Londons Most Exciting Annual Festivals
Music festivals and other annual events constitute the major part of any city or country’s culture. London is no different; it is recognized the world over owing to its famous cultural events that take place throughout the year. Many of these events are free for all especially attracting tourists from across the globe to see the true culture of England. Our events section lists the upcoming festivals, music and other shows in London.
Here is a list of London’s most exciting annual festivals:
New Year’s Day Parade
This parade takes place in London each year on 1st January marking the beginning of a new year. It is an exciting festival and the first-ever parade of this kind was held in 1987. In essence, the New Year’s Day Parade is a street event, largely free for thousands of people. However, there is also a seating arrangement but it is only available if you buy the ticket.
City of London Festival
This annual arts festival occurs in the month of June or July. The event serves to promote classical music in London but also features other genres such as Jazz and world music. Film screenings and guided tours are sometimes on offer to tourists.
Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival is a special cultural event that takes place each year in August. First celebrated in 1966, it now celebrated on the streets of Notting Hill and the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington. It spans two days, combining the bank holiday with the Sunday to make it a long and exciting weekend for Londoners.
Chelsea Flower Show
Called the Great Spring Show, it is one of the oldest annual festivals of London held in the month of May. The event takes place in the famous Royal Hospital Chelsea and usually spans five days. It is quite a show and a must-see for those coming to London for the first time. If you want to see the true spirit of London attached to its rich history, this event is highly recommended.
This world famous long-distance running event takes place each year in April. It is a sponsored event, with professional athletes from around the world competing for the crown. More than 10,000 people participate in this event but only after applying and subsequently selected.
There is no shortage of art exhibitions, free museums, and other free things to do in London. The above-mentioned festivals take place every year so you can enjoy them whenever you visit London to have a truly entertaining time with your loved ones.