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.

Bridget Riley
Until 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
+44 (0)20 3879 9555
southbankcentre.co.uk
Image © Bridget Riley 2018

Until February 9, 2020

Beazley Designs of the Year

Entries spanning new-wave inventions and ideas sourced from all corners of the globe arrive at the Design Museum for this prestigious international competition. Entering its 12th year, the Beazley Designs of the Year shines the spotlight on original and exciting creations that celebrate accessibility and empowerment. Discover what the future of design holds.

Design Museum, Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG
+44 (0)20 3862 5937
designmuseum.org
© Design Museum/Luke Hayes

Beazley Designs of the Year
Eco-Visionaries
UNTIL February 23, 2020

Eco-Visionaries

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
+44 (0)20 7300 8000
royalacademy.org.uk
Image © Architectural Association/courtesy of the artist

Until March 1, 2020

Mars

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
+44 (0)20 3862 5900
designmuseum.org
Image © NASA/JPL

Mars
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
Until March 8, 2020

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

Explore the evolution of British fashion photographer Tim Walker. Tim Walker: Wonderful Things comprises immersive films, photographic sets, compelling stills and remarkable installations, steering visitors into the modern visionary’s fantastical worlds. A new series of photography, inspired by the V&A’s collections, is also unveiled.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL 
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
vam.ac.uk
© Tim Walker Studio

UNTIL 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
+44 (0)20 7887 8888
tate.org.uk
Image © Centre Pompidou/MNAM-CCI-Dist

Dora Maar
Endgame
UNTIL March 28, 2020

Endgame

Samuel Beckett’s dark comedy stars Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming in a double bill with the playwright’s rarely seen short play, Rough for Theatre II. Tucked away on a stark set, elderly blind tyrant Hamm is locked in a stalemate with his servant, Clov. Watch the bleakly funny fallout as the duo cling to their routine of witty savagery and co-dependence.

The Old Vic, The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8NB
+44 (0)20 7928 2651
oldvictheatre.com
Image © The Old Vic

UNTIL April 19, 2020

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

The car is one of the most revolutionary inventions of the last two centuries, and the V&A is celebrating its evolution with Cars: Accelerating the Modern World. Vehicles on display include the first car ever produced, as well as an autonomous flying mobile. Many of the vehicles in this one-off show have never before been displayed in the UK.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL 
+44 (0)20 7942 2000 
vam.ac.uk
Image © Victoria and Albert Museum

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World
Picasso and Paper
UNTIL April 13, 2020

Picasso and Paper

When it comes to paper, Pablo Picasso tore up the rulebook. The artist drew on everything from tablecloths to newspapers. He fashioned sculptures and collages using torn, burnt and assorted strips of paper, while reinventing the medium of printmaking. This RA exhibition surveys Picasso’s paper works, showcasing 300 masterpieces from across his career

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
+44 (0)20 7300 8000
royalacademy.org.uk
Image © RMN Grand Palais/Adrien Didierjean/Succession Picasoo DACS 2019

UNTIL 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
+44 (0)20 7304 4000
roh.org.uk
Image © ROH Bill Cooper

La Bohème
The Visit
January 31 – April 4, 2020

The Visit

Post-war America sets the scene for Tony Kushner’s new take on Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s blackly comic masterpiece, The Visit or The Old Lady Who Comes to Call. Back at the National Theatre after appearing in Mike Leigh’s Grief, Lesley Manville plays the famed and fateful billionaire, Claire Zachanassian.

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
+44 (0)20 7452 3000
nationaltheatre.org.uk
Image © National Theatre/Philip Vile

February 13 – May 11, 2020

Steve McQueen

In recent years, Steve McQueen has been best known for his forays into cinema – Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave and Widows have all opened to critical acclaim. He is also a Turner Prize-winning artist specialising in moving image installation. This exhibition brings together immersive and film installations from across his career.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
+44 (0)20 7887 8888
tate.org.uk
Image © Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery

Steve McQueen
London Fashion Week
February 14 – 18, 2020

London Fashion Week

The chicest event in the February style calendar, London Fashion Week brings global designers, top fashion houses and glittery runway shows to the capital. Those with a seat on the FROW can witness all of the latest trends alongside A-listers and influencers. The London Fashion Week Festival runs parallel to the main event, offering exclusive shopping, workshops and panels.

Various locations across London
+44 (0)20 7759 1999
londonfashionweek.co.uk
Image © Zoe Lower/British Fashion Council

February 26 – April 17, 2020

Madame Butterfly

Anthony Minghella’s much-celebrated production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly returns to the Coliseum. This tale of unrequited love is skilfully told using cinematic images as well as evocative touches from traditional Japanese theatre.

London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4ES
+44 (0)20 7845 9300
eno.org

Image © Tom Bowles

Madame Butterfly
Titian: Love, Desire, Death
March 16 – June 14, 2020

Titian: Love, Desire, Death

The National Gallery re-unites a series of mythical paintings from Renaissance painter Titian. The show displays five of the six original paintings on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, commissioned by Spain’s King Philip II. Love, temptation and punishment are all touched upon in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
+44 (0)20 7747 2885
nationalgallery.org.uk