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Street celebrations in Notting Hill

Notting Hill Carnival

The first Notting Hill Carnival took place in 1964 when London's Caribbean community introduced the carnival to ease racial tensions. Since then it has become a popular and colourful annual event celebrated by more than two million Londoners of all backgrounds. It is said...  see full details



The Boat Race

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

An annual tradition since 1829, the rowing race between two of Britain's oldest university sides creates a festival atmosphere along the banks of the Thames between Putney and Mortlake. Thousands of people gather at various vantage points along the riverbank, many of them conveniently...  see full details



Flora London Marathon

London Marathon

The Virgin Money London Marathon (commonly known as simply the London Marathon) is a 26.2 mile (42km) race from Greenwich Park to the Mall, passing by many famous London landmarks including the Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Big...  see full details



Wembley Stadium

FA Cup Final

The cherished FA Cup (The Football Association Challenge Cup) is football's oldest tournament and has a special place in the hearts of fans in the UK and all around the world. What separates this tournament, first held in 1871, from many of the...  see full details



Clivia Miniata

Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show is an annual event organised by the Royal Horticultural Society and, since its inception in 1913, has been recognised as the foremost show of its kind in the world. An immensely popular event, the show draws crowds of thousands...  see full details



Royal Fly By, Trooping the Colours

Trooping the Colour (Queen's Birthday Parade)

The ceremony of the Trooping the Colour (or Queen's Birthday Parade) takes place each year on the Queen's birthday and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th century. Although the Queen was actually born on 21 April, her official...  see full details



Wimbledon Championships

Wimbledon Tennis Championships

The Wimbledon Championships are the highlight of the year's tennis calendar, bringing together the world's leading tennis professionals in a battle for glory. The first championship event at Wimbledon dates back to 1877, but the first Ladies' Singles championship was only introduced in 1884....  see full details



V Festival, England

V Festival Chelmsford

Offering many of the biggest live acts from around the world, the festival is noted for its professionalism and low queuing times, ensuring its sold-out status every year. Like the Reading and Leeds festivals, this one has a sibling festival too (with acts playing...  see full details



Reading Festival

Reading Festival

One of the English summer's great festivals of music, the Reading Festival boasts many of the biggest names in Pop/Rock/Indie/Folk and Comedy. The event is increasing in popularity each year and tens of thousands make their way to the fields to enjoy the finest...  see full details



Royal Albert Hall

BBC Proms

The Proms claims to be the 'greatest classical musical festival in the world', and every summer it presents a wide range of music, from symphony orchestras to operas and contemporary music. Performances take place in one of the capital's most majestic venues, the Royal...  see full details



The London IMAX

BFI London Film Festival

Film-fever spreads all across London for two weeks during the British Film Institute sponsored London Film Festival. It is the most important film festival in the UK and features premieres, short films, experimental pieces, world cinema jewels and a healthy programme of classics. Many...  see full details



Lord Mayor's Show, London

Lord Mayor's Show

The Lord Mayor's Show is an annual event held in the City of London when the mayor makes their way from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice to swear allegiance to the crown. Earmarked by each Lord Mayor since 1215, the...  see full details



Piccadilly Circus, London

West End Shows

Famed for its musicals, the West End in the centre of London boasts some of the best theatre in the world, from musicals to comedy to drama, featuring many famous actors. There are always new shows, as well as ongoing productions such as...  see full details



The Queen's Guard, London

Changing of the Guard

This is one of the oldest and most familiar of all royal ceremonies. Every other day, a throng of tourists gather outside Buckingham Palace to watch the exchange of duty between the Old Guard and the New Guard.

The Foot Guards wear...  see full details