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Regent Street Summer Streets

Regent Street

Dates: 1st to 22nd July 2018


Ocean Liners: Speed & Style

Victoria and Albert Museum

Dates: 3rd February to 12th June 2018


RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Hampton Court Palace

Dates: 2nd to 8th Jul 2018


Wimbledon Championships 2018


Dates: 2nd to 15th July 2018


British Summer Time Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Dates: 6th to 14th July 2018


Pride in London Parade

Trafalgar Square

Dates: Saturday 7th July 2018


River Stage Festival

National Theatre

Dates: 13th July to 12th August 2018


Summer Opening of the State Rooms

Buckingham Palace

Dates: 21st July to 30th September 2018


RideLondon FreeCycle

The Mall

Dates: Saturday 28th July 2018


Hampton Court Palace Food Festival

Hampton Court Palace

Dates: 25th, 26th and 27th August 2018


Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill

Dates: 26th and 27th August 2018


Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy

Tate Modern

Dates: 8th March to 9th September 2018


Joan Jonas

Tate Modern

Dates: 14th March to 5th August 2018


Tate Britain Commission: Anthea Hamilton

Tate Britain

Dates: 22nd March to 7th October 2018



Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,

Dates: 8th September 2018 to 24th February 2019


The Great River Race

River Thames

Dates: Saturday 8th September 2018



Blackheath Common

Dates: 8th and 9th September 2018


Renzo Piano

Royal Academy of Arts

Dates: 15th September 2018 to 20th January 2019


The London Design Festival

Various Venues

Dates: 15th to 23rd September 2018


Fashioned From Nature

Victoria and Albert Museum

Dates: 21st April 2018 to 27th January 2019


Open House London

Various Venues

Dates: 22nd and 23rd September 2018


Turner Prize 2018

Tate Britain

Dates: 25th September 2018 to 6th January 2019


Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Tate Modern

Dates: 2nd May to 14th October 2018



Royal Academy of Arts

Dates: 29th September to 10th December 2018


The Future Starts Here

Victoria and Albert Museum

Dates: 12th May to 4th November 2018


Mantegna and Bellini

National Gallery

Dates: 1st October 2018 to 27th January 2019


Aftermath: Art In The Wake Of World War One

Tate Britain

Dates: 5th June to 16th September 2018


BFI London Film Festival

BFI Southbank

Dates: 10th to 21st October 2018


The O2 Arena

Dates: 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th Oct 2018


Thomas Cole's Journey

National Gallery

Dates: 11th June to 7th October 2018


Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire

National Gallery

Dates: 11th June to 7th October 2018


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Royal Academy

Dates: 12th June to 19th August 2018


The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition

Royal Academy of Arts

Dates: 12th June to 19th August 2018


The Lord Mayor's Show

City of London

Dates: Saturday 10th November 2018


Frida Kahlo's Wardrobe

Victoria and Albert Museum

Dates: 16th June to 4th November 2018


Michael Jackson: On the Wall

National Portrait Gallery

Dates: 28th June to 21st October 2018


London Annual Festivals and Events


There are a large number of Festivals and Events in London throughout the year from the excitement of firework displays the the musical extravaganza of the Proms.

Many of the festivals and events are free to attend and present a year long celebration of the remarkable diversity of the capital.


New Year's Day Parade – 1st January


The London New Year’s Day Parade has grown considerably from its origins in 1987.The Parade offers an eclectic mix of pageantry, marching bands and contributions from some of the London Boroughs. Over 8,500 performers representing 20 countries world-wide assemble for the Parade.


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Chinese New Year – January/February 


Taking in some of London’s most famous areas including Leicester Square, Charing Cross Road, Chinatown and Trafalgar Square, London’s Chinese New Year festivities are the biggest outside Asia. Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar.


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St Patrick's Day Parade – March 


Thousands of people join together to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the heart of central London. This popular annual event brings the best of Irish culture and a packed programme of great entertainment to Trafalgar Square.The whole day is a celebration of all things Irish.


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London Marathon – April


The London Marathon is unique among international sporting events in that ordinary people can compete with the best in the world, and over 35,000 people run the Marathon course of 26.2 miles.The first London Marathon was held in 1981 and thousands of spectators line the course every year.


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Chelsea Flower Show – May


The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital, London every year since 1913, apart from the two World Wars. The title of Britain’s largest flower show has now been overtaken by RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, but the Chelsea Show is still considered the most prestigious.


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Trooping the Colour – June


This military ceremony dates back to the early eighteenth century but follows earlier traditions.

Since 1748, this parade has also marked the Sovereign’s official birthday. From the reign of Edward VII onwards, the Sovereign has taken the salute in person at Trooping the Colour.


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Epsom Derby – June


The Epsom Derby is one of the oldest and Britain’s richest horse race. It has been run at the Epsom Downs for over 230 years except for the war years. Run over a distance of one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards, and due to the difficulty of the undulations of the racecourse is considered the ultimate test for horse and jockey.


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Wimbledon Tennis Championships – June/July


The Wimbledon Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered one of the most famous. It has been held at the All England Club in London since 1877, Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam still played on grass.


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BBC Proms - July


The BBC Proms is one of the largest global classical music festivals with over 90 concerts as well as a number of other events. Proms were originally ‘promenade concerts.’ These were outdoor music performances during which the audience could walk (or ‘promenade’) around. The first Proms concert took place on 10 August 1895.


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Notting Hill Carnival – August


The Notting Hill Carnival was created as a response to the Notting Hill riots in 1958, A Caribbean Carnival was held in 1959. By the 1970s, the festival had become distinctly Caribbean in flavour. Over the last 20 years it has grown into one of the biggest carnivals in the world and an important date in the London Events calendar.


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Thames Festival – September


The Thames Festival celebrates London’s river throughout the month of September with an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events. In 2015, the festival drew 2.7 million people to 134 events which celebrates the Thames and the many different ways London’s residents and visitors connect with the river.


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London Film Festival – October


The BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s most established film festivals. For over 60 years, The festival has celebrated a rich and diverse programme of international films, events and talks with leading lights of the international film and creative industries.


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Lord Mayor's Show – November


The Lord Mayor’s show is one of oldest civic pageants in the world. It began in 1215, when King John allowed the Mayor of London to become one of the first elected offices in the modern world.It is the connection between the modern and the ancient that makes the show a strange mixture of pageant and spectacle with weird and wonderful costumes and vehicles.


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New Year's Eve Celebrations - 31st December


One of the highlights of New Year’s Eve is the spectacular London New Year’s Eve Fireworks display. Centred around the London Eye, the display is famous around the world. When midnight strikes, Big Ben’s famous bells ring out before the UK’s largest annual fireworks display.


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