The Cats have played internationally on a number of occasions for foreign exhibition tours, but the game in London will mark only the fourth regular-season trip outside the U.S.
The Wolverines and Wildcats will also play in a home and home series in 2021 and 2022 with the first game to be played at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor and the rubber game in Lexington at Rupp Arena in 2022. They will then meet at Crisler Center in MI in 2021 and at Kentucky's Rupp Arena in 2022.
The 02 Arena is frequently used for sporting events and concerts.
Next year's game in London will be played in December, although the exact date and additional details will be announced in January. The Kentucky-led team won all eight of its games to win the gold medal.
The arrangements include the universities trading games against one another on campus (known as a home-and-home series) in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons, according to four people with direct knowledge of the agreements.
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MI has been one of the most successful programs over the last 10-plus seasons.
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, who attended Kentucky and played two seasons for current MI coach Juwan Howard when Howard was a Heat assistant, told MLive this summer that he believed Howard was trying to schedule Kentucky.
United Kingdom leads the all-time series with MI 5-2.
The Wildcats traveled to Puerto Rico in November 1998 for the San Juan Shootout (UK went 2-1 during the three-game trip), defeated Cleveland State and Stanford in Mexico in the Cancun Challenge in November 2009 and most recently beat Arizona State in the Bahamas in November 2016.
The trip to Europe will mark Michigan's fifth time playing outside the US, with the four previous occurrences being the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas this year and in 2015, the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic in 1997-98, the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands in 2002-03 and the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in 2013-14. When Howard was a player at MI, his Wolverines beat Kentucky in a 1993 national semifinal. Kentucky won 112-104 on December 20, 1968, in the UK Invitational Tournament. The series is tied 1-1 in Lexington, but the Wildcats lead MI 2-0 in Ann Arbor and 2-1 at neutral sites.