Step into the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of history’s most iconic and influential filmmakers, at the Design Museum this season. A fascinating exploration of Kubrick’s creative process, duck behind the scenes on cinema classics such as The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket. Get up close to rare objects, explore Kubrick’s relationship with London through rare interviews and learn more about his intense interest in architecture and design.
26th April–15th September 2019
Food: Bigger Than The Plate
A fascinating glimpse at what we eat and how it affects the world we live in, this comprehensive exhibition explores the often complex and conflicting issues of all things dietary. From urban mushroom farms to an edible water bottle, it’s a thought-provoking and engaging show.Until 20th October 2019
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: A Voyage of Invention
This spirited showcase of Romanian classical music comes courtesy of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and features work by composer George Enescu and a performance by acclaimed violinist Alexandru Tomescu.
1st May 2019
Food Photographer of the Year 2019
Now in its seventh year, this exhibition features some of the most mouth-watering food photography from around the world. A competition that welcomes submissions from amateurs as well as professionals, there are some 150 gourmet images and films to inspire budding photographers.
1st–5th May 2019
Film Music Gala
An invitation to bask in classic film scores performed by a live orchestra, the Film Music Gala is performed by the acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It includes musical renditions from favourites such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Cinema Paradiso among others.
3rd–4th May 2019
Royal Albert Hall
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2019
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition is a vivid showcase of some of the finest contemporary portrait paintings from Britain and beyond. Famous and unfamiliar faces alike feature in this display of over 200 works, carefully selected by professional artists.
9th–24th May 2019
AI: More Than Human
A fascinating chance to examine the human race’s ever growing relationship with artificial intelligence, this Barbican exhibition draws on the work of artists and scientists and offers an interactive and thought provoking experience.
16th May-26th August
For a memorable summer’s evening beneath the stars, Luna Cinema stages outdoor film screenings at a host of distinctive venues throughout London. This year, roll out a picnic blanket and settle back with the popcorn at Victoria Embankment Gardens, Kensington Palace or Westminster Abbey.
17th May–29th September 2019
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
London bursts into full bloom with the Chelsea Flower Show, a quintessentially British event that marks the unofficial start of summer. Look out for RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed in part by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to promote the mental and physical benefits of spending time in nature.
21st–25th May 2019
South Grounds, Royal Hospital Chelsea
The Citi Exhibition: Manga
Manga, a cult genre of Japanese comics and graphic novels, is a global phenomenon with millions of enthusiasts across the world. In this major exhibition, The British Museum examines its appeal and worldwide cultural influence. It invites visitors into the graphic world of original Japanese manga, displayed alongside a diverse variety of phenomena, such as cosplay and anime films, that are inspired by it.
23rd May–26th August 2019
The British Museum
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing
To honour the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, more than 200 of the iconic artist’s drawings are on display at The Queen’s Gallery, courtesy of the Royal Collection. The largest exhibition of the polymath’s work in over six decades, these drawings offer a rewarding insight into the artist’s far-reaching interests.
24th May–13th October 2019
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birthday, and there are few more fitting places to celebrate than the palace in which she was born. In honour of the occasion, Kensington Palace recreates the home of the young Victoria as well as unveiling new exhibition, which traces her journey to the throne.
Opens 24th May 2019
The Household Division’s Beating Retreat
An enthralling evening of British military pageantry, expect booming cannons, glittering fireworks and immaculately rehearsed military drills at these two consecutive concerts. St. James’s Park is a stunning backdrop to the rousing tradition, which dates back more than three centuries.
5th–6th June 2019
Horse Guards Parade
Beautifully choreographed by Christoper Wheeldon and performed by 90 dancers from the English National Ballet, this enchanting production is guaranteed to delight all ages with stunning costumes, dazzling sets and an immaculately rehearsed orchestra.
6th–16th June 2019
Royal Albert Hall
Chestertons Polo in the Park
Polo is a quintessential British summertime sport and Chestertons Polo in the Park brings the equine event to London. Each day of the weekend tournament includes three white-knuckle matches, with prime hospitality offering plenty of opportunity to toast the winning team.
7th-9th June 2019
Trooping the Colour
An event that’s served as the official birthday celebrations for the British monarch for over 200 years, this vivid spectacle includes over 1,400 parading soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses. Don’t miss the grand finale, a magnificent RAF fly-past.
8th June 2019
Horse Guards Parade
Open Garden Squares Weekend
London is a mosaic of exclusive garden squares that are usually only open to those that inhabit their surrounding residences. The Open Garden Squares Weekend is an opportunity to step inside these otherwise private enclaves, and includes an invitation to explore the garden at 10 Downing Street and the award-winning rooftop design at Hachette Books.
8th–9th June 2019
Summer Exhibition 2019
An annual artistic institution since 1769, the Royal Academy is known for showcasing some of the best contemporary artwork around but it’s also the biggest open submission art some in the world. Featuring work created in all mediums, expect to be thoroughly inspired.
10th June-12th August 2019
Royal Academy of Arts
Taste of London
Sample fine wines and Michelin-starred cuisine from London’s most esteemed chefs at the city’s biannual Taste festival. Expect masterclasses, live demonstrations, artisan food markets and couture cocktails mixed by the experts.
19th–23nd June 2019
A leading figure in contemporary art, photographer and artist Cindy Sherman is the subject of a major retrospective this summer. Expect key pieces from both private and public collection, alongside work never before publicly exhibited.
27th June-15th September
National Portrait Gallery
Masterpiece London Art Fair 2019
Bringing together masterpieces from the fields of art, design, jewellery and furniture, this annual fair includes works from established artists as well as rising talent. Whether to browse or buy, there’s plenty to inspire among the 160 exhibitors from around the world.
27th June–3rd July 2019
Royal Hospital Chelsea
A Midsummer Night's Dream
There are few better places to watch Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream than al fresco on a balmy midsummer’s evening. The medieval comedy is a popular inclusion in this year’s programme at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
28th June–27th July 2019
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Wimbledon Tennis Championships
The sporting highlight of the British summer, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships is the most eagerly anticipated fortnight in July. Whether spectating from seats on Centre Court or watching the action unfold at a distance from the banks of Henman Hill, the atmosphere is not to be missed..
1st–14th July 2019
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
The colourful family-friendly musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice returns to the London stage, starring acclaimed British actress Sheridan Smith as the narrator and Australian pop icon Jason Donovan as Pharaoh.
Until 8th September 2019
The London Palladium
Jesus Christ Superstar
Having made its Broadway debut in 1971, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar has been immersing audiences in the feel-good factor ever since. Directed by Timothy Sheader, this production has received rave reviews for its fresh, edgy treatment of the classic favourite.
4th July–24th August 2019
British Summer Time Hyde Park
A major summer highlight for London’s music fans, British Summer Time brings its usual impressively star-studded line-up to Hyde Park’s main stage. Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and Florence + the Machine guarantee sell-out shows.
5th–14th July 2019
Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security
Organised in partnership with GCHQ to mark the 100th anniversary of the British Intelligence, Security and Cyber agency, this revealing exhibition focuses on intelligence communications. From codebreaking secrets World War II to 21st century digital security threats, this is a rare opportunity to learn about a hidden world.
10th July 2019-23rd February 2020
The Science Museum
Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life
Including many works never previously seen in the UK, Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern is captivating and challenging in equal measure. The Icelandic-Danish artist’s installations are often inspired by environmental and social issues, making this a show that’s very on point and highly engaging.
11th July 2019–5th January 2020
Cricket World Cup Final 2019
One of the summer’s most anticipated sporting events, the Cricket World Cup is hosted in England this year, with the final at Lord’s on 14th July. Join thousands of enthusiasts in pubs across the capital, or enjoy the electric ambience at the world-famous cricket ground for the final match.
14th July 2019
The world’s most celebrated classical music festival has based itself at the Royal Albert Hall since 1941. The series spans eight weeks, and celebrates the industry’s highly acclaimed heavyweights alongside rising stars and fresh talent.
19th July–14th September
Royal Albert Hall
Queen Victoria’s Palace
Timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birthday, this fascinating exhibition explores how the monarch skilfully transformed Buckingham Palace from a private home to a to a powerful symbol of the British Royal Family. The young Victoria was the first ruler to base herself at the palace and she made many adjustments to ensure it was fit for a queen, including the addition of the central balcony which is still used by the Royal Family for major events today.
20th July-29th September 2019
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Longines Global Champions Tour
Witness a spectacular show jumping in the heart of London at the Longines Global Champions Tour, which returns to the Royal Hospital Chelsea this summer. Equipped with a kids’ zone and Exhibition Village, not to mention its prime hospitality, it’s a fantastic family day out.
2nd–4th August 2019
Royal Hospital Chelsea
This summer, in the charming surroundings of Regent’s Park, enjoy the captivating musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber which tells the story of Eva Peron, First Lady of Argentina.
2nd August-21st September
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Describing itself as a festival of cycling, RideLondon is the chance to enjoy cycling through central London with no cars on the road. An initiative begun to encourage to discover the joy of cycling raise money for charitable causes, the event has been an annual occurrence since 2013.
Film4 Summer Screen
Outdoor cinema is a popular summer pastime in London and there are few more impressive settings than the courtyard of Somerset House. Film4 Summer Screen stages a nightly showing at the venue over two weeks in August and often includes guest appearances from film stars.
8th–21st August 2019
Coral Challenge Cup Final
A highly anticipated tournament among rugby enthusiasts, the Challenge Cup Final takes over the iconic Wembley Stadium to culminate the rugby league season. A competition with its roots in the late 19th century, the final is a historic occasion with an unbeatable electric atmosphere.
24th August 2019
This colourful month-long event is a tribute to London’s iconic river. From riverside art installations to themed boat rides and guided walks along the banks, it’s an opportunity to explore London from a different perspective.
1st–30th September 2019
Fame The Musical
Based on the legendary 1980 classic musical Fame, this production celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original West End show with a fresh rendition. Starring Jorgie Porter, Mica Paris and Keith Jack, the show injects the much-loved script with a contemporary edge.
11th September-19th October 2019
The Peacock Theatre
London Design Festival
A celebration of London as the creative capital of the world, London Design Festival puts on an engaging programme of exhibitions, workshops and talks, and spotlights the designers that are blazing a trail in the industry.
14th–22nd September 2019
From the creators of the acclaimed The Play That Goes Wrong, this fresh, new comedy explores the struggles of growing up with liberal quantities of wit. Set at a riotous school and starring anarchic teens, it’s one of this summer’s most entertaining shows.
20th September–1st December 2019
Open House London
A rare opportunity to venture inside some of the English capital’s most iconic private buildings, Open House has been throwing open London’s doors to the public for 25 years. Last year’s highlights included access to grand institutions such as Senate House as well as beautiful private homes around the capital.
21st–22nd September 2019
The largest exhibition devoted to British sculptor Antony Gormley in over a decade, the Royal Academy of Arts showcases both new and existing works by the acclaimed artist this autumn. Expect the artist’s signature sizeable sculptures and immersive installations alongside rarely seen sketches and drawings. Exploring the theme of the body and its relationship to its surroundings, the exhibition engages inventively the Beaux-Arts architecture of the academy itself.
21st September–3rd December 2019
Royal Academy of Arts
One of the most influential and imaginative fashion photographers of our time, Tim Walker is the subject of a major retrospective at the V&A this autumn. Featuring an extensive collection ofphotographs, film, sets and installations taken from throughout Walker’s career, the exhibition offers a mesmerising glimpse into the mind of a creative genius. Designed by Shona Heath, a close collaborator and long-time friend of Walker, the showcase includes several new works which take inspiration from the V&A’s incredible archive.
21st September 2019–8th March 2020
Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival
A London tradition that dates back over 125 years, the Pearly Kings and Queens Society is a much-loved institution. Get to know its extravagantly dressed members at this lively annual event, which includes maypole dancing, Morris dancers and a London parade, with all funds raised going to local charities.
29th September 2019