What to do in London
Orchid Festival (8th February 2020 - 8th March 2020)
Immerse yourself in the tropics this winter by exploring the wonders of Indonesia at Kew's 25th annual orchid festival, where rainforests and volcanoes are brought to life inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory through an exotic array of vibrant orchid displays.
Tickets for this exhibition can be purchased here.
Admission: Adult tickets from £16.50; child tickets from £4.50;
Nearest underground station: Kew Gardens (London Overground and District lines).
London Book and Screen Week (9th - 15th March)
London Book and Screen Week returns to the capital in 2020 for seven days of storytelling, readings and talks.
This year's highlights include a 40 years celebration of the iconic ‘Yes Minister’, a conversation with Lynda La Plante as she discusses her illustrious career, coming of age talks with novelists Joe Dunthorne and Lisa Owen, and an on-page and on-screen discussion with Scarlett Sabet and Jimmy Page. For full event line up and prices visit here.
Admission: prices vary.
St. Patrick's Day (15th - 17th March)
A day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, the occasion is always one big welcoming bash. Expect lots of dancing, hearty traditional dishes, a huge parade and endless pints of Guinness.
The official holiday lands annually on March 17 (a Sunday in 2019), but this year the main London celebrations take place in Trafalgar Square from 15th to 17th March.
London’s St Patrick’s Day parade lines the streets from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square with traditional musicians and squads of Irish dancers. The main stage at Trafalgar Square will be surrounded by a street food market and a ‘tea tent’, with a line-up of Irish bands.
Nearest underground station: Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines);
Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square (Until 30th June)
See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film.
Take a selfie with the one and only Bugs Bunny, before stumbling upon more stars including Laurel and Hardy, Mary Poppins and Mr. Bean. Not forgetting Batman hiding on the rooftop and Wonder Woman emerging from a wall. What’s more? The statues come to life in the evening with lights and the trail incorporates music.
Where: Leicester Square;
Nearest underground stations: Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines).
London Games Festival (26th March - 6th April)
Celebrate the art, culture and business of gaming, and try out hundreds of games at the London Games Festival 2020.
Returning to the capital for the fourth year, the festival champions and showcases the best of video games and interactive entertainment with a large programme of events across multiple London venues.
Please visit the official website for more details.