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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Coming Soon

Impressionists in London

Tate Britain

From 2 November 2017 to 7 May 2018


Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

From 4 November 2017 to 24 February 2018


Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Oxford Street

From 7 November 2017 to 6 January 2018


Red Star Over Russia

Tate Modern

Dates: 8th November 2017 to 18th February 2018


Carnaby Christmas Lights

Carnaby Street

From 9 November 2017 to 6 January 2018


Southbank Centre's Winter Festival

Southbank Centre

Dates: 10th November 2017 to 4th January 2018


Christmas in Leicester Square

Leicester Square

Dates: 10 Nov-07 Jan


Venom: Killer and Cure

Natural History Museum

From 10 November 2017 to 13 May 2018


Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland

National Gallery

Dates: 15th November 2017 to 4th February 2018


Skate At Somerset House

Somerset House

Dates: 15th November 2017 to 14th January 2018


Regent Street Christmas Lights

Regent Street

Dates: 16th November to 31st December 2017


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

National Portrait Gallery

Dates: 16th November 2017 to 8th February 2018


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park

Dates: 17th November 2017 to 1st January 2018


Tower of London Ice Rink


From 17 November 2017 to 2 January 2018


Hamleys Toy Parade

Regent Street

Dates: 19th November 2017


Christmas at Kew


Dates: 22nd November 2017 to 1st January 2018



Tate Modern

Dates: 23rd November 2017 to 2nd April 2018


Winterville on Clapham Common

Clapham Common

23 Nov-01 Jan


Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Hampton Court

From 24 November 2017 to 7 January 2018


Greenwich Winter Time Festival

Old Royal Naval College

Dates: 1st to 31st December 2017


Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols

Trafalgar Square

Dates: 1st December 2017 to 4th January 2018


Charles II: Art and Power

The Queen’s Gallery

From 8 December 2017 to 13 May 2018


ABBA: Super Troupers

Southbank Centre

Dates: 14th December 2017 to 29th April 2018


A Vintage New Year's Eve Party

Southbank Centre

Dates: Sunday 31st December 2017


London New Year's Eve Fireworks 2017

London Eye

Dates: Sunday 31st December 2017


New Year's Day Parade

Central London

1st January 2018


London Short Film Festival

Various Locations

5-14 January 2018


London Boat Show

ExCeL London

10-14 January 2018


The London Art Fair

Business Design Centre

17-21 January 2018


Lumiere London

Various Locations

18-21 Jan January 2018


Burns Night in London

Various Locations

25 January 2018


El Greco To Goya: Spanish Masterpieces

Wallace Collection

Until 7 January 2018


Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia

British Museum

Until 14 January 2018


Rachel Whiteread

Tate Britain

Until 21 January 2018


Ilya And Emilia Kabakov

Tate Modern

Until 28 January 2018


Basquiat: Boom for Real

Barbican Art Gallery

Until 28 January 2018



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