Best events in London

Here’s our pick of the best events in London. You’ll find everything from concerts and comedy gigs to theatre shows, art exhibitions and daily parades. We’ve also put together a huge London bucket list containing the Top 25 must-see attractions in the capital to help you pick the best places

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Pick of the best events in October

Our pick of the best events taking place in London during the month of October

Craig recommends… My top five events are Changing the Guard, a ride on the London Eye, a tour of Buckingham Palace, climbing to the top of St. Paul’s, and a tour of the Houses of Parliament

The Magic Circle

to The Magic Circle Enjoy an evening of entertainment performed by some of the worlds best close-up magicians at the Magic Circles HQ
Royal Academy of Arts

to Royal Academy of Arts An exhibition of art created by the island civilisations that Captain Cook met on his voyage of discovery in 1768
Austentatious at Savoy Theatre

to Savoy Theatre A comedy play improvised from start to finish when a lost Jane Austen novel will be discovered before your eyes
Buckingham Palace
free

to Buckingham Palace The Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see events for every tourists itinerary
Height Of The Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre

to Wyndham’s Theatre Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins will be starring in The Height Of The Storm at Wyndhams Theatre
The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car) This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
The City

The City If you dont fancy spending 25-30 pounds on an open-top sightseeing bus then theres a much cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus
The City

The City A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament The Houses of Parliament offers guided tours on most Saturdays when the MPs have returned to their constituencies
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament and then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames
Macbeth at Barbican Centre

to Barbican Centre A contemporary re-telling of Shakespeares Macbeth starring Niamh Cusack and Christopher Eccleston
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

St. Paul’s Cathedral If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup
Westminster Abbey
free

Westminster Abbey You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir
Tower of London
free

Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has been taking place every night for 700 years
Covent Garden
free

Covent Garden Enjoy some free street entertainment at Covent Garden - everything from buskers and acrobats to clowns and opera singers
Horse Guards
free

Horse Guards Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace but is a lot less crowded and takes place every day
Tower of London

Tower of London One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
Sky Garden
free

Sky Garden The Sky Garden is a huge Kew Gardens-like glasshouse in the top of 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie Scorchie)
Guildhall
free

to Guildhall Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Dara O Briain at Eventim Apollo

to Eventim Apollo Dara OBriain is taking a break from his TV shows to do a bit of stand-up comedy at the Hammersmith Apollo
Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre The Comedy Store Players will be performing Shakespeare-inspired jokes and improvised skits at the Globe
Hampton Court Palace
free

Hampton Court Palace Attend a Sunday service in one of the countrys most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIIIs Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Eric Cantona at Eventim Apollo

Eventim Apollo Dont miss this chance to hear the ex-Manchester Untited footballer Eric Cantona open up about his career on and off the pitch
Natural History Museum

to Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum has one of Londons prettiest ice rinks decorated with a huge tree and fairground carousel
National Gallery
free

to National Gallery Get your sketchbook and pencil ready for ninety minutes of drawing famous paintings at the National Gallery
Sophia Loren at Aldwych Theatre

Aldwych Theatre Jonathan Ross will be hosting an evening with screen goddess Sophia Loren as she talks about her life and career
Halloween In Concert at Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre Enjoy a a spine-tingling evening of spooky songs from all your favourite musicals performed by an all-star cast
Hampton Court Palace

to Hampton Court Palace Spend a spooky night at Hampton Court being led around the courtyards whilst listening to some spine-tingling ghost stories

Pick of the best events in November

Here’s our pick of our favourite events coming up in London during November

Kingsmeadow

Kingsmeadow Kingstons annual fireworks display with a funfair and food stalls will be held at Kingstonian FCs football stadium
Alexandra Palace

to Alexandra Palace The fireworks display at Alexandra Palace will include a big bonfire ice rink childrens funfair and German beer festival
Bishop’s Park

Bishop’s Park Bishops Park will be hosting two displays -- one for the little kids with less scary bangs and a big one for the adults a bit later on
Canary Wharf

to Canary Wharf This ice rink sits in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers with an icy perimeter path made of fir trees and fairy lights
Hampton Court Palace

to Hampton Court Palace Pretend youre Henry VIII and spend a night sleeping in one of the Kings State Apartments at Hampton Court Palace
Ravenscourt Park

Ravenscourt Park There will be two fireworks displays at Ravenscourt Park this year -- a little one for the kiddies and a bigger one for everyone else
Morden Park

Morden Park Morden Park will be putting on an early evening display for the younger kids and then a second main display for the grown-ups
Blackheath
free

Blackheath The fireworks at Blackheath is always one of the most popular fireworks displays in London -- because its completely free!
Ealing Cricket Club

Ealing Cricket Club Ealing Cricket Club will be putting on a special flying-themed laser show and fireworks display to celebrate the RAFs anniversary
Carshalton Park

Carshalton Park Carshalton Park always holds one of the biggest and best fireworks displays around and is famous for its absolutely massive bonfire
Battersea Park

Battersea Park Battersea Park always puts on one of the best fireworks display in London which attracts around 40000 people every year
Athletic Ground

Athletic Ground The fireworks at the Athletic Ground will be set to your favourite 90s music and there will also be a funfair and food stalls
Bridget Joness Diary at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Apollo Victoria Theatre The Apollo Victoria will be screening the chick-flick movie Bridget Joness Diary with music performed by a live orchestra
Wimbledon Park

Wimbledon Park Wimbledon Park will be putting on two fireworks displays this year -- one aimed at children and another display for the grown-ups
Southwark Park

Southwark Park Southwark Parks firework display is always one of the biggest and busiest around and will be held on the 5th November
Josh Widdecombe at Hackney Empire

to Hackney Empire Josh Widdicombe and Chris Scull will be resurrecting the Quickly Kevin 90s Football Show at Hackney Empire
Michael Mcintyre at SSE Arena Wembley

to SSE Arena Wembley Michael McIntyres Big World Tour has been around the globe and is now returning to the SSE Arena
Summer And Smoke at Duke of York’s Theatre

to Duke of York’s Theatre The Duke of Yorks Theatre will be putting on a production of Tennessee Williams Summer and Smoke
The City
free

The City The Lord Mayors Show is a spectacular event which includes a river pageant followed by a procession in a gold coach and ending with a fireworks display
Cenotaph
free

Cenotaph On Remembrance Sunday the Queen war veterans and politicians will gather to remember our war dead at The Cenotaph
Ranulph Fiennes at Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre Join Sir Ranulph Fiennes as he talks about his incredible career as one of the worlds greatest-ever explorers
Somerset House

to Somerset House Somerset House has got the prettiest rink in London with a huge Christmas tree and festive shopping arcade
Michael Ball at Savoy Theatre

Savoy Theatre Join Michael Ball for a charity lunch and special live performance of his Radio 2 show in aid of BBCs Children in Need
National Portrait Gallery

to National Portrait Gallery Gainsboroughs Family Album collects together fifty works showing the family life of 18th-century artist Thomas Gainsborough
Roger Taylors Queen Extravaganza at Eventim Apollo

Eventim Apollo Roger Taylors Queen Extravaganza (a Queen tribute band) will be playing one night at the Hammersmith Apollo
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

to Hyde Park Hyde Park will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland with rollercoaster rides a circus ice rink and Christmas market
True West at Vaudeville Theatre

to Vaudeville Theatre True West tells the story of two brothers pitted against each other as they try and impress a producer with their film ideas
Fiddler On The Roof at Menier Chocolate Factory

to Menier Chocolate Factory Trevor Nunn will be directing the heartbreaking but ultimately joyous story of Tevye the milkman and his family
Sarah Millican at Eventim Apollo

to Eventim Apollo Sarah Millican will be coming to the Eventim Apollo in November to tell us all about her life as a Control Enthusiast
Hampton Court Palace

to Hampton Court Palace The outdoor ice-rink at Hampton Court has a spectacular backdrop in front of Henry VIIIs 500-year-old Tudor Palace
Tower of London

to Tower of London The Tower of Londons outdoor ice rink is back again for another year in the dry moat outside the castle walls
A Christmas Carol at Old Vic

to Old Vic A Christmas Carol is returning to the Old Vic with a unique staging that will please everyone aged 8 and above

Pick of the best events in December

If you’re coming to London in December then check out these unmissable events

The Band at Theatre Royal Haymarket

to Theatre Royal Haymarket Take Thats musical The Band tells the story of five girls who reunite after 25 years to try and meet the boys from the band
Bill Bailey at Wyndham’s Theatre

to Wyndham’s Theatre Bill Bailey is back in the West End with his new stand-up show Larks in Transit about his twenty years as a comic
Love Actually at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane The Theatre Royal will be screening the Christmas movie Love Actually with the score performed by a live orchestra
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

St. Paul’s Cathedral Enjoy a performance of Handels Messiah by the Cathedral Choir and the City of London Sinfonia at St Pauls Cathedral
Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre

to Richmond Theatre Robert Lindsay will be starring as Captain Hook in this years Christmas pantomime at the Richmond Theatre
Aladdin Panto at New Wimbledon Theatre

to New Wimbledon Theatre Paul Merton and comedy magician Pete Firman will be starring in the Christmas panto at Wimbledon Theatre
Scrooge at Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection The Wallace Collection will be screening Scrooge - arguably the best-ever version of Charles Dickens Christmas classic
Lord’s

Lord’s Enjoy a Christmas Afternoon Tea in the historic Long Room at Lords surrounded by paintings of the games greatest players
A Christmas Carol Musical at Lyceum Theatre

to Lyceum Theatre A Christmas Carol gets the full Broadway treatment when the London Musical Theatres version comes to the Lyceum
Nigel Kennedy at Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Hear violinist Nigel Kennedy and the Academy of Ancient Music play some classical music by JS Bach at Barbican Hall
Kimberley Walsh at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

to Theatre Royal Drury Lane A Christmas Spectacular at the Theatre Royal with the Jingle Belle Dancers and Kimberley Walsh
The Magic Circle

to The Magic Circle Treat yourself to a Christmas extravaganza at the world famous Magic Circle and watch some of the worlds top magicians
Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection Enjoy a mince pie some mulled wine and an evening of Christmas carols in the Great Galley at the Wallace Collection
Buckingham Palace

to Buckingham Palace Enjoy a glass of champagne and a tour of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace in the company of an expert guide
Globe Theatre

to Globe Theatre Enjoy a Winter Wassail with music from the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

to St. Paul’s Cathedral Enjoy some seasonal readings and Christmas carols sung by the congregation and Cathedral Choir at St Pauls Cathedral
Westminster Abbey
free

Westminster Abbey The Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey includes a sermon and Holy Communion and Christmas carols by the Abbey Choir
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

St. Paul’s Cathedral Start your Christmas in style by attending the atmospheric candlelit midnight mass at St Pauls Cathedral on Christmas Eve
Westminster Abbey
free

Westminster Abbey London is like a ghost town on Christmas Day so how about attending the Sung Eucharist at Westminster Abbey instead?
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

St. Paul’s Cathedral Theres not a lot to do in London on Christmas Day so how about attending a church service at St Pauls Cathedral instead?

Pick of the best events in January 2019

Here’s our pick of the best events if you’re planning to visit London in January

Royal Academy of Arts

to Royal Academy of Arts This exhibition compares the work of two very different artists: the peerless Michelangelo and the video artist Bill Viola
9 To 5 at Savoy Theatre

to Savoy Theatre 9 To 5 uses the music of Dolly Parton to tell the story of three put-upon workers who oust their egotistical office boss
A Slight Ache Dumb Waiter at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre The five-month long season of Harold Pinters one-act plays continues with A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter

Pick of the best events in February 2019

Here are the events we recommend if you’re visiting London next February

American Clock at Old Vic

to Old Vic The American Clock is Arthur Millers play about the nations unwavering faith in capitalism after the 1929 stock market crash

More Great events in 2019/20

Here are some more great events coming up, for people who like to plan ahead

Royal Academy of Arts

to Royal Academy of Arts Explore the evolution of nude painting in the 15th and 16th-century through Renaissance painters like Titian Raphael Michelangelo and Leonardo
Tate Britain

to Tate Britain The 40 paintings in this important exhibition will represent the largest collection of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh in the UK for 10 years
All My Sons at Old Vic

to Old Vic Arthur Millers All My Sons tells the story of a family who lost their son in war and reveals the price of their American dream
Tate Modern

to Tate Modern Olafur Eliasson is back at the Tate Modern with some more of his immersive installations that focus on environmental issues
Tate Britain

to Tate Britain Tate Britain will be putting on an exhibition of 300 works by the English poet painter and printmaker William Blake
Royal Academy of Arts

to Royal Academy of Arts A solo exhibition by the famous sculptor Antony Gormley showcasing some of his best work both old and new
Royal Academy of Arts

to Royal Academy of Arts The Royal Academys landmark exhibition will unite more than fifty of Lucian Freuds self-portraits in a single exhibition
 
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