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London events calendar

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.

London events: August 2019

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. 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, family fun and quirky South Bank events and shows, as part of this annual extravaganza. 5 Apr-29 Sep

Summer at Southbank Centre

Soak up the summer vibes with outdoor performances, rooftop drinks and more as part of one of the most anticipated South Bank events each summer. 1 Jul-8 Sep

School summer holidays in London

Find plenty of activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays in London. 13 Jul-4 Sep

BBC Proms

Experience one of the top music events in London, and the biggest classical music festival on Earth, with fun and affordable concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and across the city. 19 Jul-14 Sep

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, with a Buckingham Palace tour this summer. 22 Jul-29 Sep

Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens

Wander around Kew Gardens as Chihuly’s artworks beautifully illuminate the evenings. 15 Aug-26 Oct

August bank holiday weekend in London

August bank holiday weekend in London means only one thing: a whole three days to let your hair down with seasonal fun, festivals and family activities. 23-26 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

The London Mela powered by Let's Go Southall

Celebrate the Asian community with a weekend filled with south Asian music from local talent, cultural art and traditional food at the annual The London Mela festival at Southall Park. 31 Aug-1 Sep

More August events in London

London events: September 2019

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. 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, family fun and quirky South Bank events and shows, as part of this annual extravaganza. 5 Apr-29 Sep

Summer at Southbank Centre

Soak up the summer vibes with outdoor performances, rooftop drinks and more as part of one of the most anticipated South Bank events each summer. 1 Jul-8 Sep

School summer holidays in London

Find plenty of activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays in London. 13 Jul-4 Sep

BBC Proms

Experience one of the top music events in London, and the biggest classical music festival on Earth, with fun and affordable concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and across the city. 19 Jul-14 Sep

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, with a Buckingham Palace tour this summer. 22 Jul-29 Sep

Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens

Wander around Kew Gardens as Chihuly’s artworks beautifully illuminate the evenings. 15 Aug-26 Oct

The London Mela powered by Let's Go Southall

Celebrate the Asian community with a weekend filled with south Asian music from local talent, cultural art and traditional food at the annual The London Mela festival at Southall Park. 31 Aug-1 Sep

Totally Thames 2019

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

BBC Proms in the Park

Celebrate the grand finale of the two-month-long BBC Proms – one of UK's most exciting classical music events – with live music, fireworks and cheery sing-alongs in Hyde Park. 14 Sep

London Design Festival

See London turn into an enormous gallery as dynamic and innovative design projects from some of the best creative talents in the world pop up in venues across the capital. 14-22 Sep

Open House London

Discover hidden secrets of London as you peek inside some of the most iconic buildings and architecturally unique spaces around the city for free. 21-22 Sep

Reimagine: Car Free Day in London

Rediscover central London with fun activities and free events on car-free streets. 22 Sep

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

Experience London’s historic tradition first-hand as you celebrate the harvest with the Pearly Kings and Queens of London, decked out in their traditional finery. 29 Sep

More September events in London

London events: October 2019

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. 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

Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens

Wander around Kew Gardens as Chihuly’s artworks beautifully illuminate the evenings. 15 Aug-26 Oct

London Restaurant Festival

Sample exclusive menus and enjoy unique restaurant experiences in award-winning eateries during this annual food festival in London. 1-31 Oct

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. 3-6 Oct

NFL London Games 2019

Watch four exciting NFL games this autumn with two teams playing in London for the first time. 6 Oct-3 Nov

October half-term in London

Treat the kids to top family-friendly attractions, interactive activities and fun October events in London during the October half-term school break. 19-27 Oct

Six Day London at Lee Valley VeloPark

Enjoy six days of world-class cycling, music and entertainment at Lee Valley VeloPark. 22-27 Oct

Halloween in London

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

More October events in London

London events: November 2019

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. 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

NFL London Games 2019

Watch four exciting NFL games this autumn with two teams playing in London for the first time. 6 Oct-3 Nov

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

Christmas in Leicester Square

Explore a magical Christmas haven in Leicester Square, and watch fabulous festive shows inside the 1920s spiegeltent. 8 Nov-5 Jan

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

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 on and around Remembrance Day. 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 music-themed London events in November across the capital celebrating all things jazz. 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 Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 20 Nov-5 Jan

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 in London. 21 Nov-5 Jan

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

Stroll along a light trail full of seasonal sparkle. 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 London Christmas market set against a backdrop of iconic sights, including magical views of Tower Bridge. Nov-Jan TBC

More November events in London

London events: December 2019

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. 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 1920s spiegeltent. 8 Nov-5 Jan

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 Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 20 Nov-5 Jan

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 in London. 21 Nov-5 Jan

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

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

Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

Shop at the traditional riverside London Christmas market set against a backdrop of iconic sights, 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 Trafalgar Square Christmas tree sparkle with hundreds of lights, 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 one of the more unusual London events in December, as 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 the spectacular London 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

London events: January 2020

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. Recurring Event

Christmas in Leicester Square

Explore a magical Christmas haven in Leicester Square, and watch fabulous festive shows inside the 1920s spiegeltent. 8 Nov-5 Jan

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 Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 20 Nov-5 Jan

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 in London. 21 Nov-5 Jan

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

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

Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

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

Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square

See the famous Trafalgar Square Christmas tree sparkle with hundreds of lights, 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

London events: February 2020

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. Recurring Event

Valentine's Day in London

Find Valentine's Day ideas for the most loved-up day of the year, from stunning panoramic views, to Valentine's Day restaurants, romantic activities and 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 at a charity Pancake Day race in London. 25 Feb

More February events in London

London events: March 2020

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. Recurring Event

St Patrick's Day

See the spectacular St Patrick's Day 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 by enjoying Mother’s Day in London, with top restaurants, West End shows, beautiful gardens and once-in-a-lifetime activities. 22 Mar

More March events in London

London events: April 2020

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. Recurring Event

London Games Festival

Get gaming this spring with hands-on activities, talks, showcases and a parade, at one of the world's biggest games festivals. Apr TBC

The Boat Race

Pick a side and cheer on the rowers at the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, one of the world's oldest sporting events, and one of London's most popular. Apr TBC

Easter Weekend

From London Easter weekend egg hunts and family attractions, to spectacular Good Friday performances or a traditional Easter Sunday lunch, find Easter activities in London. 10-13 Apr

Hockey: FIH Pro League in London

Cheer on the world’s top hockey teams in the first edition of an exciting international league. Apr-Jun TBC

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. 26 Apr

More April events in London

London events: May 2020

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. Recurring Event

Hockey: FIH Pro League in London

Cheer on the world’s top hockey teams in the first edition of an exciting international league. Apr-Jun TBC

Photo London at Somerset House

Find world-class photography at this large-scale fair attracting leading galleries and artists. 14-17 May

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Be dazzled by colourful flowers, innovative garden designs and amazing exhibits at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Discover ways to soak up the atmosphere around Chelsea. 19-23 May

Eid Festival in London

Celebrate the many cultures of London and find out more about the Muslim festival of Eid at this annual event. May TBC

FA Cup Final

Experience one of the best London events in May for sports fans, as English football's biggest competition reaches a climax at Wembley Stadium. Or watch live on TV from a pub or bar. 23 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. 23-31 May

More May events in London

London events: June 2020

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. Recurring Event

Hockey: FIH Pro League in London

Cheer on the world’s top hockey teams in the first edition of an exciting international league. Apr-Jun TBC

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Explore rooftop paradises, city centre oases, and the gardens of the rich and famous, as green spaces across London are unlocked for one weekend only. 6-7 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. Jun-Jul TBC

London Tech Week

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

BP Big Screens in London

Watch free live screenings of the Royal Opera House’s world-class ballet and opera in outdoor locations across London. Jun-Jul TBC

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. 13 Jun

Major League Baseball: London Series 20 at the London Stadium

Cheer on the St Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in Europe’s second ever Major League Baseball match. 13-14 Jun

Royal Ascot

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

Taste of London in Regent's Park

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

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. 19 Jun-4 Jul

Art Night

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

West End LIVE at Trafalgar Square

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

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. 21 Jun

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Soak up the buzzing atmosphere in Wimbledon at this major sporting event, one of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world. 29 Jun-12 Jul

More June events in London

London events: July 2020

Changing the Guard

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard – don't miss one of the most iconic free events in London. Recurring Event

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. Jun-Jul TBC

BP Big Screens in London

Watch free live screenings of the Royal Opera House’s world-class ballet and opera in outdoor locations across London. Jun-Jul TBC

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. 19 Jun-4 Jul

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Soak up the buzzing atmosphere in Wimbledon at this major sporting event, one of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world. 29 Jun-12 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 at one of coolest London festivals of the summer. Jul TBC

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. 7-12 Jul

More July events in London