Until 12 August
Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy of Arts
Would you like to take home a masterpiece? The world’s largest open-submission art show, held in the galleries of the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts, features masterpieces by the likes of Anselm Kiefer alongside provocative works by art-world superstar Banksy – and it’s nearly all for sale.
Until 27 October
Chihuly: Reflections on Nature, Kew Gardens
Watch your step: a host of mind-bending glass sculptures have sprung up among the 50,000 living plants in Kew Gardens. Created by American artist Dale Chihuly, 32 artworks are on display across the landscape, including the nine-metre-long Temperate House Persians, which you can find suspended improbably from the ceiling of the recently restored glasshouse.
Until 1 September
Summer by the River, The Scoop
What could be better than soaking up the London sunshine by the river? A free, three-month festival overlooking the most iconic stretch of the Thames at Tower Bridge, perhaps? Summer by the River lays on a mouthwatering programme of food and drink, as well as free open-air theatre, family fun days and live comedy.
Until 14 September
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall
Seventy-five concerts over nine weeks – that’s at least one every day – bring the world’s most renowned orchestras and musicians to London for an unparalleled festival of classical music. Snap up tickets on the day from as little as £6, and be part of the oh-so-British tradition of “promming” – standing – in the magnificent Royal Albert Hall.
Until 29 September
The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace
Seize your chance to live like a Royal and set foot in the Queen’s private residence, closed to the public for more than 200 years and now open for you to visit for ten weeks every summer. With its lavish interiors and landscaped gardens, Buckingham Palace is an unforgettable British experience. But hurry – you never know when it might close again for good.
New Restaurant Opening
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Love him or hate him, Gordon Ramsay is undoubtedly one of the most influential chefs in the world. This summer, he is opening his first major London restaurant in more than a decade, right in the heart of Mayfair. Lucky Cat was inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and serves a Japanese-style sharing menu, including robata-grilled dishes and sushi, in a sleek interior designed by award-winning studio AfroditiKrassa.
Until 5 January 2020
Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life, Tate Modern
More than 2 million people came to see the last installation at Tate Modern by Olafur Eliasson. This summer, the Danish-Icelandic artist returns to London with an unmissable exhibition in the museum’s vast industrial Turbine Hall. Visitors of all ages can get involved and watch their reflections transformed into shards and their shadows multiplied as if by magic – or simply stand back and be amazed at the spectacle.
All year round
City cruises on the river
Sit back and watch London’s most famous sights unfold before your eyes. There is only one way to see Big Ben, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge up-close and all without leaving your seat: a cruise down the river Thames. Be sure to pack your camera for a boatload of perfect photo opportunities. And since you can hop on and off to visit the biggest sights in the city, it’s perfect for kids.