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Best London activities after lockdown

From museums and galleries, to drive-in cinemas and rooftop bars, discover some of the top things to do in London after lockdown.
A man and a woman wearing sunglasses smile while tucking into takeaway food in the sunshine as they explore Brixton.
Enjoying takeaway treats in Brixton. © London & Partners/Peter Kindersley

Whether you’re after some retail therapy, an alfresco meal with friends, some amazing London attractions or a family day out, plan to do it all in London with these events, activities and must-visit spots.

Make sure to share your adventures using the #LetsDoLondon hashtag! For more inspiration on fun things to do in the capital, check out our Let's Do London guide. 

Let's make the most of autumn season

  • Spot cool and quirky installations across the city the as part of the London Design Festival, including colourful pedestrian crossings transformed for Bring London Together18-26 Sep
  • See the Illuminated River come to life during a special light show by artist Leo Villareal for one night only this autumn. 23 Sep
  • Celebrate the many heroes of Theatreland as shots by world-famous photographer Rankin arebroadcast across central London locations. From Oct
  • Enjoy a citywide programme of activities celebrating Black communities and culture during Black History Month. 1-31 Oct 
  • Make the most of 10 days of incredible cinema on the South Bank and across the West End during the BFI London Film Festival. 6-17 Oct
  • Be dazzled by the very best of 21st-century choreography as part of the Dance Umbrella festival. 8-24 Oct
  • Discover incredible African and African-inspired design during Africa Fashion Week. 9 Oct
  • Head to leafy Regent's Park to browse some of the world's best art during the Frieze art fairs. 13-17 Oct
  • Treat yourself to exclusive events, activities and one-off fashion items during Limited Edition London. Until 30 Nov

Let's have the best night ever

  • Catch performances from top jazz artists and musicians during Soho Live Jazz Week. Until 17 Sep
  • Party into the early hours during Ministry of Sound's Three Decades of Dance, celebrating the iconic London club's 30th anniversary. Until 18 Sep
  • Listen to the smooth sounds of jazz with Crypt Lates at St Martin-in-the-Fields church. From 22 Sep
  • Spend an evening browsing artworks from rising stars and big-name artists as galleries stay open late during Frieze's West End Night. 14 Oct
  • See big names take to the stage to read letters from across the centuries with Letters Live at the Royal Opera House. 30 Oct
  • Head to the Royal Opera House for an after-dark celebration of queer culture filled with music, dance and performance. 14 Nov
  • See award-winning DJs and English National Opera singers take to the London Coliseum stage for Fabric Presents: One Night at the Opera. 2 Dec
  • Enjoy a fun-packed programme of late events at the London Dungeon, Museum of Youth Culture, Tate Modern and Science Museum. Various dates
  • Dance the night away at one of the capital's top clubs, including Heaven, Electric Brixton and Printworks London.

Find more fun things to do after dark in London. 

Let's do family fun

Family-friendly events

Discover more family fun in London.

Top activities for kids

  • Book your tickets to see the incredible selection of animals at ZSL London Zoo.
  • Spot landmarks including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace from the London Eye
  • Experience classic sets from the films, laugh-out-loud live shows and more at Shrek’s Adventure! London on the South Bank.
  • Meet sharks, sea turtles and tropical fish at SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • Walk through London’s scary history and discover secrets from the torture chamber at The London Dungeon.
  • Come face-to-face with the wax figure version of your favourite celebs at Madame Tussauds.
  • Say hello to the Beefeaters at the Tower of London, and learn about the history of the royal palace and its grizzly past.
  • Step inside the Butterfly House at the Horniman Museum & Gardens, where you'll be surrounded by hundreds of fluttering creatures.
  • Let the little ones have some educational fun as they try out a range different careers at Kidzania.
  • Journey into space during a visit to the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
  • Take on a family-friendly challenge at The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience London.
  • Watch the pelicans being fed every day in St James’s Park, while keeping your eyes peeled for a range of other wildlife.

Find more things to do with the family.

Let's discover fun London attractions

  • Explore the incredible collection of plants and fungi at Kew Gardens.
  • Soar through the skies on the Emirates Air Line cable car and soak up some gorgeous views across London along the way. 
  • Climb aboard the famous Cutty Sark – one of the fastest sailing ships of its time – in Greenwich.
  • Step inside Tower Bridge to learn all about this world-famous London landmark. And make sure to stand on the glass floor in the Walkways, if you dare!
  • Scale one of the most iconic structures in London to get unbeatable views of the city at Up at The O2.
  • Relax and enjoy some of London's top landmarks on an attraction-packed bus tour
  • Step through the famous doors of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to enjoy an open-air guided tour and learn all about its fascinating history. 
  • Fuel your adrenaline rush and whizz down the river at high speeds with Thames RIB Experience and Thames Rockets.
  • Or enjoy the scenery at a slower pace and have lunch while you sail down the Thames on a river cruise.
  • Be amazed by the stunning architecture of St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London.
  • Take in London’s riverside landmarks as you travel along the Thames with City Cruises or Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.
  • Explore the Roman Temple of Mithras and the collection of excavated artefacts found on the ancient site at London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE.
  • Treat yourself to a day trip to Windsor to explore the magnificent interiors of Windsor Castle.
  • Or wander around the grounds of Kensington Palace, which is currently displaying Princess Diana's wedding dress. 

Plan a trip to some of the best attractions in London.

Let's do food and cocktails in London

  • Dine in an igloo on a summer-themed terrace and enjoy views over Tower Bridge at riverside hotspot, Coppa Club.
  • Soak up the views at one of London’s best rooftop bars
  • Experience incredible London views on the Skylight rooftop at Tobacco Dock.
  • Sit outside to enjoy a meal at one of London's best alfresco restaurants.
  • Get your street food fix from one of London's best markets.
  • Grab a pint and soak up the sunshine at a pub garden, including The Terrace at Alexandra Palace.
  • Indulge in a sky-high brunch 40 floors above the City of London at Duck & Waffle.
  • Snap Chinatown decorated with hundreds of colourful floating flowers, before tucking into a meal at a restaurant in this popular pocket of London.
  • Take in stunning views of the city at Sky Pod Bar in the Sky Garden, which sits at the top of The Walkie Talkie building.
  • All aboard the Brigit's Bakery classic afternoon tea bus tour! Enjoy a cuppa and a selection of treats while taking in the sights of London from a Routemaster bus.
  • Treat your sweet tooth during an indulgent afternoon tea in London. 
  • Support neighbourhood businesses with a visit to one of your local restaurants.

Find out where famous Londoners eat and try some of their favourite foodie spots with our London Eats series of interviews. 

Let's hit the shops in London

Plan a trip to some of the best markets and shopping destinations in London. 

Let's do cultural gems


Check out some of the best museum exhibitions in London.


Take a look at some of the top art exhibitions in London.

Let's experience incredible London events

London theatre and shows

Discover more of the best theatre in London.

Outdoor events in London

More top London events

  • See colourful neon sculptures dazzling above the South Hall of the Market Building with Chila Burman x Covent Garden.
  • Watch performers sing tunes from your favourite shows during West End Live. 18-19 Sep
  • Laugh out loud during the Greenwich Comedy Festival, which is playing host to Ed Byrne, Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar and more. Until 19 Sep
  • Get ready to strut your stuff during fashion-focused events and activities over London Fashion Week. Until 21 Sep
  • Surround yourself with beautiful blooms during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 21-26 Sep
  • Take the ultimate selfie at Van Gogh Alive – an interactive exhibition of the artist's most famous work, which features a fully mirrored room filled with hundreds of sunflowers. Until 26 Sep
  • Celebrate all things river-related with Totally Thames activities across the city, from live performances to large-scale artworks. Until 30 Sep

Let's enjoy the great outdoors

  • See the city from two wheels and discover London’s cycle routes. Plus, take a look at these tips on how to cycle in London.
  • Stretch your legs and explore the capital by foot with London’s best walking routes.
  • Surround yourself with blooming trees and gorgeous flowers at one of the capital's best gardens.
  • Eat alfresco in one of the city's loveliest picnic spots.
  • Get your blood pumping and seek out these outdoor spots for exercising.
  • Take a dip in one of London’s outdoor swimming pools or lidos
  • Surround yourself with nature and boost your wellbeing in London's Royal Parks.
  • Discover an art trail between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2 with The Line.
  • Say hello to some of your favourite big-screen stars with Scenes in the Square.
  • Explore the capital's largest wetlands during the 11-month contemporary art programme Wetlands Unravelled.
  • Try your hand at outdoor crazy golf at Plonk in London Fields.

Find more fun things to do outdoors in London. 

Getting around the city

If you're exploring the capital, plan ahead and travel at quieter times for more space – download the TfL Go app for real-time travel information. 

You must wear a face covering across all TfL stations and services – you may be denied access to the travel network if you’re not wearing a face covering.

The TfL network also has special measures in place to help you travel safely, including hand sanitiser stations, regular cleaning and fresh air ventilation across services. Find all the latest travel guidance for London

Find out what's open and when across the city, treat yourself to a London gift voucher, check out the Let's Do London guide, or download the Visit London app for more inspiration.