2020 is ramping up to be a thrilling year in the capital, so pounce on special offers on London hotels whilst you still can. Here’s the lowdown on to what to see, things to do and where to go this year.
London’s best West End shows for 2020
Make a night of it at the theatre and catch one of the new openings at the West End for this year.
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut as Nina in Anya Reiss’ modernisation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Set in an isolated countryside home, we see broken dreams, hopes shattered and hearts in pieces. A disparate cast of characters with nowhere else to turn, discover that maybe all that’s left is to turn on one another.
Until 30 May 2020, The Playhouse Theatre
Jenna is a waitress who dreams of escaping her loveless marriage. After an attractive newcomer arrives in town, Jenna finds herself discovering that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness. A romantic and uplifting musical.
Until 4 July 2020, Adelphi Theatre
Pretty Woman: The Musical
One of Hollywood’s most adored romances has launched at the West End! With a toe-tapping score from the legendary Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, the show features all the charm of the 1990 romcom.
Until 2 Jan 2021, Piccadilly Theatre
London’s biggest events in 2020
Music, flora, sports and palace tours – there’s no shortage of riveting events in London this year.
Whether you want comedy, cabaret, circus or theatre, Underbelly Festival offers something for everyone. They also have a children’s programme, perfect for keeping little ones entertained. With the vast majority of tickets priced at £20 or less, Underbelly is one of the most affordable things to do in London.
Apr – Sept 2020, exact dates TBC, South Bank
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
This glamorous and quintessentially British show is a unique day out from accommodation in Bayswater. World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together to produce inspirational horticultural displays. The yearly event attracts 150,000 visitors, including the Royal Family. Floral fever spreads to the surrounding neighborhood, where the streets of Chelsea are decorated with blooms.
19 – 23 May 2020, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
If there is one sporting event not to miss in London, that’s Wimbledon. The annual tennis tournament grips the nation and tourists can’t help but be swept up in the excitement. You can pick up resale (or returned) tickets or purchase a cheap ground admission ticket. This grants access to Courts 3 – 18 and you can take a seat on Henman Hill with a punnet of strawberries and a glass of bubbles and watch the action from Centre Court on the big screen. Alternatively, catch the games in one of the pop-up screens that you will find dotted throughout London.
29 Jun – 12 Jul 2020, All England Lawn Tennis Club
British Summer Time Hyde Park
One of the biggest musical events in London takes place over two weekends and brings some of the biggest names from the pop industry to the city’s most distinguished park. Confirmed acts for BST include Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, and Post Lamar. Between two weekends, you can enjoy the Open Week program which features free entertainment and activities perfect for guests of hotels near Hyde Park.
3 – Sun 5 July, & Fri 10 – Sun 12 July
The residence of the Queen opens once a year over summer whilst Her Majesty is out of town. The tour gives you the opportunity to explore the lavishly furnished State Rooms and peruse some of the Royal Collection’s greatest paintings. The special exhibition for this year has been confirmed as Royal Animals and gives you the chance to see the close relationship the family has with corgis, dogs and more. With an audio tour from the Prince of Wales, this is always a coveted event not to miss so do book ahead.
25 Jul – 4 Oct 2020, Buckingham Palace
For one weekend only, 800+ buildings in London that are usually closed to the public open their doors in an extravaganza of tours, talks and unique photo opportunities. Entry is free and properties typically include the Royal Courts of Justice and Freemason’s Hall as well as lesser known architectural gems and private residences. Stay tuned for the full 2020 schedule!
19 – 20 Sept 2020, citywide
London’s best neighborhoods
Be sure to explore some of London’s most diverse West End neighborhoods during your visit in 2020!
Kensington should be top of the agenda for any visitor in London, this is where you can find some of the best free museums in London. Only a short Tube ride from hotels near Hyde Park London, you can find the V&A, Natural History and Science museums. Conclude your day out with a stroll to the nearby Royal Albert Hall and wander along High Street Kensington to shop or eat.
Whatever season you visit, pay a visit to London’s cherished neighbourhood.This cultural quarter is where you can find boutiques, market stalls, quaint cafes, sophisticated wine bars and some of the most famous theatres of the London West End. Dine al fresco late into summer evenings, before the piazza transforms into a winter wonderland.
Take a break from the urban attractions and snatch some time with nature in London’s wildest region. Hampstead Heath stretches over a grassy knoll of ancient woodland and provides stellar views of the city. Pack your bathers and take a dip in the swimming ponds then mooch around Hampstead Village.
If you’re coming to the capital to shop or soak up the best nightlife in London, then head to Soho. Right in the heart of London’s West End, Soho is where you can find Chinatown, comedy clubs and late-night clubs. Shoppers can pay a visit to bustling Carnaby, Oxford and Regent streets and the iconic Liberty’s department store.