The best London activities for art and music lovers


Whether you’re a classical music fan, jazz enthusiast, museum lover or fashion fanatic, there’s a variety of choices to fit your tastes and broaden your horizons in London.

To help you plan your upcoming trip, we’ve put together a list of the very best things to see and do across the city, particularly if you’re an art and music lover!

  1. London Fashion Weekend

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Discover the latest fashions at catwalk shows, find the perfect addition to your wardrobe and enjoy a range of events during London Fashion Weekend at Saatchi Gallery.

  1. The Lord Mayor’s show

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Watch the elaborate parade featuring everything from vibrant samba dancing to military marching bands, as the city of London celebrates its newly chosen mayor with an 800-year-old tradition.

  1. Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

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Get hands on in the Science Museum’s new permanent interactive gallery with immersive exhibits, artworks and live shows in seven different themed zones.

  1. Openfest at Barbican

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Explore the Barbican’s mix of free events and activities from pop-up performances to interactive installations, and ticketed events such as movie screenings, gigs and contemporary dance.

  1. The Winton Gallery

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Opening on 8 December 2016, the Winton Gallery is an exciting new maths gallery exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

  1. Museum of London

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Learn the story of the world’s greatest city and its people from prehistoric times to the present day at the Museum of London.

  1. Dreamgirls Musical

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See Glee Star Amber Riley as she makes her West End debut in the Tony Award-winning musical at the Savoy theatre.

  1. BFI London Film Festival

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Catch screenings of the finest new British and international movies, spot actors on the red carpet, and get involved in workshops.

  1. Bluesfest at the O2 arena

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Enjoy performances from some of the world’s biggest names in blues, rock and soul music at London’s O2 arena.

  1. No Man’s Land

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Catch two of Britain’s greatest actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart in a limited-run production of Harold Pinter’s compelling dark comic play: No Man’s Land.

  1. Beyond Caravaggio

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Trace Caravaggio’s revolutionary impact on the evolution of European art and see how his dramatic lighting and iconic storytelling techniques influenced other famous artists.

  1. EFG London Jazz Festival

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Celebrate the best of jazz with spectacular live performances, events and concerts all over the capital of London.

  1. Picasso Portraits

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Peek into Picasso’s intimate circle of connections with an exhibition of striking portraits on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

  1. London Tower Twilight Tours

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Visit the Tower of London’s creepiest spots with a special guided tour at this top London attraction.

  1. Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

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Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s famous score as the enchanting world of The Nutcracker is brought to life at the Royal Opera House.

  1. Abstract Expressionism

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Rediscover one of the greatest art movements of the 20th century with Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy of Arts.

  1. The Radical Eye

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Get an exclusive insight into one of the most important private photography collections in the world at Tate Modern.

  1. The Little Matchgirl

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Enjoy a delightful performance of The Little Matchgirl bursting with magic, puppetry and music at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

  1. Björk Digital Exhibition

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Check out Björk’s immersive digital exhibition that uses the latest virtual reality (VR) technology including never-before-seen works at Somerset House.

  1. Museums at night

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Explore museums, galleries and heritage sites after dark and enjoy a host of fun events, themed talks and immersive workshops late into the evening.

Author: Louise Fitchard

Louise is Agenda’s resident fashion & lifestyle expert. She also covers topics relating to entertainment & travel. Out of work, you can find Louise at the cinema, reading romantic novels or buying (another) pair of heels for her next trip abroad.

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