- Events & Festivals
- Shows, Concerts & Films
- Food & Drink
- Parks & Gardens
- Miscellaneous London Lists
- Travel Outside London
- Saturday 23 February:
- Sunday 24 February:
- All Weekend:
Future Special Events
- St Patrick’s Day Festival – 16 & 17 March 2019, including Camden Music Trail & St Patrick’s Day Parade.
- Learn To Play Weekend – 23 & 24 March 2019. Free music taster sessions, including Soho’s Yamaha Store.
- Charles Dickens Museum Tours – Various tours take place every month.
- London Gaming Market – Every 4 months, selling retro video games, board games and merchandise.
- Lord Mayor’s Show – Every November.
- Valentine’s Day Events – On and around 14 February. See also Londonist articles on romantic days out and romantic cafes.
Audio Described Tours
Royal Academy of Music Museum & Library, Thursday 21 March 1:30pm
- Architecture Tour, Windsor Castle, Saturday 30 March 1:30pm
Beuckelaer: The Four Elements: Fire, National Gallery, Saturday 30 March 11:30am
- Is This Tomorrow?, Whitechapel Gallery, Thursday 18 April 6pm
- Smoke & Mirrors, Wellcome Collection, Thursday 23 May 6pm
- A Home Away From Home, The India Club, until 1 March 2019
- Good Grief, Charlie Brown!, Somerset House, until 3 March 2019 (see article)
- Prototyping In Tokyo: Illustrating Design-Led Innovation, Japan House, until 17 March 2019 (see reviews here and here)
- Home Futures, Design Museum, until 24 March 2019
- Nelson Mandela: Official Exhibition, 26 Leake Street Gallery in Waterloo, until 8 April 2019 (see article)
- John Ruskin: The Power Of Seeing, Two Temple Place, until 22 April 2019
- David Adjaye: Making Memory, Design Museum, until 5 May 2019
- The Sun: Living With Our Star, Science Museum, until 6 May 2019
- Can Marketing Save Lives?, Museum of Brands, until 26 May 2019
- Chocolate Boxes & Biscuit Tins, Museum of Brands, until 31 May 2019
- Franz West, Tate Modern, until 2 June 2019 (see article)
- Swinging London: Terence Conran & Mary Quant, Fashion & Textile Museum, until 2 June 2019
- Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway, Dulwich Picture Gallery, until 2 June 2019
- Pack The Future, Museum of Brands, until 22 June 2019
- Wildlife Photographer Of The Year, Natural History Museum, until 30 June 2019
- Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, V&A Museum, until 14 July 2019 (see articles by Londonist, Culture Whisper & Secret London)
- Room To Breathe, Migration Museum, until 28 July 2019
- Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific Perspectives, British Museum, until 4 August 2019
- War Brides, RAF Museum, until 15 September 2019
- Brick Wonders (Lego Models), Horniman Museum, until 27 October 2019 (see article)
- British Museum:
- Tate Britain:
- Tate Modern:
- Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now, 17 October 2019 to 9 February 2020
- V&A Museum:
- Other Exhibitions:
- Spare Parts: Rethinking Human Repair, Science Gallery, 28 February to 12 May 2019
- Craft & Graft: Making Science Happen, Francis Crick Institute, 1 March to 30 November 2019
- The New Londoners, British Library, 29 March to 7 July 2019
- Beasts Of London, Museum of London, 5 April 2019 to 5 January 2020
- Mars, Design Museum, 16 October 2019 to 1 March 2020
- My list of museums and galleries
- National Trust – Houses & Unusual Buildings
- Secret London – Art Exhibitions
Audio Described Plays
- Vocaleyes – Upcoming AD Shows & Events
- Official London Theatre – Upcoming AD shows
- Kiss Me Quickstep, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, audio description available for every performance from 26 February
- The Play That Goes Wrong, Duchess Theatre, Saturday 23 March 2:30pm
The Phlebotomist, Hampstead Theatre, Saturday 20 April 3pm
- Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre, Friday 3 May 7:30pm
- Sweet Charity, Donmar Warehouse, Saturday 1 June 2:30pm
- Noises Off, Lyric Hammersmith, Saturday 20 July 7:30pm
- Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre, Tuesday 13 August 7:30pm
- Jesus Christ Superstar, Barbican Centre, Tuesday 13 August 7:45pm
- Cinderella, Lyric Hammersmith, Saturday 14 December 6pm
- The Best Of John Williams, Southbank Centre, Sunday 3 March
- Blue Planet 2: Live In Concert, O2 Arena, Sunday 17 March
- National Theatre:
- Pizza Express:
- Royal Albert Hall:
- St Martin-In-The-Fields:
See also the list of theatres, comedy clubs, cinemas, etc at the bottom of my London Theatres & Concerts page.
- Beef & Brew – See Londonist article: Succulent Meat & Giant Yorkshires.
- Big Easy – See Londonist article: Booze, Burgers & A Brand New Bar.
- The Breakfast Club – “Locally world famous little yellow cafés and, you didn’t hear it from us, but some of our Dirty Little Secrets bars too…”
- Coin Laundry – “Laid-back neighbourhood bar and restaurant serving up seasonal British food, cocktails and craft beers.”
- Dans Le Noir – The “Dining In The Dark” concept intrigues me, and I know someone who works here.
- Faulty Towers Dining Experience – A dining experience based on the hit TV sitcom. One third of the performance is scripted, with the rest improvised around the audience (see FAQs).
- Feng Shang Princess – Floating Chinese restaurant, on a pagoda in Regent’s Park.
- Gloria – New Italian restaurant (see article).
- Japes – Chicago style deep dish pizza (see article).
- Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium – Feasting in the company of some fabulous felines.
- Maxwell’s Bar & Grill – “An all-American diner-style venue serving up mouth-watering American classics including Burgers, Steaks, Ribs, Fajitas, Wings and in 2015, we introduced our famous Freakshakes.”
- Monsieur Le Duck – Duck restaurant (see article).
- Mr Fogg’s Society Of Exploration – Covent Garden Victorian themed bar themed around world exploration, as demonstrated by the menu, and a life size model of an Orient Express carriage to sit in and enjoy your drinks, plus a machine that will kickstart the making of your drinks for you.
- Only Fools Cushty Dining Experience – “It’s the show you’ve all been asking for – and it’s brought to you by the people behind the worldwide smash hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience. This fully immersive show transports audiences to The Nags Head to meet the pride of Peckham in a night of wheeling, dealing and eating.”
- Pasticceria Marchesi – Bakery owned by Prada, opening April 2019 (see article).
- Piebury Corner – “Casual Dining Restaurant / Bar where you can sample handmade British Pies and Scotch Eggs, Crafts Beers and Cocktails whilst listening to the Piebury Collectives Music Selection.”
- Radio Alice Pizzeria – “Radio Alice Hoxton is located in a Victorian school building, with high ceilings and an open kitchen so you can watch them make the pizzas. The terrace overlooking Hoxton Square is perfect for a sunny summers day or with a blanket and the heating on through winter!” – See Design My Night article & review.
- Putney Pies – “The finest pies in the land.”
- Sacro Cuore Pizzeria – “Traditional Neapolitan Pizzeria in Kensal Rise. The pizza we make is identical to what you would eat in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. We use the same ingredients, the same cooking method and the same oven. For us it is all about the pizza!”
- STK London – Steakhouse. See Londonist article.
- Stonemasons Arms – Bar with board games available. Steak & Wine Night every Thursday (see menu).
- Zia Lucia Pizzeria – See Londonist article.
- Afternoon Teas:
- Roast Dinners:
- Other Specific Cuisines:
- Other Cuisine Lists:
- Warm & Cosy:
- Locations by Londonist:
- Other Pubs & Bars:
- Other Restaurants:
- Cakes & Ladders – Café on a double decker bus that opened in August, with coffee, beers, cake and sandwiches, and over 500 board games. Also on Facebook.
- Draughts Board Games Café – Near Regent’s Canal in Hackney. They have over 800 board games. Also on Facebook.
- Library Pot Board Games Café – They have over 500 board games. Also on Facebook.
- Proceed Clockwise – In Shoreditch, East London. Also on Facebook.
- DNA VR – Single player, multiplayer and free-roaming virtual reality games.
- Everyone Can (Manchester) – Gaming sessions for disabled people.
- Four Quarters Bars – Bars with playable video games in Peckham and Hackney Wick (near the Olympic Park). Also on Facebook here and here.
- Four Thieves – VR booths, retro arcade games, mini golf and moonshine car racing (see article).
- The Heart Of Gaming – Arcade, console and computer games (see article).
- Limitless VR – VR & Gaming Lounge Bar. “Our venue hosts 6 HTC Vive stations, retro consoles, table footie and more. Our hidden basement lounge and club space called ‘LVR’ (open Thurs-Sat) also has sofa areas… each with a PS3/4 console.The bar is quickly becoming known for its eclectic events, including theme parties and a host of local DJ talent!” Also on Facebook.
- Loading Bars – Bars in Stratford, Dalston, Shepherd’s Bush & Brighton with board games and console games. Also on Facebook.
Ten Pin Bowling
- MFA Bowl Lewisham – I’ve been here with Aquabats.
- Queens Skate, Dance & Bowl – I’ve been here regularly with Aquabats and London Sports Club For The Blind for bowling. They also have a bar and ice rink.
- All Star Lanes, Holborn – Their kitchen serves classic American dishes. They also have alleys in Brick Lane, Westfield Stratford City & Westfield White City.
- Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Holborn – Including Ray’s Diner serving pizza and burgers, and they hold retro club nights.
- Hollywood Bowl – Has venues Surrey Quays, Finsbury Park, and the O2 in North Greenwich.
- Namco Funscape – Bowling and arcade games.
- Palace Superbowl, Elephant & Castle – On the top floor of the shopping centre.
- Rowans, Finsbury Park – 2 floors of bowling lanes, arcade games, pool tables and bars (see article).
- Tenpin Acton – Close to Park Royal station in West London.
- The Croc, Soho – Part of the luxurious Ham Yard Hotel, so not cheap.
- Barbican Conservatory – Indoor rainforest (see article)
- Kew Gardens – Sensory Walking Tours for VI people
- National Trust – Gardens & Parks
- National Trust – Winter Walks
- My list of parks & gardens
- 24 quiet London parks and secret gardens to escape to
- Hidden gardens and green spaces in London
- Secret London List of Parks & Gardens
- Belmond British Pullman Steam Train Journeys – “Expect luxury, glamour and a dash of adventure on an unforgettable trip through the British countryside
Restored to their former glory, the carriages are as famous today as in the heyday of train travel. Whether you prefer afternoon tea, flowing champagne or both, there’s a journey for everyone.”
- Southeastern Trains – 2 For 1 Offers – For attractions, restaurants, tours, etc in London and Kent. You claim the voucher and present it with a National Rail ticket to get the deal.
- UK Railtours – Special excursions by train to various destinations across the country