Top Things To Do In London This Winter

Whether you’re ready to dust off your ice skates or sit back and enjoy world-class shows, London has everything you need to keep your spirits bright this winter season! We’ve compiled our list of top things to see and do to get the most out of this dazzling city.

Plays & musicals

My Neighbour Totoro at The Barbican

Winner of six Olivier awards and five WhatsOnStage Awards, this smash-hit, five-star stage adaptation of the 1998 animated feature film is back at the Barbican. Book now to make sure you don’t miss your chance to see this heartwarming coming-of-age co-production from the Royal Shakespeare Company with original compositions from Joe Hisaishi.

Museums Exhibitions and Talks

Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec at The Royal Academy of Arts

Your favourite Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists are put in a new spotlight as this groundbreaking new exhibition pays tribute to their works on paper. In this rich exhibition, the Royal Academy brings together 77 works on paper by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists whose innovation would challenge traditional attitudes and ultimately pave the way for later movements like Abstract Expressionism.

Skateboard at The Design Museum

The Design Museum is host to the first major UK exhibition to map the design evolution of the skateboard from the 1950s to today – a story of design, performance and communities progressing together.

UVA — Synchronicity at 180 Studios

For fans of immersive experience, this one’s for you. Synchronicity features eight large-scale experiential works, including brand-new collaborations with Robert del Naja of Massive Attack, choreographer Dana Gingras and renowned bioacoustician Bernie Krause. Dive in for an experience that our Design Leaders 23/24 cohort couldn’t stop raving about!

Julianknxx: Chorus in Rememory of Flight at The Barbican

Sierra Leonian artist Julianknxx uses his personal history as a prism to deconstruct dominant perspectives on African art, history, and culture. Offering song and music as forms of resistance, the exhibition invokes new understandings of what it means to be caught between, and to be of, multiple places.

Cybernetics & Ghosts: Technology and Storytelling at The British Library

Host Amanda Vilanova is joined by London’s innovative and form-shattering writers, digital thinkers, and creative strategists as they discuss the ways technology is changing us and the stories we tell. This event takes place on the 5th of December at 7:00 pm, with writers Michael Salu, Iphgenia Baal, Tice Cin and Vanessa Onwuemezi contributing their thoughts to the future of storytelling.

Season of Sculpture at The Saatchi Gallery

Two major exhibitions, spanning two floors of the Gallery for the price of one. Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Boundless will take a retrospective look at the career and achievements of artistic collaborators and life partners Christo and Jeanne-Claude, while If Not Now, When? will feature 29 remarkable female sculptors, celebrating their contributions to the world of art from the 1960s to now.

The Missing Thread: Untold Stories of Black British Fashion at Somerset House

Black British creativity continues to have a profound impact on British culture, often without acknowledgement within the fashion industry. This exhibition focuses on four themes – home, tailoring, performance and nightlife – to spotlight the areas in which Black British creativity developed on its own terms.

Marina Abramović at the Royal Academy of Arts

An internationally-renowned performance artist and cultural icon, this major exhibition presents key moments from Abramović’s career through sculpture, video, installation and performance. With different performances happening throughout the exhibition’s run, no two visits will be the same.

Capturing the Moment at the Tate Modern

Exploring the dynamic relationship between painting and photography, this is a chance to experience the art of creative legends such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Pauline Boty and Jeff Wall in dialogue with one another. A captivating look into the ways the paintbrush and the camera lens capture moments in time.

Hiroshi Sugimoto at the Southbank Centre Hayward Gallery

The largest survey to date of the iconic photographer’s philosophical yet playful work over the past 50 years. While best known as a photographer, Sugimoto has more recently added architecture, sculpture and set design to his multidisciplinary practice.  

Ice Skating at Somerset House

Nothing says winter in London quite like Skate at Somerset House! Settled in one of London’s leading creative hubs, Somerset House has everything you need from skating lessons for those who might want to brush up their skating skills to the ultimate rink-side view at Whispering Angel for those ready to rest their feet. Don’t miss the Skate Late sessions, featuring some trailblazing DJs curated by Rock Angel.


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