Free Must-See Event

  • Changing the Guard

    Special Event

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    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

    29 March 2015

    University Boat Race Stone, Mortlake [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 2015

    Special Event

    14 November 2015

    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 2015

    Special Event

    September 2015
    (exact dates to be confirmed)

    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.

  • Trooping the Colour

    Special Event

    13 June 2015

    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.

  • Diwali in London

    Festival

    November 2015
    (exact dates to be confirmed)

    Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN [map]

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

  • Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

    Special Event

    April 2015
    (exact dates to be confirmed)

    Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN [map]

    Celebrate St George's Day with a whole host of free events including parades, food festivals and children's activities. The highlight is an annual festival in Trafalgar Square.

  • Notting Hill Carnival 2015

    Festival

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    Various venues 

    The streets of West London come alive every August Bank Holiday weekend as London celebrates Europe's biggest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival.

  • Eid in London

    Festival

    August 2015
    (exact dates to be confirmed)

    Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN [map]

    Celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid in Trafalgar Square.