Things to do | Posted 02 Dec 2019

There are always exhilarating tournaments, inspiring exhibitions and major London arena events happening across the capital, and 2020 is no exception. Planning a special birthday, anniversary or visiting London soon? We’ve put together a list of the city’s many highlights, along with a list of Leonardo Hotels, all of which offer luxury, comfort and respite after a memorable day or night out.

January – Cure your blues with a spectacular show on ice

What better way to spend the New Year than watching an ice skating extravaganza? From January 2nd to January 5th, you can catch the last few showings of Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic at the 02 Arena in Greenwich. Expect breathtaking choreography set to the studio’s many iconic film scores. 

Event type: Performance, Nearest hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London Bridge

February – Take in one of the capital’s oldest derbies

José Mourinho will return to his old club on February 22nd when Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. In a derby that has produced so many memorable matches, this is a fixture no football fan will want to miss. Check out the club’s website for match tickets or get the full VIP treatment in hospitality.

Event type: Sport, Nearest hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s

March – Be part of England’s journey to the Euros

England haven’t lost to Denmark since 2005, and fans will be hoping that run continues when they meet again on March 27th. The friendly will take place at Wembley Stadium, which itself is always a fantastic day out. And as Wembley is served by the Jubilee line, there’s no need to worry about arranging travel.

Event type: Sport, Nearest hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s

April – Soak up the London Marathon

An electrifying atmosphere is always commonplace during the London Marathon, with hundreds of thousands of people coming out in support. The race stretches from the West End to Greenwich and brings out the best in the city. And even if you’re not entering, it’s always fun to watch from the comfort of a nearby bistro.

Event type: Sport, Nearest hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s

May – See in spring at the Chelsea Flower Show

Head to the historic Chelsea Flower Show for a day of class and sophistication. A quintessentially British event, the annual show will blossom again in May with arrangements and designs from many world-class gardeners. Why not roam the gardens between May 19th and May 23rd before visiting opulent West London?

Event type: Horticulture, Nearest hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s

June – Catch the ball game at the London Stadium

2020’s Major League Baseball London Series will see the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs, who made history on the world stage in 2016. It’s a stellar match up and follows a new tradition of US sports in the capital. For tickets, register your interest on the MLB website — you won’t want to miss this.

Event type: Sport, Nearest hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London City

July – Sip Pimm’s at the UK’s most famous tennis club

Never mind London, the whole country is captivated during Wimbledon. The world’s most famous tennis club needs little introduction, and neither do 2020’s competitors. Watch the greats take on a new generation of challengers on centre court or select one of many VIP packages on the Wimbledon website.

Event type: Sport, Nearest hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s

August – Catch a film under the city’s stars

For a few weeks in August, Somerset House turns into an enchanting outdoor cinema under the stars. It’s a chance to drink prosecco and eat popcorn while watching a host of iconic films. The series even hosts Q&As with famed actors and directors. Keep an eye on the Film4 Summer Screen website for tickets. 

Event type: Film, Nearest hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s

September – Join the world’s biggest classical party

The Last Night of The Proms is a once in a lifetime experience and an event you have to witness during your stay. Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, the night sees classic songs like ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ get the full orchestral treatment. Tickets for the last night are in very high demand and operate on a ballot system. Visit the BBC Proms website for more details.

Event type: Music, Nearest hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s

October – Watch the greatest show on turf in London

London has hosted 28 NFL games and each has been as thrilling as the last. The entertainment is as over the top as the football, with cheerleaders and fireworks, but that’s why we love it. Next year’s games are also an excuse to visit Tottenham Hotspur’s state-of-the-art stadium – now one of the biggest in the UK. Register your interest through the NFL London website for October.

Event type: Sport, Nearest Hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London City

November – Say farewell to a legend

It’s no surprise that Elton John’s farewell tour will include four nights at the 02 Arena. Unfortunately this will be the last time the Rocket Man plays live in London, with shows running from November 2nd-7th. Secure your tickets early for a night of greatest hits, heartfelt tributes and, of course, emotional goodbyes.

Event type: Music, Nearest Hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London Bridge


December – Watch the UK’s fiercest university rivalry

The rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge is known around the world but the competition doesn’t stop at boat racing. The Varsity Cup takes place every December at Twickenham Stadium (the home of England Rugby) and is a chance for these great universities to settle the score over a fierce game of rugby.

Event type: Sport, Nearest Hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s (or Heathrow)

Our Leonardo Hotels

There are three Leonardo Hotels in Central London, which offer palatial rooms, extraordinary views of the city, saunas, gyms and luxurious facilities. These hotels fall under our Royal range and include the Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, London St Paul’s and London City. We’ll help you prepare for a memorable occasion with breakfast, lunch and dinner, and leave you to you unwind in comfort when you return.


Book your stay now to uncover some of London’s best events throughout 2020.

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