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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.

Enjoy the best of London from home with these fun virtual events and activities, while the capital’s attractions, venues and events temporarily close their doors for the four-week coronavirus lockdown from 5 November.

Take a look at the latest official coronavirus guidance for London

Although events are starting to take place following the coronavirus lockdown, some major events in London may still be cancelled or postponed.

Make sure to look out for exciting events each month or check out top tips for things to do in London this weekend.

If you're not yet able to visit London, there are plenty of events and activities to enjoy from home, so keep an eye on our Virtually London guide for ideas.

For some festive fun, find out what there is to do during the winter monthsat Christmas and at New Year.

Just remember to stay safe, be responsible and follow social distancing guidelines while out and about.

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

Winter Market at Southbank Centre

Celebrate Winter at Southbank Centre with festive shows, a Christmas market, seasonal food and drink and family activities under twinkling lights along the Thames. 5 Nov-27 Dec

Christmas in Leicester Square

Experience a magical Christmas market in Leicester Square, plus unique Christmas shows inside the 1920s spiegeltent. 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, during Hogwarts in the Snow around Christmas time. 14 Nov-17 Jan

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, at Christmas by the River. Nov-Jan 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

Winter Market at Southbank Centre

Celebrate Winter at Southbank Centre with festive shows, a Christmas market, seasonal food and drink and family activities under twinkling lights along the Thames. 5 Nov-27 Dec

Christmas in Leicester Square

Experience a magical Christmas market in Leicester Square, plus unique Christmas shows inside the 1920s spiegeltent. 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, during Hogwarts in the Snow around Christmas time. 14 Nov-17 Jan

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, at Christmas by the River. 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 at ZSL London Zoo

Experience The Magic of Christmas at ZSL London Zoo with a festive trail and plenty more activities for the family. 3 Dec-3 Jan

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 4 Dec-17 Jan

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 during the annual Trafalgar Square Christmas carols. 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 Peter Pan Cup 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

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

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, during Hogwarts in the Snow around Christmas time. 14 Nov-17 Jan

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, at Christmas by the River. Nov-Jan TBC

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

Experience The Magic of Christmas at ZSL London Zoo with a festive trail and plenty more activities for the family. 3 Dec-3 Jan

Christmas at Kew

Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens, lit up with more than one million sparkling Christmas lights. 4 Dec-17 Jan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 8-23 May

Photo London at Somerset House

Find world-class photography at Photo London 2021, a large-scale celebration of photography to enjoy at Somerset House. 13-16 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

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. 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

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. 28 Jun-11 Jul

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

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

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. 28 Jun-11 Jul

American Express presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Join big-name artists and rising stars for 10 summer days of music and entertainment with American Express presents British Summer Time in Hyde Park. Jul TBC

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Enjoy horticultural displays and green-fingered fun at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2021 at the world’s biggest flower show. Jul TBC

School summer holidays in London

Find plenty of activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays in London. 9 Jul-1 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. Jul-Sep 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: August 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

School summer holidays in London

Find plenty of activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays in London. 9 Jul-1 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. Jul-Sep TBC

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Bring a picnic and settle down for a movie at Film4 Summer Screen set against the spectacular Somerset House for two weeks in the summer. Aug TBC

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. 27-30 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: Notting Hill Carnival. 29-30 Aug

More August 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

School summer holidays in London

Find plenty of activities and attractions to keep children busy during the school summer holidays in London. 9 Jul-1 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. Jul-Sep TBC

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 2021, as dynamic and innovative projects pop up across the capital. 18-26 Sep

Reimagine: Car Free Day in London

Rediscover central London with free access to Santander Cycles and whizz through the city on car-free streets. Sep TBC

Emerge Festival

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

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

Celebrate the harvest with London’s Pearly Kings and Queens at and around the Guildhall Yard, as they're decked in their pearl-button finery. 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

London Cocktail Week

Make use of exclusive deals on cocktails and join cocktail-themed activities in hundreds of spots across the city during the annual London Cocktail Week. Oct TBC

Black History Month

Enjoy the city-wide celebration of Black communities with epic events across the city during Black History Month 2021 in London. 1-31 Oct

London Restaurant Festival

Sample exclusive menus and enjoy unique restaurant experiences in award-winning eateries during the annual London Restaurant Festival. Oct TBC

NFL London Games

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

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. Oct 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

Six Day London at Lee Valley VeloPark

Enjoy six days of world-class cycling, music and entertainment at Six Day London in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 26-31 Oct

More October events in London

London events: November 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

Regent Street Motor Show

See vehicles new and old in the iconic central London shopping street, plus enjoy car-themed activities focused on a specific theme. 6 Nov

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

More November events in London