What's On In London
London
Plan your stay
What's on in London
03 Apr

Chelsea Physic Garden

This event ends on: 02/11/2018

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.

25 Apr

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

This event ends on: 15/09/2018

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: Hamlet, As You Like It, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter’s Tale, Othello and Love’s Labour’s Lost.   More details.

17 May

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

This event ends on: 09/09/2018

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 are: Peter Pan, The Turn of the Screw, As You Like It, Little Shop of Horrors and Dinosaur World Live.  More details.

29 May

Opera Holland Park

This event ends on: 28/07/2018

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 Traviata, Così fan tutte , Ariadne auf Naxos and Isabeau (Mascagni). More details.

12 Jun

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

This event ends on: 19/08/2018

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.

20 Jun

London International Fine Art & Antiques Fair

This event ends on: 27/07/2018

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.

13 Jul

The Proms

This event ends on: 08/09/2018

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.

23 Jul

Tours of The Houses of Parliament

This event ends on: 16/09/2018

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.

07 Aug

The Great British Beer Festival

This event ends on: 11/08/2018

Imagine taking a trip around all the very best pubs, not only in Britain but across Europe and the United States. This year’s festival is a cornucopia of fantastic brews from around the world and will host over 900 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries. There will also have a selection of popular wine and gin for you to sample as well as the chance to sample some fantastic London street food and listen to live music. More details.

25 Aug

Notting Hill Carnival

This event ends on: 27/08/2018

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: 30/09/2018

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.

22 Sep

London Open House

This event ends on: 23/09/2018

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.

05 Nov

Bonfire Night

This event ends on: 05/11/2018

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.

10 Nov

The Lord Mayor’s Show

This event ends on: 10/11/2018

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: 14/11/2018

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: 04/01/2019

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

01 Dec

Traditional English Pantomimes

This event ends on: 06/01/2019

Traditional Christmas Pantomimes. Enjoyed by children and adults alike, the Christmas pantomime is an integral part of an English Christmas. More details.