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Time is a funny thing isn’t it? After lockdown stretching on for what felt like forever, the last portion of the year is flying by. Halloween is normally the big one this month but, quite frankly, 2020 has been scary enough. Plus we’ve got a curfew in place now and how many spooky things can really happen pre-10pm? It’s Black History Month in October and this time round London Cocktail Week is running for the whole month. After having been pushed back because of the pandemic, lots of blockbuster art exhibitions are opening this month, including the RA Summer Exhibition held in winter for the first time ever. 
There are so many things to do in London every day which is why London on the Inside is here to tell you about only the very best London events. Our filters let you see the best things to do in London today, this week, or even for the whole month, so you can see what’s on at the times that are important to you. We bring you the best of what is on in London, from strolls along the river to London bridge to the best London theatre, exhibitions and events. And for even more tips, you can browse our guides on the best London hotels, London bars, and the best London restaurants.


Looking for things to do in London this month? You’re in plenty of time to book tickets to the best events in London, from theatre shows to art exhibitions. Our guide below will show you all the best things to do in London this month and beyond so you can snap up tickets and get some dates in the diary. If you need to know what’s on in London TODAY, then don’t forget to check out our guide to the best things happening in London today, or if you’re just looking ahead to what’s on in London this week, then have a look at our guide to all the best things to do in London this week.

This exhibition at the V&A will trace the historical and cultural significance of the kimono from the 1600s to the present day

Until 25th October 2020

Dive into the world of The Little Mermaid with Fever, who are transforming a secret London location into a stormy sea shore and underwater cave

17th September - 25th October 2020

Among The Trees at the Hayward Gallery brings together works from various artists to explore our relationship with trees, during a period where many of the world’s forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate.

1st August - 31st October 2020

The Bridge Theatre is back with new season of one-person plays and a maximum audience capacity of 250 people.

27th August - 31st October 2020

London Cocktail Week, the city’s biggest celebration of booze and bars, is back for 2020. And this time it really is better than ever as the festival is running for an entire MONTH.

1st - 31st October 2020

In honour of Black History Month, photographer Julian George and Gaucho and M Restaurants’ Executive Chef Mike Reid have curated a collection of portraits celebrating Black talent in hospitality

October 2020

Swift has teamed up with pop-up kitchen Hot 4 U for a series of one-off brunch menus to showcase Havana Club’s Pro Edicion range

10th - 31st October 2020

New digital art platform CIRCA, created by Josef O’Connor, is taking over the iconic Piccadilly Circus screen for two minutes every day

Until 31st October 2020

Secret 7″ is back for 2020; seven amazing songs, each pressed 100 times, with each sleeve designed by a different mystery artist.

14th October - 1st November 2020

Jamii, the online marketplace and discount card for Black-owned businesses in the UK, is back with a pop-up at Boxpark

28th October - 1st November 2020

To celebrate the launch of the bottled Vesper Martini, No.3 Gin is taking over the Selfridges rooftop for the rest of October, with a series of interactive events throughout the month.

Until 1st November 2020

Eddy Tejada and Matthew Scott aka Hot 4 U are back at Carousel for another residency

3rd - 7th November 2020

Stephen Friedman Gallery is celebrating its 25th birthday with an anniversary exhibition at both galleries on Old Burlington Street

25th September – 7th November 2020

If you need to find some zen amidst all the chaos of this year (hey, don’t we all) then head for the Houseplant Hideaway

4th - 8th November 2020

This major retrospective of Andy Warhol’s work at the Tate Modern is the gallery’s first exhibition on the artist for more than 20 years.

Until 15th November 2020

Independent cinema Pop Up Screens is back and it’s taking over Bussey Building with the Forbidden Forest Cinema

23rd October - 15th November 2020

Litwicks is hosting a make your own sex toy workshop with sculptor Tom O’Hare, where you can design and create a sex toy to the very shape and specification you like.

19th November 2020

David Hill Gallery is bringing together some of the most influential West African photographers for the group show Tête-à-Têtes: West African Portraiture from Independence into the 21st Century.

18th September - 27th November 2020

Death of England: Delroy follows on from the play Death of England, focusing on Delroy, the best friend of the protagonist

21st October - 28th November 2020

Stevie Parle is making a return to Portobello Docks with brand new pop-up JOY, including a bar, FLORA, a farm shop and a honey store

31st July - end of November 2020

The London Gay Men’s Chorus is heading to the Clapham Grand for their Christmas concert, Homo Alone

20th December 2020

The US’s renowned Miracle bar is coming back to London just in time for Christmas, popping up on the Henrietta Hotel’s mezzanine

16th November - 23rd December 2020

Southbank is one of the most magical places to visit at Christmas, and they are spreading the cheer this year with a winter market

5th November - 27th December 2020

Jimmy Garcia is taking over the Southbank this winter with his Lodge on the River, including those (heated, obvs) riverside igloos

9th October - 30th December 2020

Tomos Parry is taking Brat al fresco this summer with a residency at Climpson’s Arch. He’ll be serving Brat’s signature whole roasted turbot, spider crab and grilled bread from the wood ovens in the courtyard

Until January 2021

The pandemic meant that the RA Summer Exhibition couldn’t actually happen in the summer, so for the first time in the Academy’s history, it’s happening in the winter instead

6th October 2020 - 3rd January 2021

Skylight is back for another winter with 18 igloo-bubbles on the top two levels, so you can cosy up to enjoy cocktails and street food

9th October 2020 - January 2021

To mark the 15th year of Michael Clark Company’s collaboration with the Barbican, it’s hosting the first ever major exhibition on the dancer

7th October 2020 – 3rd January 2021

Things are getting sinful over at the National Gallery with this exhibition that explores sin’s relationship to art over the centuries.

7th October 2020 – 3rd January 2021

The Tower of London ice rink is coming back for winter and it’s going to be bigger than ever to give you even more space to show off your moves

14th November 2020 - 3rd January 2021

It’s getting lit at Wembley Park this festive season with immersive light festival Winterfest.

26th November 2020 - 17th January 2021

The six Titian paintings that make up his series based on classical myths are being shown together for the first time in over 400 years

8th July 2020 - 17th January 2020

The Covid Letters is an exhibition of the lockdown project started by Jonny Banger, where he asked young poeple to customise the PM’s letter that was sent to all households when restrictions were imposed.

24th October 2020 - 17th January 2021

The British Museum is hosting a major exhibition on Tantra, the philosophy centred on the power of the divine feminine energy.

24th September 2020 – 24th January 2021

The National Gallery is hosting the first major exhibition of Artemisia Gentileschi’s work in the UK.

3rd October 2020 - 24th January 2021

Pergola Paddington is back for another winter and this time it’s transforming into Miracle on Kingdom Street.

12th November 2020 - 31st January 2021

Yes, those GIANT igloos are coming back to Coppa Club Tower Bridge for winter…not surprising considering how much everyone loves ’em

22nd October 2020 - 31st January 2021

The Museum of London is celebrating the history and the influence that dub music has had on London over the last 50 years

2nd October 2020 - 31st January 2021

The Design Museum is celebrating the world of electronic music with this major new exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers

31st July 2020 - 14th February 2021

See how the Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic have carved a way of life in the region at this exhibition at the British Museum.

22nd October 2020 – 21st February 2021

Tate Modern is hosting the first major London exhibition on contemporary American artist Bruce Nauman in over 20 years

7th October 2020 - 21st February 2021

We’ve come a long way in terms of women’s rights but we’ve still got a long way to and the British Library is shining a light on that with this major exhibition.

23rd October 2020 – 24th February 2021

A bit of the Scottish Highlands is coming to Holborn as Rosewood London opens The Macallan Manor House in the courtyard

Until March 2021

This exhibition at Tate Britain explores how J.M.W Turner captured the advances and inventions of the Industrial Revolution in his work

28th October 2020 – 7th March 2021

Newport Street Gallery is hosting End of a Century, asolo exhibition on Damien Hirst, featuring over 50 pieces from early in his career.

7th October 2020 – 7th March 2021

The 56th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is being hosted at the Natural History Museum, featuring images selected from almost 50,000 entries

16th October 2020 - 6th June 2021

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