Travel & Culture

What's On in London 2020

London will be welcoming in the new decade with a jam-packed calendar of unique events, blockbuster exhibitions, brand new hotels and plenty more...

From the highly anticipated Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern, to Frozen the Musical debuting on London's West End and massive sporting events like Major League Baseball and UEFA EURO 2020, there is no shortage of fun to be had!

Read on for more exciting events and openings and remember to pencil in the dates for 2020...

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New openings

The Geffrye Museum Of The Home

Shoreditch, re-opening spring 2020

Reopening after a two-year development, the origins of the Geffrye Museum of the home go back over 100 years. When it first opened in 1914, the Geffrye focused on the local furniture trade. Now the museum will be a place to discover and celebrate, reveal and rethink the idea of home.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Covent Garden, re-opening October 2020

Two royal boxes, four comprehensive reconstructions and more than 350 years of unbelievable theatrical history, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane certainly has a colourful story to tell. Reopening in autumn 2020 as home to Disney's Frozen, Theatre Royal Drury Lane is also where the British public first heard the national anthem and Rule, Britannia!

The Raphael Court

V&A, reopening late 2020

In 2020, the V&A will mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael, the Italian Renaissance painter and architect with a refreshed gallery and enhanced interpretation of the iconic Raphael Cartoons. Closed for refurbishment from 27 January 2020, the Raphael Court will reopen as a revitalised space.

Events

London New Year's Eve fireworks

Thames Riverside, 31 December 2019

The New Year's Eve fireworks is the UK's largest annual fireworks display over the Coca-Cola London Eye. Tickets to the 2019 fireworks are now sold out but similar events are available on visitlondon.com. There will be another opportunity to get tickets later this year.

London Borough of Culture 2020: Brent

Brent, January – December 2020

In 2020, Brent will be The Mayor's London Borough of Culture, a year-long celebration of Brent and its culture. This year's programme will explore the stories, art and emotions that hold life in Brent together, uncovering and celebrating the borough's untold takes and unheard voices.

London Short Film Festival

Various venues, 10 – 19 January 2020

Broaching its seventeenth year, London Short Film Festival has been recognised as the premier UK showcase for cutting edge homegrown and international short film. Renowned for cross-arts programming, the festival strives to platform emerging talent alongside the established. For more information, see shortfilms.org.uk

Chinese New Year

Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and London's West End, 26 January 2020

Celebrate the Year of the Rat in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to enjoy a colourful parade, free stage performances and traditional Chinese food and to wish each other "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or "San Nin Faai Lok" (in Cantonese).

Imagine Children's Festival

Southbank Centre, 12 – 23 February 2020

The largest festival of its kind in the UK, Imagine Festival is dedicated to families experiencing and enjoying an assortment of art and culture, presenting twelve days of the best international performance, music, literature, comedy, creativity, parties, participation and free fun for children aged 0-11 and their grownups.

The Boat Race

River Thames, 29 March 2020

The Boat Race is an annual contest between rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities that take place close to Easter each year on the River Thames in south west London between Putney and Mortlake. The first Men's Boat Race took place in 1829 in Henley on Thames following a challenge between old school friends. Since the second Race in 1836 the contest as taken place in London.

Hockey: HIF Pro League in London

Various venues, April – June 2020

The ground-breaking global hockey competition returns in 2020, bringing together the world's best men's and women's teams and renewing some fierce rivalries as nations battle it out ahead of Tokyo 2020.

Photo London

Various venues, 14 – 17 May 2020

Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city's status as a global cultural capital. Now in its fifth edition, Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London's dynamic photography community.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea, 19 – 23 May 2020

World-renowned, glamorous and quintessentially British, RHS Chelsea is a truly unique and unforgettable day out. Plans for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 are taking shape, with some of the world's leading garden designers, growers, florists and nurserymen lining up to showcase their talents.

West End LIVE

Trafalgar Square, June 2020

Get a taste of some of London's leading musicals and exciting new shows at West End LIVE in Trafalgar Square. Presented by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre with support from the Mayor of London, the show features live performances from London's most celebrated West End musicals, with over 50 performances expected to take place over the course of the weekend.

UEFA EURO 2020

Wembley Stadium, June – July 2020

The UEFA EURO 2020 tournament is the first of its kind to host group stage matches across 12 cities in Europe. The UEFA European Championship is one of the world's biggest sporting events. London will be hosting the final (12 July) and both semi-finals (7 July and 8 July) at iconic Wembley Stadium, one round of 16 game (27 June) and three group games (14, 19, 23 June).

Giants Live and Royal Albert Hall present The Strongman Classic

Royal Albert Hall, 6 June 2020

Witness strength sport and entertainment at its absolute best and biggest at the Royal Albert Hall. Harking back to the world's first professional weightlifting competition that took place in the Royal Albert Hall's auditorium in 1901, expect blood-pumping action Giants Live are known for, but with an old-time strongman edge.

The Mitel & MLB Present London Series

London Stadium, 13 – 14 June 2020

The rumours are true, another big rivalry is coming to London in 2020. The Mitel & MLB Present London Series will be reprised in 2020 with a two-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

All England Club, 29 June – 12 July 2020

The Championships, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and arguably the most famous. Of the four major annual tennis tournaments known as the 'Grand Slams', Wimbledon is the only one to still be played on grass, which is where the name lawn tennis originated. It is estimated that 28,000 kilos of English strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream are consumed each year at Wimbledon.

2020 London E-Prix

East London docklands, 25 – 26 July 2020

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship makes a welcome return to the streets of London for the double-header 2019/20 season finale. Set to take place around the city's iconic Royal Docks and ExCeL London, the drivers will navigate their way around a one-of-a-kind track indoor/outdoor 2.4km clockwise circuit around Royal Victoria Dock.

London Design Festival

Various Locations, 12 – 20 September 2020

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Explore a range of creative installations and join events celebrating contemporary design during the annual festival, which transforms the city into an enormous art piece.

Open House London

Various venues, 19 – 20 September 2020

Open House London is the world's largest architecture festival, giving free public access to over 800 buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. The first Open House London started in 1992 and was the founder Victoria Thornton's way of inspiring the public about the benefits of great design.

Illuminated River

River Thames, Autumn 2020

Incorporating up to 15 bridges, from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge, once complete Illuminated River will be the longest public art commission in the world at 2.5 miles in length, along 4.5 nautical miles of the River Thames. It will be viewed over 200 million times each year. See the next phase of the installation in autumn of 2020.

Art and Exhibitions

Picasso and Paper

Royal Academy of Arts, 25 January – 13 April 2020

Pablo Picasso rewrote the rules of painting, but he also tore up the rulebook for paper. Bringing together 300 of the artist's works, both on and with paper, this exhibition spans his entire prolific career and represents a significant chapter in modern art.

Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi

Somerset House, 31 January – 26 April 2020

This exhibition invites visitors to explore the fascinating world of mushrooms through the work of over 40 artists, designers and musicians, celebrating the rich legacy of mushrooms and their relationship with society and the planet. An extensive events programme accompanies the exhibitions, including a mushroom-inspired pop-up dining experience.

British Baroque: Power and Illusion

Tate Britain, 5 February – 19 April 2020

From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the late Stuart period was a time of momentous change for Britain. From the royal court as the brilliant epicentre of the nation's cultural life to the rise of party politics, the exhibition will look at the magnificence of art and architecture as an expression of status and influence.

Woburn Treasures

The Queen's House, 13 February 2020 – 17 January 2021

The Queen's House, in partnership with Woburn Abbey, will open Woburn Treasures, a major collaboration which will see significant works displayed from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford. Considered to be one of the most important art collections still in private hands, with works by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Poussin and Canaletto, the collaboration marks the first time significant collection pieces have been on public display in a national museum since the 1950s.

Steve McQueen

Tate Modern, 13 February – 11 March 2020

Over the last 25 years, Steve McQueen has been influential in expanding the way in which artists work with film. He is the author of some of the most seminal works of moving image designed for gallery-based presentation, as well as four films for cinematic release, Hunger (2008), Shame (2010), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Widows (2018). This exhibition will bring together the immersive video and film installations he has made since 2000.

Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age

The National Gallery, 22 February – 31 May 2020

Featuring over 35 paintings and drawings from collections across the world, this exhibition spans Nicolaes Maes's whole career, spent in Dordrecht and Amsterdam. Maes, who was one of Rembrandt's most important pupils, pioneered the theme of the eavesdropper; his carefully styled narratives often break the fourth wall, making the viewer a participant in the scene.

Léon Spilliaert

Royal Academy of Arts, 23 February – 25 May 2020

From his celebrated self-portraits to dreamlike scenes of the North Sea coast, this exhibition will introduce the visionary work of artist Léon Spilliaert. Spilliaert's work is characterised by dramatic perspectives and a quiet luminescence. He is best known for a sequence of enigmatic self-portraits and for his atmospheric night-time scenes of Ostend.

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

National Portrait Gallery, 27 February – 28 June 2020

The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney's drawings in over twenty years, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

V&A, 29 February – 21 June 2020

This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.

Among the Trees

Hayward Gallery, 4 March – 17 May 2020

Among the Trees brings together artworks that explore our multifaceted relationships with trees and forests. Drawing on the beauty and visually arresting characters of trees – including their complex spatial and architectural forms – the works in this exhibition invite visitors to consider trees as symbols and living organisms that have helped to shape human civilisation.

Aubrey Beardsley

Tate Britain, 4 March – 25 May 2020

Aubrey Beardsley shocked and delighted late-Victorian London with his sinuous black and white drawings. He explored the erotic and the elegant, the humorous and grotesque, winning admirers around the world with his distinctive style. Spanning seven years, this exhibition with cover Beardsley's intense and prolific career as a draughtsman and illustrator, cut short by his untimely death from tuberculosis, aged 25.

Andy Warhol

Tate Modern, 12 March – 6 September 2020

Andy Warhol was the son of immigrants who became an American icon and the pioneer of Pop Art. Visitors to this major retrospective will be able to see his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell's Soup Cans, play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things

National Portrait Gallery, 12 March – 7 June 2020

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish 'Bright Young Things' of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton. This show will chart Beaton's transformation from middle-class suburban schoolboy to glittering society figure and the unrivalled star of Vogue.

Titian: Love, Desire, Death

The National Gallery, 16 March – 14 June 2020

In 1551, Prince Philip of Spain, the future King Philip II, commissioned Titian, the most famous painter in Europe, to produce a group of paintings showing Classical myths primarily taken from the Roman poet Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'. This exhibition will combine Titian's remarkable talent as artist and storyteller and will reunite five of the six paintings in the series for the first time in over three centuries.

Gauguin and the Impressionists

Royal Academy of Arts, 29 March – 14 June 2020

The Ordrupgaard Collection in Denmark is home to some of the most important Impressionist paintings in northern Europe. In the spring of 2020, the Royal Academy of Arts will showcase 60 of its works by painters such as Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pisarro, Morisot and Degas – many of which have never been seen in the UK.

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits

National Maritime Museum, April 2020 – Date TBA

In a unique collaboration with London's National Portrait Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich will host a major exhibition exploring royal portraiture. The exhibition will consider the development of royal portraiture over 500 years – as statements of wealth, power, continuity and tradition – and how they were impacted by both the personalities of individual monarchs and wider historical change.

Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery

Museum of London Docklands, 3 April – 25 October 2020

The largest ever Bronze Age hoard to be discovered in London has been unearthed in the Borough of Havering. Weapons including axe heads, spearheads, fragments of swords, daggers and knives, alongside some other unusual objects rarely found in the UK, make up a total of 453 bronze objects dating between c.900 and c.800 BC. Giving visitors a glimpse at the Bronze Age landscape that existed before London, this hoard is the third largest of its kind in the UK.

Artemisia

The National Gallery, 4 April – 26 July 2020

At a time when women artists were not easily accepted, Artemisia Gentileschi was exceptional. She enjoyed a long and successful career as a painter, and she was the first woman to gain membership to the artists' academy – the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence. Around 35 works from public and private collections around the world come together to give a selective overview of Artemisia's career.

Bags: Inside Out

V&A, 25 April 2020 – 3 January 2021

From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags: Inside Out will explore how throughout history these desirable and ubiquitous accessories have inhabited a very special space, both private and public, highlighting the nature of the bag as an object for both display and concealment, adornment and utility.

Zanele Muholi

Tate Modern, 29 April – 18 October 2020

Born in South Africa, visual activist Zanele Muholi first came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that sought to envision black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives beyond deviance or victimhood. This exhibition will present the full breadth of Muholi's photographic and activist practice.

Renaissance Watercolours: from Dürer to Van Dyck

V&A, 16 May – 20 September 2020

Bringing together 200 rarely-seen masterpieces, this exhibition will present the exquisite medium as a unified art form for the first time, exploring watercolour's pivotal role in understanding, interpreting and documenting the natural world.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Tate Britain, 19 May – 31 August 2020

Widely considered to be one of the most important painters of her generation, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a British artist and writer acclaimed for her enigmatic portraits of fictitious people. Through her focus on the depiction of imagined black characters Yiadom-Boakye's paintings raise important question of identity and representation.

Magdalena Abakanowicz

Tate Britain, 19 May – 31 August 2020

In the 1960s and 70s, the Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz worked with woven sisal fibre to create towering hanging pieces that radically expanded the field of sculpture – she called them the Abakans. Rarely exhibited together, the most significant Abakans will be brought together to occupy the open 64-metre-long gallery space of the Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern.

Reverb: Sound into Art

Hayward Gallery, 24 June – 6 September 2020

Reverb: Sound into Art invites visitors to experience sound in an immersive multi-sensory way. Bringing together 15 international artists who work with sound as their primary medium, this ambitious group show redefines how we interact with an artist's work.

Alice in Wonderland

V&A, 27 June 2020 – 10 January 2021

In summer 2020, the V&A will open a major exhibition on one of the most inspirational, iconic and imaginative stories of all time: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This immersive, mind-bending journey down the rabbit hole will explore the global phenomenon of Alice across art, literature, film, music performance and fashion in a digital extravaganza of multi-media displays.

Angelica Kauffman

Royal Academy of Arts, 29 June – 20 September 2020

In eighteenth century Europe, Angelia Kauffman was a very successful artist in a largely male-dominated field. A highly acclaimed portraitist, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, working for Patrons across Britain and the continent, including Catherine the Great. In this major exhibition, we trace her trajectory from child prodigy to one of Britain's most sought-after painters.

Britain and Photography: 1945 – 79

Tate Britain, 30 June – 27 September 2020

This exhibition explores documentary photography from the end of the Second World War to the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979. The post-war period was a golden age for photography in Britain: it marked the apogee of the illustrated press with magazines such as Picture Post and the Sunday Times Magazine, the birth of the first independent agency Magnum in 1947, and the emergence of documentary photographers working with a new artistic freedom.

Marina Abramović: 50 years of pioneering performance art

Royal Academy of Arts, 26 September – 8 December 2020

Marina Abramović is one of the most important performance artists in the world. She has consistently tested the limits of her own physical and mental endurance in her work – and invited audiences to encounter it with her. Here, the artist presents the first ever UK exhibition spanning her life's work – including live re-performances of iconic works, as well as brand new work for these galleries.

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael

The National Gallery, 3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021

A painter, draughtsman, architect, archaeologist, and poet, Raphael captured in his art the human and the divine, love and friendship, learning and power. In the year that marks the 500th anniversary of his death, the National Gallery presents one of the first-ever exhibitions to explore Raphael's complete career.

Bruce Nauman

Tate Modern, 6 October 2020 – 17 January 2021

Bruce Nauman is a restlessly inventive artist. Since the late 1960s he has continually tested what an artwork can be, by reshaping old forms and creating new ones. His ground-breaking works have influenced generations of artists. This major exhibition will allow visitors to engage with the artist's universe through immersive installations with a strong emphasis on sound and moving image, as well as poetic sculptures and neon pieces.

Epic Iran

V&A, 17 October 2020 – 4 April 2021

Exploring 5,000 years of art, design and culture, Epic Iran will shine a light on one of the greatest historic civilisations, its journey into the 21st century and its monumental artistic achievements, which remain unknown to many. This will be the UK's first major exhibition on Iranian art and culture in more than 90 years.

Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist

Royal Academy of Arts, 18 October 2020 – 24 January 2021

Rita Angus is one of the greatest New Zealand artists of the 20th century. Her paintings broke away from the traditional art of the time based on the European tradition and dominated by a nostalgic view of Britain. Instead, she developed a new visual style – with strong outlines and flat, unmodulated colour - that has come to symbolise the natural beauty and independent spirit of New Zealand. 50 years after her death, this exhibition will be the very first to bring her pioneering vision beyond the shores of her home country.

The EY Exhibition: Rodin

Tate Modern, 21 October 2020 – 21 February 2021

This major exhibition will present Auguste Rodin as a radical artist who rebelled against sculptural traditions and invented new ways of making sculpture. Visitors will be able to meander through the exhibition, which will evoke the informal atmosphere of the studio, discovering lesser-known pieces and new aspects of Rodin's masterpieces.

Turner's Modern World

Tate Britain, 28 October 2020 – 7 March 2021

One of Britain's greatest artists, J.M.W. Turner lived and worked at the peak of the industrial revolution. Steam replaced sail; machine-power replaced manpower; political and social reforms transformed society. This landmark exhibition will show how Turner updated the language of art to produce revelatory interpretations of modern subjects, such as his famous paintings of steam boats and railway engines of the 1840s.

Maria Bartuszová

Tate Modern, 11 November 2020 – 18 April 2021

With around 100 works, many rarely exhibited before in the UK, this major retrospective will highlight the abstract sculptures of Maria Bartuszová. Bartuszová's artistic life was constrained by the limitations of the socialist Czechoslovakia, as well as financial concerns and the demands of family life. Even so, she made some 500 sculptures, from small tactile organic forms and reliefs, to commissions for public spaces.

Tracey Emin/ Edvard Munch

Royal Academy of Arts, 15 November 2020

She's been a major figure in contemporary art for over 25 years; he pioneered a radical new style known as Expressionism. This exhibition from Oslo's Munch Museum will reveal Tracey Emin's long-held fascination with Edvard Munch.

Theatre and Entertainment

RAGS The Musical

Park Theatre, 9 January – 8 February 2020

RAGS The Musical tells the heart-warming and powerful tale of a group of Jewish immigrants as they arrive to start a new life in America. Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for a new life and a sense of home as the 20th century beckons.

Luzia by Cirque du Soleil

The Royal Albert Hall, 12 January – 1 March 2020

Cirque du Soleil returns to London's Royal Albert Hall in 2020, bringing their dazzling luminous spectacle LUZIA to Europe for the first time. LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light ("luz" in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain ("Iluvia") soothes the soul.

The Taming of the Shrew

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 1 February – 18 April 2020

Katharina and Bianca, the daughters of a rich man of Padua, are ready to marry. The game is simple: the youngest can be won only if the eldest finds her equal. But Katharina is strong-willed. Who will be able to rival her? The hunt is on. Accompanied by live music and song, The Taming of the Shrew questions the essence of femininity and masculinity, and searches for answers in the realm of the wondrous.

Endgame

The Old Vic, 1 February – 28 March 2020

Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming star in Samuel Beckett's double bill – Endgame and Rough for Theatre II. In a bare room, Hamm, an old, blind tyrant, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Richard Jones (The Hairy Ape, Into the Woods) directs Beckett's macabre comedy where hope and cruelty are the last things to die. For more information, visit oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2020/endgame

Opera Undone

Trafalgar Studio Two, 5 February – 7 March 2020

The Olivier Award-nominated producers of 2017's La bohème present a brand new Giacomo Puccini double-bill Opera Undone: Tosca & La bohème. Distilled to sixty minutes each and sung in English, this new production tears up the opera rule book for a whole new generation.

The Prince of Egypt

Dominion Theatre, 5 February – 12 September 2020

The new musical The Prince of Egypt, based on the 1998 DreamWorks animated film of the same name will play in London's West End. The musical follows the life of Moses from being prince of Egypt to his ultimate destiny to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. The musical features several of the songs Stephen Schwartz penned for the movie as well as new numbers that the Wicked and Pippin composer wrote specifically for the stage. Scott Schwartz will direct the London staging.

Message In A Bottle

Peacock Theatre, 6 February – 21 March 2020

Message In A Bottle is the spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting. A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures. For more information, visit peacocktheatre.com/whats-on/message-in-a-bottle/

Pretty Woman: The Musical

Piccadilly Theatre, 14 February 2020 – 2 January 2021

One of Hollywood's most beloved romantic stories of all time is now coming to the West End. Pretty Woman: The Musical features direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and his long-time song writing partner.

Blithe Spirit

Duke of York's Theatre, 5 March – 11 April 2020

Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium – Madam Arcati – inadvertently conjures up the ghost of Charles' first wife, Elvira, at a séance. Jennifer Saunders, one of the UK's most popular comic actresses, stars in Blithe Spirit.

The Doctor

Duke of York's Theatre, 20 April – 11 July 2020

On an ordinary day, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry. An exploration of medical ethics and many other issues, from identity politics to media witch hunts, The Doctor is directed by Robert Icke and stars Juliet Stevenson.

Hairspray the Musical

London Coliseum, 23 April – 19 July 2020

Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and big dreams. Can she make it on the local TV dance show, win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin and bring everyone together – whatever their colour, size or hairdo? Michael Ball reprises his Oliver Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Gielgud Theatre, May 2020 – Run date TBA

Harper Lee's enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence has sold 45 million copies worldwide. 2020 will mark the 60th anniversary of its publication. Set in Alabama in 1934, To Kill A Mockingbird centres on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. The British cast and performance dates will be announced soon.

Sunday in the Park with George

Savoy Theatre, 11 June – 5 September 2020

One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time – Sondheim and Lapine's masterpiece follows painter Georges Seurat (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the month's leading up to the completion of his most famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte. Consumed by his need to 'finish the hat', Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists and neglects his lover, not realising his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years.

Local Hero

The Old Vic, 18 June – 22 August 2020

Ambitious Texan oil executive Mac MacIntyre arrives in Scotland on a mission to buy a small seaside village and replace it with a refinery. It's the deal of a lifetime, but Mac soon finds that putting a price on this beautiful spot is more complicated than he bargained for. John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directs the new musical adaption by David Greig (Dr. Seuss's The Lorax) with music and songs by Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits).

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

London Palladium, 2 July – 6 September 2020

While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh. Released as a concept album in 1969, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has been performed thousands of times including multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway. For more information, visit josephthemusical.com

Singin' in the Rain

Sadler's Wells, 24 July – 30 August 2020

Based on the classic film, song-and-dance legend Adam Cooper reprises the iconic role made so famous by Gene Kelly in Jonathan Church's critically acclaimed production of Singin' in the Rain.

Frozen the Musical

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Autumn 2020

Escape into the wonder-filled world of Arendelle to experience stories of love, hope and self-discovery, delivered with ground-breaking set design and special effects, exquisite costumes and sensational stagecraft from the producers of The Lion King and Aladdin.

Back to the Future – The Musical

Theatre TBA, Run date TBA

Back to the Future – The Musical is a blockbuster new show, based on the best-selling film of 1985, set to arrive in London's West End in 2020. Stayed tuned for more information.

Hotels

Zedwell London

Trocadero, February 2020

A lifestyle concept created with one single goal, Zedwell Hotels aims to create the perfect environment for a fantastic night's sleep in the heart of the busy, bustling city.

The Londoner

Leicester Square, spring 2020

Due to open its doors in 2020, luxury hotel The Londoner will offer eight stories above ground and six below, complete with a range of bars and restaurants. A new 350 bedroom hotel and cinema complex, there will be two Odeon cinemas, event and leisure facilities.

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square

Marylebone, spring 2020

Located in the heart of London's Marylebone W1, Nobu Hotel London Portman Square will feature 249 guest rooms and suites, together with a Nobu restaurant, ballroom and meeting spaces conceptualised by London-based architecture and interior design firm, David Collins Studio, in conjunction with Make Architects.

The Guardsman

Buckingham Gate, spring 2020

An intimate hotel with just 53 rooms, the new Guardsman Hotel will be located a short walk from Buckingham Palace. Also featuring six exclusive residences for longer term stays, the hotel offers the perfect combination of the comfort and privacy of home with the convenience, service and luxury of a hotel.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Knightsbridge, reopening spring 2020

The Carlton Tower Hotel was the first of the capital's tower hotels when it opened its doors in 1961. Slated to reopen in spring 2020 for their new chapter, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower will be restored to become Knightsbridge's iconic modern classic.

NoMad London

Covent Garden, summer 2020

The NoMad London will take residence in the heart of Covent Garden inside the historic, grade II-listed building famously known as The Bow Street Magistrates' Court and Police Station. As the NoMad's first presence outside of the United States, NoMad London will continue to offer a culture of gracious hospitality combined with understated elegance and comfort.

Pan Pacific London

City of London, 2020 – Date TBA

Pan Pacific London will mark Pan Pacific Hotels Group's first footprint into Europe. Catering to discerning well-heeled travellers who seek to find a balance in life, the hotel is fittingly located at One Bishopgate Plaza, the City's new landmark tower set to become the new statement for sophisticated modern living.

Radisson Red

Greenwich, 2020 – Date TBA

Due to open in 2020 near the O2 Arena, Radisson Red will be the Radisson Hotel's group first London property. The new hotel will have 70 rooms, a bistro, bar and a gym.

The Westin London City

City of London, 2020 – Date TBA

Owned by 4C Hotel Group and managed by RBH, The Westin London City is set to open in 2020 and will boast a prime riverfront location in the historic heart of the City of London. The hotel's 220 guest rooms are designed with a biophilic focus, offering guests a nature-inspired respite in the centre of the city. The lobby leads into a riverside bar and restaurant, opening onto a public walkway with spectacular views towards Shakespeare's Globe and the Millennium Bridge.

Food & Drink

Kol

Fitzrovia, Early 2020 – Date TBA

'Nomadic Chef' Santiago Lastra will be opening his debut restaurant Kol, in early 2020. Originally from Mexico City, Santiago made his name following stints at restaurants including Mugartiz in San Sebastian and the Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen. Stay tuned for more information.

Padella Shoreditch

Shoreditch, Early 2020 – Date TBA

Padella is the culmination of Tim and Jordan's long held dream to open a pasta bar serving fresh, hand rolled pasta with delicious sauces and fillings inspired by their trips to Italy. Already renowned for their Borough street location which opened three years ago, the new restaurant location will be in the Workspace building.

Foodies Festival

Syon Park, 23 – 25 May 2020

Foodies Festival, the UK's biggest food festival returns to London's Syon Park in May. With a mouth-watering summer festival, live music, workshops, masterclasses and some of the best chefs in the UK, the festival is a celebration of all things food.

Manzi's

Soho, Mid 2020 – Date TBA

Restauranteurs Corbin & King are expected to open to their eighth London restaurant in Soho in 2020. Occupying two floors and private dining spaces, Manzi's will treat diners to a casual seafood menu.

Taste of London in Regent's Park

Regent's Park, Summer 2020 – Date TBA

For five summer days every year, Regent's Park in central London is transformed into a foodie wonderland as 40 of London's best restaurants gather to show off the hottest dishes from their extensive menus. Watch live cooking demonstrations, meet some of the capital's leading chefs, participate in masterclasses and shop at more than 200 food and drink stalls.

Eataly

Broadgate, 2020 – Date TBA

Arriving in 2020, Eataly London will be the UK debut of the largest Italian marketplace in the world. With 42,000 sq ft of amazing food and drink options, Eataly will offer a selection of the best Italian products, restaurants, bars, quick services, on-site production laboratories and a cooking school.

Chyna

Canary Wharf, 2020 – Date TBA

Alan Yau, the Hong Kong-born founder of the Wagamama chain and one of London's most influential restaurateurs, has announced Chyna – a 'Chinese River Café' that will overlook the South Dock in London's Canary Wharf. The menu will focus on Cantonese cooking using British seafood. Stay tuned for more information.

Yau Grilling

Isle of Dogs, 2020 – Date TBA

The second offering from Alan Yau in 2020 Yau Grilling will be an intimate, 45-seater restaurant serving Japanese cuisine. Due to open at Wardian London, Yau Grilling will offer all day service starting with traditional breakfasts to seafood feasts in the evening. Stay tuned for more information.

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