What's on in London in 2013

Looking ahead to the best exhibitions, shows, films, festivals and events this year



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Sure, 2012 was a spectacular year, but we think 2013 has the potential to be even better. There are heaps of events in London to look forward to over the next 12 months, including brand new dates for the diary and familiar annual events such as Notting Hill Carnival and the London Marathon. Take a look at the lists below for our recommendations of the events you really shouldn't miss this year, and let us know if there's anything you think we've forgotten about via our comments form.

The best of London in 2013

Private Collection © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2012 


This year is going to be packed with fantastic exhibitions. Here's our pick of those that you mustn't miss, including Lichtenstein and Lowry.
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From Miranda Hart and Jimmy Carr to Harry Hill and Sarah Silverman, the biggest names in comedy are coming to London this year.
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© Nick Ballon


Take a look at our guide to festivals in London over the next 12 months, from cultural to culinary and everything in between.
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2013 looks like it's going to be a huge year for sci-fi films – just take a look at our upcoming movies calendar for proof.
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Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita. © Sukita / The David Bowie Archive 2012


London is home to some of the world's finest museums, which means 2013 is going to feature some of the best exhibitions too.
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January 2013 highlights


Our critics round up gigs that are set to get 2013 off to a flying start, including Peter Hook and the Light and Blood Red Shoes.
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See our hand-picked selection of the best new events in London that begin this month.
See the January events calendar

Dates for the diary in 2013

The View from the Shard

A four-storey observation deck on floors 68 to 72 of the Shard, offering panoramic, 360-degree views across the capital and beyond.

  1. The View from the Shard Joiner St, SE1
  2. Tue May 28 - Sun Feb 28
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The Book of Mormon

  • Critics choice

'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's comedy musical about a pair of hapless Mormon missionaries.

  1. Prince of Wales Theatre Coventry St, W1D 6AS
  2. Until Sat Mar 7
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unfortunately the web site is incomparable to what was the magazine. It is really a pity to loose one of the most iconic magazine of London. The web site will not be used by elderly people or people who just come in London for few days. You think the era of paper magazines is finish, i think for the next 5 years they still will have a big role, and you've done this change too soon. The web page is too politically correct, without soul, anorexic. You will have to recruit some of the old guard of Time Out magazine to revamp the web site. In the meanwhile it is very difficult to find information on events in London, and it will be the venues and fringe performers to suffer. Sorry to be critical, i have tried to be open, hope it helps. Carlo

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