London, What's On – Reviews, Venues & Information



London knows how to party. Each and every month of the year the city is brimming with annual events, festivals, parties, races, fairs, ceremonies, parades, and fireworks. Londoners just seem to know how to get the best out of their city.

The year starts with a bang with a giant parade on January 1 and then continues with stellar events from there on. Jazz Fest, Film Fest, Art Fair, Wimbledon, gardening shows in Bloomsbury and Chelsea. Heck, there's even a festival dedicated to mimes! The year rounds out with plenty of Christmas celebrations — Trafalgar is Noel Central with a giant tree shipped in from Oslo. To discover what's on when you're there as well as the most fun activities, be sure to read our updated monthly guides, using these links —

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Springtime in London

Springtime in London

March Events in London
  • HEAD OF THE RIVER RACE
    It's London's longest running sporting event! Hundreds of crews from around the world compete on the river Thames in an historic boating race. The race was created in 1921 to give crews a reward at the winter training season.
    • March 19, 2017
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  • C2C – COUNTRY TO COUNTRY
    That's right, it's a country music festival in London and it's immensely popular, drawing in 50,000 fans over three three-day event. Past headliners have included Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and our close personal friend, Dwight Yoakam.
    • March 10 to 12, 2017
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  • ST PATRICK'S DAY
    It's a big party as 150,000 gather for London's St Patrick's Day Parade with floats, marching bands, Irish dancing, and lots of green beer. The parade jigs its way from Piccadilly, to Whitehall. The festivities continue in Trafalgar Square with Irish events & ceilidhs.
    • Sunday, March 19, 2017
    Irish Centre Website
What's On in April
  • LONDON MARATHON
    Join 36,000 other runners & walkers along the 26.2-mile (42.2km) marathon route that travels from Greenwich, crosses the river at Tower Bridge, past the London Eye, the Tower of London, and a splendid finish at Buckingham Palace.
    • April 23, 2017
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  • SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY AT THE GLOBE THEATRE
    Celebrate Will's birthday at the (reconstructed) theatre where it all began. The Globe Theatre exhibition is open to visit free of charge. For a small fee, you can also see classic Shakespeare films at the Globe!
    • Sunday, April 18, 2017
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  • FEAST OF ST GEORGE
    Organized by the Mayor of London, the Feast of St George is officially celebrated on April 23. The feast features traditional English fare with fun events. FYI: St George is the patron saint of England, famous for the legend of him slaying the dragon. In Trafalgar Square.
    • April 23
    Mayor of London Events Website
Things to Do in London in May
  • CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
    Experience the world's greatest flower show! See beautiful gardens and discover emerging gardening trends from leading horticulturalists.
    • May 24 to 28, 2017
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  • REGENT'S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE
    The award-winning London event is very popular, with friends setting up picnic hampers on the lawn, sipping wine as the fairy lights twinkle in the trees. Over 140,000 people attend the four annual productions between May and September.
    • May to September
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  • MUSEUMS AT NIGHT
    Like Nuit Blanche in Paris, the London celebration pulls an all-nighter at museums and art galleries throughout the city. Museums at Night is a very popular activity for British art lovers.
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  • FA CUP FINAL
    It's the English Football Association league final. Pubs will be packed to the rafters as fans watch their favourite teams in action. If you can, try and get tickets or find a local pub and enjoy a pint and the spectacle.
    • Wembley Stadium
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  • London Wine Week
    Buy a £10 wristband and then enjoy self-guided wine tours, events, and tasting sessions across London. Local sommeliers will send you on on the trail to discover new grapes, cuvets, and vintages.
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Summer in London

Summer in London

June Events in London
  • GREENWICH & DOCKLANDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
    Ten days of free outdoor theatre, dance, and street arts. Parks, streets, and public spaces across East London are transformed.
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  • WIMBLEDON GRAND SLAM TENNIS
    For a fortnight every summer tennis fans gather for the popular Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. It's one of four annual Grand Slam tournaments and the only one played on grass. The first tournament was held in 1877.
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What's On in July
  • NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL
    The streets of West London come alive with Europe's biggest Caribbean festival! The first carnival was held it remains true to its Caribbean roots.
    • July 15 to September 2, 2016
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  • HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW
    Organized by the Royal Horticultural Society, this show features horticultural displays at the Royal Palace of Hampton Court. You'll see stunning floral displays.
    • July 5 to 10, 2016
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  • RIDE LONDON
    The annual festival of cycling was originally the Mayor of London's idea. Join fun family rides on closed roads in London. Professional cyclists will race in the RideLondon Surrey Classic and RideLondon Grand Prix.
    • July 30 to 31, 2016
    Website
Things to Do in London in August
  • GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL
    Could there be anything more British than a festival devoted to beer? Organized by the Campaign for Real Ale, sip and sample more than 900 ales, ciders, and beers. At the Olympia Exhibition Centre.
    • August 9 to 13, 2016
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  • FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN AT SOMERSET HOUSE
    Enjoy a movie under the stars! Set in the 18th-century courtyard at Somerset House, classic films are shown on a giant screen with full surround sound.
    • August 4 to 17, 2016
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Autumn in London

Autumn in London

September Events in London
  • TOTALLY THAMES ARTS FESTIVAL – TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
    London brings the river to life with a month-long celebration of art, music, family fun, walks, and boating events along the 42-mile stretch of river banks. The final night's lantern procession and the fireworks finale are a must-see!
    • September 1 to 30, 2016
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  • THE GREAT RIVER RACE
    It's a river-boat marathon race on the River Thames, from the Docklands to Surrey. Hundreds of crews compete, from professional athletes to amateurs. All-in-all a watery fun-filled day in London!
    • September 3, 2016
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What's On in October
  • BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL
    The festival celebrates the best of Bloomsbury district in a showcase for artists and academics, dancers and musicians. Performances are held in the streets, parks, museums, and galleries.
    • October 9 to 23, 2016
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  • LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
    See red carpet premieres from Hollywood movies, world cinema, to low budget indepedent films. There are also classes, seminars and workshops, all relating to the world of cinema.
    • October 5 to 16, 2016
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  • FRIEZE ART FAIR
    Contemporary art from 1,000 artists are on display in Regent's Park. The annual fair features leading international art dealers and galleries, and the artists they represent.
    • October 6 to 9, 2016
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Things to Do in London in November
  • REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY CEREMONY
    Held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, the Queen pays tribute along with the PM, Members of the Cabinet, the Mayor of London and other dignitaries.
    • November 13, 2016
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  • LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
    World-class artists and emerging new stars. The festival brings the best music to London. Many shows sell out in advance. Make sure you get your tickets early.
    • November 11 to 20, 2016
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  • LORD MAYOR'S SHOW AND FIREWORKS
    Don't miss the 801st (that's right, eight centuries) version of the celebration that welcomes the new Lord Mayor. Thousands of performers march, sing, and dance, dressed in costumes. The river pageant sets off near Westminster Bridge, and floats towards Tower Bridge and with a firework finale.
    • November 12, 2016
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Winter in London

Winter in London

December Events in London
  • CHRISTMAS IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE
    It's the heart of Christmas in London. Trafalgar Square is transformed with a 65-foot tall Norwegian spruce shipped from the forests outside of Oslo. The countdown to Christmas starts with the lighting of the tree in early December.
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  • WINTER WONDERLAND IN HYDE PARK
    It's a magical old-fashion Christmas with an ice kingdom with skating, restaurants and Santa Land.
    • Late November to early January
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  • CHAMPIONS TENNIS
    Watch the greatest tennis players at the Royal Albert Hall. In attendance will be Grand Slam Champions, former World Number 1's and tennis icons like John McEnroe, Pat Rafter and Tim Henman. At Royal Albert Hall.
    • November 30 to December 4, 2016
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What's On in January
  • NEW YEAR'S DAY PARADE
    The parade travels from Piccadilly and ends at Parliament Square in the late afternoon. The route includes Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, and Whitehall.
    • Noon, January 1, 2017
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  • INTERNATIONAL MIME FESTIVAL
    The Guardian newspaper calls this, "A festival where the most interesting work often has a metaphysical quality." It's a treasure-trove of Britain's best contemporary mime artists.
    • January to February, 2017
    Website
  • THE LONDON ART FAIR
    This is London's premier contemporary art fair. The fair presents the finest in modern British and international art.
    • January 18 to 22, 2017
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  • LONDON BOAT SHOW
    100,000 boat lovers gather at the 10-day event that features new and exciting trends in boat travel. You can actually get to the boat show via a boat! Visit the website for details.
    • January 6 to 15, 2017
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Things to Do in London in February
  • CHINESE NEW YEAR — THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
    Join the crowd that gathers on the West End to wish each other Happy New Year in Mandarin and Cantonese. Find out more about the event from the London Chinatown Chinese Association.
    • Saturday, January 28, 2017
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  • JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL
    Celebrate all things Viking! The 9-day event is inspired by Norse mythology and includes combat performances, crafts, lectures, music, and archaeological expert sessions. The festival is held in York ("York" = "Jorvik") with easy transportation from London.
    • February 20 to 28, 2017
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  • LONDON FASHION WEEK
    Organized by the British Fashion Council, Fashion Week is held twice a year, in September & February. Top international talent presents their collections to the press, buyers & photographers. A few events are open to us mere mortals.
    • February 17 to 21, 2017
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British Public Holidays 2017

  • January 1 – New Year's Day
  • April 14 – April 14
  • April 17 – Easter Monday
  • May 1 – Bank Holiday
  • May 29 – Spring Bank Holiday
  • August 28 – Summer Bank Holiday
  • December 25 – Christmas Day
  • December 26 – Boxing Day