London is many things to many people; to some it means home, to others it represents the excitement of a big city, but whether you’re a resident or a visitor, this capital is always full of surprises. One of London’s most attractive qualities is the ever-changing rota of events and exhibitions taking place across the city at any time. You can visit throughout the year and there’s always bound to be something happening that will tickle your fancy.
Sports fans are spoilt for choice with stadiums like Wembley and Emirates residing within the city limits; music lovers can enjoy the annual Notting Hill Carnival as well as festivals like All Points East and Wireless; and those who usually enjoy playing slot games online can experience the thrill of a live tournament at one of London’s premier casinos. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best events and exhibitions taking place in London during 2020.
The focus of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London’s South Kensington has always been art and design. 2020 sees them honour this legacy with exhibitions dedicated to two of the greatest names ever to grace the fashion scene in the UK: Mary Quant, inventor of the mini skirt, and Tim Walker, sought-after fashion photographer. The Quant exhibition runs until 16th February and showcases a wealth of the designer’s iconic clothing; the Walker exhibition is available until 22nd March and hosts a fascinating journey into the back catalogue of this creative photographer and artist.
Whilst there are two Tate art galleries situated in London, it is the Tate Modern that we look at right now. From 12th March until 6th September, this boundary-smashing gallery will host an exhibition examining the life and work of infamous pop artist, Andy Warhol. Even if ‘modern art’ isn’t your thing, this is still an exhibit well worth the visit. Some of the displays will be interactive for visitors, and soon you’ll find yourself transported back to a childlike state of play and discovery.
Natural History Museum
From the end of May 2020 and stretching all the way into January next year comes the Natural History Museum’s Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature. Piggybacking off the success of the movies set in the Harry Potter universe, this museum is keen to educate people on the real life fantastic beasts we find in our own world. They’re also offering monthly once-in-a-lifetime experiences where you can party beneath Hope the blue whale in the expansive Hintze Hall at a silent disco.
All Points East, Victoria Park
22nd – 31st May sees the return of London’s popular music festival, All Points East. With big names such as Kraftwerk, Iggy Pop, Massive Attack and Tame Impala topping the bill, it’s sure to pull in crowds from far and wide. The action takes place in Victoria Park in the heart of East London, hence the event’s name, and caters to a wide variety of tastes in food, drink, music and entertainment. If you happen to be in London at this time, then it’s well worth checking out this festival with its finger firmly on the pulse of the hottest music in the world right now.
Wireless Festival, Finsbury Park
Wireless Festival has been taking place in London since the early 2000s, championing primarily hip-hop, grime, R’n’B and rap music in recent years. 2020’s headliners include massive international stars like A$AP Rocky, Young Thug, Skepta and Meek Mill. As usual, the acts will take to the stage in North London’s Finsbury Park. It’s easy to see why this festival continues to move from strength to strength as it pulls some of the world’s biggest music stars all into one easily accessible place in the heart of the UK’s capital.
Wembley Stadium – UEFA Euro 2020
This year sees Wembley Stadium host an entirely new football tournament titled UEFA Euro 2020. The group stages for the tournament take place across 12 different European cities, ranging from Rome to Budapest and, finally, to London. Group matches will be taking place in London throughout June and July, but the semi-finals are booked in for 7th and 8th July, whilst the final will take place on 12th July. This is a great opportunity for football fans to see internationally renowned teams playing on Wembley’s hallowed grounds.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Watford
Although not technically located inside the city itself, the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour is easily accessible from the capital and is definitely not to be missed. Visitors in 2020 can experience the Forbidden Forest, wander along Diagon Alley, marvel at the Great Hall and even take a peek inside Gringotts, the wizarding bank. There are always different events happening within the studio tour, but we’d recommend checking out the Valentine’s Dinner in the Great Hall, or Hogwarts in the Snow during the winter months. Both make for a magical adventure for visitors young and old.