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08 Jan

London International Mime Festival

This event ends on: 02/02/2020

London International Mime Festival. From aerial acrobatics to psychedelic puppetry, London’s annual celebration of contemporary visual theatre provides eye-popping entertainment in various venues across the capital. Now in its 44th year, the festival brings together talented performers from across the globe. More details.

25 Jan

Chelsea Physic Garden

This event ends on: 18/12/2020

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, and is one of London’s hidden treaures.

26 Jan

Chinese New Year Celebrations

This event ends on: 26/01/2020

Chinese New Year.  Celebrate the Year of the Rat with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. Join London’s celebrations with colourful parades, performances and displays in and around Chinatown and London’s West End. In 2020, the London celebrations are taking place on 26 January, which is the Sunday following the date of the Chinese New Year (25 January).

06 Feb

Queen’s Accession Gun Salute

This event ends on: 06/02/2020

Queen’s Accession 41 Gun Salute. Queen Elizabeth came to the throne (aged 25) on 6 February 1952, the date when her father King George the Sixth died. The anniversary of the Queen’s accession is heralded by 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.

12 Mar

The Affordable Art Fair

This event ends on: 15/03/2020

The Affordable Art Fair. With everything for sale between £50 and £6,000, and paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography all on show, a day out at the fair is the easiest and most enjoyable way to view and buy art. More details.

18 Mar

Chelsea Antiques Fair

This event ends on: 20/03/2020

Chelsea Antiques Fair. Established in 1950, so now in its 70th year! Chelsea was originally among the highlights of the social season, alongside Chelsea Flower Show. It offers a Boutique style, of intimate elegance in the fine Old Town Hall, built in 1906 in 17th Century style. Small and relaxed, the 45 odd exhibitors are delighted to chat with visitors, impart their knowledge and discuss collecting in all its forms. There is something to suit all budgets. More details.

27 Mar

The Ideal Home Show

This event ends on: 13/04/2020

For over 100 years the Ideal Home Show has been helping to transform British Homes. From kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, from fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest gadgets, plus fashion, beauty and gifts, you’ll find it all under one roof at this award-winning show. More details.

29 Mar

The Boat Race

This event ends on: 29/03/2020

World famous Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge, first held in 1829. The 4 ¼ mile Thames course from Putney to Mortlake is over three times as long as the Olympic course. This is as British a sporting occasion as you will ever see as the two university crews battle it out to the roars of the crowds lining the river banks. Cambridge men lead the series with 84 victories to Oxford’s 80, with one dead-heat in 1877. Cambridge women lead Oxford 44 to 30. The Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. More details.

11 Apr

Easter Weekend

This event ends on: 14/04/2020

Easter bunnies, Easter egg hunts and special Easter holiday offers… It must be Easter in London! More details.

21 Apr

Queen’s Birthday 41 Gun Royal Salute

This event ends on: 21/04/2020

41 Gun Royal Salute to mark the real birthday of The Queen (rather than her “official” birthday which is in June). 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.

26 Apr

The London Marathon

This event ends on: 26/04/2020

The London Marathon is one of the great sporting events of the year. The 26-mile race through the streets of London attracts runners from all over the world, as well as those running for fun or charities. More details.

16 May

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

This event ends on: 06/09/2020

Regent’s Park theatre 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 include: 101 Dalmatians, Romeo and Juliet, Carousel and Dragons and Mythical Beasts.  More details.

19 May

The Chelsea Flower Show

This event ends on: 23/05/2020

The Chelsea Flower Show 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.

30 May

Queen’s Birthday Parade – first rehearsal

This event ends on: 30/05/2020

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 (£5) are available to the public – applications before 29 February 2020. More details.

02 Jun

Opera Holland Park

This event ends on: 08/08/2020

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: Eugene Onegin, Rigoletto, The Merry Widow, Margot la Rouge / Le Villi, The Pirates of Penzance and The Royal Ballet School, Summer Performances. More details.

02 Jun

Royal Salutes

This event ends on: 13/06/2020

2 June, 9 June and 13 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.

05 Jun

The Derby

This event ends on: 06/06/2020

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.

06 Jun

Queen’s Birthday Parade – second rehearsal

This event ends on: 06/06/2020

The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour), second rehearsal (The Colonel’s Review). As on 25 May with the Household Division’s Colonel of the Regiment taking the salute. Tickets (£10) are available to the public – applications before 29 February 2020. More details.

06 Jun

Open Garden Squares Weekend

This event ends on: 07/06/2020

For one very special weekend in June, London’s hidden green spaces open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery. 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

09 Jun

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

This event ends on: 16/08/2020

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.

A world-famous exhibition like no other, works by leading artists, Royal Academician’s and household names are displayed alongside emerging talent in the largest open submission exhibition in the world.  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.

10 Jun

Beating Retreat

This event ends on: 11/06/2020

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.

16 Jun

Royal Ascot

This event ends on: 20/06/2020

Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for millions of pounds in prize money (£7.3m in 2018). The Royal Meeting’s spectacular heritage, unlike any other, has made the event anticipated and revered the world over.

From the arrival of the Royal Procession at 2pm to the communal singing around the bandstand, with six top-class races between, each of the five days is unforgettable.

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.

18 Jun

London International Fine Art & Antiques Fair

This event ends on: 28/06/2020

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.

29 Jun

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

This event ends on: 12/07/2020

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.

07 Jul

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

This event ends on: 12/07/2020

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.

10 Jul

The Proms

This event ends on: 05/09/2020

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.

20 Jul

Tours of The Houses of Parliament

This event ends on: 15/09/2020

Guided tour of the Houses of Parliament, from mid July to early September (dates to be confirmed) and on most Saturdays throughout the year.  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.

15 Aug

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle

This event ends on: 15/08/2020

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in central London.

The event showcases the capital as part of a festival of cycling led by the Mayor of London’s office. More Details.

30 Aug

Notting Hill Carnival

This event ends on: 31/08/2020

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.

01 Sep

Totally Thames

This event ends on: 30/09/2020

A celebration of London’s river with amazing open air arts, pyrotechnics, illuminations, river events, street theatre, massed choirs and music. More details when available.

19 Sep

London Open House

This event ends on: 20/09/2020

Some 800 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.

01 Oct

London Restaurant Festival

This event ends on: 30/10/2020

Celebrate London’s eclectic food scene with the London Restaurant Festival. This month-long festival is a city-wide homage to great food in London, and the perfect excuse to try out some of the capital’s world-class restaurants. Enjoy a programme of food and drink events in London which includes specifically curated menus, restaurant hopping tours, movie nights and more! You can also enjoy great-value special menus at some of London’s neighbourhood eateries. More details when available.

31 Oct

The Regent Street Motor Show

This event ends on: 31/10/2020

Get up close to old-school classics alongside futuristic vehicles at the traffic-free Regent Street Motor Show 2020, as the largest free motor show in the UK pedestrianises the street all the way from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus. Showcasing years of motoring history, hundreds of vehicles go on display in the famous shopping street. Check out the latest sports cars and motorbikes, see classic automobiles dating back to the early 20th century and find out about the latest technologies. There’s something for everyone with lots of things to see and do including interactive displays and entertainment throughout the day from 10.30am until 4pm. It’s all completely free to view! More details when available.

05 Nov

Bonfire Night

This event ends on: 05/11/2020

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.

14 Nov

Royal Salute – Prince of Wales Birthday

This event ends on: 14/11/2020

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.

20 Nov

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2020

This event ends on: 03/01/2021

This free-to-enter family event is one of the best things to do in London at Christmas. Featuring a huge selection of festive entertainment and activities, from ice skating and circus shows to a Christmas market and live music, there’s enough fun things to do to fill a whole day and evening. More details.

01 Dec

London Christmas Lights

This event ends on: 03/01/2021

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

14 Dec

London International Horse Show

This event ends on: 20/12/2020

The seven-day extravaganza will include three FEI World Cup events in Dressage, Jumping and Driving, all of which will feature the world’s best equestrian athletes. As well as watching the arena action, spectators will have the chance to visit the extensive Shopping Village at Olympia which boasts over 250 shops, showcasing the latest equestrian and lifestyle fashion, design and innovation. Whether it be riding clothing, equipment or luxury products such as jewellery and home décor, the Shopping Village at Olympia will have it. The iconic Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment will be performing daily, demonstrating remarkable horsemanship and impeccable precision and coordination. More details.

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