondon.co.uk/leather-forever

London Rollergirls (19 May 2012) - The all-female, skater-owned and run Roller Derby League comes to London this spring. The Roller Derby league was the first of its kind, formed in April 2006, officially bringing this exciting sport to the UK and Europe. Make sure you get your skates on and experience this fast-paced event - Brompton Hall, Earl's Court, Warwick Road,SW5 9TA - www.londonrollergirls.com

Dundee May 2012

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What's on in Dundee in May 2012?

Event of the month

Ignite 2012 (17-27 May 2012) - Building on the success of last year’s ‘Ignite Your Weekend’ programme, which attracted over 15,000 people to events in Dundee - this year’s 'Ignite 2012' festival brings ten days of events celebrating creativity in Tayside and Fife. - Find out more in our Ignite 2012 blog post

Dodgy (8 May 2012) - It's time to rewind to the 1990s as a reunited Dodgy are back with a new album which is actually garnering great reviews - Gardyne Theatre, Gardyne Road, Dundee, DD1 5NY - www.gardynetheatre.org.uk

Roddy Woomble (10 May 2012) - Ex-Idlewild lead singer and songwriter brings his solo material to Dundee. Woomble has diversified since the punk rock days of Idelwild, collaborating with a range of folk musicians. Current work seems to be somewhere between the two, though the combination will no doubt be as effortlessly compelling as ever - Gardyne Theatre, Gardyne Road, Dundee, DD1 5NY - www.gardynetheatre.org.uk

Skerryvore (12 May 2012) - A heady mix of rock, funk and traditional Celtic instruments. Think 21st century urban folk rock and you're probably close - Dundee Rep Theatre, tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB - tickets.dundeerep.co.uk

Kidnapped (15 - 16 May 2012) - Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure against the backdrop of the Jacobite rebellion is brought to life in this swashbuckling production - Dundee Rep Theatre, tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB - tickets.dundeerep.co.uk

The Armed Man - Dundee Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra Concert (20 May 2012) - Charity concert featuring Karl Jenkins' A Mass for Peace - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk