Unmissable London Events in 2014

[Picture credit: David Bailey, from the National Portrait Gallery]

There might not be a royal wedding, or an extra bank holiday, or even another summer Olympics on the cards this year, but we’re confident that 2014 in London is going to be pretty darned brilliant – and here’s a few reasons why.

Art

Be blown away by one of Britain’s best-loved photographers at Bailey’s Stardust, which will showcase a whopping 250 of David Bailey’s pictures, sponsored by Hugo Boss. Expect snaps straight from the Swinging Sixties and shots of anonymous faces from his world-wide travels at the National Portrait Gallery. February 6 – June 1

The Vikings are coming! And they’re bringing all-new archaeological discoveries with them! As well as the to-be-expected collection of coins and swords, there’s a grisly mass grave exhibit and a 37-metre-long warship on display. Discover more at Vikings: Life and Legend at the British Museum. 6 March – 22 June

Don’t miss the meticulously brilliant Matisse cut-outs at the Tate Modern. It takes cut-and-paste to new levels. 17 April – 7 September

Theatre

Catch stage legend and Dame-to-be Angela Lansbury in a revival of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. March 1 – June 7

Fans of Shakespearian tragedy should snap up a ticket to King Lear at the National Theatre, where Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale in the lead role. From Jan 14

For something a little less traditional, here comes ‘I Can’t Sing’, an X Factor musical parody from Harry Hill. We predict gags galore and a monster soundtrack. From February 27

Festivals 

Say bye-bye to Dry-anuary and drink up at the 24th Battersea Beer Festival, where organisers have gathered together 150 real ales from across Britain. 5 – 7 February

2014 sees East London musical institution Field Day take place over two days for the first time – Pixies and Metronomy have already been confirmed to lead the lineup. 7-8 June

Gather in Greenwich in September for the conclusion of the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta. Up to 50 of the world’s most spectacular tall ships will congregate on the Thames for London’s largest Tall Ship event for 25 years. 5-9 September

Food

What’s new on the London restaurant scene this year? Crab, steak and veggie options are all on the menu – find out more here.

What are you looking forward to most about 2014? Let us know below!

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