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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 November 2017

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

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. 3-5 Nov

Regent Street Motor Show

See vehicles new and old in the iconic central London shopping street, and enjoy car-themed activities and motorcycle stunt shows. 04 Nov

EFG London Jazz Festival

Enjoy spectacular live performances and events celebrating all things jazz across the capital. 10-19 Nov

Wintertime 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. 10 Nov-04 Jan

Christmas in Leicester Square

Explore a magical Christmas haven in Leicester Square, and watch fabulous festive shows inside the Belgian spiegeltent. 10 Nov-07 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. 11 Nov

Remembrance in London

Each year, London remembers those who lost their lives in war, with Remembrance Sunday and more commemorative events. 11-12 Nov

Nitto ATP Finals 2017 at The O2

The climax of the men's professional tennis season, the Nitto ATP Finals return to The O2 featuring the world's best singles players and doubles teams. 12-19 Nov

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Get together with family and friends for a festive adventure in Hyde Park, with ice skating, fairground rides, big top shows, Christmas markets and seasonal food under sparkling Christmas lights. 17 Nov-01 Jan

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. 18 Nov-28 Jan

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 22 Nov-01 Jan

Thanksgiving in London

Celebrate the US holiday of Thanksgiving in London with traditional American food and special events. 23 Nov

Winterville on Clapham Common

Enjoy a winter-themed adventure park for all ages, with ice skating, festive shows, Christmas shopping, crazy golf, street food and more. 23 Nov-01 Jan

Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens

Explore an immersive garden of lights and lanterns, including Christmas-themed installations and traditional Chinese sculptures. 24 Nov-01 Jan

Revolution Cycling Champions League at Lee Valley VeloPark

See the champions of the track go head-to-head with the world’s best road teams, to decide the ultimate cycling champions. 25 Nov

St Andrew's Day

Get ready for bagpipes, haggis and Scottish whisky as London celebrates Scotland's national day. 30 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. 30 Nov-03 Jan

More November events in London

Events in December 2017

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

Wintertime 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. 10 Nov-04 Jan

Christmas in Leicester Square

Explore a magical Christmas haven in Leicester Square, and watch fabulous festive shows inside the Belgian spiegeltent. 10 Nov-07 Jan

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Get together with family and friends for a festive adventure in Hyde Park, with ice skating, fairground rides, big top shows, Christmas markets and seasonal food under sparkling Christmas lights. 17 Nov-01 Jan

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. 18 Nov-28 Jan

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 22 Nov-01 Jan

Winterville on Clapham Common

Enjoy a winter-themed adventure park for all ages, with ice skating, festive shows, Christmas shopping, crazy golf, street food and more. 23 Nov-01 Jan

Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens

Explore an immersive garden of lights and lanterns, including Christmas-themed installations and traditional Chinese sculptures. 24 Nov-01 Jan

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. 30 Nov-03 Jan

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

Greenwich Wintertime Festival at the Old Royal Naval College

Experience a contemporary twist on the traditional Christmas festival in the grounds of the historic Greenwich college. 1-31 Dec

The Great Christmas Pudding Race

Watch on as Santas, reindeer, superheroes, Disney characters and more take on the hilarious obstacle race. Which team will reach the end without dropping their puddings? 02 Dec

Clash Royale Crown Championship World Finals at The Copper Box Arena

See the Clash Royale finalists battle it out to win the Golden Crown in this eSports final. 03 Dec

Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square

From Deck the Halls to Ding Dong Merrily on High, come and watch carol singers perform festive favourites around the famous Norwegian Christmas tree. 11-22 Dec

Menorah on Trafalgar Square

Celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights in Trafalgar Square. 12-20 Dec

Christmas Festival at Royal Albert Hall

The iconic Royal Albert Hall resounds with seasonal cheer, as music, carols, dance and songs fill the grand hall in the countdown to Christmas. 13-24 Dec

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

Christmas Day in London

Experience a different side of the capital as London falls quiet on Christmas Day, and find out about public transport, attractions, tours and church services. 25 Dec

London New Year’s Eve Fireworks

See in 2018 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 2018

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

Wintertime 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. 10 Nov-04 Jan

Christmas in Leicester Square

Explore a magical Christmas haven in Leicester Square, and watch fabulous festive shows inside the Belgian spiegeltent. 10 Nov-07 Jan

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Get together with family and friends for a festive adventure in Hyde Park, with ice skating, fairground rides, big top shows, Christmas markets and seasonal food under sparkling Christmas lights. 17 Nov-01 Jan

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. 18 Nov-28 Jan

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 22 Nov-01 Jan

Winterville on Clapham Common

Enjoy a winter-themed adventure park for all ages, with ice skating, festive shows, Christmas shopping, crazy golf, street food and more. 23 Nov-01 Jan

Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens

Explore an immersive garden of lights and lanterns, including Christmas-themed installations and traditional Chinese sculptures. 24 Nov-01 Jan

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. 30 Nov-03 Jan

New Year's Day Parade

Celebrate 2018 with this annual parade through central London, featuring thousands of performers and colourful floats from across the world. 01 Jan

London Short Film Festival

Watch short film screenings from emerging filmmakers and attend industry events in independent cinemas and venues across London. 5-14 Jan

London Boat Show at ExCeL London

Visit London's biggest boat show to experience the best in boating and watersports, shop the latest marine trends and enjoy live entertainment and expert talks. 10-14 Jan

The London Art Fair at Business Design Centre

Wander through more than 100 galleries presenting the great names of 20th-century modern British art and exceptional contemporary work. 17-21 Jan

Lumiere London

See London transformed by spectacular light installations. 18-21 Jan

Burns Night in London

Celebrate Scottish poet Robert Burns' birthday with poetry readings, slap-up dinners, traditional dancing and a toast with the best Scottish whisky in London. 25 Jan

More January events in London

Events in February 2018

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

Cancer Research UK London Winter Run

London's only winter-themed run with polar bear hugs and penguin parties along a route passing London icons. 04 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. 10-18 Feb

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. 13 Feb

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

The London Classic Car Show at ExCeL London

See some of the most spectacular vehicles in the world, and meet car manufacturers and celebrities from the motoring industry. 15-18 Feb

Chinese New Year in London

London's Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia, with parades, performances and fireworks. 18 Feb

More February events in London

Events in March 2018

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

Head of the River Race

Cheer on rowers from around the globe as they race along the Thames in one of London’s longest-running sporting traditions. 11 Mar

Mother's Day

Say thank you to mum with a wonderful day out in London on Mother’s Day, from restaurants with a view to West End shows, and beautiful gardens to helicopter rides. 11 Mar

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. 16-18 Mar

Easter Weekend

From London Easter egg hunts and interactive family attractions, to a spectacular Good Friday performance and traditional Easter Sunday lunch, find Easter activities and opening times in London. 30 Mar-02 Apr

More March events in London

Events in April 2018

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

Easter Weekend

From London Easter egg hunts and interactive family attractions, to a spectacular Good Friday performance and traditional Easter Sunday lunch, find Easter activities and opening times in London. 30 Mar-02 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. 22 Apr

More April events in London

Events in May 2018

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

London Craft Week

Celebrate London's craftsmanship and step inside the studios of emerging makers and celebrated masters. 9-13 May

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival at St Paul’s Church Garden

Celebrate the 356th birthday of Mr Punch with traditional puppetry and more family fun at The Actors' Church. 13 May

Museums at Night - May

Take part in special events, tours, talks and activities at night, as museums, galleries and historic spaces open their doors after hours. 16-19 May

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. 22-26 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. 26 May

State Opening of Parliament

See the Queen travel in the traditional carriage procession to Westminster to open the new parliamentary session. 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. 26 May-03 Jun

More May events in London

Events in June 2018

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

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. 26 May-03 Jun

Household Division’s Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade

Experience a spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill featuring horses, cannons and fireworks. 6-7 Jun

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. 09 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. 9-10 Jun

Taste of London in Regent's Park

Join London's top restaurants and celebrity chefs for the ultimate al fresco feast in Regent's Park. 13-17 Jun

West End LIVE at Trafalgar Square

Be dazzled by performances from top West End musicals and shows for free in Trafalgar Square. 16-17 Jun

Father's Day in London

Spoil your dad this June with our top Father’s Day ideas and activities in London, from culture to sports, and food to theatre. 17 Jun

Royal Ascot

Surround yourself with fast horses and fancy hats at the world-famous Royal Ascot race meeting. 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. 22 Jun-07 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 city-wide events. 23 Jun-08 Jul

More June events in London

Events in July 2018

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

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. 22 Jun-07 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 city-wide events. 23 Jun-08 Jul

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Enjoy six days of horticultural displays and green-fingered fun in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace at the world’s biggest flower show. 2-8 Jul

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Soak up the buzzing atmosphere at one of the biggest sporting events of the year in Wimbledon, one of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world. 2-15 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. 6-15 Jul

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. 13 Jul-08 Sep

FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018

Hockey superstars compete for the honours at the biggest hockey tournament in the world. 21 Jul-05 Aug

School summer holidays in London

London is bursting with activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays. 21 Jul-02 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, at Buckingham Palace this summer. 21 Jul-30 Sep

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. 27-29 Jul

More July events in London

Events in August 2018

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

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. 13 Jul-08 Sep

FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018

Hockey superstars compete for the honours at the biggest hockey tournament in the world. 21 Jul-05 Aug

School summer holidays in London

London is bursting with activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays. 21 Jul-02 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, at Buckingham Palace this summer. 21 Jul-30 Sep

Kids Week

Enjoy a family trip to a West End theatre show with free tickets and discounts for children, plus family-friendly activities. 1-31 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 this summer. 9-22 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. 25-27 Aug

More August events in London

Events in September 2018

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

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. 13 Jul-08 Sep

School summer holidays in London

London is bursting with activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays. 21 Jul-02 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, at Buckingham Palace this summer. 21 Jul-30 Sep

Totally Thames

Celebrate the Thames and its culture with a vibrant programme of river-inspired art, live performances, archaeology walks, boat races and more along London's famous river. 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. 08 Sep

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. 15-23 Sep

Open House London

Peer inside some of the most iconic buildings and architecturally unique spaces in London for free. 22-23 Sep

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

Celebrate the harvest with London’s Pearly Kings and Queens, decked in their pearl-button finery, as they stage an afternoon of traditional entertainment. 30 Sep

More September events in London

Events in October 2018

Changing the Guard

For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. 01 Jan-31 Dec

London Restaurant Festival

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

Frieze London and Frieze Masters in Regent's Park

Explore two of the most influential events in the art scene in one place with the world-renowned Frieze London and Frieze Masters art fairs. 4-7 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. 20-28 Oct

Museums at Night - October

Explore museums, galleries and heritage sites after hours and enjoy spooky events, themed talks and immersive workshops late into the evening. 25-27 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. 26-31 Oct

More October events in London


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