Best London activities after lockdown

Plan ahead and find the best things to do in London after lockdown. 

Enjoy the best of London from home with these fun virtual events and activities, while the capital’s attractions, venues and events temporarily close their doors for the four-week coronavirus lockdown from 5 November.

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From museums and galleries, to drive-in cinemas and cosy pubs, London’s doors will open once again after the four-week national lockdown.

Plan ahead and discover some of the top things to do in London after lockdown, while the capital's attractions, leisure venues, pubs and restaurants are temporarily closed from 5 November

Some venues are yet to announce new and revised event dates, so make sure to check back soon for more information.

Just remember to follow the latest government guidelines by staying at home and acting responsibly when out and about for exercise or essential journeys. 

Make sure to share your London using the #BecauseImALondoner hashtag on social media! 

Best things to do outdoors

Find more fun things to do outdoors in London. 

Tasty food and drink in London

  • Indulge in a sky-high bottomless brunch 40th floors above the City of London at Duck and Waffle
  • Sit outside to enjoy a meal at one of London's best alfresco restaurants.
  • Dine in an Instagram-worthy igloo with views over Tower Bridge at riverside hotspot, Coppa Club
  • Sample a delicious menu of Bombay-inspired dishes at the newly revamped Dishoom in Covent Garden. 
  • Sit outside among the heaters in the cosy seating area at Milk Beach and try some Australian fare for brunch, lunch or dinner. 
  • Snap Chinatown decked out in hundreds of rainbow-coloured lanterns, 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.
  • Hop in The Standard, London's iconic red pill lift for Decimo, where a Mexican and Spanish feast of flavours by Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias awaits. 
  • Get your street food fix from one of London's best markets
  • Explore the emporium of goods while you stop to refuel at Petersham Nurseries' Richmond and Covent Garden venues.
  • Escape to Neverland London for fondue, feasts and cool cocktails in an alpine forest setting.
  • 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.
  • Experience incredible London views on the Skylight rooftop at Tobacco Dock. 
  • Treat your sweet tooth to the luxurious Charbonnel et Walker afternoon tea at the May Fair Kitchen.
  • Get cosy with a cocktail at one of London’s best rooftop bars.
  • Support neighbourhood businesses with a visit to one of your local restaurants.

London's pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes have been asked to temporarily close their doors. However, many spots are offering takeaway and delivery services during lockdown, so you can tuck into some of your favourite treats and support local businesses.

Places to go shopping in London

All non-essential shops in London have been asked to temporarily close their doors. However, many shops are running delivery and click-and-collect services, so you can still support your favourite places even if you're not able to visit them during lockdown. 

Cultural spots

Museums

Check out some of the best museum exhibitions in London to visit after lockdown.

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
  • Discover new pieces of art from emerging artists and famous names at the Royal Academy of Arts' annual Summer Exhibition. Until 3 Jan
  • See photographs inspired by politics and black lesbian and gay identities in contemporary South Africa at the Zanele Muholi exhibition at Tate Modern. 5 Nov-7 Mar
  • View projects of famous French artist JR at the JR: Chronicles exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery. 3 Dec-21 Mar

Take a look at some of the top art exhibitions in London to see after lockdown

Top London events

London theatre and shows

  • Be dazzled by the smash-hit Les Misérables – The Staged Concert as it bursts onto the Sondheim Theatre's stage. 5 Dec-31 Jan
  • Don your gladrags for a night with The Great Gatsby at one of his famously scandalous parties. Until 31 Jan
  • Tap your feet to a tale of historical heartbreak filled with girl power and singalong tunes during Six The Musical at the Lyric Theatre (14 Nov-31 Jan) and the Arts Theatre (2 Mar-5 Sep).
  • Discover why Everybody's Talking about Jamie as this smash-hit musical makes its return to the London stage. 12 Dec-21 Mar
  • Laugh along to Mischief Theatre's hilarious productions The Play That Goes Wrong (19 Nov-2 May) and Magic Goes Wrong (10 Dec-31 Jan).  
  • Join award-winning comedian Adam Kay to hear stories of his time as a junior doctor in This is Going to Hurt. 15-16 Dec
  • Laugh out loud to Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at the Garrick Theatre. Until Mar 22
  • Enjoy an evening of theatre fun and choose from one of 12 one-person plays in the Bridge Theatre’s auditorium. Various dates
  • Be part of the audience for a collection of mesmerising live dance performances at Sadler's Wells. Various dates
  • Take your seats for an exciting lineup of socially distanced shows as part of the Live from the Barbican series. Until 13 Dec
  • Head to the Hampstead Theatre and see Harold Pinter's 60th anniversary production of The Dumb Waiter3 Dec-16 Jan
  • Prepare to be on the edge of your seat during a spine-chilling performance of When Darkness Falls at the Union Theatre. 23 Nov-12 Dec
  • Welcome back London's oldest surviving grand music hall as Wilton's reopens its doors to delight audiences for theatre, music and spoken word. 19-23 Jan
  • See Brian Conley as Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical version of A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre. 7 Dec-2 Jan
  • Attend a music event showcasing black artists at BlackOut in the Colour Factory, Hackney Wick. 21 Nov

Discover more of the best theatre in London after the national lockdown restrictions are lifted. 

Outdoor events in London

More top London events

  • Experience a dazzlingly glamorous performance from singers, dancers and entertainers during London Never Dies at the London Cabaret Club. Until 27 Mar
  • Be transported through five different periods of musical history with One Night Records' Lockdown Town. Until 30 Dec
  • Combine yoga with a sprinkle of vogueing during the sass-filled VOGA fitness class. Until 2 Dec
  • Head to Live at Ally Pally for an evening of socially distanced fun, including stand-up comedy, live music and quirky entertainment. Until 28 Nov
  • Enjoy the spirit of the Fringe with a seven-week winter season in a new three-tier auditorium at The Pleasance. Various dates
  • Watch movies at Cinema in the Snow as part of the Pop Up Screens Peckham series. 2-20 Dec
  • See more than 20 amazing artworks scattered across London's Borough of Culture 2020 for the Brent Biennial. Until 13 Dec
  • Tap your feet to live jazz performances as the legendary EFG London Jazz Festival returns to the city. 13-22 Nov
  • Discover the dazzling display of festive lights and immersive installations at Winterfest in Wembley Park. 26 Nov-17 Jan

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.
  • 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 river Thames on a Bateaux London lunch cruise.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Plan ahead for a trip to some of the best attractions in London after lockdown. 

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 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.
  • 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.
  • Visit Santa's grotto, take to the ice on the rink and watch festive films including Home Alone and Last Christmas at Alexandra Palace.
  • See the iconic Great Hall clad in Christmas attire, discover the Forbidden Forest and experience the magical sight of Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. 14 Nov-17 Jan

Find more things to do with the family once lockdown is lifted. 

Find out what's open and when after lockdown, or download the Visit London app for more inspiration while out and about.