Best London activities after lockdown

Step outside and find the best things to do in London after lockdown, as the city embraces the “new normal”.

From museums and galleries, to drive-in cinemas and rooftop bars, many of the city's doors are open once again. Discover some of the best things to do in London after lockdown. 

Before heading out, check direct with the venue to find out more about the special safety measures in place and the latest opening times. And remember to stay safe, be responsible and follow social distancing guidelines

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Reopened cultural spots

Museums

Check out some of the best museum exhibitions in London

Galleries

  • Explore one of the world’s greatest collections of paintings at the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square.
  • Lose yourself in paintings, drawings and sculptures spanning the centuries at the Guildhall Art Gallery, before taking a peek at London’s Roman Amphitheatre.
  • Marvel over the first Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years and admire some of the greatest pop art ever made. Until 15 Nov
  • Spend an afternoon learning about British art from the 1500s to the present day at Tate Britain.
  • See the first UK exhibition from Toyin Ojih Odutola at The Curve as the Barbican throws open its doors again. Until 24 Jan 2021 
  • Discover new pieces of art from emerging artists and famous names at the Royal Academy of Arts' annual Summer Exhibition. 6 Oct-3 Jan

Discover some of the top art exhibitions in London

Top London events

London theatre, comedy and cinema

  • See Agatha Christie's murder mystery played out live on the London stage with The Mousetrap. From 23 Oct
  • Don your gladrags for a night with The Great Gatsby at one of his famously scandalous parties. From 1 Oct
  • Tap your feet to a tale of historical heartbreak filled with girl power and singalong tunes during Six at the Lyric Theatre. 14 Nov-31 Jan 
  • Discover why Everybody's Talking about Jamie as this smash-hit musical makes its return to the London stage. 12 Nov-16 Jun
  • Laugh along to Mischief Theatre's hilarious productions The Play That Goes Wrong (20 Oct-2 May) and Magic Goes Wrong (17 Nov-2 May).  
  • Join award-winning comedian Adam Kay to hear stories of his time as a junior doctor in This is Going to Hurt. 22 Oct-8 Nov
  • Watch Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar alfresco style at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Until 27 Sep
  • Step through the famous doors of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to enjoy an open-air guided tour and learn all about its fascinating history. 
  • Be one of the first to see Sleepless: A Musical Romance at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, starring Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh. Until 27 Sep
  • Jump in the car for a night of entertainment at the West End Musical Drive-In. Until 24 Oct
  • Enjoy an evening of theatre fun and choose from one of 12 one-person plays in the Bridge Theatre’s auditorium. Until 31 Oct
  • Watch the English National Opera perform a modern version of Puccini’s La bohème at the world premiere of ENO Drive & Live at Alexandra Palace. 19-27 Sep
  • Plan a fun-filled night out at one of London’s best outdoor and drive-in cinemas
  • Be part of the audience for a mesmerising performance of the Birmingham Royal Ballet's Lazuli Sky at Sadler's Wells. 29-31 Oct
  • Take your seats for an exciting lineup of socially distanced performances as part of the Live from the Barbican series. 4 Oct-13 Dec
  • Listen to powerful rendition of Mozart's Requiem by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum. 6-7 Nov 

Outdoor events in London

  • Step outside and make the most of the outdoor entertainment across the capital, from riverside theatre to open-air art. 
  • Pop over to the West End and take a free self-guided audio tour of Theatreland, narrated by the legendary Sir Ian McKellen. 
  • Head out for a socially distanced foodie adventure with the Picnic Hunters Club.
  • Hop aboard your very own boat for a quirky cinema experience on the water with the Openaire Float-In cinema by Häagen-Dazs. Until 27 Sep
  • Celebrate the river Thames with a series of fun events at the Totally Thames Festival. Until 30 Sep
  • See artwork from school children based on the rivers they love at the Rivers of the World exhibition at the Riverside Walkway by Tate Modern. Until 30 Sep
  • Pay tribute to our Everyday Heroes at a free open-air art exhibition celebrating key workers across the Southbank Centre. Sep-Nov
  • Spot huge artworks pop up across all corners of the city during the London Mural Festival. Until 30 Sep

Hot London events

  • Enjoy guided tours and the chance to peek inside some of London's most famous buildings during the Open House festival. 19-27 Sep
  • Soak up the atmosphere during the London Design Festival, which takes over districts across the city with creative installations and arty events. Until 20 Sep
  • Join fascinating talks, take part in workshops and browse artworks across the area's galleries during Mayfair Art Weekend. 2-4 Oct
  • Embrace your inner fashionista and get your style fix during one of the fashion worlds hottest events, London Fashion Week. 17-22 Sep
  • Appreciate all things green during the Houseplant Festival at the Garden Museum. 23-25 Oct

Fun London attractions

  • Explore the incredible collection of plants and fungi at Kew Gardens.
  • 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 the incredible history of this world-famous London landmark. And make sure to stand on the glass floor in the Walkways, if you dare!
  • Check out the new public sculpture by Eva Rothschild in Coal Drops Yard, before hunting for more art in the area.
  • Scale one of the most iconic structures in London to get unbeatable views of the city at Up at The O2.
  • Fuel your adrenaline rush and whizz down the river at high speeds with Thames RIB Experience and Thames Rockets.
  • Be amazed by the stunning architecture of St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London.
  • Gather your trusted team for a day of adventure and try to crack The Crystal Maze Live Experience.
  • Take in London’s riverside landmarks as you travel along the Thames with City Cruises.
  • Explore the Roman Temple of Mithras and the collection of excavated artefacts found on the ancient site at London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE.
  • Say hello to some of your favourite big-screen stars with Scenes in the Square.

Best things to do outdoors

Find more fun things to do outdoors in London. 

Places to go shopping in London

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

Top things to do with the kids

  • Pre-book a ticket to see the incredible selection of animals at ZSL London Zoo.
  • Watch the pelicans being fed every day in St James’s Park, while keeping your eyes peeled for a range of other wildlife.
  • Spot landmarks including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace from the London Eye
  • Experience classic sets from the Shrek films, 10 laugh-out-loud live shows and more at Shrek’s Adventure 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.
  • See the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall and discover the Forbidden Forest at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.
  • Say hello to the Beefeaters at the Tower of London, and learn about the history of the royal palace and its grizzly past.

 Find more things to do with the family, as well activities during the school holidays

Tasty food and drink in London

  • Sit outside and enjoy a meal at some of London's best alfresco restaurants.
  • Take in stunning views of the city at Sky Pod Bar in the Sky Garden, at the top of The Walkie Talkie building.
  • Explore the emporium of goods and stop to refuel at Petersham Nurseries’ Richmond and Covent Garden venues.
  • Who said London didn’t have any beaches? Make the most of the summer sunshine at Neverland with bottomless brunches and cool cocktails.
  • Travel back in time to the 1940s for a night of food, cocktails and laughs with Cahoot's 'Allo 'Allo! dining experience. 7 Oct
  • All aboard the Brigit's Bakery classic afternoon tea bus tourEnjoy a cuppa and a selection of tasty treats while taking in the sights of London from a Routemaster bus.
  • Bask in the last of the summer sun on the Skylight rooftop at Tobacco Dock. 
  • Soak up the rays at one of London’s best rooftop bars.
  • Support neighbourhood businesses with a visit to one of your local restaurants.

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme officially ended on 31 August. However, you can still eat out for less at selected restaurants across the city, which offer similar deals and special discounts.

Before heading out, check the latest restrictions on restaurant, pub and bar opening times.

Find out what's open and when as lockdown continues to ease in the capital, or download the Visit London app for more inspiration while out and about.