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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


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