Free Must-See Event

  • Changing the Guard

    Special Event

    Recurring event

    Buckingham Palace SW1A 1AA [map]

    For a display of British pomp and ceremony, watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.

  • Head of the River Race 2015

    Sport

    March 2015
    (exact dates to be confirmed)

    Mortlake Stone [map]

    The Head of the River Race is one of the London's longest-running sporting traditions. Every spring, 400 crews from around the globe take to the waters of London's famous river Thames to compete in this historic boating event.

  • Lord Mayor's Show 2014

    Special Event

    8 November 2014

    Various venues 

    From vibrant samba dancing to military marching bands, the legendary Lord Mayor's Show offers a host of entertainment as it winds its way through the heart of London.

  • Open House London 2014

    Special Event

    From to

    Various venues 

    Celebrate London's architectural wonders as Open House London throws open the doors to hundreds of buildings and spaces in and around the capital.

  • Diwali in London

    Festival

    12 October 2014

    Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN [map]

    Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with music, dancing and family fun in Trafalgar Square.

  • Trooping the Colour

    Special Event

    June 2015
    (exact dates to be confirmed)

    Horse Guards Parade SW1A 2AX [map]

    London celebrates The Queen's official birthday in June each year with Trooping the Colour, a fantastic military parade that has taken place in London since 1820.