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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
London Games Festival
Beasts of London
Feast of St George
Merce Cunningham: Night of 100 Solos
Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races.
From 19 April 2019 to 22 April 2019
Sadler's Wells Family Weekend
RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 21 to 25 May.
London Craft Week 8-12 May
Museums at Night festival 15-18 May
Photo London. 16-19 May
FINA Diving World Series at London Aquatics Centre
From 17 May 2019 to 19 May 2019
London Wine Week May
State Opening of Parliament May
Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
From 24 May 2019 to 13 October 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, 30 May-14 Jul
Women's FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium
FA Cup final
Belgravia in Bloom
All Points East
Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade
Trooping the Colour
Open Squares Weekend. 8-9 Jun
London Tech Week
From 10 June 2019 to 16 June 2019
Father's Day in London - 16 Jun
Masterpiece London. 27 Jun-3 Jul
Taste of London festival
West End LIVE
Pride in London
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
Royal Ascot 18-22 Jun
London Festival of Architecture
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Field Day 2019
Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
BP Portrait Award
Live At Chelsea
Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House
Taste of London
Pride in London festival
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace
British Summer Time
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.
Muller Anniversary Games
at London Stadium - 20-21 Jul
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Prudential RideLondon festival
Notting Hill Carnival
Film4 Summer Screen
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final
at Wembley Stadium - 4 Aug
London Craft Beer Festival
South West Four
Mamma Mia! The Party
London Design Festival
London Fashion Week Festival
Open House London festival.
Last Night of the Proms
BBC Proms in the Park
Pub in the Park
Open House London
Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival