Here are some things to do in London that have caught my eye, divided into sections, with recent updates indicated:
- Events & Festivals (Last updated 23 April 2019)
- Exhibitions (Last updated 23 April 2019)
- Shows, Concerts & Films
- Food & Drink
- Parks & Gardens
- Miscellaneous London Lists
- Travel Outside London (Last updated 15 April 2019)
- Underbelly Festival Southbank – 5 April to 29 September, with comedy, cabaret, music and more.
- Chelsea Fringe Festival – 18 to 26 May
- Chelsea In Bloom – 20 to 25 May
- Chelsea Flower Show – 21 to 25 May
- Belgravia In Bloom – 20 to 25 May
- Fiera de Londres – 24 to 26 May, Spanish cuisine & entertainment on South Bank
- Foodies Festival – 25 to 27 May, Syon Park
- London History Day – 31 May
- Desserts Festival – 17 to 18 August, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane (see article)
- 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 – Around 14 February (see also romantic days out & cafes)
- David Adjaye: Making Memory, Design Museum, until 5 May 2019
- Is This Tomorrow?, Whitechapel Gallery, until 12 May 2019
- Spare Parts: Rethinking Human Repair, Science Gallery, until 12 May 2019
- Can Marketing Save Lives?, Museum of Brands, until 26 May 2019
- Only Human: Martin Parr, National Portrait Gallery, until 27 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
- Wildlife Photographer Of The Year, Natural History Museum, until 30 June 2019
- The New Londoners, British Library, until 7 July 2019
- Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light, National Gallery, until 7 July 2019
- Edvard Munch: Love & Angst, British Museum, until 21 July 2019 (see articles by Londonist & Culture Whisper)
- Room To Breathe, Migration Museum, until 28 July 2019
- Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific Perspectives, British Museum, until 4 August 2019
- Van Gogh & Britain, Tate Britain, until 11 August 2019 (see articles by Londonist, Culture Whisper & Secret London)
- Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, V&A Museum, until 1 September 2019 (see articles by Londonist, Culture Whisper & Secret London)
- Stanley Kubrick, Design Museum, until 15 September 2019 (see article)
- Audio Described Tour on Saturday 4 May 10:30am
- War Brides, RAF Museum, until 15 September 2019
- British Dinosaurs: From Fossils To Feathers, Natural History Museum At Tring, until 11 October 2019
- Chihuly at Kew: Reflections On Nature, Kew Gardens, until 27 October 2019
- Brick Wonders (Lego Models), Horniman Museum, until 27 October 2019 (see article)
- Craft & Graft: Making Science Happen, Francis Crick Institute, until 30 November 2019 (see Londonist article)
- Beasts Of London, Museum of London, until 5 January 2020 (see article)
- Mary Quant, V&A Museum, until 16 February 2020 (see articles by Londonist & Culture Whisper)
- Food: Bigger Than The Plate, V&A Museum, 18 May to 17 November 2019 (see their blog)
- Manga, British Museum, 23 May to 26 August 2019
- Secret Rivers, Museum Of London Docklands, 24 May to 27 October
- Top Secret: From Ciphers To Cyber Security, Science Museum, 10 July 2019 to 23 February 2020
- Time Walker, V&A Museum, 7 September 2019 to 8 March 2020
- William Blake: The Artist, Tate Britain, 11 September 2019 to 2 February 2020 (see article)
- Cars, V&A Museum, 5 October 2019 to 19 April 2020
- Mars, Design Museum, 16 October 2019 to 1 March 2020
- Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now, Tate Modern, 17 October 2019 to 9 February 2020
- Tutankhamun, Saatchi Gallery, 2 November 2019 to 3 May 2020
- My list of museums and galleries
- How To Explore London’s Museums & Galleries (Londonist)
- How To Tour Off-Limits Areas Of Famous Venues (Londonist)
- Houses & Unusual Buildings (National Trust)
- Art Exhibitions (Secret London)
Audio Described Plays
- Vocaleyes – Upcoming AD Shows & Events
- Official London Theatre – Upcoming AD shows
- Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre, Friday 3 May 7:30pm
- Sweet Charity, Donmar Warehouse, Saturday 1 June 2:30pm
- Six, Arts Theatre, Saturday 29 June 4pm
- 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
- Evita, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Saturday 7 September 2:15pm
- War Horse, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, Saturday 16 November 2pm
- Cinderella, Lyric Hammersmith, Saturday 14 December 6pm
- Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre, Monday 9 March 2020 7:30pm
- National Theatre:
- Pizza Express:
- Royal Albert Hall:
- St Martin-In-The-Fields:
- Cheap Cinema Tickets (Londonist)
- Dating Cinemas (Culture Whisper)
- Independent Cinemas (Londonist)
- Luxurious Cinemas (Secret London)
- Outdoor Cinemas (Londonist)
- Soho Hotel Film Club – 3-course lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, followed by their movie of the week in their luxe cinema, for £40 each.
See also the list of theatres, comedy clubs, cinemas, etc at the bottom of my London Theatres & Concerts page.
Venues Near Euston Station
- African Kitchen Gallery – West African & Caribbean food. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- Agra – Indian restaurant. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- Albertini – Italian restaurant. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- Booking Office Bar & Restaurant – English cocktail lounge & brasserie in St Pancras station. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook
- Cattle & Co – American style barbecue meat. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- Da Paolo – Italian restaurant. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- German Gymnasium – Mittel-European cuisine. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- Great Nepalese Restaurant – Nepalese food. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- Mestizo Restaurant & Tequila Bar – Mexican food. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- North Sea Fish Restaurant – Fish and chips in a pub style restaurant. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- Prezzo – Italian Restaurant. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- Shah Tandoori – Indian restaurant. No website, but they are on Facebook, TripAdvisor & Deliveroo.
- Wellcome Kitchen – Restaurant in Wellcome Collection. See menu, TripAdvisor & Facebook.
- 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.”
- The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason – Sundaes, hot chocolate and other delicious desserts (see article).
- 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.
- Food & Drink Guides – Full index of their articles, listed by style of cuisine, restaurant type and location.
- Area Guides
- Pub Guides
- 100 Best Restaurants (Time Out)
- 100 Best Dishes (Time Out)
- Glamorous Restaurants (Evening Standard)
- London Food Guide (Design My Night)
- Michelin Starred Restaurants (Culture Whisper)
- New Restaurants (Time Out)
- Favourite Restaurants (Secret London)
- Restaurant Deals & Offers (Time Out)
- West End Restaurants (Culture Whisper)
- Restaurants For Different Types Of Cuisine (Time Out)
- Afternoon Teas (Online directory)
- Afternoon Teas (Culture Whisper)
- Bakeries (Secret London)
- Chicken & Waffles (Design My Night)
- Chocolate Shops (Culture Whisper)
- Chocolate Shops (Secret London)
- Roast Dinners (Secret London)
- Brunches (Design My Night)
- Chinese Restaurants (Evening Standard)
- Indian Restaurants (Culture Whisper)
- Pies (Evening Standard)
- Pizzas (Secret London)
- Waffles (Evening Standard)
- Warm & Cosy:
- Other Pubs & Bars:
- Where To Play Board Games (Londonist)
- 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.
- 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).
- Loading Bars – Bars in Stratford, Dalston, Shepherd’s Bush & Brighton with board games and console games. Also on Facebook.
Virtual Reality Games
- DNA VR – Single player, multiplayer and free-roaming virtual reality games.
- 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.
- The Otherworld – “A playground for the senses, hosting sixteen unforgettable experiences. Climb Mount Everest. Fight a zombie apocalypse deep in Arizona. Go on adventures with a tiny mouse. Blow up robots with laser cannons…” (See article)
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.
- Access Escape – Escape room accessible for the visually impaired, opening spring 2019
- Go Karting Venues
- Barbican Conservatory – Indoor rainforest (see article)
- The Garden At 120 – Rooftop garden
- Kew Gardens – Sensory Walking Tours for VI people
- National Trust – Gardens & Parks
- National Trust – Winter Walks
- My list of parks & gardens
- Cherry blossom locations (Londonist)
- Hidden gardens & green spaces (Time Out)
- Little gardens (London)
- Parks & gardens (Secret London
- Quiet parks and secret gardens (A Peace Of London)
Outside Zone 1 (Londonist)
- Bank Holiday Ideas (Londonist)
- Bucket List Ideas (Secret London)
- Free Things To Do (Secret London)
- Unusual Places To Visit (Secret London)
- Weekend Things To Do (Secret London)
- Londonist – Day Trips From London Article & Ideas Map
- Time Out – Day Trips From London
- Secret London – Beaches Near London
- 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
- 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.”