20 things to get excited about RIGHT NOW

  1. The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt will be taking place around the gardens of Hampton Court Palace from April 1st-18th. Why not combine with a trip to The Magic Garden, the palace’s spectacular children’s playground, which reopens from March 31st. Tickets available soon.
  2. Club Golf is back at Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross from April 1st. Designed by artists Baker & Borowski and inspired by the King’s Cross rave culture of the 80s and 90s, this nine-hole course is family-friendly and free for under-12s. Look out for the booking link – coming soon.
  3. Lucy Sparrow’s Bourdon Street Chemist is set to pop up at Lyndsey Ingram after April 12th (dates TBC). Expect a fully-stocked chemist, handmade completely in felt, where every hand-painted artwork is sold straight off the shelf by Sparrow herself. Booking opening soon.
  4. Head to White Cube Mason’s Yard from April 13th for Gibert & George’s New Normal Pictures. This exhibition brings together 26 pictures from a new series the pair has been working on for over two years. Book now, and in the meantime check out the artists’ virtual tour – it’s amazing.
  5. The Barbican reopens on May 17th with Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty. The first major UK survey of the artist’s work for 50 years, the exhibition will include everything from portraits to fantastical statues, butterfly assemblages and giant colourful canvases. Book now.
  6. From May 17th, Tate Britain’s central galleries will be transformed by a large-scale immersive artwork as part of its annual commission. This year’s installation will be created by Heather Phillipson, the artist behind current Fourth Plinth artwork, The End. No need to book.
  7. The Design Museum’s Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street exhibition opens on May 18th. Delve into the shoe’s lucrative resale market, relive its high-fashion reinvention and meet the designers working to make the industry more sustainable. Buy early-bird vouchers now.
  8. From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, the V&A’s Bags: Inside Out exhibition explores the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory. The exhibition reopens with the museum from May 19th, and tickets are bookable now.
  9. Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust is on at the Hayward Gallery from May 19th. The South African artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK takes inspiration from indigenous dance, and will combine aspects of weaving, sculpture and installation. Booking opening soon.
  10. Ryoji Ikeda‘s long-awaited multi-sensory exhibition opens at 180 The Strand from May 20th. Described as a subterranean exploration of sound and light, the show takes viewers on an immersive digital journey through 180 Studio’s labyrinth-like spaces. Book from March 15th.
  11. V&A’s much-hyped Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser opens on May 22nd. This immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages, and is available to book now.
  12. David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 arrives at the RA from May 23rd. Made in spring 2020 at Hockney’s Normandy home, the exhibition charts the unfolding of spring from beginning to end. Tickets are available to book now, but be quick – it’s nearly sold out.
  13. Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms will finally make an appearance at Tate Modern this spring (dates TBC). Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life and Chandelier of Grief will be accompanied by a small presentation of photographs. Tickets on sale soon.
  14. The ever-popular Serpentine Pavilion will return from June. Designed by Counterspace, the 2020/21 structure will be based on gathering and community places around the city, with particular relevance to migrant and peripheral communities in London. No need to book.
  15. The London Design Biennale is on at Somerset House from June 1st-27th, and we’re particularly excited about the 400-tree, Es Devlin-designed forest that’s set to take over the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court for the duration. Tickets are available to book now.
  16. The Southbank Sinfonia Family Concert will take place at Queen Elizabeth Hall on June 6th. Designed for families with kids aged 5-11, the concert will combine live musical performance and videos with sounds and theatrical lighting for a magical musical adventure. Book now.
  17. Marble Arch is getting a big hill from mid-July. Designed to get people back into the West End, the temporary installation will offer visitors “a new perspective on Hyde Park and Marble Arch”, as well as a hollowed-out space for events and exhibitions. No need to book (yet).
  18. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience opens at a secret London location from October. Expect a 360-degree digital show, a VR experience entitled “A Day in the Life of the Artist in Arles, France”, digital displays, sound effects, projection mapping and lots more. Book now.
  19. Head to Tate Modern from October 12th for the Hyundai Commission, created this year by Anicka Yi. Yi’s work draws from the research of philosophers concerned with emerging forms of intelligence, while also addressing migration, class and gender. No need to book.
  20. Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules is taking over Somerset House from October 21st. Come face-to-face with the Beano gang through original comic artwork and amazing artefacts, and meet today’s greatest creative rule-breakers. Tickets go on sale in the summer.

Roma is very excited.