Visit London Asks: What Are You Looking Forward to in London in 2010?

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Vincent Van Gogh, Self Portrait as an Artist, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, AmsterdamHappy New Year! We’re more than excited about the coming 12 months in London. Just look at all the fantastic things coming up in 2010:

Aside from the much-publicised The Real Van Gogh at the Royal Academy, there are lots of treats for art lovers in London this year. There’s a new Henry Moore exhibition in February, portraits by Irving Penn at the National Portrait Gallery, and a Chris Ofili exhibition at Tate Britain.

If you like your art global, you can check out Italian masters and African sculptures at the British Museum, or see contemporary Indian art at the Saatchi Gallery.

London’s dance calendar is typically international for 2010 too: from the Flamenco Festival to Havana Rakatan, to Riverdance: The Farewell Tour and the Imperial Ice Stars, there’s something for everyone.

Crafty types will love the Quilts exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum; if you like Hollywood glamour, look out for the V&A’s Grace Kelly: Style Icon show later in the year.

Theatre fans have a lot of excitement to look forward to this year. There’s:

Head to The O2 for some of London’s most exciting music concerts in 2010; Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston and Leona Lewis are all playing the mammoth arena this year.

And who isn’t straining at the leash to get into ABBAWorld at Earls Court when it opens on 27 January?!

Check out our London Events Calendar for more exciting London events for 2010. And don’t forget to let us know what you’re most looking forward to in London in 2010 in the comments below!


  1. Zoe J. Griffiths says:

    I’m excited about the Van Gogh and the Henry Moore. Plus I’ve got tickets to see Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art in the spring, which I’m really looking forward to.

  2. LazyLondon says:

    I want to see the Henry Moore exhibition too. And looking forward to Dizzee Rascal at Lovebox.

  3. skizziks says:

    What a great list — thanks. I am also excited about Gauguin at the Tate later this year, and lots of great music.

  4. Wayne says:

    Hoping to get tube after Westlife concert on Thursday 13 May. Anyone had experience of getting public transport (tube or bus) back to central London after concert at O2 arena?

    • Zoe J. Griffiths says:

      @Wayne: on a Thursday, you should be absolutely fine. Sure, there’ll be lots of people leaving at the same time as you, but there’s really regular tubes on the Jubliee line straight back to London Bridge (which should connect to wherever you need to be). I tend to leave concerts at The O2 just before the encore, so you miss the huge rush. But it’s a short walk to the nearest tube, and once you’re there, the trains are really regular. You might have to wait for a couple if they’re full, and when you get on it’ll probably be crowded with other Westlifers, but that’s all part of the fun, right?!