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There's so much happening in London all year round – London's events calendar is always busy! Have a look at our overview of events in London by month, plan your year ahead and make sure you don't miss out. You can also search by date and find out what's on during your visit.

Events in April 2019

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Waltham Forest: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture celebrates Waltham Forest’s cultural heritage, diversity, talent and places, during a 12-month programme of events. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Underbelly Festival in South Bank

Be treated to circus, cabaret and family-friendly shows on the South Bank, as well as one of London's biggest outdoor bars. 5 Apr-29 Sep

Vaisakhi Festival in Trafalgar Square

Celebrate the Sikh festival with free performances and cultural activities in central London. 27 Apr

Virgin Money London Marathon

Be part of the Virgin Money London Marathon: whether you run, walk or cheer from the sidelines, this is a London sporting institution. 28 Apr

More April events in London

Events in May 2019

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Waltham Forest: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture celebrates Waltham Forest’s cultural heritage, diversity, talent and places, during a 12-month programme of events. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Underbelly Festival in South Bank

Be treated to circus, cabaret and family-friendly shows on the South Bank, as well as one of London's biggest outdoor bars. 5 Apr-29 Sep

Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium

See two of the biggest names in women's football battle it out to be crowned FA Cup winners. May TBC

Photo London at Somerset House

Find world-class photography at this large-scale fair attracting leading galleries and artists. 16-19 May

FINA Diving World Series at London Aquatics Centre

See the world’s best divers compete in a season finale in London. 17-19 May

FA Cup Final

Watch the climax of English football's biggest competition at London's Wembley Stadium, or live on TV from a London pub or bar. May TBC

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Be dazzled by colourful flowers, innovative garden designs and amazing horticultural exhibits at this prestigious flower show. And find out how else to soak up the atmosphere around Chelsea. 21-25 May

Street League Skateboarding at The Copper Box Arena

The world’s most prestigious skateboarding competition returns to London. 25-26 May

May half-term in London

Treat the family to a half-term filled with exciting activities, interactive attractions, outdoor playgrounds and children's shows over the May school holiday in London. 25 May-2 Jun

State Opening of Parliament

See the Queen travel in the traditional carriage procession through Westminster to open the new parliamentary session. May TBC

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Watch the world’s best teams battle it out for the biggest prize in cricket. 30 May-14 Jul

More May events in London

Events in June 2019

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Waltham Forest: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture celebrates Waltham Forest’s cultural heritage, diversity, talent and places, during a 12-month programme of events. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Underbelly Festival in South Bank

Be treated to circus, cabaret and family-friendly shows on the South Bank, as well as one of London's biggest outdoor bars. 5 Apr-29 Sep

May half-term in London

Treat the family to a half-term filled with exciting activities, interactive attractions, outdoor playgrounds and children's shows over the May school holiday in London. 25 May-2 Jun

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Watch the world’s best teams battle it out for the biggest prize in cricket. 30 May-14 Jul

Trooping the Colour

Watch troops from the Household Division honour the Queen's official birthday with a fantastic military parade that has taken place in London for two centuries. 8 Jun

Eid Festival in London

Celebrate the many cultures of London and experience the Muslim festival of Eid. 8 Jun

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Explore rooftop gardens, city centre plantations, and the gardens of the rich and famous, as green spaces across London are unlocked for one weekend only. 8-9 Jun

Pride in London

Celebrate the diversity of the LGBT+ community with the colourful Pride in London Parade through central London, free festivities in Trafalgar Square and citywide events. 8 Jun-6 Jul

London Tech Week

Get involved in a host of events during this annual celebration of all things tech in London. 10-14 Jun

Father's Day in London

Spoil your dad this June with our top Father’s Day ideas and activities in London, from culture and sports, to food and theatre. 16 Jun

Royal Ascot

Surround yourself with fast horses and fancy hats at the world-famous Royal Ascot race meeting. 18-22 Jun

Taste of London in Regent's Park

Join London's top restaurants and celebrity chefs for the ultimate alfresco feast in Regent's Park. 19-23 Jun

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Experience one of London’s largest free outdoor arts festivals, with open-air theatre, dance, art installations and music for all ages in Royal Greenwich and east London. Jun-Jul TBC

Art Night

Discover contemporary art and performances for free in iconic and unusual public spaces for one night only. 22-23 Jun

West End LIVE at Trafalgar Square

Be dazzled by free performances from top West End musicals and shows in Trafalgar Square. 22-23 Jun

Masterpiece London at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

Experience one of the world's leading international arts fairs, encompassing everything from fine art to design. 27 Jun-3 Jul

Major League Baseball: London Series 19 at the London Stadium

Cheer on the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in Europe’s first ever Major League Baseball match. 29-30 Jun

More June events in London

Events in July 2019

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Waltham Forest: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture celebrates Waltham Forest’s cultural heritage, diversity, talent and places, during a 12-month programme of events. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Underbelly Festival in South Bank

Be treated to circus, cabaret and family-friendly shows on the South Bank, as well as one of London's biggest outdoor bars. 5 Apr-29 Sep

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Watch the world’s best teams battle it out for the biggest prize in cricket. 30 May-14 Jul

Pride in London

Celebrate the diversity of the LGBT+ community with the colourful Pride in London Parade through central London, free festivities in Trafalgar Square and citywide events. 8 Jun-6 Jul

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Experience one of London’s largest free outdoor arts festivals, with open-air theatre, dance, art installations and music for all ages in Royal Greenwich and east London. Jun-Jul TBC

Masterpiece London at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

Experience one of the world's leading international arts fairs, encompassing everything from fine art to design. 27 Jun-3 Jul

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Enjoy horticultural displays and green-fingered fun in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace at the world’s biggest flower show. 1-7 Jul

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Soak up the buzzing atmosphere at one of the biggest sporting events of the year in Wimbledon, one of 4 annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world. 1-14 Jul

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Join big-name artists and rising stars for 10 summer days of music and entertainment in Hyde Park. Jul TBC

BBC Proms

Experience the biggest classical music festival on earth, with fun and affordable concerts open to all audiences at the Royal Albert Hall and across London. 19 Jul-14 Sep

Muller Anniversary Games at London Stadium

Enjoy two days of world-class athletics in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 20-21 Jul

School summer holidays in London

London is bursting with activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays. Jul-Sep TBC

Buckingham Palace tour: summer opening

Explore the lavish interiors of the Queen's official London residence, and one of the world's few remaining working royal palaces, at Buckingham Palace this summer. 22 Jul-29 Sep

More July events in London

Events in August 2019

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Waltham Forest: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture celebrates Waltham Forest’s cultural heritage, diversity, talent and places, during a 12-month programme of events. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Underbelly Festival in South Bank

Be treated to circus, cabaret and family-friendly shows on the South Bank, as well as one of London's biggest outdoor bars. 5 Apr-29 Sep

BBC Proms

Experience the biggest classical music festival on earth, with fun and affordable concerts open to all audiences at the Royal Albert Hall and across London. 19 Jul-14 Sep

School summer holidays in London

London is bursting with activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays. Jul-Sep TBC

Buckingham Palace tour: summer opening

Explore the lavish interiors of the Queen's official London residence, and one of the world's few remaining working royal palaces, at Buckingham Palace this summer. 22 Jul-29 Sep

Prudential RideLondon

Cheer on the world’s top professional cyclists and enjoy a ride around the traffic-free streets of central London during the annual festival of cycling. 1-4 Aug

Longines Global Champions Tour at Royal Hospital Chelsea

See spectacular show jumping at London’s iconic Royal Hospital Chelsea. 2-4 Aug

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Bring a picnic and settle down for a movie on London’s largest outdoor screen set against the spectacular Somerset House for two weeks in the summer. Aug TBC

ZEE London Mela at Southall Park

Experience south Asian music, art and food at this annual festival in south-west London. Aug TBC

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium

Watch two of Rugby League’s top teams go head to head in this historic competition. 24 Aug

Notting Hill Carnival

The streets of west London come alive every August bank holiday weekend with a huge Caribbean party at Europe's biggest street festival. 24-26 Aug

More August events in London

Events in September 2019

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Waltham Forest: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture celebrates Waltham Forest’s cultural heritage, diversity, talent and places, during a 12-month programme of events. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Underbelly Festival in South Bank

Be treated to circus, cabaret and family-friendly shows on the South Bank, as well as one of London's biggest outdoor bars. 5 Apr-29 Sep

BBC Proms

Experience the biggest classical music festival on earth, with fun and affordable concerts open to all audiences at the Royal Albert Hall and across London. 19 Jul-14 Sep

School summer holidays in London

London is bursting with activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays. Jul-Sep TBC

Buckingham Palace tour: summer opening

Explore the lavish interiors of the Queen's official London residence, and one of the world's few remaining working royal palaces, at Buckingham Palace this summer. 22 Jul-29 Sep

Totally Thames 2019

Celebrate the Thames and its culture with a programme of river-inspired art, pop-up live performances and boat races. 1-30 Sep

BBC Proms in the Park

Celebrate the grand finale of the two-month-long BBC Proms classical music festival, with live music, fireworks and cheery sing-alongs in Hyde Park. Sep TBC

London Design Festival

Dynamic and innovative design projects from some of the best creative talents pop up in venues across the capital for the annual festival. 14-22 Sep

Open House London

Peer inside some of the most iconic buildings and architecturally unique spaces in London for free. Sep TBC

More September events in London

Events in October 2019

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Waltham Forest: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture celebrates Waltham Forest’s cultural heritage, diversity, talent and places, during a 12-month programme of events. 1 Jan-30 Dec

London Restaurant Festival

Sample exclusive menus and enjoy unique restaurant experiences in award-winning eateries during this annual London foodie festival. Oct TBC

Frieze art fairs in Regent's Park

Explore two of the most influential events on the art scene in one place with the world-renowned Frieze London and Frieze Masters art fairs. 2-6 Oct

October half-term in London

Take the kids to London's top family-friendly attractions this half-term, and enjoy special interactive activities during the October school break. 19-27 Oct

Six Day London at Lee Valley VeloPark

Enjoy six days of world-class cycling, music and entertainment in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 22-27 Oct

Halloween in London

Step inside terrifying dungeons, discover London's gory history, go ghost-hunting and take part in chilling activities with Halloween events and scary attractions in London. 25-31 Oct

More October events in London

Events in November 2019

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Waltham Forest: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture celebrates Waltham Forest’s cultural heritage, diversity, talent and places, during a 12-month programme of events. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Regent Street Motor Show

See vehicles new and old in the iconic central London shopping street, plus enjoy car-themed activities. 2 Nov

Bonfire Night in London: London's top fireworks displays

Remember, remember the fifth of November... Celebrate Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night) at a spectacular London fireworks display. 2-5 Nov

Diwali on Trafalgar Square

Celebrate the festival of lights with lively stage performances and cultural activities at the annual free event. 3 Nov

Lord Mayor's Show

Watch the elaborate parade, featuring dancers, horses, military marching bands and more, as the City of London celebrates its newly elected mayor with the 800-year-old tradition. 9 Nov

Christmas in Leicester Square

Explore a magical Christmas haven in Leicester Square, and watch fabulous festive shows inside the spiegeltent. Nov-Jan TBC

Winter festival at Southbank Centre

Celebrate the winter season at Southbank Centre with festive shows, a Christmas market, seasonal food and drink, and family activities under the glittering lights. Nov-Jan TBC

Remembrance in London

Each year, London remembers those who lost their lives in war with commemorative events. 10-11 Nov

Nitto ATP Finals 2019 at The O2

Celebrate the climax of the men's professional tennis season, as the Nitto ATP Finals return to The O2 with the world's best singles players and doubles teams. 10-17 Nov

EFG London Jazz Festival

Enjoy spectacular live performances and events celebrating all things jazz across the capital. 15-24 Nov

Winterville on Clapham Common

Experience street food, ice skating and quirky entertainment this Christmas in London. Nov-Dec TBC

Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

See iconic Harry Potter film sets transformed for the winter season in a self-guided walking tour of the Warner Bros. Studio in London. 16 Nov-26 Jan

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

Stroll along a light trail full of seasonal sparkle. Nov-Jan TBC

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. Nov-Jan TBC

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

From thrilling fairground rides and ice skating to charming Christmas markets and family shows, join in the seasonal fun at Winter Wonderland, at Hyde Park. Nov-Jan TBC

Thanksgiving in London

Celebrate the US holiday of Thanksgiving in London with traditional American food and special events. 28 Nov

Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

Shop at the traditional riverside Christmas market set against a backdrop of London icons, including magical views of Tower Bridge. Nov-Jan TBC

More November events in London

Events in December 2019

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Waltham Forest: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture celebrates Waltham Forest’s cultural heritage, diversity, talent and places, during a 12-month programme of events. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Christmas in Leicester Square

Explore a magical Christmas haven in Leicester Square, and watch fabulous festive shows inside the spiegeltent. Nov-Jan TBC

Winter festival at Southbank Centre

Celebrate the winter season at Southbank Centre with festive shows, a Christmas market, seasonal food and drink, and family activities under the glittering lights. Nov-Jan TBC

Winterville on Clapham Common

Experience street food, ice skating and quirky entertainment this Christmas in London. Nov-Dec TBC

Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

See iconic Harry Potter film sets transformed for the winter season in a self-guided walking tour of the Warner Bros. Studio in London. 16 Nov-26 Jan

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

Stroll along a light trail full of seasonal sparkle. Nov-Jan TBC

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. Nov-Jan TBC

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

From thrilling fairground rides and ice skating to charming Christmas markets and family shows, join in the seasonal fun at Winter Wonderland, at Hyde Park. Nov-Jan TBC

Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

Shop at the traditional riverside Christmas market set against a backdrop of London icons, including magical views of Tower Bridge. Nov-Jan TBC

Christmas in London

From Trafalgar Square's giant Christmas tree and Christmas lights across the city, to pantomimes, ice skating rinks and Christmas markets, experience the magic of Christmas in London. 1-31 Dec

Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square

See the famous Norwegian Christmas tree sparkle with hundreds of lights in Trafalgar Square, and sing along to carols around the tree during the countdown to Christmas. Dec-Jan TBC

Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square

Watch carol singers perform festive favourites around the famous Norwegian Christmas tree. Dec TBC

The Peter Pan Cup

Watch brave outdoor swimmers compete in the icy waters of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park at the annual Christmas Day race. 25 Dec

London New Year's Eve fireworks

See in 2020 with London's spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks display at the Coca-Cola London Eye, an event famous around the world. 31 Dec

New Year's Eve in London

Welcome in the new year in London with New Year's Eve fireworks, late-night parties, lavish dinners and other celebrations. 31 Dec

More December events in London

Events in January 2020

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Christmas in Leicester Square

Explore a magical Christmas haven in Leicester Square, and watch fabulous festive shows inside the spiegeltent. Nov-Jan TBC

Winter festival at Southbank Centre

Celebrate the winter season at Southbank Centre with festive shows, a Christmas market, seasonal food and drink, and family activities under the glittering lights. Nov-Jan TBC

Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

See iconic Harry Potter film sets transformed for the winter season in a self-guided walking tour of the Warner Bros. Studio in London. 16 Nov-26 Jan

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

Stroll along a light trail full of seasonal sparkle. Nov-Jan TBC

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. Nov-Jan TBC

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

From thrilling fairground rides and ice skating to charming Christmas markets and family shows, join in the seasonal fun at Winter Wonderland, at Hyde Park. Nov-Jan TBC

Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

Shop at the traditional riverside Christmas market set against a backdrop of London icons, including magical views of Tower Bridge. Nov-Jan TBC

Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square

See the famous Norwegian Christmas tree sparkle with hundreds of lights in Trafalgar Square, and sing along to carols around the tree during the countdown to Christmas. Dec-Jan TBC

New Year's Day Parade

Celebrate 2020 with this annual parade through central London, featuring thousands of performers and colourful floats from across the world. 1 Jan

New Year's Day in London

From the New Year’s Day parade, special tours and festive activities, to January sales, iconic attractions and walks in the park, there are plenty of reasons to get out in London this New Year’s Day. 1 Jan

Chinese New Year in London

Join London's Chinese New Year celebrations, the largest outside Asia, with colourful parades, performances and displays in and around Chinatown and London’s West End. Jan TBC

More January events in London

Events in February 2020

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

Valentine's Day in London

Find things to do on the most loved-up day of the year, from stunning panoramic views to Valentine's restaurants, romantic daytime activities to charming after-dark events. 14 Feb

February half-term in London

Take the kids to the capital's top family-friendly attractions this half-term, and spark their curiosity with special interactive activities during the school holiday. Feb TBC

Pancake Day in London

Feast on a mountain of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and watch runners flip their pans in one of London's charity pancake races. 25 Feb

More February events in London

Events in March 2020

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

St Patrick's Day

See the spectacular parade, catch free performances in Trafalgar Square, and enjoy Irish food and Guinness, as you celebrate St Paddy's Day in London. Mar TBC

Mother's Day

Say thank you to mum with a day out in London on Mother’s Day, with options including restaurants with a view, West End shows, beautiful gardens and helicopter rides. 22 Mar

More March events in London

Events in September 2020

Changing the Guard

Enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Recurring Event

London Design Biennale

See inspiring work from some of the world's most talented designers during a three-week celebration of creativity and craftmanship. Sep TBC

More September events in London

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