Unmissable Things to Do in London in 2022
So, it’s another new year, and another list of Unmissable Things To Do in London (and beyond) – let’s just hope we get to do them all this time around!
We kick off with a bunch of fun and fabulous things to do this January, and then preview some of the other diversions 2022 has to offer – and, of course, we’ll have a dedicated February list for you, next month…
Banish those January blues!
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World | Chichester Festival Theatre | 12-16 January | From £10
A pop musical celebrating the lives of Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie and Emmeline Pankhurst to name a few to life.
London’s festival of up and coming film talent is back with an impressive programme that you should leap into.
A circus voyage of bread-making, physical heroics and growing up queer in provincial France.
Light breathes life into the corporate jungle that is Canary Wharf. Drink in the light in the darkest part of the year.
The gorgeous gregarious Glaswegian chanteuse takes on the roaring twenties.
Sadly VAULT Festival 2022 has been cancelled as of 4 January 2022
The annual melting pot of future talent in writing, performance and show business returns with some epic shows in the murky vaults under Waterloo.
Drag king circus film launch, followed by an evening of suitably outré cabaret drag performance.
Our local borough Lewisham is finally recognised for its cultural significance to London. The programme is pretty scant at the moment, but includes opera in Deptford and this launch event with Irie Dance Theatre.
February & Beyond!
A live celebration of Syria’s abundant cassette era (1970s to 2010).
An immersive festival experience, just a stone’s throw from Tower of London.
A circus show on two Chinese poles, that deals with queer connection, faith and addiction.
Hear chilling tales of the docks in this spooky night at one of London’s under appreciated museums.
World-renowned thinker, author of ‘Natives’ and musician Akala launches the paperback edition of The Dark Lady with special guests and performances from his Hip Hop Shakespeare Company.
Dipo Baruwa-Etti takes over The Yard warehouse theatre in Hackney Wick, for a tale where ‘Juju exists, spirits battle, and the witches and wizards of Lagos chant loudly in East London’.
The long awaited reincarnation of Ovalhouse comes to life this February.
This exhibition looks at the experiences of contemporary sex workers and imagines the future of decriminalisation of sex work.
The first in a series of films at Stanley Hall exploring incredible Black queer cinema by BGA Cinema, in collaboration with The Batty Mama. This film tells the story of Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun.
The 21st century we live in is blown apart with ten ways to rebalance all the inequities and injustices that surround us by the anti-drag apocalyptic icon David Hoyle.
Camden’s iconic gig venue re-opens with some luxe (if not slightly yuppy) additions including a restaurant and an intimate concert space in the roof.
A whole host of star names will hopefully come together to celebrate the connections between East London’s music hall queen Marie Lloyd and poet T.S.Eliot of Cats and The Wasteland fame.
It’s long past time that Florence Nightingale made space on the nursing pedestal for Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole – this play should nudge things along.
The news has the power to change our minds, make us panic and form opinions. This exhibition at the British Library aims to delve deeper into the overwhelming power of the newsroom in the world today.
Move over Sister Act, 2022 is all about ‘The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs’ – ‘a lesbian choir on a mission to unite a disparate and dwindling community’.
Dip your toe into the ocean of fringe which will hopefully return this year. Head to Brighton for a weird and wonderful pick n mix.
Skilled puppetry takes centre stage in this adaptation of George Orwell’s allegorical dystopia based on a farm.
Dance, theatre, photography, fashion and irezumi – the ancient art of tattooing come together in Notting Hill.
Sugababes (original line up), Cleopatra (comin atcha!), Charity Shop Sue (no discounts), Kim Wilde and Samantha Fox all join forces for the ultimate feel-good pop party in the park.
London’s best festival, which premiered works like Borealis (the Northern lights that rocked London in 2021), is sure to impress with their 2022 line up of visual spectacle, collective performance and playful storytelling.
Did we miss any big incredible things to do in London (or beyond) for 2022?
We almost certainly did – please let us know in the comments below!
Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.
Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.
Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.