With bold cinematography at the BFI London Film Festival, striking haute couture garments at the V&A and the wicket-hitting action of the Cricket World Cup, London has a sparkling programme of events lined up in 2019. Here are 10 of the hottest festivals, exhibitions and shows to look out for over the coming year.
Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
Kick-start the year by witnessing the extraordinary gravity-defying feats of the celebrated Cirque du Soleil acrobats. The group’s new show, Totem, pushes the boundaries of what it means to be human, leading onlookers on a fascinating journey through the evolution of mankind.
12th January – 26th February 2019
Royal Albert Hall
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
Freehand sketches, bold haute couture garments and iconic perfume bottles will fill the display cases at Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, as the V&A explores the enduring impact of the revolutionary French fashionista and his friendly relationship with Britain.
2nd February – 14th July 2019
London Fashion Week Festival
Discover hot-off-the-runway accessories, designer handbags and exclusive jewellery at London Fashion Week Festival. Running at the same time as London’s main Fashion Week, tickets to the festival are open to all. Its full programme of talks and discussions with style gurus make it an essential 2019 London event for fashion mavens.
16th – 17th February 2019
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show
A dream day out for green-fingered visitors to the capital, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a cornucopia of colour-popping show gardens, pretty pavilions and shops selling luxury gardening paraphernalia. Expect to leave with plenty of ideas for your own garden.
21st – 25th May 2019
Royal Hospital Chelsea
2019 Cricket World Cup
An atmosphere of excitement is sure to ripple across London as England—the birthplace of cricket—and Wales host the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Fancy watching the final? Take your seat at historic batting ground, Lord’s.
30th May – 14th July 2019
Both aspiring collectors and seasoned buyers can browse over 160 different exhibitors from around the world—offering everything from elegant antique furniture to trendy statement jewellery—at Masterpiece London in 2019.
27th June – 3rd July 2019
The Royal Hospital Chelsea
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Hampton Court Palace’s majestic Tudor Courtyard and beautifully landscaped gardens provide the backdrop to a series of lively concerts, in one of the most anticipated London events in 2019. Listen to well-known artists perform hit songs beneath warm summer skies, while tucking into gourmet street food and refreshing drinks.
Hampton Court Palace
Wimbledon Tennis Championships
A major highlight of the English sporting calendar, the prestigious Wimbledon Tennis Championships is an essential experience for visitors to London in July. Courtside VIP packages are available, but there’s also the option of soaking up the excitement from a cosy London pub.
1st – 14th July 2019
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
The intriguing world of contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson comes to Tate Modern next summer in an exciting new exhibition. Walk through the artist’s immersive installations; some conjure up lifelike rainbows, while others playfully manipulate shadows and reflections.
11th July – January 2020
BFI London Film Festival
Whether you enjoy high-octane action, laugh-out-loud comedy or hard-hitting war documentaries, the BFI London Film Festival is an unmissable London event in 2019. From the well-appointed BFI IMAX and BFI Southbank to Curzon Soho and the cobbles of Old Spitalfields Market, its screenings, awards ceremonies and workshops take place all over London.