Diana: Her Fashion Story
With advanced tickets available for spring 2018, visit Kensington Palace to see the glorious wardrobe exhibit, Diana: Her Fashion Story. See elegant pieces from her public appearances and timeless classics throughout her life in a capsule collection of clothes, such as the iconic blue velvet dress worn to the White House in 1985. The former home of the Princess is the perfect place to display her style. What’s more, the palace is opening a new garden alongside the exhibition. With the spring flowers coming out, March is a perfect time to visit.
When: Daily, advanced tickets now available for spring 2018
Where? Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX
Nearest tubes: District or Circle lines to High Street Kensington (District and Circle lines), Queensway (Central line)
Where to stay: The Kensington Hotel
Experience the magic of one of the most adored fictional characters of all time.
Tower of London, Crown Jewels
With the Royal Wedding and the 65th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, both in 2018, take a trip to see the precious Crown Jewels. The world-famous collection is brimming with 23,578 gemstones, to lay hungry eyes upon. Watch the yeomen warders safeguarding the Tower of London, learn about the cultural and religious significance of the monarchy, through the power of these jewels. Wander through the Tower of sacred and ceremonial objects and feel enchanted.
Where? Tower of London
Nearest tubes: Tower Hill
Where to stay: One Aldwych
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All that glitters
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A familiar face
Famous for his amazing portraits of African wildlife, David Lloyd visited the Maasai Mara in Kenya and followed an elephant herd to their waterhole in the evening light. Their leader, a female, posed for this brilliant, watchful image.Find London hotels
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Pictures can write a thousand words and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition tells 100’s of captivating stories. From playful seals in underwater moments, to frantic African animal hunts, discover a hypnotic array of 100 award-winning images. Selected from almost 50,000 entries, the images featured in the exhibition are taken by the world’s best wildlife photographers. Chosen for their creativity and originality, the images highlight the beauty, drama and diversity of life on our planet and our crucial role in protecting it.
When? Until 31 March 2018
Where? Natural History Museum: Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Nearest tubes: South Kensington (District, Piccadilly and Circle lines)
Where to stay: The Ampersand Hotel
A Big Day Out with Peter Rabbit™
Take a family-friendly trip to the beautiful Kew Gardens for an Easter adventure with Peter Rabbit. Enjoy this botanical day out, celebrating the tales of the brilliant Beatrix Potter and her wonderful characters. Play outdoor games, follow trails through the flowers and shrubbery, or learn how to grow your own vegetables. Choose from an abundance of activities in this picturesque place and find out more about this famous author’s connection to Kew Gardens.
When? 30 March to 15 April
Where? Kew Gardens
Nearest tubes: Kew Gardens
Where to stay: Radisson Blu Mercer St
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Winnie the childhood hero
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This rock ‘n’ roll musical returns
After big success last year, the musical based on the biggest selling album of all time, returns for more rock.Things to do in London
Bat Out of Hell the musical
This electrifying rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to the stage of London for spring 2018. Based on one of the most iconic albums of all time, Bat Out of Hell, the musical echoes a cathartic story of rebellion and intense romance. Listen to the smash hits throughout this thrilling performance, from rock legend Meat Loaf’s ‘I’d Do Anything for Love’, ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’ and of course, the epic title ‘Bat Out of Hell’.
When? From 2 April
Where? Dominion Theatre
Nearest tubes: Tottenham Court Road
Where to stay: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
With the recent release of the moving film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’, make a timely trip to the charismatic Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition at the V&A Museum. Experience the magic of one of the most adored fictional characters of all time. See sketches, letters and photographs, as well as a collaboration of cartoons and other collections, which bring the life of this famous bear and his friends to life. Choose a day to visit when you can create arts and crafts, or play in a pop-up Winnie-the-Pooh performance.
When? From 8 April
Where? Victoria & Albert Museum
Nearest tubes: South Kensington
Where to stay: InterContinental at the O2
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Charles II: Art & Power
Welcome in the Royal Wedding this year, by taking a visit to the magnificent Buckingham Palace. Discover the historical rise of the arts and the rich material world of Charles II, oozing throughout the exhibit Art & Power. Celebrate the restoration of the monarchy after the period of Cromwell. Gaze at the dazzling ornaments, intricate tapestries, polished paintings and masterful furniture. Wander through the gallery, where gold reflects through rooms and mirrors epitomising royalty.
When? Until 13 May 2018
Where? The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Nearest tubes: St James’s Park
Where to stay: The Savoy
Museums at Night
Natural history comes alive in the shadows and paintings flicker under candlelight. Thanks to this four-day festival, you can visit dozens of London’s museums, which open their doors to slightly more unorthodox activities than audio guided tours and caption-reading. For a museum experience with a twist, visit Richmond Museum for a night of archaeology and a murder mystery, just for grown-ups, or head to the Bank of England Museum and explore the Banknote Gallery.
When? 16 May to 19 May
Where? Museums across London
Nearest tubes: Museum-dependent
Where to stay: every hotel Piccadilly
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
A time-honoured tradition, the hundred-year-old Chelsea Flower Show attracts a luminary crowd to leafy West London at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, making it much more than just a five-day show of garden design. If you’re lucky you may catch a royal visit or a glimpse of British celebrities among the botany enthusiasts. Browse the Great Pavilion, full of flowers, and see all manner of show gardens, from one resembling the slopes of an active volcano to a garden inspired by the Silk Road.
When? 22-26 May 2017
Where? Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4SR
Nearest tubes: Sloane Square
Where to stay: Rembrandt