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Sadler's Wells Sampled

Sadler's Wells Theatre,

Dates: Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd February 2018


Ocean Liners: Speed & Style

Victoria and Albert Museum

Dates: 3rd February to 12th June 2018


Imagine Children's Festival

Southbank Centre

Dates: 7th to 18th February 2018


Flamenco Festival London

Sadler's Wells

Dates: 14th to 25th February 2018


The London Classic Car Show

ExCeL London

Dates: 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Feb 2018


London's Chinese New Year

Trafalgar Square

Dates: Sunday 18th February 2018


The London Bike Show

ExCeL London

Dates: 23rd, 24th and 25th February 2018


Murillo: The Self Portraits

National Gallery

Dates: 24th February to 21st May 2018


Another Kind Of Life: Photography On The Margins

Barbican Centre

Dates: 28th February to 27th May 2018


All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

Tate Britain

Dates: 28th February to 27th August 2018


Women of the World Festival

Southbank Centre

Dates: 7th to 11th Mar 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


Oxford v Cambridge Boat Races

Putney and Fulham

Dates: 24th March 2018


Sadler's Wells Family Weekend

Sadler's Wells

Dates: Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2018


The Passion of Jesus

Trafalgar Square

Dates: Friday 30th March 2018


Monet and Architecture

National Gallery

Dates: 9th April to 29th July 2018


Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

Somerset House

Dates: 20th April to 6th May 2018


Fashioned From Nature

Victoria and Albert Museum

Dates: 21st April 2018 to 27th January 2019


Virgin London Marathon


Dates: Sunday 22nd April 2018


Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

British Museum

Dates: 26th April to 29th July 2018


Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Tate Modern

Dates: 2nd May to 14th October 2018


Canalway Cavalcade

Little Venice

Dates: 5th, 6th and 7th May 2018


The Future Starts Here

Victoria and Albert Museum

Dates: 12th May to 4th November 2018


RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Dates: 22nd to 26th May 2018


Aftermath: Art In The Wake Of World War One

Tate Britain

Dates: 5th June to 16th September 2018


Open Garden Squares Weekend

Various Venues

Dates: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018

Trooping the Colour

Horse Guards Parade

Dates: Saturday 9th June 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


Taste of London

Regent's Park

Dates: 13th to 17th Jun 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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