Events in London

A curated guide of 25 places and things to do in London, recommended by locals


Springtime in London is oh so dreamy. The sun is coming out, the flowers are blossoming, and the city is starting to wake up from the winter. It is the perfect time to go see what's what in London's winding streets. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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    Diane Arbus Exhibition

    arbus • art • exhibition •
    Southbank Centre

    Diana Arbus is arguably one of the most important female figures of the art world in the 20th century. Her photographs, celebrating imperfections and sidelined characters in society, tend to have a baffling impact on the spectator. Getting to know this women and her world is a gift you want to give yourselves this spring, no doubt.

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    Vintage Flea Market

    vintage • flea • market
    8 March - 31 August
    Vinegar Yard

    In our very unbiased opinion (obviously), that it cannot get much better than a London flea market. This one runs all summer long and is all about that vintage lifestyle- clothing, accessories, and house objects.

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    Van Gogh and Britain

    museum • art • van Gogh
    26 March - 10 August
    Tate Britain

    Often, not much is said about the Dutch artists beyond his tragedies. However, Van-Gogh had a life full of travel and artistic exploration meant to make him the renowned artist he eventually became. This exhibit will join together some of his most famous works from around the world, explore his time in Britain and the impact it had on him, and showcase the works of British artists who found their inspiration in Van-Gogh.

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    Edvard Munch Exhibition

    museum • art • exhibition
    10 April - 20 July
    British Museum

    An exhibition celebrating this renowned Norwegian painter is coming to The British Museum in London for three months. Munch's lasting impact on the art world goes far beyond his most famous work, The Scream. This is a great opportunity for art enthusiasts to learn more about this wonderful painter.

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    Dior Exhibition

    dior • fashion • exhibition
    19 April - 31 August
    V&A Museum

    Who here doesn't know Dior? we doubt there is anyone who isn't familiar with this iconic fashion house that managed to transcend trends and times throughout its history. This exhibition features hand-tailored pieces and rare perfume bottles, as well as sketches and a historical timeline of the brand.

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    Brilliant Visions: Mescaline, Art, Psychiatry Exhibition

    Surrealist • Art • Drugs
    30 April - 30 August
    Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind

    Ready for an art high? "Brilliant Visions" presents drawings and paintings by Surrealist artists who took part in the Guttman-Maclay mescaline experiments of the 1930s. Julian Trevelyan, Basil Beaumont and Herbrand Williams are among the artists featured. See how their hallucinations made it to the canvas. \\ Price: free

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    The BBQ Club: Patch & Picnic

    food • festival • picnic
    2 May - 29 September
    Southbank Centre

    Over this summer in London you can book a spot at a BBQ bar over River Thames, or plan a picnic on the river bank itself, cooked and catered by the team at the South Bank pop-up food extravaganza. The food served varies based on the time of day and the dining option you chose, so it's anywhere between a giant burger to a romantic cheese and fruit plate. Oh, and did we mention the wine?

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    AI: More than Human

    AI • exhibit • london
    15 May - 25 August
    Barbican Centre

    This exhibition explores the relationship we have towards artificial intelligence, the state of AI in the world today and its potential in the future. Barbican is officially a learning centre and so visitors are expected to remain active and curious and not be passive spectators. Its nature also implies you'll have many of your questions about AI answered when you visit.

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    Tender Touches Exhibition

    art • exhibition • food
    16 May - 29 June
    AMP Gallery

    This is what you would call an immersive art installation. For about a month and a half, artists Huma Kabakci and Inês Neto dos Santos will host a series of dinners, lectures and exhibits that focus on the fine line between art and food. At Tender Touches, playing with your meal is most welcome, and eating your art might be as well. Some events are free and some have an entrance fee. Check them all out below.

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    Museum of the Moon

    nature • moon • exhibition
    16 May - 7 September
    Natural History Museum

    UK artist Luke Jerram has crafted a meticulous miniature model of the moon- and by miniature we mean a six metre diameter. The model is created using NASA imagery to stay as authentic as possible. Usually Jerram tours with his moon model around the world, but it will settle in London's Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum for almost four months over this summer- and you can go check it out for free.

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    Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

    Film • London • Exhibition
    20 May - 14 September

    Learn more about the genius mind behind '2001: A Space Odyssey', 'The Shining', and 'A Clockwork Orange' in this groundbreaking exhibition at Kensington's Design Museum. With over 700 objects, films, interviews, letters, and photographs, you'll learn about Kubrick's meticulous process and his intimate relationship with the city.

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    Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic

    Magic • Psychology • Exhibition
    20 May - 14 September

    The Wellcome Collection is playing host to a fascinating exploration of the history of magic. From Victorian spirit photographs to Derren Brown, you'll learn how magicians have deceived and amazed us through the generations. Check the website, and you can time your visit to this free exhibition with one of their 6 weekly performances.

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    Frank Bowling Exhibition

    Contemporary • Guyana • Art
    30 May - 25 August
    Tate Britain

    This is Guyanese artist Frank Bowling’s first major retrospective. The exhibition brings together a lifetime of large-scale artworks. It includes key series such as his iconic 'map paintings', ‘poured paintings’ made by pouring paint down an inclined surface, and his sculptural paintings of the 1980s. \\ Price: £13

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    Stand-Up Under the Stars

    Stand Up • Comedy • Al Fresco
    4 June, 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July, 10 July, 17 July, 24 July

    The Battersea Arts Centre is hosting an all-star range of comedians in their beautiful open-air courtyard. Each night features award-winning comedians who are certain to have you chuckling.

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    Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-1933

    Germany • Magic Realism • Exhibition
    20 June - 13 July
    Tate Modern

    Step into the uncanny world of magic realism in Weimar Germany at the Tate Modern. This is a great opportunity to see Tate artworks not normally on display to the public, alongside amazing loans from The George Economou Collection.

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    Cirque du Soleil: Toruk

    Acrobatics • Performance • Unique
    25 June - 29 June

    The award-winning Cique du Soleil is coming to London for 5 nights with a new show based on the hit film 'Avatar'. Produced in collaboration with director James Cameron, this is certain to be an evening of acrobatics and athleticism like you've never seen.

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    Silent disco at the Sea Life London Aquarium

    Silent disco • party • Drink
    27 June
    London Aquarium

    Ain’t no party like a Sea Life party. Put on some glowing headphones and tune into one of three channels to be immersed into the world of water – and as part of your trip, also enjoy a curated ‘chill-out tour’ of the London Aquarium's brand new jellyfish experience. Plus, you’ll also receive a welcome drink on arrival. From: 19:45, price £29.

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    The Great Exhibition Road Festival

    Science • Arts • Festival
    27 June - 29 June

    Imperial College London with South Kensington's museums are offering a free three-day celebration of curiosity, discovery, and exploration. With a series of talks, exhibitions, workshops, and performances, this festival revives the spirit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's Great Exhibition.

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    P!nk Concert

    Music • Pop • Concert
    28 June, 29 June
    Wembley Stadium

    She's ready to fly high over London. P!NK will close her Beautiful Trauma World Tour with two massive nights at Wembley Stadium. Rest your vocal cords now so you can scream sing along with her. Starting at 17:00, tickets start at £45.

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    Wimbledon

    Sport • Tennis • Traditional
    30 June - 13 July
    Wimbledon

    It wouldn't be summer in London without Wimbledon! Make sure you head south of the river to experience some of the highs and lows of the tennis championship. While all of the advance tickets will have sold out, it is still possible to purchase tickets on the day if you're willing to queue. Alternatively, why not have a picnic outside and watch the action on the big screen?

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    RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

    Nature • Historic • Palace
    1 July - 6 July
    Hampton Court Palace

    Spend a glorious summer's day in Hampton Court Palace at the annual garden festival. This 6 day celebration of all things horticultural is a treat to the senses in a breathtaking historic setting.

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    British Summer Time Festival

    Music • Eclectic • Festival
    4 July - 13 July
    Hyde Park

    Head over to Hyde Park to see some internationally renowned crowd pleasers, from Celine Dion to Florence and the Machine. Celebrate the arrival of British Summer Time at one of the city's biggest festivals.

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    London Pride

    LGBTQ+ • Parade • Diverse
    5 July
    Various Venues

    The Pride in London 2019 is set to be the biggest celebration of diversity in the city's history. The parade sets off from Portland Place at 12PM, before progressing down Oxford Circus and finishing on Whitehall.

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    BBC Proms

    Classical Music • BBC • Festival
    18 July - 13 September
    Royal Albert Hall

    One of the world's largest classical musical festivals, the BBC Proms are a staple of London's cultural scene. Set in the beating heart of Albertopolis, the spectacular Royal Albert Hall. With accessibly priced tickets available, this is a must-see event.

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    Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

    Royal • Palace • Architecture
    19 July - 28 September
    Buckingham Palace

    A chance to peak inside the home of Britain's Royal Family. The palace is open only for 10 weeks of the year, making it a fantastic opportunity to see Buckingham Palace's majestic state rooms in all their glory. There are even private evening tours available for a small groups!

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