T+L’s guide to the hottest new must-see events in London.
Through December: Charles Dickens Bicentennial
Artifacts, film screenings, talks, and walks. Please, sir, we want some more!
March 31–Aug. 12: “British Design 1948–2012”
More than 300 objects, from the Brownie camera to the Jaguar E-Type. Victoria & Albert Museum.
April–November: World Shakespeare Festival
Dozens of the Bard’s plays put on U.K.-wide, including a Sunni-vs.-Shia Romeo and Juliet.
May 4–Oct. 7: “Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist”
The largest exhibition ever of the master’s sketches of the body.
June 1–July 28: “Gold: Power and Allure”
A gleaming British history, starring chalices, jewelry, and a royal coronet.
July 27–Sept. 9: 2012: Olympic and Paralympic Games
Can’t score tickets? You can watch on giant screens set up in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.
Aug.–Sept.: “Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration”
An unprecedented display from the royal trove. Buckingham Palace.