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London has so much happening all year round, and the capital's events calendar is always busy. Take your pick from these must-see events in London each month.

Look out for exciting things to do in London by month, find the best things to do in London all year round and discover the best events to attend in London this weekend.

Whenever you visit, don't miss the iconic Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, which takes place throughout the year.

January

New Year's Day

Start the new year off right by spending New Year's Day in London. Check out the January sales at London's best department stores, listen to a concert at a church or cathedral, or get caught up on culture at a museum exhibition. 1 Jan

London New Year's Day Parade

A marching band walks on the streets of London during the annual New Year's Day Parade.

Ring in the new year at the annual London New Year’s Day Parade in central London. Thousands of performers from around the world, including dancers, marching bands and acrobats, parade through the centre of the capital during this huge confetti-filled event. 1 Jan

London Borough of Culture

Exterior view of Broadway Theatre in Lewisham, south-east London. 

Pick from a huge list of events taking place during the full-year programme of activities for The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture. Lewisham is the London Borough of Culture in 2022. Enjoy 12 months of events including new public artworks, live music and theatre performances around this south-east London neighbourhood. 1 Jan-31 Dec

Burns Night

Mark the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns with literature readings, Scottish-themed dinners, traditional dancing and a toast on Burns Night in London. Born in 1759, Robert Burns became a national icon of Scotland, and many London restaurants and bars hold Burns Night events, serving up suppers of haggis, neeps and tatties with a wee dram of Scottish whisky. 25 Jan

Chinese New Year

A dragon figure is paraded through the streets for Chinese New Year in London.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in London, the largest CNY events outside Asia. Hundreds of thousands of people join London’s Chinese New Year events which include a parade through London and a one-day festival in Trafalgar Square and across the West End. Jan TBC

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February

February half-term

A family works on an activity together at Discover Children’s Story Centre in London.

Entertain the little ones with a huge range of activities and events around London during the February half-term school break. Take the kids to one of London's many museums for hands-on interactive activities or enjoy a meal at a family-friendly restaurant. 11-26 Feb

Valentine's Day

A man gives flowers to a woman outside of the Houses of Parliament in London on Valentine's Day.

Find the capital’s romantic side by celebrating Valentine’s Day in London. Start making plans with your sweetie with these things to do on Valentine’s Day in London, including restaurants, tours, attractions and after-dark events. 14 Feb

London Fashion Week

See the latest styles on the catwalk at London Fashion Week. Hear about the latest trends from experts and discover new pieces by British and international designers. Feb TBC

Pancake Day

Feast on a mountain of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and watch runners flip their pans at a charity Pancake Day race in London. Top celebrations include pancakes races at Greenwich Market, Borough Market and Leadenhall Market. 21 Feb

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March

St Patrick's Day

Catch the colourful St Patrick's Day Parade through central London and then watch live performances from famous Irish musicians, as well rising stars and special guests, in Trafalgar Square. Check out the market of craft stalls, as well as traditional and modern Irish food. Mar TBC

Mother's Day

Two parents in a park in London with their child, who is blowing bubbles.

Shower your mum with love on Mother’s Day and find the best things to do in London on Mother's Day to treat her to a day out in the capital, including award-winning restaurants, West End theatre shows and colourfully blooming London gardens. 19 Mar

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Cheer on the rowers on the river Thames at the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, one of the world's oldest sporting events. The Boat Race runs between Putney and Mortlake, and spectators line the banks of the river for this popular event. 26 Mar

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April

London Games Festival

Get your game on at the London Games Festival, one of the biggest events of its kind in the world. Jump into the festival’s hands-on activities and check out the latest in the culture and business of the gaming world. Apr TBC

The Passion of Jesus at Trafalgar Square

Watch a biblical story performed by 100 actors at the annual staging of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square which takes place on Good Friday. The two 90-minute performances are free and attract thousands of visitors to witness the scene in central London. 7 Apr

Easter

Spend the long Easter weekend in London enjoying egg hunts, themed attractions, Easter-specific performances or a Sunday lunch. Good Friday and Easter Monday are bank holidays in the UK. 9 Apr

Vaisakhi Festival in Trafalgar Square

Mark the start of the Sikh New Year with live music, art displays, family activities and crafts at the Vaisakhi Festival in Trafalgar Square. The festival marks the day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa order, and the events are open to all. Apr TBC

Eid Festival in London

Join in the celebrations at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the Eid Festival in Trafalgar Square. Taste food from various stalls, see displays of work by Muslim artists and watch live music on the main stage. Apr TBC

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May

Early May bank holiday

A woman walking up the spiral staircase at the Queen's House in Greenwich, London.

Take an extra day to explore all that London has to offer during the early May bank holiday weekend which occurs on the first Monday of May. Book in to enjoy a theatre performance, a museum exhibition or family-friendly activities. 29 Apr-1 May

Chelsea Flower Show

Admire the beautiful flowers, clever garden designs and amazing floral displays at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Walk through the bloom-filled grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea to see the space transformed in a colourful spring burst. May TBC

May half-term

A mother takes a photo of her family at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

Find activities for the whole family during the May half-term. Enjoy a full week of spring fun and interactive events at London’s top attractions and outdoor parks and playgrounds. 27 May-4 Jun

Spring bank holiday weekend

Two children stand in a room of infinity mirrors at the Science Museum in London.

Soak up the sun during the spring bank holiday weekend in London which occurs on the last Monday of the month. Meet up with friends at one of London’s parks, shop for a summer wardrobe at one of the capital’s best department stores or visit a top London attraction. 27-29 May

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June

Trooping the Colour

Guards, dressed in red tunics with black bearskin hats, play instruments as they march along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. 

Celebrate the monarch's official birthday with pomp and pageantry during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade. Hundreds of officers, horses and musicians in ceremonial uniforms and the King attend this important event. Look out for the advance online ballot to try to secure seated tickets. Trooping the Colour took place to mark Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday each June, however it is yet to be confirmed when the parade will take place to mark King Charles III's birthday. TBC

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Discover hidden green spaces, peaceful spots and gardens of celebrities that are accessible to the public for just one weekend during Open Garden Squares Weekend. Enter the ballot to be one of the select few to tour the gardens at 10 Downing Street. 10-11 Jun

Taste of London

Experience the best of London’s incredible dining scene during the five-day Taste of London festival that takes place in Regent’s Park. Restaurants from around the capital set up stalls to show off their top dishes, and you can sample the mouthwatering selection. Jun TBC

Father's Day

Take dad out for a day out around town for Father’s Day in London. Head to the theatre, a sporting event or one of London’s big-name attractions, or enjoy a quiet stroll through a park or Kew Gardens. 18 Jun

West End LIVE

See the best of London’s West End musicals and theatre for free during West End LIVE in Trafalgar Square. Theatre fans head to the square for sing-alongs to favourite musicals and must-see new shows. Jun TBC

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July

Pride

Rainbow-coloured balloons float above a parade of people during Pride in London.

Join revellers to celebrate the capital’s LGBTQ+ community with a month-long series of events that culminates in a parade through central London during Pride. Check out the full programme of events which includes theatre, film screenings, parties, art installations and activities across the capital. Jul TBC

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Root for the pros at Wimbledon, one of the four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments that take place around the world. Soak up the lively atmosphere, best enjoyed with strawberries and cream, for two weeks of tennis matches in south-west London. 3-16 Jul

Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Enjoy the beautiful blooms of the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, one of the largest flower shows in the world, inside the stunning grounds of this historic site. See innovative show gardens and learn how to create your own piece of paradise at home. Jul TBC

BBC Proms

Experience one of the top music events in London, and the biggest classical music festival on the planet, with fun and affordable concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and across the city. Each year, the BBC Proms hosts two months of concerts over the summer, aiming to bring the finest classical music to as many people as possible at affordable prices and in an informal atmosphere. 15 Jul-10 Sep

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

Buckingham Palace behind a lake on a cloudy day in London.

Plan your trip to London to coincide with the annual Buckingham Palace summer opening and tour. Each summer, visitors can see how royalty lives by touring the rooms of one of the world’s most famous residences. 22 Jul-2 Oct

Summer school holidays 

Enjoy some family fun during the summer school holidays in London. Make the most of the break with exciting family events, theatre shows, summer festivals and top attractions for little ones and grownups alike.  

22 Jul-4 Sep

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August

The Hundred

Watch big-name cricket players take the pitch during The Hundred at Kia Oval and Lord’s Cricket Ground. Each team gets 100 balls, and the team that gets the most runs wins. The matches are family-friendly and provide a great day out for all. 3 Aug-3 Sep

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Man looking at an art installation with a dark background and glowing dots at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival in London.

Catch dozens of free art installations and live performances ranging from acrobatics and dance to theatre and music at the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. East and south-east London gets a boost of invigorating energy during this festival which stages artistic and cultural shows across these neighbourhoods. 26 Aug-11 Sep

Notting Hill Carnival

A woman with feathered wings and a sequined costume at a parade during Notting Hill Carnival in London.

Groove to the beat at Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival. Enjoy sound systems, a vibrant parade full of drum bands and sparkly costumes, street food stalls and more over the August bank holiday weekend. 27-29 Aug

August bank holiday weekend

Fountains in Trafalgar Square in London on a sunny day.

Make the most of summer during the August bank holiday weekend. London is filled with festivals, street parades, live performances and lush parks so you can enjoy the great outdoors in the city. 27-29 Aug

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September

Totally Thames

Celebrate London's biggest river at the month-long Totally Thames festival. Get to know the Thames through films, art installations, live performances and guided walks. 1-30 Sep

Open House London

The interior of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office with people gathering in the main atrium, below arches and columns.

Explore buildings not usually open to the public during Open House London. Discover hidden secrets of the capital as you peek inside some of the most iconic buildings and architecturally unique spaces around the city for free. 8-21 Sep

London Fashion Week

Check out catwalk fashion from British and international designers as well as graduate showcase exhibitions at London Fashion Week's September edition. See shows of womenswear, menswear and accessories, plus talks from leading fashion companies. 15-20 Sep

London Design Festival

Watch London turn into a giant gallery during the London Design Festival, as dynamic and innovative projects pop up across the capital. Explore a range of creative installations and join events that celebrate contemporary design. 17-25 Sep

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October

Black History Month

Take part in the citywide celebration of Black communities with epic events across London during Black History Month. Discover cultural events and learn about Black history in London and beyond. 1-31 Oct

NFL London Games 

Cheer on your favourite American football team during a lineup of action-packed games as the NFL London Games return to the capital. Watch three games over the month, two of which are played at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the first purpose-built NFL stadium outside of the US. 2, 9 and 30 Oct

London Marathon

Run, walk or cheer on participants from the sidelines during the London Marathon. Join thousands of runners and spectators on the streets of the capital at this annual event that’s a sporting institution in London. 2 Oct

Diwali on Trafalgar Square

A man dressed in traditional clothing with flower garlands around his neck, at the Diwali festival, while other performers dance in the background.

Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, with lively stage performances and cultural activities at this free annual event in Trafalgar Square. The festival includes dance workshops, yoga and meditation sessions, and a children's zone. 9 Oct

Frieze art fairs

Admire beautiful works at Frieze London and Frieze Masters, major events on the capital's art calendar. View, browse and buy world-class art from the best international galleries in the beautiful surroundings of Regent’s Park. 12-16 Oct

October half-term

Find events and activities across London to keep the kids entertained during the October half-term school break. Check out London’s best family-friendly attractions, kid-specific museum exhibitions and children’s theatre performances. 15-30 Oct

Rugby League World Cup

Cheer on your favourite Rugby League national teams as they go head to head in the Rugby League World Cup. The matches take place across England, with London hosting the semi-finals and three games of the Wheelchair Tournament. 15 Oct-19 Nov

Halloween

Floating orange pumpkins hanging from the ceiling of the Great Hall, lit up in green and purple light

Celebrate the spooky season in London this Halloween. Check out themed eerie attractions in the city, come face to face with London’s haunted history, and take a ghost walk or bus ride around the capital. 31 Oct

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November

Bonfire Night

Red and white fireworks explode above a large crowd of people at night, with Battersea Power Station in the background.

Remember remember the fifth of November with impressive fireworks displays around London for Bonfire Night. Some parks put on bonfires, funfairs and fireworks that light up the cold winter night. 5 Nov

Remembrance Day

Wear a poppy and commemorate those who lost their lives in war on Remembrance Day. Two minutes of silence are observed across the city at 11am, and a remembrance service and parade take place along Whitehall on the Sunday closest to Remembrance Day. 11-13 Nov

London Jazz Festival

Enjoy spectacular live performances in venues across London as the city grooves to all things jazz during the EFG London Jazz Festival. Each year, the festival plays host to 10 days of performances, bringing together new talent and world-renowned jazz figures. 11-20 Nov

Lord Mayor's Show

Catch an elaborate parade that features dancers, horses, military marching bands and more at the Lord Mayor's Show. Follow this 800-year-old tradition and celebrate the new Lord Mayor with a mix of modern festivities with traditional pageantry, as more than 500,000 people line the route to watch the colourful parade travel across the City of London. 12 Nov

Hogwarts in the Snow

A flaming Christmas pudding on a long table laid with plates of food in front of a Christmas tree covered in gold stars

Get into the festive spirit with Hogwarts in the Snow, a self-guided walking tour around the iconic Harry Potter film sets at London Warner Bros. Studio Tour London that are magically transformed for the winter season. 12 Nov-15 Jan

Southall Festival of Lights

Watch as lit-up floats, joyful dancers and live performances take over the streets of Southall in west London for the Southall Festival of Lights. This Diwali-inspired night carnival travels in a parade of paper lanterns, fire performers and illuminated umbrellas. 14 Nov

Christmas at Kew

Blue laser-style lights spread out from the Palm House at Kew Gardens at night.

Be dazzled by twinkling lights on an after-dark stroll around Kew Gardens. Thousands of lights illuminate the lovely grounds with immersive displays and holiday cheer during Christmas at Kew. 16 Nov-3 Jan

Winter Wonderland

Get ready for the ultimate festive experience this Christmas at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Enjoy exciting fairground rides, take a spin on the ice skating rink and shop for gingerbread and more at the Christmas market. 18 Nov-2 Jan

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December

Christmas events

Tall, sparkling Christmas tree outside Covent Garden in the evening

Feel the capital's festive spirit all month long during Christmas in London. See fantastic light displays, watch a seasonal performance and go ice skating at outdoor rinks at famous landmarks throughout December. 1-31 Dec

Christmas tree and carols in Trafalgar Square

Admire the famous Trafalgar Square Christmas tree sparkling with hundreds of lights and sing along to festive carols around the tree during the countdown to Christmas. Dec TBC

Christmas Eve

Finish your Christmas shopping and catch a pantomime on Christmas Eve in London. Invite friends and family for a festive lights tour, book tickets for a musical or enjoy carols at a cathedral. 24 Dec

Christmas Day

Tower Bridge and the surrounding walkway in the snow on a sunny Christmas day 

Savor the quiet of the capital by exploring London on Christmas Day. Watch the Peter Pan Cup swim in Hyde Park, before tucking into Christmas dinner at a festive pub. 25 Dec

New Year's Eve

Say goodbye to 2022 by celebrating New Year's Eve in London. Meet with friends for a big night out, catch a year-end theatre show or live music performance, or take a cruise on the river Thames. 31 Dec

New Year's Eve Fireworks

Fireworks for New Year's Eve in London light up the sky behind the blue glowing London Eye.

See off the year with the spectacular London New Year's Eve fireworks display, an event televised around the world. Listen to the clock strike midnight as Big Ben's famous "bongs" ring out at the Houses of Parliament, followed by the UK's biggest annual fireworks display across the river. 31 Dec

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