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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.

14 Apr

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

This event ends on: 04/10/2020

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! This year’s offerings are all about love: Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and Antony &  Cleopatra.  Public booking opens on 19 February.  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.

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.

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 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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