London Summer Guide 2018

There’s nowhere quite like London in the summer. From world-class art fairs to open air theatre, the Wimbledon Championships to the BBC Proms, there’s an incredible amount to do, see and enjoy across the capital. With our guide to the best summer events in London, you won’t miss a minute of the action.

8th March – 9th September 2018

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

Focussing on just one year of Pablo Picasso’s career, this new exhibition at the Tate Modern will feature more than 100 works, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture, as well as family photographs. Highlights of the landmark exhibition, which has been organised with the Musée National Picasso-Paris, include The Dream (Le Rêve) and three paintings of Picasso’s lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter, brought together for the first time since 1932.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

9th April – 29th July 2018

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture

An exceptional experience for lovers of impressionist master Claude Monet, the exhibition at the National Gallery considers his relationship with architecture, rather than the more typical explorations of the natural world, such as the famed water lilies or the landscapes around Argenteuil. The exhibition showcases works from across the span of Monet’s career, culminating with the sensational series on Rouen Cathedral.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

25th April - 20th October 2018

Shakespeare's Globe: Summer Theatre Season 2018

Shakespeare’s Globe turns 21 this year and it’s marking the occasion with a season of theatre that’s reflective and questioning, tackling important issues of refuge, race, and censorship through its performances and parallel festivals. Players will be treading the boards this year with productions of Hamlet and As You Like It—both written around the time the original Globe was built in the 16th century—as well as Othello, The Winter’s Tale, and more.

Shakespeare’s Globe, 1 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT

12th May – 4th November 2018

The Future Starts Here at the V&A

More than 100 objects will be on display as part of The Future Starts Here, an exhibition encompassing and illustrating the power of design in shaping the future. Arranged around four central themes – home, public, planetary, and afterlife – the exhibition will challenge visitors to question how technological advances are effecting change.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

17th May – 15th September 2018

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Season

The 2018 season of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre gets off to a strong start this May with its Olivier Award-nominated production of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. Imbued with a sense of the supernatural and enhanced by its spellbinding use of puppetry, the performance will run until June, when the programme will shift to The Turn of The Screw, a co-production with the English National Opera, and As You Like It, among other productions.

Regent’s Park, Inner Cir, London, NW1 4NU

16th June - 4th November 2018

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up

One of the 20th century’s most recognised artists, known for her vibrant self-portraits, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) lived an extraordinary, if painful, life. The new exhibition at the V&A explores her life and how she fashioned it through her personal possessions, from clothes and cosmetics to photographs; a collection which has never before been seen outside of Mexico.

V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

28th June – 21st October 2018

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Coinciding with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday, this new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery explores the impact the artist had on contemporary art, as well as his continuing influence as a cultural figure. Thanks to loans from collections worldwide, this extensive exhibition will showcase pieces by Andy Warhol, Isa Genzken, and Kehinde Wiley, among numerous others.

National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

13th July - 8th September 2018

BBC Proms 2018

Back with an eight-week programme featuring more than 90 concerts, this year’s BBC Proms promises to be yet another glorious celebration of music. The Proms kick off in July with an all-British programme and take in everything from tributes to Leonard Bernstein and the first ever Young Musician Prom to concerts showcasing New York disco funk, UK folk music and the fusion sounds of traditional and contemporary Cuba and Jamaica during its run.

Various locations around London

21st July - 30th September 2018

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

Open to visitors for 10 weeks over the summer, Buckingham Palace— the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen— is one of the capital’s most popular attractions. Visitors can explore the 19 State Rooms, take in some of the Royal Collection’s most eye-catching treasures, from Sèvres porcelain to paintings by Canaletto, and watch the famous Changing of the Guard.

Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, SW1A 1AA