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May. 01

Virgin Atlantic Increases London - Los Angeles Route

The British carrier ups its flights from Heathrow to Los Angeles to three times a day, each operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with three cabin classes.

May. 01

W Tel Aviv Opens

Housed in a former convent and hospital, the W Hotel brand brings its signature eclecticism to the Old City.

May. 06

Duck & Waffle Unveil Second Location This Month

The team behind the über-popular, 24-hours Heron Tower joint debut a new location: fans can now head to Duck & Waffle Local on Piccadilly’s St James Market for a taste of duck jam doughnuts, BBQ pig’s ears and on-tap cocktails.

May. 08

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science Opens

Knowledge-sharing is the key goal of the upmarket museum, which contains a cutting-edge 16-million-colour planetarium and three-level aquarium recreating the South Florida habitat. Revel in the sight of tropical fish and coral too at Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

May. 11

Horological Art Exhibition

Images from collector ‘Mr. Daytona’ Pucci Papaleo’s new book Daytona Perpetual will be on display alongside 30 rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches, celebrating the pioneering automatic timepiece. The Phillips Horological Art Exhibition takes place at La Réserve Genève until 14 May before heading off on tour to Hong Kong, London and New York.

May. 12

Park Hyatt Bangkok Opens

Expect quietness amid the chaos of thronging Bangkok in a downtown but elevated venue close to the central embassy. Guest rooms - all with unhampered views of the Thai capital - offer bathrooms made to act as ‘mini-spas’, while elsewhere indulge at the 24-hour fitness centre or 40-metre saltwater pool.

May. 13

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Sale

Watch auction specialists Antiquorum host their Geneva sale.

May. 13

Rare 6062 Rolex to Sell at Auction

Only three of these models were produced by Rolex – this one was once owned by Vietnam’s last emperor, His Majesty Bao Dai. Expect to pay upwards of $1.5 million to become the owner of its black dial and yellow-gold moonphase, although industry insiders predict it could fetch a record-breaking sum. Phillips' double-evening sale takes place on 13 and 14 May.

May. 13

Symphony No.7 by Gustav Mahler at Teatro alla Scala

Estonian-born conductor Paavo Järvi leads the Milan Filarmonica della Scala - an ensemble of self-employed musicians - through Mahler’s Symphony No.7 in the opulent and history-laden confines of La Scala. Shows are until 18 May.

May. 13

Venice Biennale Kicks Off

The Pompidou Centre’s chief curator Christine Macel directs the 57th edition of this treasure chest of works draped across the city in venues such as Venetian churches and their altars. Until 26 November.

May. 14

Good Hope. South Africa and the Netherlands from 1600 Enters Final Week

Catch the final week of this exhibition charting the often fractious relationship between the two countries. Around 300 paintings, photographs, pieces of furniture and artefacts help weave the tale of colonialism and beyond, and guided tours come from South Africans – adding a first-hand perspective at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

May. 17

CY Twombly's Leda and the Swan Auction at Christie's

The sister painting to the American artist’s MoMA-housed masterpiece Leda and the Swan – unseen for some 25 years – goes under the gavel. An “amalgamation of myth and eroticism”, the work is expected to fetch more than US$35 million. Image courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd. 2017