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No matter your interests, there's so much to see and do in London, from festivals and cultural events to sporting highlights and more. Keep up to date with our What's on in London page and ensure you make the most of your visit to London! Start planning now!

Spring

The London Marathon
The London Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world. If you fancy competing, you’ll need to enter by ballot to secure a place. But even if running 26.2 miles isn’t your thing, cheering along the world-class athletes, fun runners and novelty entrants in fancy dress is huge fun – the perfect excuse to soak up a bit of the early spring sunshine while seeing London landmarks like Tower Bridge and the Cutty Sark.

Easter in London
Easter is a great time to visit London with children. Many public parks and attractions will be hosting egg hunts and special activities. Away from the centre, the National Trust owns many grand historic properties and gardens – each with their own busy Easter programme of events and egg hunts. Ham House & Garden and Morden Hall Park are oases of calm, easily reachable from Central London.

Royal Wedding
The countdown is on for 2018's royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Due to take place on 19 May at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, the festivities and celebrations will extend across the country to mark the special occasion. 

As Shakespeare intended
The Shakespeare’s Globe theatre on the banks of the Thames starts its season of open-air theatre in May. The season usually runs through to October, with the full programme to be announced in January 2018. If you’re in London from late spring to Autumn, try to catch a production in these atmospheric surroundings, a reconstruction of an open-air theatre designed in 1599.

Summer

Soak up some sun
Summer in London is wonderful, thanks to the city’s many green spaces, so pull up a deckchair or pack a picnic and relax in the sunshine. St James’ Park is perfect for attending the Changing of the Guards, as it’s situated between Horse Guards and Buckingham Palace. In Hyde Park, you can rent a rowboat on the Serpentine or the hardy can take a dip in its unheated Lido. Regent’s Park is home to London Zoo, so is a must-visit if you are travelling with children. Just opposite the Zoo, the green expanse of Primrose Hill offers some of the best views of the city – a perfect picnic spot on a sunny summer’s day.

Open Garden Squares weekend
London has plenty of green spaces to enjoy, but for one weekend every June there are another 200 or more available. The London open gardens weekend unlocks the gates of historic, experimental and traditional gardens. Visitors can venture into roof gardens, community allotments and the gardens of historic buildings, museums, churches and universities.

The Proms
London’s classical music series takes place each year at the iconic surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and at the Proms in the Park events. If you’re a music lover and in town over the summer, don’t miss getting tickets.

Outdoor movies
Pack a picnic and head to Somerset House on summer evenings in August to enjoy great outdoor cinema experiences. The grand courtyard of this contemporary arts museum hosts special events throughout the year and the summer movie season is one of the most popular.

Notting Hill Carnival
The Notting Hill carnival, London’s annual celebration of Caribbean culture, parties through the streets of Kensington and Chelsea for two days over the August bank holiday weekend each year. With colourful parades and fabulous music from reggae to salsa, and steel bands to dub, you can dance your way past bone-shaking sound systems while enjoying delicious fried plantain, spicy jerk chicken and other Caribbean favourites.

Autumn

London Open House 
Every year, for one weekend in September, Londoners are invited to have a nose around some of the capital’s most interesting buildings. More than 800 buildings throw open their doors as part of this annual event, including 10 Downing Street and the Bank of England. This offers visitors an opportunity to get some very unusual views of the city and its landmarks.

Bonfire night
Each November, Brits celebrate the foiling of an alleged plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament with huge bonfires and fireworks. The best displays can be found at Battersea Park and Alexandra Palace, with fireworks shows set to music and winter market stalls to browse and grab a warming brew or snack.

Winter

Christmas in the capital
London’s shopping boulevards of Oxford Street, Bond Street and Carnaby Street are full of festive shoppers and twinkling lights during the Christmas season. Meander through the Christmas markets on the banks of the Thames at the Southbank Centre and London Bridge. Ice-skating rinks pop up all over town, including at the annual Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park – which boasts market stalls, bars and entertainment too. Another beautiful ice-skating rink can be found in the courtyard at Somerset House.
 
Welcome the New Year
London welcomes the New Year with a fantastic fireworks spectacular over the River Thames. If you’re not lucky enough to be staying in a nearby hotel, or to have booked a roof-terrace restaurant, head to the Embankment to brave the cold and countdown with friends (tickets required). On New Year’s Day, there’s an excuse for more celebrations with an afternoon parade from Green Park to Parliament Square.