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Annual Events and Festivals in London

We all know there is so much to see in London, from the historic such as The Tower of London to the more up to date attractions like the Tate Modern.  There are fantastic museums including the Natural History Museum and there is also some unique Hidden Treasures   In addition to these London attractions you will find lively festivals and other events throughout the year.  If you have flexibility in determining your travel dates, please review a sample list of events below.

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London Ice Sculpture Festival

In January London holds the Ice Sculpture Festival, This annual Festival is FREE and visitors have the chance to see highly talented sculptors from around the world as they compete to be crowned  Champion. Canary Wharf is hosting one of London’s favourite winter events for the fourth year running.

Find out more at www.londonicesculptingfestival.co.uk

 

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

In February, you can join Londoners as they celebrate the Chinese New Year.  Occasionally this event will fall on a date in late January.  Throughout Chinatown, you will find a colourful parade, great food, and various forms of entertainment.  

Find out more at www.london.gov.uk

 

Russian Festival

Russian Festival

In March you will find the Russian Winter Festival.  This festival celebrates Russia, but is perfect for individuals of all nationalities.  In fact, it draws over 70,000 visitors each year and even the Russian Dolls love riding the London Eye.

Find out more at www.maslenitsa.co.uk

 

London Marathon

London Marathon

In April its the London Marathon, with a route around famous land marks such as Tower Bridge, the Mall and St Paul's Cathedral.  This is the world's largest marathon as of 2012 with 36,748 finishing the race.  As for spectators, well they can relax, enjoy atmoshere and cheer on the runners.                                                                                                                                     Find out more at www.virginlondonmarathon.com

 

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show in May is the plant breeders' favourite place to unveil new plants. Find out all your need to know to plan a trip to the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including lots of insider tips that you need to know

Find out more at www.rhs.org.uk

 

Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade is June, and it is an event to mark the Queens birthday we have Horse Guards Parade. Although it is difficult to gain display tickets, it is easy to see the procession from the sidelines.

Find out more at www.royal.gov.uk

 

 

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Great British Beer Festival

In July, towards the end of the month, you will find the Great British Bear Festival at Earls Court.  With organised tasting, you can enjoy a day filled of fun.  In addition to the 200 British beers and another 200 imported beers, you will find great music and tasty foods.

Find out more at www.gbbf.org

 

Street Fair

Street Fair

In August, there is the African-Caribbean Street Fair.  This fair is one of the largest annuals festivals in all of Europe.  Each year, it attracts about 500,000 people.  So if you are London during this festival, let lose and enjoy a day filled with reggae music and Caribbean foods.

 

 

Thames Festival

Thames Festival

In September, the Thames Festival takes place.  This festival is often referred to as an end of the summer party for London.  This free festival takes place at various landmarks along the Thames River such .  This festival is large enough that some road and bridges (Millennium Bridge) are closed down, making away for the celebration of culture.

Find out more at www.thamesfestival.org

 

Trafalgar Square Festival

Trafalgar Square Festival

In the month of October, the Trafalgar Square Festival takes place.  This large and extended festival is home to some of the best chamber music and poetry in the country.  All outdoor performances are free.

Find out more at www.london.gov.uk

 

 

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Throughout the month of November, you will find numerous Christmas lighting ceremonies in and around London.  Many parts of London are lit for the holidays.  Areas you should check out include St. Christopher's Place, the Covent Garden Market, and Regents Street.  There is even a few subtle lights on in Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

 

 

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

In the month of December, you will find a special Christmas tree ceremony in the Trafalgar Square.  The tree is given by Norway, as a thank you for assistance during the war.  Here, you can find a special tree lighting ceremony, sing Christmas carols, and listen to live performances.

 

 

The above mentioned annual festivals and scheduled events are only a small sample of what you will find available.  Events are scheduled throughout the year,  However please make sure you check dates before you plan your trip as we would not want you to miss any of these festivals.

 

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