Upcoming events in London

December 2, 2017

There is always something exciting happening in London. Each month, each season, each holiday brings a new experience that will add to your London memories. In order for you to immerse yourself in London’s culture, we have compiled a list of events that are happening in London for the next several months.

Our London Connection properties are in the best neighborhoods and very accessible to each of these events. We would love you to take a picture of yourself while attending these activities and then add the image to our Instagram LDNCXN or Facebook page using #ldncxn to tag us in the comments. If we select one of your images to feature in a future blog or post, you will receive a 10% discount on your return visit to stay in one of our vacation rental apartments.

On the list below, click on the bolded burgundy headings to link to more information.

December 2017

Christmas at Kew

  • 22 November-1 January
  • Mile-long trail throughout the botanic gardens
  • Lit up with over one million lights
  • Chorus of Singing Trees
  • Santa and his elves
  • Victorian Carousel

Under the Christmas Tree

  • Kensington Palace
  • December 3, 10, 17
  • Storytelling: Meet Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
  • Christmas Decoration Making

Winterville

  • 23 November-December
  • Open-air ice skating
  • Plonk Golf’s indoor course
  • Movies in Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden
  • Comedy, cabaret, family shows and club nights in the Spiegeltent
  • Big Wheel
  • Christmas Market
  • Street Feast’s

Winter Wonderland

  • 17 November-1 January
  • Hyde Park
  • Ice Skating, big top shows, an observation wheel, and huge Christmas market
  • Largest outdoor ice skating rink

Living Nativity

  • London Zoo
  • November 29- December 15

The Nutcracker

  • December 5- January 10 2018
  • The Royal Ballet

Hogwarts in the Snow

  • 18 November-28 January
  • Hogwarts gets dressed up for the winter season including Christmas trees, a big feast, etc

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

  • 31 December
  • Fireworks over the London Eye
  • Big Ben sounds the new year
  • Tickets are £10

January 2018

New Year’s Day Parade

  • 1 January
  • Parade celebrating the New Year in Central London.
  • From Green Park Tube station to Parliament Square
  • Starts at 12 noon.

Hogwarts in the Snow

  • 18 November-28 January
  • Hogwarts gets dressed up for the winter season including Christmas trees, a big feast, etc

Christmas at Kew

  • 22 November-1 January
  • Mile-long trail throughout the botanic gardens
  • Lit up with over one million lights
  • Chorus of Singing Trees
  • Santa and his elves
  • Victorian Carousel

The Nutcracker

  • December 5- January 10 2018
  • The Royal Ballet

London Short Film Festival

  • 5-14 January
  • Live music events
  • Showcases the best UK independent films
  • Film screenings
  • Workshops and talks

Lumiere London

  • 18-21 January
  • Lit up art that lines that city
  • North and south of the river Thames
  • Free event to walk around and see.

London Boat Show

  • 10-14 January
  • Boating Lake to try out kayaking, Zorbing, etc
  • Showcases boats

London Art Fair

  • 17-21 January
  • 100 galleries to showcase contemporary artwork
  • In the Business Design Centre

February 2018

Chinese New Year’s

  • 18 February
  • Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, West End
  • Parade through Chinatown
  • Activities in chinatown

Pancake Day

  • 13 February
  • Pancake day races
  • Eating contest for pancakes and crepes
  • Obstacle courses
  • Most creative pancake

Valentine’s Day

  • 14 February
  • Places to eat
  • Nighttime boat rides

February Half-Term

  • 10-18 February
  • Shows, activities, things to take kids too

London Classic Car Show

  • 15-18 February
  • Watch the cars in action at the Grand Avenue
  • Guest speakers

March 2018

Head of the River Race

  • 11 March
  • Rowing event
  • 400 national and international crews
  • Scheduled to start at 10:15AM

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  • 16-18 March
  • Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square

Easter in London

  • 30 March-2 April
  • Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday
  • Easter Egg hunts and trail
  • Easter chocolate
  • Easter Lunch

April 2018

Easter Weekend

  • 30 March-2 April
  • Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday
  • Easter Egg hunts and trail
  • Easter chocolate
  • Easter Lunch

London Marathon

  • 22 April

May 2018

Chelsea Flower Show

  • 22-26 May
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds
  • Floral exhibits
  • Tickets need to be purchased in Advance

Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival

  • 13 May
  • Free
  • Punch and Judy enthusiasts

State opening of Parliament

  • Queen and Duke of Edinburgh usually go from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster for the Opening of Parliament, but won’t be this year
  • Most important event for Parliament

Museums at night

  • 16-19 May
  • Major museums and heritage sites have a biannual nationwide festival
  • Mostly free. Some activities you might need a ticket for
  • Torchlit tours

FA Cup Final

  • Can watch knockout rounds.
  • Oldest and longest running football competition in the world
  • Held at the Wembley Stadium
  • Only Professional English teams

Half Term activities

  • 26 May-3 June
  • Lots of kids events
  • Half way through summer

June 2018

Trooping the Colour

  • 9 June
  • Marks the Queen’s official birthday
  • An inspection of her troops takes place
  • Leads her guards in a parade
  • Gives a salute once she has reached Buckingham Palace
  • Then watches the Royal Air Force fly by

Half Term activities

  • 26 May-3 June
  • Lots of kids events
  • Half way through summer

Households Division’s Beating Retreat

  • 6-7 June
  • Wednesday and Thursday evenings before the Queen’s birthday
  • Sunset pageant
  • Includes precision drill, horses, cannons, and fireworks
  • Accompanied by 300 musicians from the Massed Bands of the Household Division

Open Garden Squares Weekend

  • 9-10 June
  • Private Gardens, roof gardens, and community allotments are open to the public for one weekend every year
  • Guided walks, music, family entertainment, activities and food
  • Tickets range from £10-£15
  • Some gardens and activities might require advance bookings

Royal Ascot

  • 19-23 June
  • Horse Racing
  • World famous horse race meetings
  • Also one of the most fashionable events in London

Taste of London

  • 40 of London’s best restaurants
  • At Regent’s Park
  • Masterclasses
  • Shopping
  • Live cooking demonstrations

West End LIVE

  • Leading musicals
  • Free performances
  • In Trafalgar Square
  • Very popular, get there early
  • Sing along to a few songs they perform

We will update this list each month, so check back here as it gets closer to the date you will visit. And please, if you are aware of other events we didn’t include, send the info to sheilaf@connectionsmg.com and we will add it to the list. Enjoy London!