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.
Dates: 10th May to 10th September 2017
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum
Dates: 13th May to 1st October 2017
Dates: 19th to 29th May 2017
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Dates: 23rd to 27th May 2017
Beyond the Great Wave
Dates: 25th May to 13th August 2017
Football - FA Cup final
27th May 2017
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum,
Dates: 27th May 2017 to 18th February 2018
Cricket - Champions Trophy
Dates: 1st to 18th June 2017
London Food Month
Dates: 1st to 30th June 2017
Twickenham Stoop Stadium
Dates: 3rd June 2017
Dates: 3rd June 2017
Festival of Love
Dates: 3rd June to 28th August 2017
Dates: 6th June to 8th October 2017
Polo in the Park
9th to 11th June 2017
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Royal Academy of Arts
Dates: 12th June to 20th August 2017
Taste of London 2017
14th to 18th June 2017
Dates: 20th to 24th June 2017
Perfume: A Sensory Journey
Dates: 21st June to 17th September 2017
BP Portrait Award 2017
National Portrait Gallery
Dates: 22nd June to 24th September 2017
West End LIVE
24th to 25th June 2017
Dates: 29th Jun, 30th Jun, 1st Jul and 2nd Jul 2017
British Summer Time Hyde Park
Dates: 30th Jun to 6th Jul 2017
3rd to 16th July 2017
Pride in London
Hampton Court Flower Show
4th to 9th July 2017
IPC World ParaAthletics
14th to 23rd July
The 2017 BBC Proms
Royal Albert Hall
14th July to 9th September 2017
Athletics - World Championships
4th to 13th August 2017
6th August 2017
Festival of Race Walks
13th August 2017
Challenge Cup Final
26th August 2017
Notting Hill Carnival
27th to 28th August 2017
BBC Proms in the Park
9th September 2017
Open House London
16th and 17th September 2017
Pearly Harvest Festival
24th September 2014