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There's so much happening in London all year round – London's events calendar is always busy! Take your pick from these must-see events in London each month. You can also search by date to find out what's on during your visit.

Some events may be cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. But you can still enjoy plenty of events from your home, including live streams and online festivals. Keep an eye on our Virtually London guide for ideas or check out unmissable things to do in London this weekend from home.

Make sure to also plan ahead for exciting activities each month.

London events: August 2020

Brent: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2020

Brent’s year as the second ever Mayor’s London Borough of Culture puts this north-west London area at the centre of culture in the capital during 2020. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

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. 17 Jul-12 Sep

August bank holiday weekend in London

August bank holiday weekend in London means a whole three days to let your hair down with seasonal fun, exploring and family activities. 28-31 Aug

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. 28 Aug-12 Sep

More August events in London

London events: September 2020

Brent: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2020

Brent’s year as the second ever Mayor’s London Borough of Culture puts this north-west London area at the centre of culture in the capital during 2020. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

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. 17 Jul-12 Sep

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. 28 Aug-12 Sep

Totally Thames 2020

Celebrate the river Thames and its culture with a programme of river-inspired art, tours and virtual activities. 1-30 Sep

London Tech Week

Get involved in a host of events during this annual celebration of all things tech in London. 2-10 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. Sep TBC

London Design Festival

Watch London turn into an giant gallery during the London Design Festival, as dynamic and innovative projects pop up across the capital. 12-20 Sep

London Fashion Week September

Join London Fashion Week events and gain insights from industry experts at the September edition of London's famous fashion festival, which mixes online and physical activities. 17-22 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. 19-27 Sep

Emerge Festival

Soak up some culture for two nights only as part of London’s museum lates festival. Sep TBC

Fashion Weekend: Autumn Winter 2020

Discover latest trends and shop pieces straight off the catwalk during Fashion Weekend, a fusion of fashion events, designer panels and more. Sep TBC

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. Sep TBC

More September events in London

London events: October 2020

Brent: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2020

Brent’s year as the second ever Mayor’s London Borough of Culture puts this north-west London area at the centre of culture in the capital during 2020. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

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

Virgin Money London Marathon

Be part of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2020: whether you run, walk or cheer from the sidelines, this is a London sporting institution. 4 Oct

London Cocktail Week

Indulge in exclusive deals on cocktails and join in on cocktail-themed activities in hundreds of spots across the city during this annual cocktail festival London. 5-11 Oct

Photo London at Somerset House

Find world-class photography at Photo London, a large-scale celebration of photography in Gray's Inn Gardens. 7-11 Oct

BFI London Film Festival

Enjoy film premieres, exciting talks and special galas during this exciting festival. Oct TBC

Frieze art fairs in Regent's Park

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

Six Day London at Lee Valley VeloPark

Enjoy six days of world-class cycling, music and entertainment in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 20-25 Oct

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. 24 Oct-1 Nov

Halloween in London

Find the freakiest Halloween events London has to offer on and around 31 October. Join a ghost tour, dress up for a Halloween party or dare to step inside spooky attractions. 25-31 Oct

Regent Street Motor Show

See vehicles new and old in the iconic central London shopping street, plus enjoy car-themed activities focused on electric vehicles. 31 Oct

More October events in London

London events: November 2020

Brent: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2020

Brent’s year as the second ever Mayor’s London Borough of Culture puts this north-west London area at the centre of culture in the capital during 2020. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

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. 24 Oct-1 Nov

Diwali on Trafalgar Square

Celebrate the festival of lights with lively stage performances and cultural activities at the annual free event. 1 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. 2-8 Nov

Christmas in Leicester Square

Experience a magical Christmas market in Leicester Square, plus unique Christmas shows inside the 1920s spiegeltent. 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. 8-11 Nov

EFG London Jazz Festival

Enjoy spectacular live performances and music-themed London events in November across the capital celebrating all things jazz. 13-22 Nov 13-22 Nov

Winter at Southbank Centre

Celebrate winter along the Thames with festive shows, a Christmas market, seasonal food and drink and family activities under twinkling lights. Nov-Jan TBC

Lord Mayor's Show

Watch an elaborate parade featuring dancers, horses, military marching bands and more at The Lord Mayor's Show. 14 Nov

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. 14 Nov-17 Jan

Hockey: FIH Pro League in London

Cheer on the world’s top hockey teams in FIH Pro League in London, the second edition of an exciting international league. 14 Nov-23 May

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. 15-22 Nov

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 18 Nov-3 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. 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 at ZSL London Zoo

Discover ZSL London Zoo like you've never seen it before with a stroll along a light trail full of seasonal sparkle. Nov-Dec TBC

More November events in London

London events: December 2020

Brent: The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2020

Brent’s year as the second ever Mayor’s London Borough of Culture puts this north-west London area at the centre of culture in the capital during 2020. 1 Jan-30 Dec

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

Christmas in Leicester Square

Experience a magical Christmas market in Leicester Square, plus unique Christmas shows inside the 1920s spiegeltent. Nov-Jan TBC

Winter at Southbank Centre

Celebrate winter along the Thames with festive shows, a Christmas market, seasonal food and drink and family activities under twinkling 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. 14 Nov-17 Jan

Hockey: FIH Pro League in London

Cheer on the world’s top hockey teams in FIH Pro League in London, the second edition of an exciting international league. 14 Nov-23 May

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 18 Nov-3 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. 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 at ZSL London Zoo

Discover ZSL London Zoo like you've never seen it before with a stroll along a light trail full of seasonal sparkle. Nov-Dec 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

Christmas Eve in London

Fill the last day before Christmas with festive shows, sightseeing tours, ice skating and more top things to do in London on Christmas Eve. 24 Dec

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

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 2021 with the spectacular London New Year's Eve fireworks display at the 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 2021

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

Christmas in Leicester Square

Experience a magical Christmas market in Leicester Square, plus unique Christmas shows inside the 1920s spiegeltent. Nov-Jan TBC

Winter at Southbank Centre

Celebrate winter along the Thames with festive shows, a Christmas market, seasonal food and drink and family activities under twinkling 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. 14 Nov-17 Jan

Hockey: FIH Pro League in London

Cheer on the world’s top hockey teams in FIH Pro League in London, the second edition of an exciting international league. 14 Nov-23 May

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 18 Nov-3 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. 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 2021 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

London Short Film Festival

Watch short film screenings from emerging filmmakers and attend industry events in independent cinemas and venues across London. 15-23 Jan

The London Art Fair at Business Design Centre

See works more than 100 galleries presenting the great names of 20th-century modern British art and exceptional contemporary work. Jan TBC

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

London events: February 2021

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

Hockey: FIH Pro League in London

Cheer on the world’s top hockey teams in FIH Pro League in London, the second edition of an exciting international league. 14 Nov-23 May

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. 13-21 Feb

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

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. 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. 16 Feb

Imagine Children's Festival

Enjoy 12 days of culture at London’s largest children’s festival this February half-term in London. Feb TBC

London Fashion Week February at The Store, 180 The Strand

Gain an insight into the world of fashion with expert talks, catwalk shows, immersive experiences and pop-up shops. Feb TBC

Brew LDN

Indulge in hundreds of beers and ciders under one roof along street food and live gigs at this beer festival in London. Feb TBC

Fashion Weekend Spring Summer at Victoria House

Discover latest trends and shop pieces straight off the runaway during Fashion Weekend, a collision of fashion events including designer panels and more. Feb TBC

More February events in London

London events: March 2021

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

Hockey: FIH Pro League in London

Cheer on the world’s top hockey teams in FIH Pro League in London, the second edition of an exciting international league. 14 Nov-23 May

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 thanks to mum by spending Mother’s Day in London. Find things to do on Mother's Day, including restaurants, West End shows, gardens and once-in-a-lifetime activities. 14 Mar

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. Mar TBC

More March events in London

London events: April 2021

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

Hockey: FIH Pro League in London

Cheer on the world’s top hockey teams in FIH Pro League in London, the second edition of an exciting international league. 14 Nov-23 May

The Passion of Jesus at Trafalgar Square

Watch a free, full-scale re-enactment of Jesus's final days, from his arrest to his resurrection, featuring 100 performers in central London. 2 Apr

Easter Weekend

From London Easter weekend egg hunts and family attractions, to spectacular Good Friday performances or a traditional Easter Sunday lunch, find the best Easter activities in London. 2-5 Apr

Vaisakhi Festival in Trafalgar Square

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

More April events in London

London events: May 2021

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

Hockey: FIH Pro League in London

Cheer on the world’s top hockey teams in FIH Pro League in London, the second edition of an exciting international league. 14 Nov-23 May

Early May bank holiday weekend in London

Explore new areas, tick off those must-sees and join fun events in London over the early May bank holiday weekend. 1-3 May

Eid Festival in London

Celebrate the many cultures of London and experience the Muslim festival of Eid. May TBC

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Be dazzled by colourful flowers, innovative garden designs and amazing exhibits at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, now taking place online. May TBC

Spring bank holiday weekend in London

Discover events, activities and outdoor spots with our top tips on things do to over the bank holiday weekend. 29-31 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. 29 May-6 Jun

More May events in London

London events: June 2021

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

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. 29 May-6 Jun

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 during Open Garden Squares Weekend. Jun TBC

UEFA EURO 2020 at Wembley Stadium

Cheer on your favourite national team as the European Championships return to London. Jun-Jul TBC

Trooping the Colour

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

London Fashion Week: June

Experience the world of London Fashion Week as the fashion festival showcases the latest trends through shows, interviews and more. Jun TBC

Royal Ascot

Surround yourself with fast horses and fancy hats at the world-famous Royal Ascot race meeting. 15-19 Jun

Taste of London in Regent's Park

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

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 more top London shows at West End Live 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. 20 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 TBC

More June events in London

London events: July 2021

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

UEFA EURO 2020 at Wembley Stadium

Cheer on your favourite national team as the European Championships return to London. Jun-Jul TBC

ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 at ExCeL London

See the fully electric street racing series return to London for the season finale. 24-25 Jul

More July events in London

London events: September 2021

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

Reimagine: Car Free Day in London

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

More September events in London

London events: October 2021

Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square

See big-screen icons at Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square, an interactive trail of statues in London, right in the heart of the capital’s home of film. Recurring Event

NFL London Games

Cheer on your favourite team during a lineup of action-packed games as the NFL returns to London. Oct-Nov TBC

Rugby League World Cup 2021

Watch Rugby League’s top national teams go head to head in Rugby League World Cup, a historic competition, first held in 1954. 23 Oct-27 Nov

More October events in London