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.

Pick of the best events in January

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

Craig recommends… I’ve written reviews of all my favourite places. The Top 5 in my all-time list 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 guided tour of Parliament.

Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

to Apollo Victoria Theatre If you like "The Wizard of Oz" then you will love "Wicked" -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches.
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

to Cambridge Theatre Roald Dahl's "Matilda" tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers.
Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

to Adelphi Theatre 'Kinky Boots' tells the story of a Lola, who helps to save a bankrupt shoe factory by singing some Cyndi Lauper songs.
Harry Potter at British Library

to British Library Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter by delving into the history of magic and old folklores at the British Library.
Everybodys Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre

to Apollo Theatre 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' is a new musical about overcoming prejudice, with songs by The Feeling's Dan Gillespie Sells.
St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral If you attend a choral Evensong service at St. Paul's Cathedral, you can wander around and see part of the Cathedral for free.
Westminster Abbey

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

Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys is over 700 years old, and represents the traditional locking up of the Tower of London at night.
Covent Garden

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

Horse Guards Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, but is usually a lot less crowded.
Original Bus Tour

Original Bus Tour The Original Tour is one of London's most popular sightseeing buses, and it's also a great way to travel around the capital.
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 to the ExCel Centre in five minutes.
Big Bus Tours

Big Bus Tours This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions, with a free river cruise and guided walk.
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").
The City

The City If you don't fancy spending 25-30 pounds on a sightseeing bus, then there's a much cheaper alternative... the No.11 bus.
Buckingham Palace

to Buckingham Palace The 'Changing the Guard' ceremony at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see events for every tourist's itinerary.
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament The Houses of Parliament opens guided tours on most Saturdays of the year, when the MPs return to their constituencies.
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament, and then enjoy a special afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames.
Cirque Du Soleil Ovo at Royal Albert Hall

to Royal Albert Hall Cirque du Soleil is back at the Royal Albert Hall with OVO, a crazy carnival of animals that live beneath our feet.
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace Attend a Sunday service in one of the country's most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIII's Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament Visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free, and watch MPs debating in the House of Lords and House of Commons.
Birthday Party at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre Harold Pinter's 'The Birthday Party' is a darkly comic masterpiece about the menace that comes to a sleepy boarding house.
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday, at Prime Minister's Questions.
Sadiq Khan at City Hall

to City Hall The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayor's Question Time, in their monthly meeting at City Hall.
Paul Merton at Comedy Store

to Comedy Store "Have I Got News For You" star Paul Merton will be appearing with the Comedy Store Players at London's Comedy Store.
Chris Rock at SSE Arena Wembley

SSE Arena Wembley Chris Rock's hugely anticipated 'Total Blackout Tour' is coming to London in Januarty, for a show at the SSE Arena.
Steve Aoki at O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton Steve Aoki is coming to London for a headline show at the O2 Academy Brixton in support of his new album KOLONY.
Banqueting House

Banqueting House Banqueting House will be putting on a tour that explains the history behind the execution of King Charles I.
Chris Rock at O2 Arena

O2 Arena Hollywood star Chris Rock is back doing stand-up and bringing his Total Blackout Tour to the O2 Arena in January.
J Balvin at O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton Latin urban star J Balvin is coming to London this January to play a huge headline show at the O2 Academy Brixton.

Pick of the best events in February

 

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

Arenacross at SSE Arena Wembley

SSE Arena Wembley Arenacross combines indoor motocross racing and freestyle motocross for a fast and furious night of family entertainment.
Rat Boy at O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton Rising star Rat Boy will be appearing at the O2 Academy Brixton in February, in support of his debut album 'Scum'.
Chainsmokers at Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace American superstar DJs The Chainsmokers will be coming to Alexandra Palace on their 'Euro Memories - Do Not Open Tour'.
Wilkinson at O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton Wilkinson is a drum'n'bass and dance DJ, and his headline tour is coming to the O2 Academy Brixton in February.
Tommy Cockles at 100 Club

100 Club See Tommy Cockles at the 100 Club alongside Billy Bleach, Tony Beckton, Brian Pern, Jeff Innocent and Barry from Watford.
Lord’s

to Lord’s Cricket fans will love dressing themselves up for this Afternoon Tea, because it's held in the historic Long Room at Lord's.
Tate Britain

to Tate Britain 'All To Human: A Century Of Painting Life' will include works by the likes of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.

Pick of the best events in March

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

Morrissey at O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton Morrissey, ex-frontman of The Smiths, will be heading out on tour to support his new album 'Low In High School'.
Wiley at O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton Rap star Wiley will be playing his biggest headline show to date, when he plays the O2 Academy Brixton in March.
Paul Weller at O2 Arena

O2 Arena Paul Weller is setting off on a UK arena tour in 2018 to support his new studio album, 'A Kind Revolution'.
Vance Joy at O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton Australian singer Vance Joy is coming to London in March to play a special headline show at the O2 Academy Brixton.
Tate Modern

to Tate Modern 'Love, Fame, Tragedy' will focus on just one year of Picasso's extraordinary career -- the so-called 'Year of Wonders' in 1932.
Rag N Bone Man at Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace Rag 'N' Bone Man will be coming to Alexandra Palace in March when his 'Grande Reserve Tour' comes to London.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

to Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Enjoy a theatrical version of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', with a quintet of musicians and Gyre & Gimble's master puppeteers.
Country To Country Festival at O2 Arena

to O2 Arena The C2C Country To Country Festival is back with Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, the Zac Brown Band, and more.
Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre

to Aldwych Theatre TINA is a new musical that tells the story of Tina Turner's life, from her humble start in Nutbush to her rise into a global superstar.
Niall Horan at O2 Academy Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton Niall Horan from One Direction is playing a solo show at the O2 Academy Brixton in support of his album 'Flicker'.
River Thames

River Thames The University Boat Race is a popular date in London's calendar - Cambridge have the lead over Oxford with 82 wins to 80.

Pick of the best events in April

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

Vaccines at Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace The Vaccines will be playing songs from their next album 'Combat Sports' when they play Alexandra Palace in April.
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets at Royal Albert Hall

to Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall will be screening 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' alongside a live performance of the score.

Pick of the best events in May

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

Heaven On Earth at SSE Arena Wembley

to SSE Arena Wembley 'Heaven On Earth' is a spectacular new musical at the SSE Arena that re-tells the Biblical story of Adam and Eve.
Harlem Globetrotters at SSE Arena Wembley

SSE Arena Wembley The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are back in London to show off their basketball skills at the SSE Arena.
England Cricket at Lord’s

to Lord’s Dust off your whites and get yourself down to Lord's for a cricket Test Match between England and Pakistan.
Horse Guards

Horse Guards Two weeks before they celebrate the Queen's birthday at Trooping the Colour, they hold the Major General's Review.

More Great events in 2018/19

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

Horse Guards

Horse Guards One week before the actual 'Trooping the Colour' parade, they hold a second rehearsal called "The Colonel's Review".
Horse Guards

to Horse Guards Beating Retreat is a floodlit pageant of military music and drill on Horse Guards Parade, ending with a salute to the Queen.
Banqueting House

Banqueting House This is a pub quiz with a difference, because it will take place under Rubens' famous painted ceiling at Banqueting House.
Horse Guards

Horse Guards Watch a parade of soldiers and bands marching down The Mall in 'Trooping the Colour', to celebrate the Queen's birthday.
Kiss Me Kate at London Coliseum

to London Coliseum The London Coliseum will be putting on a production of 'Kiss Me Kate', with a classic score by Cole Porter.
Barry Humphries at Barbican Hall

to Barbican Hall Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) will be telling stories and sharing songs from 1930s Berlin, in the Weimar Cabaret.
England Cricket at Lord’s

Lord’s Enjoy some one day cricket at Lord's, when England take on India in a one day international game.
England Cricket at Lord’s

to Lord’s Dust off your whites and get yourself down to Lord's for a cricket Test Match between England and India.
Barry Manilow at O2 Arena

to O2 Arena Barry 'Mandy' Manilow is back at The O2 for three nights to support his latest album, 'This is My Town: Songs of New York'.
Mcn Ally Pally Show at Alexandra Palace

to Alexandra Palace The MCN Ally Pally Show will have an indoor motorcycle sprint between celebrity riders on classic race bikes.
Tate Britain

to Tate Britain The Turner Prize is Britain's most prestigious contemporary art prize, and always has a controversial work (or two) on show.
Michael Mcintyre at O2 Arena

to O2 Arena Michael McIntyre's Big World Tour is coming to London in October, where he'll be playing four nights at the O2 Arena.
Michael Mcintyre at SSE Arena Wembley

to SSE Arena Wembley Michael McIntyre's Big World Tour has already been around the globe, and is now coming back to the SSE Arena.
Cenotaph

Cenotaph On Remembrance Sunday the Queen, war veterans and politicians, will gather to remember our war dead at The Cenotaph.
Lord’s

Lord’s Enjoy a Christmas Afternoon Tea in the historic Long Room at Lord's, surrounded by paintings of the game's greatest players.
 
 
 
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