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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 January 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

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. 17 Nov-27 Jan

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

Winter Lights festival in Canary Wharf

Be amazed by spectacular light installations as the annual festival returns to London's Canary Wharf. 15-26 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 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

Cancer Research UK London Winter Run

Get active with London's only winter-themed run along a route passing London icons. 3 Feb

Kew Orchid Festival: Celebrate the Colour of Colombia

Admire spectacular displays of orchids and exotic flowers in celebration of Thailand's vibrant plant life. 9 Feb-10 Mar

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. 10 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

Examine some of the best classic cars that have ever been created, see racing greats and meet car manufacturers at this celebration of motoring. 14-17 Feb

London Fashion Week: Insiders at The Store Studios, 180 at The Strand

Get an insight into the world of fashion with expert talks, catwalk shows, immersive experiences and pop-up shops. 16-17 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. 16-24 Feb

More February events in London

Events in March 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

Kew Orchid Festival: Celebrate the Colour of Colombia

Admire spectacular displays of orchids and exotic flowers in celebration of Thailand's vibrant plant life. 9 Feb-10 Mar

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. 5 Mar

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. 16-30 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. 17 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. 31 Mar

More March events in London

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

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. 2-14 Apr

The Cancer Research UK Boat Races

Pick a side and cheer on the rowers at the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races, one of the world's oldest sporting events, and one of London's most popular. 7 Apr

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. 19-22 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

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

Museums at Night - May

Take part in special events, tours, talks and activities at night, as museums, galleries and historic spaces open the doors after hours. 15-18 May

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

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

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

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

London Tech Week

Get involved in a host of events during this annual celebration of all things tech in London. 10-16 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. Jun 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. 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. 16 Jun

Royal Ascot

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

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-7 Jul

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

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

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

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-7 Jul

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

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

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Enjoy horticultural displays and green-fingered fun in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace at the world’s biggest flower show. 2-7 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

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

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

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

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. Oct TBC

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 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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