The Year Ahead: Fun Things Coming London’s Way in 2022

The struggle is real for many of us today as we switch on our computers for the first time this year, yet the year ahead in London looks bright and full of fun. From sporting events and festivals, to arts, theatre and culture, here’s The Resident’s round up of fun things to do coming our way in 2022.

Photo: Photo London

Theatre, Performance & Stand up

Cirque du Soleil – Luzia; January 12-February 27
Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington; royalalberthall.com

Dirty Dancing; February 2-April 16
Dominion Theatre, West End; nederlander.co.uk

The Corn is Green; from April 7
National Theatre; nationaltheatre.org.uk

To Kill a Mockingbird; From March 10
Gielgud Theatre, West End; tokillamockingbird.co.uk

English National Ballet, The Forsythe Evening; March 31-April 10
Sadler’s Wells, Clerkenwell; sadlerswells.com

Peter Kay’s Dance For Life; Friday April 29
Alexandra Palace; alexandrapalace.com

Grease; May 3-October 29
Dominion Theatre, West End; nederlander.co.uk

Alan Partridge Live; May 31-June 3
The O2 Arena, Greenwich; theo2.co.uk

Madama Butterfly; June 14-July 6
Royal Opera House; roh.org.uk

LIFT; July 1-December 9
Various locations; liftfestival.com

An Evening with David Sedaris; July 20-21 & July 30-31
Cadogan Hall Chelsea & Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre; davidsedarisbooks.com

Alan Carr: Regional Trinket; October 7-8
Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith; eventimapollo.com

 

Art & Design

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast; January 29-April 17
Royal Academy, Piccadilly; royalacademy.org.uk

Van Gogh Self-Portraits; February 3-May 8
The Courtald Gallery, Somerset House; courtauld.ac.uk

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature; From February 12
V&A, South Kensington; vam.ac.uk

Surrealism Beyond Borders; February 24-August 29
Tate Modern; tate.org.uk

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear; Opening March 19
V&A, South Kensington; vam.ac.uk

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael; April 9-July 31
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square; nationalgallery.org.uk

Photo London 2022; May 12-15
Somerset House; photolondon.org

Weird Sensation Feels Good: The World of ASMR; Opening May 13
The Design Museum, Kensington; designmuseum.org

Yinka Ilori; opens in the summer (dates TBC)
The Design Museum, Kensington; designmuseum.org

Hallyu! The Korean Wave; Opening September 24
V&A, South Kensington; vam.ac.uk

The EY Exhibition: Cezanne; opening October 6
Tate Modern, Bankside; tate.org.uk

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today; opening October 14
The Design Museum, Kensington; designmuseum.org

Frieze London; dates TBC
The Regent’s Park; frieze.com

 

Music

Damon Albarn: The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows; February 21-22
Barbican Centre; barbican.org.uk

Hans Zimmer Live – Europe Tour; March 22-23
The O2 Arena, Greenwich; theo2.co.uk

Elton John; April 1-17
The O2 Arena, Greenwich; theo2.co.uk

ABBA Voyage; from May 27
ABBA Arena, Stratford; abbavoyage.com

Grace Jones’s Meltdown festival; various dates in June
Southbank Centre; southbankcentre.co.uk

Lorde – The Solar Power Tour; June 1-3 & June 28
Roundhouse & Alexandra Palace; roundhouse.org.uk alexandrapalace.com

Diana Ross; June 23-24
The O2 Arena, Greenwich; theo2.co.uk

BBC Proms; July-September (dates TBC)
Royal Albert Hall; royalalberthall.com

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra; September 23-25
Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington; royalalberthall.com

EFG London Jazz Festival; November 11-20
Various locations; efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

 

Culture

Lewisham: London Borough of Culture 2022; January 1-December 31
Various locations; wearelewisham.com

London Short Film Festival; January 14-23
Various cinemas; shortfilms.org.uk

Bridgerton Secretcinema; from February
TBC; secretcinema.org

Margaret Atwood: Burning Questions; Thursday, March 24
Southbank Centre; southbankcentre.co.uk

Wimbledon BookFest; June 9-15 & September 22-25
Various locations around Wimbledon; wimbledonbookfest.org

Pride Parade; September (dates TBC)
prideinlondon.org

Buckingham Palace Tours; July 22-October 2 
Buckingham Palace, Westminster; rct.uk

Black History Month; October
Various locations; visitlondon.com

BFI London Film Festival; October (dates TBC)
Various cinemas; bfi.org.uk

London Literature Festival; October 21-31
Southbank Centre; southbankcentre.co.uk

 

Sport

Six Nations Rugby England vs. Ireland; Saturday, March 12
Twickenham Stadium; six-nations-guide.co.uk

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race; Sunday, April 3
River Thames between between Putney and Mortlake (best viewing spots include Putney Bridge, Craven Cottage, Hammersmith, Barnes and Chiswick Bridge); theboatrace.org

2022 FA Cup Final; Saturday May 14
Wembley Stadium, thefa.com

The 135th Wimbledon Championships; June 27-July 10
The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club; wimbledon.com

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022; July 6-31
Wembley Stadium; uefa.com

The Strongman Classic 2022; Saturday, July 9
Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington; royalalberthall.com

The LGBT HERO & Royal Vauxhall Tavern Sports Day, August (date TBC but usually bank holiday Monday)
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (behind Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall); lgbthero.org.uk

England v South Africa Test Match, August 17-21
Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood; lords.org

Laver Cup London 2022; September 23-25
The O2 Arena Greenwich; lavercup.com

London Marathon; Sunday, October 2
tcslondonmarathon.com

 

Festivals

Women of the World (WOW) Festival; March 11-13
Southbank Centre; southbankcentre.co.uk

RHS Chelsea Flower Show; May 24-28
Royal Hospital Chelsea; rhs.org.uk

Hampton Court Palace Festival; various dates in June
Hampton Court Palace; hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

Pub in the Park; June 24-26 & September 2-4
Dulwich Park & Chiswick House & Gardens; pubintheparkuk.com

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival; July 4-9
Hampton Court Palace; rhs.org.uk

British Summer Time; July 9-10
Hyde Park; bst-hydepark.com

All Points East; August 19-28
Victoria Park; allpointseastfestival.com

Notting Hill Carnival; last week of August (dates TBC)
Around W10 and W11; nhcarnival.org

Meatopia; September 2-4
Tobacco Dock, Wapping; meatopia.co.uk

Totally Thames; September (dates TBC)
Along the Thames, South Bank and Bankside; thamesfestivaltrust.org