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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


April 2019



London Games Festival


Beasts of London


Power UP


Feast of St George


Vaisakhi Festival


Merce Cunningham: Night of 100 Solos


Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races.


Easter Weekend

From 19 April 2019 to 22 April 2019


London Marathon


Sadler's Wells Family Weekend



May 2019



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


Take That


Canalway Cavalcade


Belgravia in Bloom


Secret Rivers


All Points East



June 2019



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



July 2019



Pride in London festival


RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


Art Night

 

BBC Proms


Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace


Lovebox


British Summer Time


Summer Series

 

Summer Streets


Underbelly Festival


Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.


Muller Anniversary Games

at London Stadium - 20-21 Jul


ICC Cricket World Cup 2019


Prudential RideLondon festival



August 2019



Notting Hill Carnival


Film4 Summer Screen


Kids Week


BBC Proms 


Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final

at Wembley Stadium - 4 Aug


Prudential RideLondon


London Craft Beer Festival


South West Four


Mamma Mia! The Party



September 2019



Totally Thames


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


Antony Gormley


Open House London

 

Tim Walker


Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival