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What’s on in London 2024

Welcome to the vibrant city of London, where exciting experiences await you this month! In this edition of “What’s On in London 2024,” we’re thrilled to showcase the best temporary attractions that are making waves in the city. London’s dynamic cultural scene is constantly evolving, offering visitors unique opportunities to immerse themselves in limited-time events and experiences. From captivating art exhibitions and dazzling theatre productions to thrilling festivals and extraordinary pop-up installations, there’s something for everyone.

Get ready to discover the magic of London as we guide you through the must-see temporary highlights that will leave you with unforgettable memories of your visit to the city. Let’s dive into the thrilling world of “What’s On in London 2024” and explore the extraordinary array of temporary delights that await you this month!

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What’s on at The British Museum

Great Court at the British Museum

Embark on a captivating journey through history at the iconic British Museum, where temporary exhibits offer a limited opportunity to witness extraordinary treasures from around the world. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of these fleeting exhibitions, unveiling captivating artefacts and untold stories that will leave a lasting impression long after your visit.

Legion Life in a Roman army 

Exhibition Until 23rd June 2024

Tickets from £22

Explore ‘Legion Life in the Roman Army’ at The British Museum for an immersive journey into the ancient world. Discover how the Roman army, known for its innovation and might, shaped history by extending citizenship to non-citizens. Step into the shoes of soldiers, learn about their families, and witness the impact of conquest from Scotland to the Red Sea. This captivating exhibit offers a glimpse into the daily lives of Roman soldiers and their enduring legacy.

a roman helmet sits in the dust
michelangelo exhibit imagined by modern AI

Michelangelo the last decades

Exhibition 2 May – 28 July 2024

Tickets from £14

Experience ‘Michelangelo: The Last Decades’ at The British Museum, delving into the final thirty years of the famed artist’s life. Witness Michelangelo’s return to Rome and his monumental task of painting the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. Despite his already esteemed reputation, Michelangelo’s deep faith and intellectual curiosity fueled his creativity, leading to some of his most iconic works. The exhibition features preparatory sketches for the Last Judgment and recently restored pieces like Epifania, offering a glimpse into Michelangelo’s relentless drive. Explore his architectural studies and personal writings, revealing his innermost thoughts and passions. Rather than a decline, the exhibit showcases Michelangelo’s remarkable energy and exploration of themes like salvation and mortality, resulting in enduring masterpieces.

Check out our British Museum Highlights Guide.


What’s on at The Natural History Museum

blue whale skeleton in the hintze hall at the natural history museum

Discover the wonders of the natural world at the renowned Natural History Museum in London. Don’t miss the chance to explore their remarkable temporary exhibits, showcasing rare specimens and immersive displays that bring the natural world to life in extraordinary ways. From fascinating temporary installations to captivating interactive experiences, these limited-time exhibits offer a unique and enriching journey that will leave you in awe of our planet’s biodiversity.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Exhibition until 30th Jun 2024

Tickets from £15


Embark on a journey across Earth’s diverse habitats, from bustling cities to polar seas, and encounter remarkable creatures. Witness the impact of human activities on nature, exploring stories of endangered species and successful rescues. Through immersive experiences and stunning photography, delve into our interconnectedness with nature. Leave inspired to protect our planet’s resources and continue your conservation journey.

Wildlife through the lens of a camera

Dino Snores

1-2 dates per month, sells out quickly!

Tickets from £75

Experience an unforgettable sleepover adventure surrounded by extraordinary creatures at the museum. Set up camp in the galleries and embark on an evening of exploration, torchlight expeditions, and engaging activities. From a dinosaur t-shirt workshop to an educational science show presented by a Museum scientist, you’ll be immersed in a world of excitement. After a cozy night’s sleep, wake up to a delicious breakfast and continue your journey with a captivating trail through iconic galleries, discovering fascinating facts about the natural world. This exclusive sleepover is an opportunity not to be missed, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Check out our Natural History Museum Highlights Guide.


What’s on at The National Gallery

The National Gallery London

Indulge your love for art at the esteemed National Gallery in London. Step into a world of artistic brilliance and take advantage of the opportunity to witness captivating temporary exhibits, featuring masterpieces from renowned artists. From captivating exhibitions showcasing diverse artistic styles to thought-provoking installations, these limited-time displays offer a unique chance to immerse yourself in the beauty and creativity of the art world. Don’t miss out on this chance to experience the temporary wonders that await you at the National Gallery.

The Last Caravaggio

Exhibition 18th April – 21st July 2024

Tickets free

In May 1610, Caravaggio toils away in Naples, crafting his final masterpiece. Just two months later, he passes away under mysterious circumstances. Yet, it’s during these tumultuous years that Caravaggio creates some of his most mesmerizing works.

His trademark style features tightly framed scenes and dramatic illumination, with models authentically portrayed down to their dirty feet and gritty nails.

One of the most poignant pieces from this period is ‘The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula’ (1610, Gallerie d’Italia, Naples), making its London debut after two decades. Here, we’re thrust into the midst of violence, witnessing a complex web of guilt and innocence, with Caravaggio’s own visage gazing on, seemingly helpless.

Accompanying this masterpiece is the letter detailing its creation (Archivio di Stato, Naples), along with our own late Caravaggio, ‘Salome with the Head of John the Baptist’ (c. 1609–10). In the gallery’s Bicentenary year explore the tumultuous end of Caravaggio’s life, the narratives of Ursula and Salome, and ponder the resonance of violence in our world today.

Caravaggio reimagined with modern methods
Vibrant painting of Sunflowers by Van Gogh

Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers

Exhibition 14 September 2024 – 19 January 2025

Tickets price TBA

Prepare to be enchanted by Van Gogh’s mesmerizing paintings in our once-in-a-century exhibition.

Take a stroll beneath a starry night with a pair of lovers. Marvel at swirling clouds and cypress trees dancing in the wind. Find tranquility in Van Gogh’s cherished ‘Poet’s Garden’ or under a shady tree in Saint-Rémy.

We’re bringing together Van Gogh’s most beloved paintings from around the world, some rarely seen publicly, paired with his remarkable drawings.

During just two transformative years in the south of France, Van Gogh revolutionized his style, inspired by poets, writers, and artists. This period in Arles and Saint-Rémy marked a decisive moment in his career, where his storytelling ambition gave rise to landscapes of poetic imagination and romantic love.

Witness masterpieces like ‘Starry Night over the Rhône’ (1888, Musée d’Orsay), ‘The Yellow House’ (1888, Van Gogh Museum), alongside resident treasures like ‘Sunflowers’ (1888) and ‘Van Gogh’s Chair’ (1889).

Check out our National Gallery Highlights Guide.


What’s on at Westminster Abbey

the towers of westminster abbey against a blue sky

Step into the timeless beauty of Westminster Abbey, an iconic symbol of British history and culture. While exploring this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site, be sure to seize the moment and visit the temporary exhibits, offering a rare glimpse into the rich tapestry of royal events and significant historical moments. From captivating displays illuminating the lives of past monarchs to immersive installations that bring centuries of architectural grandeur to life, these limited-time exhibits provide a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the captivating history and sacred traditions of Westminster Abbey.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries

Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 3.00pm (last entry)
Saturday: 9.30am – 3.00pm (last entry)
Sunday: Closed

Tickets from £5 (in addition to entrance ticket)

Experience the architectural marvel of the new Weston Tower, an exquisite addition to the historic Westminster Abbey since 1745, designed by Ptolemy Dean. Inspired by the abbey’s Gothic patterns, this star-shaped structure seamlessly blends with the existing Gothic architecture, featuring stone, glass, lead, and oak materials. Inside, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries offer breathtaking views of the Great West Door and Cosmati Pavement, while showcasing a fascinating collection of around 300 objects spanning a millennium of history. From Queen Mary II’s coronation chair to Queen Elizabeth I’s corset and artifacts reflecting worship and daily life at the abbey, immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Westminster Abbey’s past.

Queens diamond Jubilee galleries

Hidden Highlights: Westminster Abbey

March, April, June 2024

Tickets £15 (in addition to entrance ticket)



Embark on an exclusive experience that takes you behind the scenes of Westminster Abbey, granting access to areas typically off-limits to the public. Lasting 75 minutes, this immersive experience unveils the lost medieval sacristy, unveiled during a monumental archaeological endeavour. Additionally, you will explore the Florence Nightingale & Nurses’ Chapel, a poignant tribute to nursing professionals who perished during World War II, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, showcasing a wealth of treasures from the abbey. Lastly, step into history within the Jerusalem Chamber, the medieval chamber where Henry IV breathed his last and Henry V ascended the throne. Prepare for an extraordinary journey into the hidden realms of Westminster Abbey’s past.

Windsor Castle Tour, bright stained glass windows and vaulted ceiling of St George's Chapel

Check out our guide to Everything you need to know about Westminster Abbey


What’s on at St Paul’s Cathedral

st-pauls-cathedral

Experience the awe-inspiring majesty of St. Paul’s Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece that has stood the test of time. Delve into the extraordinary temporary exhibits on display, offering a glimpse into the cathedral’s storied past and its role as a witness to historic events. From immersive displays showcasing the cathedral’s remarkable architectural details to captivating exhibitions unveiling the stories of those who have left their mark within its hallowed walls, these limited-time exhibits provide a unique opportunity to explore the hidden treasures and profound significance of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Christopher Wren: The Quest for Knowledge

Exhibition Ongoing

Free with a regular entrance ticket

Join us in commemorating the incredible life of Sir Christopher Wren, the visionary scientist, mathematician, and architect behind the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. In our exhibition, “Sir Christopher Wren: The Quest for Knowledge,” we delve into the early years and career of this remarkable figure, shedding light on his lesser-known accomplishments in mathematics, astronomy, and physiology. Explore the design and construction of his greatest masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral, while immersing yourself in a treasure trove of archival materials, drawings, photographs, and personal artefacts that offer a captivating glimpse into Wren’s extraordinary world.

View of St Paul's Cathedral in London at night

Check out our guide to everything you need to know about St Paul’s Cathedral


About the author

Denisa holds the highest UK qualification for tourist guiding, the Blue Badge. She also holds a Management in Tourism degree and a National Tour guiding certificate for the Czech Republic. Denisa’s employment history has covered many roles within the tourism sector, she couples this with the ability to speak several languages. Denisa runs our customer-facing business, she frequently enjoys days spent guiding clients and authors our blogs.

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