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 February

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

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

Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

Disneys Lion King - music by Elton John

24 Sep 2002 to Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle
A Slight Ache Dumb Waiter at Harold Pinter Theatre

Pinter at the Pinter: A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter

31 Jan to The five-month long season of Harold Pinters one-act plays continues with A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter
American Clock at Old Vic

Arthur Millers The American Clock

4 Feb to The American Clock is Arthur Millers play about the nations unwavering faith in capitalism after the 1929 stock market crash
British Museum

Rembrandt - Thinking On Paper

7 Feb to An exhibition of 65 rarely seen Rembrandt prints and drawings to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Masters death
Paul Merton at Comedy Store

Paul Merton at the Comedy Store

10 Feb to Have I Got News For You star Paul Merton will be appearing with the Comedy Store Players at Londons Comedy Store

Afternoon tea in the Long Room at Lords

17 Feb to Cricket fans will love dressing themselves up for this Afternoon Tea because its held in the historic Long Room at Lords
Austentatious at Fortune Theatre

Austentatious - a lost Jane Austen novel

18 Feb to A comedy play improvised from start to finish when a lost Jane Austen novel will be discovered before your eyes
Tower Bridge

Yoga class on the glass floor at Tower Bridge

20 Feb to Start your day off in style with an early morning vinyasa-flow yoga class on the new glass floor inside Tower Bridge
National Gallery

Sketchbook Tour of the National Gallery

23 Feb to Get your sketchbook and pencil ready for ninety minutes of drawing famous paintings at the National Gallery
Charles Dickens Museum

Costumed Dickensian Walk

23 Feb 2019 Walk the same streets as Charles Dickens and see the things he wrote about in his novels in the company of a costumed Victorian guide
Michael Mcintyre at Duchess Theatre

Michael McIntyre - Warm-up shows

25 Feb to Michael McIntyre will be doing some warm-up shows at the Duchess Theatre in preparation for his Big World Tour
Sadiq Khan at City Hall

Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time

25 Feb 2019 to The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall
Old Operating Theatre

Classical music at the Old Operating Theatre

28 Feb 2019 Where better to listen to some beautiful classical music than inside an authentic Old Operating Theatre from Victorian times?

Pick of the best events in March

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

Royal Academy of Arts

The Renaissance Nude

3 Mar to Explore the evolution of nude painting in the 15th and 16th-century through Renaissance painters like Titian Raphael Michelangelo and Leonardo
Betrayal at Harold Pinter Theatre

Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal

5 Mar to Betrayal is the culmination of Jamie Lloyds Harold Pinter season and stars the Hollywood actor Tom Hiddleston
Ian Mckellan at Duke of York’s Theatre

Ian McKellan - 80th birthday solo show

7 Mar 2019 Ian McKellan will be talking about his career and reprising some of his most memorable characters on the screen and stage
St. Paul’s Cathedral

Berliozs Requiem at St Pauls Cathedral

8 Mar 2019 The Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus will be giving a performance of Berliozs Requiem at St Pauls Cathedral
British Museum

British Museum - Lost Kingdoms Sleepover

16 Mar to Treat your kids to a sleepover at the British Museum where theyll learn about lost kingdoms in Africa Asia and South America
Tate Britain

Van Gogh and Britain

27 Mar to The 40 paintings in this important exhibition will represent the largest collection of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh in the UK for 10 years
Jan Ravens at British Library

My Teenage Diary - Jan Ravens & Rufus Hound

28 Mar 2019 Rufus Hound will asking impressionist Jan Ravens to dust off her teenage diary and read extracts of it out in public

Pick of the best events in April

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

Jason’s Trip

Jasons Trip from Little Venice to Camden

1 Apr to Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock
Tommy Tiernan at Alexandra Palace

Tommy Tiernan - Paddy Crazy Horse

5 Apr to Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan is coming to the Alexandra Palace Theatre with his brand-new stand-up show
Oxford V Cambridge University Boat Race at River Thames

Oxford v Cambridge University Boat Race

7 Apr 2019 The University Boat Race will take place in April this year - Cambridge have the lead over Oxford with 83 wins to 80
All My Sons at Old Vic

Arthur Millers All My Sons

15 Apr to 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
Rosmersholm at Donmar Warehouse

Rosmersholm - Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell

24 Apr to Rosmersholm is a twisting political thriller by Henrik Ibsen starring Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell
London Marathon at The Mall

The Virgin London Marathon 2019

28 Apr 2019 Londons Marathon is one of the premier marathons in the world and covers a 26-mile stretch from Greenwich to Buckingham Palace

Pick of the best events in May

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

Four Tet at Alexandra Palace

Four Tet - two nights at Alexandra Palace

8 to Four Tet will be taking over Alexandra Palace for two nights in May with a mesmerising display of light and sound
Reginald D Hunter at Alexandra Palace

Reginald D Hunter – Facing The Beast

16 May 2019 Reginald D Hunters forty-date tour of UK and Ireland is coming to the Alexandra Palace Theatre in May
Royal Hospital

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

21 to The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the gardening equivalent of Ascot and is held in the grounds of Christopher Wrens Royal Hospital

Royal London One-Day Cup Final at Lords

25 May 2019 If you enjoy a bit of cricket then get yourself down to Lords for the 50-overs Royal London One-Day Cup Final
Horse Guards

Major Generals Review at Horse Guards

25 May 2019 Two weeks before they celebrate the Queens birthday at Trooping the Colour they hold the Major Generals Review

Pick of the best events in June

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

Horse Guards

The Colonels Review at Horse Guards

1 Jun 2019 One week before the actual Trooping the Colour parade they hold a second rehearsal called The Colonels Review
Muse at Olympic Stadium

Muse - Simulation Theory Tour

1 Jun 2019 Muse will be kicking off their Simulation Theory world tour at the Olympic Stadium with their first big London show for three years
Beating Retreat at Horse Guards

Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade

5 to Beating Retreat is a floodlit pageant of military music and drill on Horse Guards Parade ending with a salute to the Queen
British Library

Leonardo da Vinci - A Mind in Motion

7 Jun to The British Librarys Leonardo da Vinci exhibition will bring together pages from three of his extraordinary scientific notebooks
Trooping The Colour at Horse Guards

Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards

8 Jun 2019 Watch a parade of soldiers and bands marching down The Mall in Trooping the Colour to celebrate the Queens birthday
England Cricket at Lord’s

Cricket World Cup - England v Australia

25 Jun 2019 England will be taking on the mighty Australia at Lords in one of the round-robin games for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup

ICC Cricket World Cup - Australia v New Zealand

29 Jun 2019 Australia will be taking on New Zealand at Lords in one of the round-robin games for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Mlb Baseball at Olympic Stadium

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

29 to Watch a real Major League Baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at Olympic Stadium

More Great events in 2019/20

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

Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon

Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2019

1 to Join over half a million tennis fans at Wimbledon to see Sir Andy Murray play one last time before he retires
Jesus Christ Superstar at Barbican Centre

Jesus Christ Superstar

4 Jul to Andrew Lloyd Webbers and Tim Rice’s classic rock opera musical Jesus Christ Superstar will be playing at the Barbican
Bros at O2 Academy Brixton

BROS - Coming Home

5 Jul 2019 Matt and Luke Goss (aka Bros) are Coming Home to South London for a huge show at the O2 Academy Brixton in the summer
Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park

Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park

5 to The Wireless Festival is coming back to Finsbury Park in the summer for three more days of music
Redbull Soapbox Race at Alexandra Palace

Red Bull Soapbox Race - The worlds craziest race

7 Jul 2019 The Red Bull Soapbox Race is where amateurs race their homemade go-kart contraptions downhill at high speed
British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park

British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park

8 to Headline acts for this years British Summer Time Festival includes Robbie Williams and Florence + The Machine
Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern

11 Jul 2019 to Olafur Eliasson is back at the Tate Modern with some more of his immersive installations that focus on environmental issues
Lovebox Festival at Gunnersbury Park

LOVEBOX Festival in Gunnersbury Park

12 to The Lovebox Festival is returning to Gunnersbury Park in the summer for another great weekend of music

ICC Cricket World Cup Final at Lords

14 Jul 2019 The final of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be taking place at Lords Cricket Ground after seven weeks of cricket across England and Wales
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

20 Jul to Step inside Buckingham Palace and see the lavishly decorated State Rooms and all the treasures from the Royal Collection
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace and Garden Highlights

22 Jul to Why not combine a visit to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening with a tour of the Queens gardens as well?
England Cricket at Lord’s

Test Match at Lords - England vs Australia

14 to Dust off your whites and get yourself down to Lords Cricket Ground for a Test Match between England and Australia
Notting Hill

Notting Hill Carnival 2019

25 to The Notting Hill Carnival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and is the biggest and busiest street festival in Europe
Tate Britain

William Blake - The Artist

11 Sep 2019 to Tate Britain will be putting on an exhibition of 300 works by the English poet painter and printmaker William Blake
2001 A Space Odyssey at Barbican Cinema

2001: A Space Odyssey

17 Sep 2019 Watch Stanley Kubricks 2001 A Space Odyssey and listen to a discussion about the progress of AI technology in the real-world
Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

21 Sep to A solo exhibition by the famous sculptor Antony Gormley showcasing some of his best work both old and new
National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits - National Gallery

7 Oct 2019 to This exhibition will be totally devoted to Paul Gauguins portraits and feature around fifty works from his later years
Hayward Gallery

Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery

23 Oct 2019 to A major retrospective of Bridget Rileys work including her iconic black-and-white paintings and colour canvases
Royal Academy of Arts

Lucian Freud: The Self Portraits

27 Oct to The Royal Academys landmark exhibition will unite more than fifty of Lucian Freuds self-portraits in a single exhibition
Ardal O Hanlon at Alexandra Palace

Ardal OHanlon - The Showing Off Must Go On

6 Nov 2019 Father Teds Ardal OHanlon is bringing his new stand-up show to the Alexandra Palace Theatre in November

Remembrance Day Parade in Whitehall

10 Nov 2019 On Remembrance Sunday the Queen war veterans and politicians will gather to remember our war dead at The Cenotaph

Christmas afternoon tea at Lords Cricket Ground

8 Dec 2019 Enjoy a Christmas Afternoon Tea in the historic Long Room at Lords surrounded by paintings of the games greatest players
Jimmy Carr at O2 Academy Brixton

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

10 Jul 2020 Jimmy Carrs Terribly Funny tour is coming to London in the summer with a show at the O2 Academy Brixton
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