All the best London events are listed below! Be sure not to miss them during your free time on our London tour!
Open Garden Squares
When: June, 08- June, 09
The annual Open Garden Squares returns for 2013 with 20 new gardens, including a rare opportunity to see that of 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister. Hidden grassy gems from the historic and traditional to the new and experimental are opened up to the public over the June 8th-9th weekend, including private gardens, roof gardens, community allotments, urban wildlife and ecology centres, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, institutions, restaurants, schools and shops.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade
When: June, 15
London celebrates The Queen’s official birthday in June each year with Trooping the Colour, a fantastic military parade that has taken place in London since 1820. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is full of military pomp and pageantry as The Queen carries out an inspection of the troops from the Household Division.
Horse-racing: Royal Ascot
When: June, 18- June, 22
Royal Ascot is Britain’s most popular race meeting. It’s the place to see and be seen for high society, royal watchers, fun seekers and horse racing enthusiasts alike! Steeped in tradition, heritage and pageantry, Royal Ascot dates back 300 years and is attended by the Royal Family. Royal Ascot features a daily horse-drawn procession from Windsor castle to Ascot Racecourse led by the Royal carriage.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
When: June, 24- July, 07
The world of tennis descends on Wimbledon in South West London every summer for two weeks of tennis, strawberries and cream, and good-natured queuing. Wimbledon is one of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world. In fact, it is the world’s longest-running and most prestigious tennis tournament.
When: June, 25- June, 30
Join the party as thousands of people take to the streets for Pride London, a celebration of all people sexual orientation and culture. This year’s event is themed around “Love (and Marriage)” and lots of special events are planned.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
When: July, 09- July, 14
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world’s largest annual flower show. As well as the stunning floral displays, you can learn about growing your own fruit and vegetables, get tips on gardening in a changing climate, and shop for garden products.
Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace
When: July, 11- July, 14
The gardens of Buckingham Palace will be opened to the public this summer for a unique festival celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. In the evening, the palace gardens will host a Coronation Gala starring UK music and dance talent, including Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson, as well as performers from across the Commonwealth.
Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games
When: July, 26- July, 28
The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is a twofold event over three days. Friday and Saturday will see the IAAF Diamond League action in the British Athletics Grand Prix, featuring the return of many Olympic champions, with a third day of sports on Sunday dedicated to showcasing the Paralympics champions of 2012.
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
When: July, 27- September, 29
Visit Buckingham Palace, one of the world’s few remaining working royal palaces, in London this summer. You’ll see some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, plus the spectacular The Queen’s Coronation 1953 exhibition, featuring royal dresses, uniforms and jewellery.
Prudential Ride London: London’s Cycling Festival
When: August, 03- August, 04
Hop on your bike and join Prudential Ride London, a world-class festival of cycling in London. Inspired by Team GB’s success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, Prudential Ride London will bring a big weekend of cycling fun to the capital.
Notting Hill Carnival
When: August, 25- August, 26
The streets of West London come alive every August Bank Holiday weekend as London celebrates Europe’s biggest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival. With a Caribbean theme that sees West London packed with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls, the Notting Hill Carnival is a huge party. And everyone is invited!
Carnaval del Pueblo
When: dates to be announced
Carnaval del Pueblo celebrates music, dance and culture from Latin American countries. The event is usually held during the first week of August, and the carnival always kicks off with a colourful procession of floats.