London Destination Guide

A vibrant hub of cutting-edge arts, culture and cuisine that consistently blazes an international trail, London pulses with a thrilling itinerary of prime entertainment. Discover the English capital’s wealth of theatre, ballet, opera and art alongside its sporting highlights with our round-up of the most unmissable activities.

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UNTIL January 5, 2020

Mark Leckey

Awarded the Turner Prize in 2008 for Industrial Light and Magic, Mark Leckey is known the world over. The British artist focuses on how technology impacts popular culture; one of his previous works incorporates footage from British nightclubs to trace dance subcultures. This exhibition invites visitors to explore his unique perspective.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
3 miles – 30 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 7887 8888
Image © Mark Leckey

Until January 26, 2020

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits

The portraits of Paul Gauguin are the focal point of this National Gallery exhibition, which charts the French artist’s shift away from Impressionism and towards Symbolism. Visit to view works on paper, paintings and three-dimensional objects, brought together from public and private collections around the world.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
1.2 miles – 24 minutes’ walk from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 7747 2885
Image © RMN-Grand Palais/Musée d’Orsay/René-Gabriel Ojéda

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October 16, 2019 - March 1, 2020


Mars has enthralled astronomers for centuries, but this exhibition at the Design Museum explores a slightly different theme: why the Red Planet presents one of the biggest challenges of our time. Centred on what the evolution of a Mars colony could look like, the show displays commissions and collaborations from new-wave designers.

Design Museum, 224 – 238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG
2.5 miles – 16 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 3862 5900
Image © NASA/JPL

October 21, 2019 - November 23, 2019

The Antipodes

Following her recent hit ‘John’, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker returns to the National Theatre with the European premiere of ‘The Antipodes’. A play about people telling stories and those who tell them, Lila Neugebauer directs the anticipated production, which features designs by Chloe Lamford.

National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
2.4 miles – 20 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 7452 3000
Image © National Theatre

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October 23, 2019 – January 29, 2020

Bridget Riley

A pioneer of Op art whose oeuvre dates back to the 1950s, Bridget Riley is one of the most influential contemporary artists in Britain. This broad retrospective pays homage to the styles and influences that have informed the development of her bold, geometric canvases, with the show’s highlight a collection of monochromes from the 1960s set against the vibrancy of her more recent works.

Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
3.3 miles – 24 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester
+44 (0)20 3879 9555
Image © Bridget Riley 2018

October 27, 2019 - January 26, 2020

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

This compelling exhibition at the Royal Academy draws together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits in the form of more than 50 paintings, prints and sketches. Spanning almost seven decades, from his first self-portrait in 1939 to his last 64 years later, the artist’s fascinating works capture his unique story.

Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
0.7 miles – 15 minutes’ walk from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 7300 8000
Image © Royal Academy of Arts

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November, 2019 – January, 2020

Somerset House Ice Rink

Gliding across the courtyard of Somerset House is one of the capital’s most popular pastimes come winter. Not only does the arrival of the temporary ice rink mark the start of the festive season, it’s also an ideal opportunity to appreciate one of London’s most stunning historic venues as a beautifully illuminated backdrop. Book a session for an after-dark skate while a live DJ spins beats into the night.

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
2 miles – 23 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 7845 4600
Image © iStock/Adam Petto

November, 2019 – February, 2020

Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studios

When winter arrives in London, it sweeps across Hogwarts in Warner Bros. Studios, too. Hogwarts Castle is powdered with a pretty dusting of snow, and a number of sparkling fir trees are installed throughout. Harry Potter fans are invited to celebrate Christmas in the Great Hall, which is festooned in the same festive décor that was used during the making of the films.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR
20 miles – 51 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)345 084 0900
Image © Flickr/big-ashb

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November 10 – 17, 2019


The world’s largest indoor tennis tournament, the NITTO ATP Finals draws an exciting season to a close at The O2. Keen sports enthusiasts flock to the iconic arena to watch as leading male tennis players compete for an epic prize of $8.5 million, and to cheer in this year’s reigning champion.

The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0DX
10 miles – 57 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 8463 3359
Image © Red Photography

November 15 – 24, 2019

EFG London Jazz Festival

One of the world’s leading celebrations of jazz, the EFG London Jazz Festival returns in November, bringing with it rising stars in addition to the biggest names in the business. Expect a diverse ensemble of concerts and club nights at myriad venues across the city throughout its ten-day run.

Various locations across London
+44 (0)20 7324 1880
Image © London Jazz Festival/Emile Holba

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November 20, 2019 – March 15, 2020

Dora Maar

She had an eye for the unusual and her stirring photomontages were hailed as icons of surrealism during the 1930s. From November, the largest survey of Dora Maar’s complete portfolio displays at the Tate Modern, showcasing not only Maar’s captivating documentary projects, prints and portraiture, but also compelling works by her contemporaries.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
3 miles – 30 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 7887 8888
Image © Centre Pompidou/MNAM-CCI-Dist

November 23, 2019 – April 19, 2020

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

Humankind’s most influential innovation receives red carpet treatment in Cars: Accelerating the Modern World. Exploring favourite automobiles through the ages, the exhibition offers a panoramic overview of the car’s evolution from a 19th-century Karl Benz three-wheeler to the latest futuristic models, via a 1950s Bubble Top.

V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
1.3 miles – 25 minutes’ walk from The Dorchester
+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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November 24, 2019 – February 23, 2020


Climate change and diminishing natural resources are the pressing issues addressed by the Royal Academy of Arts’ latest show. Via photography and film, miniature models and digital media, Eco-Visionaries examines the current state of our planet and introduces the artists and architects of today who are proposing innovative steps forward.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
Less than 1 mile – 15 minutes’ walk from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 7300 8000
Image © Architectural Association/courtesy of the artist

November 26, 2019

The World Of Hans Zimmer – A Symphonic Celebration

A show to celebrate the man behind the musical scores of blockbusters such as The Lion King and Gladiator, The World Of Hans Zimmer – A Symphonic Celebration evokes more than a few all-time favourites. The concert’s tour started last year in Germany, with the London performance added in response to phenomenal demand for Zimmer’s electric renditions.

The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0DX
10 miles – 57 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 8463 3359
Image © Semmel Concerts

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December 11 – 24, 2019

Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

A prestigious hub of festive entertainment in London since 1871, the Royal Albert Hall puts on an extraordinary run of seasonal shows to celebrate Christmas this year. Its colourful programme of music, theatre and performance has something for everyone, whether traditionalist with a fondness for classic carols or jazz enthusiast seeking an evening of frothy improvisation.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP
1.4 miles – 28 minutes’ walk from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 7589 8212
Image © Royal Albert Hall

December 26, 2019, - January 5, 2020

100 Years of Magic: Disney on Ice

Bringing Disney’s most-loved characters to life, 100 Years of Magic: Disney on Ice arrives this winter in a glittering performance that celebrates 100 years in the life of the iconic animation studio. From Pinocchio to Toy Story, The Lion King to Finding Nemo, the costumed choreography and spectacular stunts are sure to delight audiences of all ages.

The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0DX
10 miles – 50 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester/45 Park Lane
+44 (0)208 463 2000
Image © The O2

January 10 – May 27, 2020

La Bohème

Puccini’s much-loved classic La Bohème delivers a heady dose of tragedy and drama to the Royal Opera House stage in Richard Jones’ vivid production. Telling of the thwarted love affair between romantic poet Rodolfo and the beautiful but ill-fated Mimì, the show breathes life and colour into the faded glamour of bohemian Paris in the 1930s.

Royal Opera House, Bow St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
1.6 miles – 30 minutes’ walk from The Dorchester
+44 (0)20 7304 4000
Image © ROH_Bill Cooper

January 22-26, 2020

London Art Fair

January’s cultural highlight returns with the London Art Fair’s spectrum of paintings, sculptures and prints presenting ample opportunity to browse, buy and meet the artists. Alongside the displays is an inspired programme of talks and screenings. Thursday Late is a highlight among the ‘who’s who’ of the contemporary art world, when the show stays open after hours and the entertainment continues well into the night.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH
3.9 miles – 37 minutes’ drive from The Dorchester
+44 (0) 20 7150 5956
Image © London Art Fair