20 October events in London

Need some inspiration for 20th October? Sir Christopher Wren was born on this day in 1632. As the country’s leading architect he had a hand in remodelling Kensington Palace and Hampton Court, and re-built St. Paul’s Cathedral and over fifty City churches after the Great Fire of London.

Last chance to see – BP Portrait Award 2019

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world. More than 2,500 artists are expected to enter portraits this year, and the most outstanding of them will be put on display at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition will feature everything from informal and personal studies of friends and family, to revealing por... more

 

Theatre shows on 20th October

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Sunday 20th October

School Of Rock at Gillian Lynne Theatre

School of Rock

20 Oct 2019 The Jack Black movie School of Rock has been turned into a West End mind-blowing musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes
Comedy About A Bank Robbery at Criterion Theatre

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

20 Oct to The writers behind The Play That Goes Wrong are back with The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion
Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong - Duchess Theatre

20 to The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society put on a West End show but will they crack under the pressure?
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

20 Oct 2019 to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers

Family & Kid’s events on 20th October

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 20th October

Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

20 to Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle
Medieval Banquet London at Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet with minstrels and knights

Enjoy a medieval banquet and be entertained by English knights and singing minstrels and King Henry VIII
London Zoo

Meet the animals up close at London Zoo

Heres your chance to enter the animal enclosures and get close to some of the friendliest animals at London Zoo
Royal Observatory

The night sky tonight (planetarium show)

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich puts on a daily show at their planetarium to show you what will be visible in the sky tonight
Namco Funscape London at Namco Funscape

Play arcade games at NAMCO Funscape

NAMCO Funscape is like an indoor funfair with arcade games pool tables 10-pin bowling bumper cars and a sports bar
Emirates Air Line Cable Car at The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

Cable car across the River Thames

This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

20 Oct 2019 to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers

Art & Museum exhibitions on 20th October

How about spending a few hours on Sunday in one of London’s art galleries or museums?

Tate Modern

Nam June Paik - The Future Is Now

20 Oct to Nam June Paiks pioneering use of video and media images will be explored in a major new retrospective at the Tate Modern
National Portrait Gallery

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

20 Oct to The National Portrait Gallery will be exploring the untold story and contributions of twelve women from the Pre-Raphaelite Movement
National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits - National Gallery

20 Oct to This exhibition will be totally devoted to Paul Gauguins portraits and feature around fifty works from his later years
National Portrait Gallery
free

Elizabeth Peyton - National Portrait Gallery

20 Oct to An exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Peyton exploring her development from the 1990s to the present day
Tate Britain

Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey

20 Oct to Discover how technology has been changing British culture through the work of Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey
Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

20 Oct to A solo exhibition by the famous sculptor Antony Gormley showcasing some of his best work both old and new
Tate Britain

William Blake - The Artist

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

Royal & Religious events on 20th October

See inside some beautiful buildings with one of these Royal or religious events

Windsor Castle Tour at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
Hampton Court Palace
free

Choral Mass at Hampton Court Palace

Attend a Sunday service in one of the countrys most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIIIs Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Tower of London
free

Sunday service at the Tower of London

You can attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal in the Tower of London -- one of the most historic churches in the City
Westminster Abbey
free

Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Evensong Mass at St Pauls Cathedral

If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free

Political & Military events on 20th October

Parades are always popular with tourists, so here are some military events and political debates

Churchill War Rooms

Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms

Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
Speakers Corner Hyde Park at Speakers’ Corner
free

Listen to a speech at Speakers Corner

Visit Speakers Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech
Dismounting Ceremony At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

4 OClock Parade or Dismounting Ceremony

The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards
Tower of London

Yeoman Warder tour at the Tower of London

One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
Changing The Guard At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

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

Ceremony of the Keys – 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

Classical music on 20th October

Sunday sounds like a good day to go and watch an opera, ballet or listen to some classical music

Royal Albert Hall

Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall

This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium

Sightseeing tours on 20th October

When was the last time you sat on the top-deck of a sightseeing bus, or enjoyed a boat trip up the Thames?

Jason’s Trip

Jasons Trip from Little Venice to Camden

20 Oct to Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock
London Bike Tour at BrakeAway Bike Tours

Guided tour of London on a bicycle

Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike and see the sights and landmarks of London from your saddle
See London By Night Tour at See London by Night

See London by night - on a sightseeing bus

The See London By Night bus tour will show you Londons most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky
Ghost Bus Tour London at Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tour around Londons dark past

The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through Londons gruesome past and into the dark heart of the capital
Thames Rockets at Thames Rockets

Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat

A trip on a Thames Rocket is something youll never forget speeding down the river underneath the Londons bridges
City Cruises at City Cruises

Boat trip down the Thames with City Cruises

City Cruises offer one-way return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich stopping off at Tower Bridge
Trs Boat Cruise London at TRS River Cruise

TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich

Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich and see some of the sights along the river
Big Bus Tour London at Big Bus Tours

London Bus Tour - open-top sightseeing bus

This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions with a free river cruise and guided walk
Original Bus Tour at Original Bus Tour

The Original Tour - Open-top sightseeing bus

The Original Tour is one of Londons most popular sightseeing buses and its also a great way to travel around the capital

Sports events on 20th October

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Sunday 20th October

Lord’s

Guided tour around Lords Cricket Ground

Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Hackney Marshes
free

Sunday football on Hackney Marshes

Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC - Tour of Stamford Bridge

Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC - Tour of the Emirates Stadium

Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium tour

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

Other London events on 20th October

Here are some other London events that will be taking place on Sunday

St. James’s Park

Hire a deckchair in one of Londons parks

20 to Hire out a deck-chair in one of Londons Royal parks and have a nice relaxing sit-down and do a bit of people-watching
Thames Clippers at Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers from Putney to Greenwich

Thames Clippers offer one-way return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich
Fortnum & Mason

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
The Ritz

Afternoon tea in the Palm Court at the Ritz Hotel

Dress up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
O2 Arena

Climb to the platform at the top of The O2

Climb to the top of The O2s tented roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform
No 15 Heritage Bus at Trafalgar Square

Ride an old-style double-decker bus

Ride around on one of Londons old 1960s double-decker buses (the one with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Have a ride on the Docklands Light Railway

The driverless Docklands Light Railway train allows you to sit right at the front giving you a fantastic view of the track ahead
 
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