Things to Do in London

Your guide to what’s happening in London to help you plan your visit to the city. Rediscover London experiences and places.

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London Events

West End Live – The stage is set for the casts of London’s top shows to perform for you, free in Trafalgar Square on the 18 & 19 September 2021. This year’s performance will include casts from Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Back to the Future the Musical, Dream Girls UK Tour, and many more of your favourite shows. Click for more details

RHS Chelsea Flower Show : 21 – 26 September 2021. This year, for the first time ever, the Chelsea flower show will be in the autumn. Click for more details

Regent’s Park Music Festival : Now 19 September 2021. A free concert at the bandstand in the park is an enjoyable way to spend your Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Click for more details

 Totally Thames : 1 – 30 September 2021. Month long celebration for London’s river Thames, featuring artwork, and free exhibition. Click for more details

NFL in London Games : 10  & 17 October 2021. Catch live American football in action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Teams playing: NY Jets vs Atlanta Falcons (10 Oct) and Miami Dolphins vs Jacksonville Jaguars (17 Oct). Click for more details 

Bloomsbury Festival 2021 : 15 – 24 October 2021. This year’s theme is Shining Light, illuminating the heritage, and creativity of Bloomsbury’s culture and communities. Click for more details

London Attractions & Landmarks

 

Kew Gardens welcome visitors to enjoy fresh air in its magnificent gardens. This year’s autumn festival (2-31 Oct 2021) celebrates the plants, art and culture of Japan. Know Before You Go: You must book your time slot online before you visit, otherwise, you will be turned away, even if you’re a member. More details here & here.

Picnic on the Lawns of Buckingham Palace – For the first time ever, you can enjoy a picnic in the gardens at the Queen’s city home, as Buckingham Palace opens its grounds to the public. Pack your picnic baskets and savour the experience. When: from 9 July – 19 September – Click for more details

Enjoyed the Bridgerton Series on Netflix during lockdown? You can now visit some of the filming locations in person. Tour the elegant Ranger’s House, which serves as the exterior shot for the Bridgerton family home and is located in Greenwich, London. Learn more about visiting via this link. For locations outside of London, visit this link to plan your day trip.

Covent Gardens – Your favourite open air destination in Central London had a makeover. Covent Gardens is offering so many outdoor options to dine alfresco – from pop-up restaurants to food trucks. Kick start the summer with a three week long Rosé Festival at Covent Gardens now – 6 June 2021.  Learn more via this link!

London Eye – Rediscover this iconic 360-degree view of the London’s skyline.  Know Before You Go: Tickets must be pre-booked online, site is cashless, guests must wear a face-covering and capacity per pod has been reduced. More details here

Explore the history of the famous Tower Bridge.  Know Before You Go: A one-way route has been put in place. You will start your visit at the North Tower, then walk across the iconic glass floor to the South Tower. Cashless site, pre-book tickets online, face mask is required, and reduced group size. More details here

The Tower of London is welcoming visitors Wednesdays – Sundays, including all outdoor areas. Explore her Majesty’s 1000 year-old fortress and see the crown jewels, line of Kings, and the White Tower. Know Before You Go: Number of visitors at one time have been reduced. Tickets and arrival time must be booked online, in advance. One-way visitor routes. More details here

Kensington Palace is welcoming visitors Wednesdays – Sundays. Travel back in time by exploring the birthplace of Queen Victoria and former home of Princess Diana. New Exhibition: Royal Style in the Making featuring Princess Diana’s wedding dress. From 3 June 2021 – 2 January 2022. Know Before You Go: Book your tickets in advance online.  More details here

Madame Tussauds London – Go rub shoulders with Royalty and take a selfie with your favourite celebrities from here and across the pond. Know Before You Go: Pre-book your ticket and time slot online. Cashless site. Face mask is required. More details here

 

Museums & Art Galleries 

Alice Curiouser and Curiouser at the VA Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum is now open with two new exhibitions: Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser – showcasing the evolution of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland in the Sainsbury Gallery. Runs from 22 May – 31 Dec 2021. Tickets: £20, and Epic Iran – exploring 5000 years of art, design and culture of Iran. Starts 29 May – Tickets: £18. Know Before You Go: Timed tickets must be booked online. Face masks are required in building. More details here

The British Museum is open and showcasing two new exhibitions featuring Thomas Beckett and Nero.  Know Before You Go: Free & paid entry is now ticketed and must be booked in advance online. Face masks are required. There is a new one-way route sign posted throughout the museum. More details here

The Museum of Home will reopen this spring with new galleries showcasing our domestic history – how our homes have evolved over the last 400 years.  More details via this link

The Serpentine Galleries now open with two new exhibitions:

Step into infinite space at The Tate Modern’s with Yayoi Kasuma – Infinity Mirror Rooms exhibition. Experience the rare chance to immerse yourself in Kasuma’s Brilliance of Life. More details here.  Know Before You Go: Timed tickets are required before arrival, cashless payments, face masks are required in galleries, and one-way routes are in place. Plan your visit via this link.

London Markets

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Eataly London – Delight in the flavours of Italy in London with the city’s newest culinary destination. Located in Broadgate, Eataly will open on 29 April. Click for more details

The famous Camden Market is opened. One-way route system has been put in place to manage a socially distanced flow of traffic. More details here

The Borough Market is open Mondays – Saturdays. Located near London Bridge, go delight in fresh, delicious food at one of London’s oldest food markets.  More details here

Seven Dials market is open. Escape to this slower paced section of London’s West End and indulge in shopping, dining, drinking and fun. Discover live acoustic performances 2-7 pm daily until 12 Sept 2021.  More details here & here

Brixton Village in South West London, offers a taste of the world by reflecting London’s delicious food and cultural diversity.  More details here

Tours & Adventures Open in London

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City Cruises invites you on board to cruise without the crowds on the Thames.  Know Before You Go: Dining and experiences cruises must be pre-booked online. Cashless transactions only on board. A face mask is required to travel on city cruises boats. More details here

London Hop-on Hop-off bus tours offers you a view of London from the top. Know Before You Go: Face mask is required on the bus. Tickets must be purchased online. Hygiene screens have been installed to keep distance between drivers and guests. Numbers of passenger allowed on bus have been reduced. More details here

The Harry Potter Studio Tour. Escape reality to the magical world of Harry Potter. Know Before You Go: Tickets must be booked in advance and are not available to purchase at venue. A face mask is required during visit. More details here

Walking Tours – London is like a living museum, which you can explore for free on foot – including London Blue Plaques tour and Free Tours by Foot.

London’s West End & Beyond

West End in London is reopening

Many of your favourite plays and musicals are back or opening soon in London’s Theatreland.

Beyond the West End

The Globe Theatre welcomes you for safe socially distanced performances. See Midsummer Night’s Dream from 19 May and As You Like It from 8 June. More details via this link.

The National Theatre in South Bank (SE1 9PX) reopens for live performances from 2 June. Death of England: Delroy will resume. More details here

The Bridge Theatre (located a 10 minute walk from London Bridge tube station) reopens 17 May with Vox Motus’ Flight  and a new play, Bach and Sons, by Nina Raine. More details here.

 

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