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02 Apr

Chelsea Physic Garden

This event ends on: 31/10/2017

Grade 1 Listed and the oldest botanic garden in London, the Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1673 for its apprentices to study the “physic” or healing arts , actually the medicinal qualities of plants. The Garden became one of the world’s most important centres of botany and plant exchange.

Tucked away beside the Thames, the Garden continues to be a celebration of the beauty and importance of plants.

22 Apr

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

This event ends on: 01/10/2017

Sam Wanamaker’s faithful reconstruction of the Globe Theatre was opened by HM the Queen in June 1997. Here you experience Shakespeare’s plays in the round and in the open air – just as it was over 500 years ago – a unique experience! Among this year’s Shakespeare plays are: Romeo And Juliet, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear. Public booking opens 10.00am 30 January 2017.  More details.

10 May

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

This event ends on: 16/09/2017

Regent’s Park has a long association with drama, there have been performances in the park since 1900, although this theatre wasn’t erected until 1932.  With a capacity of over 1000 this venue is popular for musical and theatrical performances. A delightful and informal venue, it’s ideal for families. This year’s productions are: On The Town, A Tale Of Two Cities, Oliver Twist and Jesus Christ Superstar.  More details.

13 May

Pink Floyd Exhibition

This event ends on: 01/10/2017

The first international retrospective of one of the world’s most iconic and influential bands. Experience a spectacular and unparalleled audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd’s unique and extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 1960s through to the present day. More details.

23 May

The Chelsea Flower Show

This event ends on: 27/05/2017

This is one of the events of the year – not just for garden enthusiasts but for socialites and anyone who loves beautiful things. See the very best in modern garden design, themed gardens, extravagant plantings, plus outdoor furniture and greenhouses. On the last day, there’s the opportunity to buy some of the magnificent exhibits. More details.

01 Jun

Opera Holland Park

This event ends on: 29/07/2017

This is a much loved London institution. Opera Holland Park performances take place under a large, futuristic, “big top” canopy; you may need a coat on a colder evening but at least you are guaranteed to be dry! It’s informal, ideal for families and fun. It’s affordable and the opera is good too! This year the productions include: La Rondine (Puccini), Don Giovanin (Mozart), Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček), Zazà (Leoncavallo) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Will Todd). Tickets on sale from 30 Jaunuary 2017 – book quickly, the tickets go very fast! More details.

02 Jun

Royal Salutes

This event ends on: 11/06/2017

2 June, 10 June and 11 June Royal Salutes to mark Coronation Day, the birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s official birthday. A 41 gun royal salute fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park at 12:00 noon and a 62-gun royal salute fired by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London at 1:00pm. More details.

02 Jun

The Derby

This event ends on: 03/06/2017

There are two major horseracing events that take place just outside London. The Derby is a race for three year olds run at Epsom. It’s one of the oldest – and greatest, horse races in the world. Nowadays it is a two day Friday/Saturday festival, with Friday designated “Ladies Day” – an excuse to dress up in their finest frocks and sport their most colourful hats. More details.

03 Jun

Queen’s Birthday Parade – first rehearsal

This event ends on: 03/06/2017

The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour), first rehearsal (Major General’s review). This is a colourful ceremony and parade with music, pageantry and the massed bands and troops of the Household Division, to celebrate the official birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. The parade starts at 11.00am. and lasts approximately one hour. This is the first rehearsal with the Major General commanding the Household Division taking the salute. Tickets (free) are available to the public – applications before 28 February 2017. More details.

10 Jun

Queen’s Birthday Parade – second rehearsal

This event ends on: 10/06/2017

The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour), second rehearsal (The Colonel’s Review). As on 3 June with the Household Division’s Colonel of the Regiment taking the salute. Tickets (£10) are available to the public – applications before 28 February 2017. More details.

12 Jun

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

This event ends on: 20/08/2017

Held annually since the Royal Academy’s foundation in 1768, the Summer Exhibition is a unique celebratory showcase for art of all styles and media, encompassing paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, architectural models, film, and artist’s books. Historically, the exhibition has also provided an opportunity for Royal Academicians, many of whom are internationally renowned, to show their work. Many of the works are for sale – they range in price from under £100 for a limited edition print to many thousands for major oils and sculptures. More details.

14 Jun

Beating Retreat

This event ends on: 15/06/2017

This is a musical spectacle of sound and colour. On two successive evenings London’s famous Horse Guards Parade resounds to the stirring sounds of the Massed Bands of the Household Division as they perform the ceremony of Beating Retreat – one of the major spectacles in the capital’s ceremonial calendar. The event starts at 6:30pm with the salute being taken by Her Majesty The Queen or another member of the royal family. Tickets are available NOW. More details.

17 Jun

Open Garden Squares Weekend

This event ends on: 18/06/2017

From the iron-fenced residential parks of west London to the landscaped churchyards of the City, hundreds of garden squares play a vital part in maintaining London’s status as one of Europe’s greenest cities. Open Garden Squares Weekend is a celebration of London’s Open Spaces. One weekend ticket provides access to numerous gardens and squares in London not usually open to the public. Other parks and gardens put on special events, such as jazz bands, all contributing to that festive atmosphere! More details

20 Jun

Royal Ascot

This event ends on: 24/06/2017

Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £5.5milllion in prize money.

In 2013, The Queen watched her horse, Estimate, triumph in the Gold Cup. A dedicated racehorse owner, she has attended every Royal Meeting during her reign and the Royal Procession is always an iconic moment to herald the start of every raceday.

Anticipated and revered, these five days are made for socialising. Long seen as a spectacle of fashion and style, they are referenced the world over. Each year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe, yet to experience it in person is something altogether more special. If you want to see a quintessentially English event – this is it. More details.

22 Jun

London International Fine Art & Antiques Fair

This event ends on: 02/07/2017

Held at the height of London’s Summer Season this is London’s largest art and antique fair. The fair attracts thousands of private buyers, discerning curators, interior designers, and devotees from all over the world. More details.

03 Jul

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

This event ends on: 16/07/2017

This is the only remaining Grand Slam Lawn Tennis tournament to be played on grass. It attracts top players from all over the world. Tickets are allocated by ballot – applications must be sent by post prior to 31 December – but there are always a small number available on the day by queuing at the All England Club. More details.

The Wimbledon museum is open year round and a visit can include a tour of the grounds – a must for tennis enthusiasts. More details.

04 Jul

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

This event ends on: 09/07/2017

The magnificent setting of Hampton Court Palace is a sumptuous backdrop for the world’s largest annual flower show. Packed with ideas on how to grow your own, nurture the environment and to make the most of your garden, the show combines quality, innovation and creativity, featuring spectacular show gardens and horticultural exhibitors. More details.

14 Jul

The Proms

This event ends on: 09/09/2017

The BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts are one of the worlds great music festivals, these concerts began over 100 years ago so that everyone would have access to quality classical music – even today there are low-priced tickets for each of the 70+ performances, held in the historic Royal Albert Hall. Details of concerts are announced in early April. More details when available.

17 Jul

Tours of The Houses of Parliament

This event ends on: 17/09/2017

From mid July to early September (dates to be confirmed), and on most Saturdays throughout the year. Guided tour of the Houses of Parliament on Saturdays throughout the year and on selected weekdays during Parliamentary recesses (the long recess is during August and September). The tours includes the Chambers of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The tour includes: Queen’s Robing Room – Royal Gallery – Prince’s Chamber – House of Lords Chamber – Peers’ Lobby and Corridor – Central Lobby – Commons Corridor and “No” lobby – House of Commons Chamber – St Stephen’s Hall – Westminster Hall – New Palace Yard. Tours take about 75 minutes. More details.

04 Aug

IAAF World Championships

This event ends on: 13/08/2017

Over four magical weeks, the world’s top athletes will bring the roar back to the iconic stadium that saw Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jonnie Peacock sprint to glory.

And it won’t just be the athletes setting new records…  London 2017 is also the first time that the IAAF World Championships and the World ParaAthletics Championships will be held in the same summer, in the same city.  That means 245 events over 20 days of sporting drama, 3,300 athletes from around the globe, and one golden opportunity for you to be part of the action – and history in the making. And all eyes will be on Usain Bolt as this will be his last competitive race. More details.

08 Aug

The Great British Beer Festival

This event ends on: 12/08/2017

The Great British Beer Festival has celebrated 30 years of being Britain’s biggest and best beer festival. Also known as the Biggest Pub in the World, the festival plays host to a some 500 beers, lagers, ciders and perries from the UK and around the world at London Olympia. More details.

27 Aug

Notting Hill Carnival

This event ends on: 28/08/2017

Europe’s biggest street party; after Rio de Janeiro it’s the second largest in the world. The festivities started as a local affair set up by the West Indian immigrants of the area and has become a full-blooded Caribbean carnival, attracting millions of people from all around the world. There are scores of massive ‘sound systems’, many spectacular floats and steel drum bands. Additionally, to keep you well fed, there are hundreds of stalls lining the streets selling all sorts of food and drink including Caribbean specialities. The Main Parade is on the bank holiday Monday. More details when available.

16 Sep

London Open House

This event ends on: 17/09/2017

Some 650 varied buildings – from government buildings to private houses and apartments – normally barred to the public, are opened on an entirely free basis. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the capitals architectural gems normally hidden from public eyes. More details when available.

05 Nov

Bonfire Night

This event ends on: 05/11/2017

Bonfires are lit and there are fireworks displays all over London (and the UK) to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up James I and his Parliament. The plot’s most famous conspirator, Guy Fawkes, (“The Guy”) is burned as an effigy. Although the official anniversary is on the 5th, bonfires and firework displays start up to 2 weeks before and go on for a week after the actual date. More details.

11 Nov

The Lord Mayor’s Show

This event ends on: 11/11/2017

The Lord Mayor’s Show – the inauguration of the new Lord Mayor of the City of London. The first Lord Mayor’s Show was held in 1215 when King John’s Charter stipulated that the new Lord Mayor must swear an oath of allegiance to the King and also to literally ‘show’ himself to the people. Since then only major disasters such as the Black Death have stopped the Show. The Lord Mayor’s procession winds through nearly 800 years of London’s history, marching unscathed through everything from the black death to the blitz. From 1422 and for centuries after, it travelled down the River Thames – hence the term ‘floats’, and there followed a time when the Lord Mayor rode on horseback. Since 1757 however, Lord Mayors have travelled in the famous ceremonial gold coach. In the 21st century, it’s a day out for half a million people, with 3 million more watching on television. More details.

14 Nov

Royal Salute – Prince of Wales Birthday

This event ends on: 14/11/2017

Royal Salute to mark, the birthday of Pince Charles, The Prince of Wales (and heir to the throne). A 41 gun royal salute fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park at 12:00 noon and a 62-gun royal salute fired by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London at 1:00pm. More details.

01 Dec

London Christmas Lights

This event ends on: 04/01/2018

London’s famous shopping streets, Regent Street, Oxford Street and Bond Street are all magically lit for the festive season.