Carnival in West London

Notting Hill Carnival

Every year, August ends with a long bank holiday weekend, and West London echoes to the ska, reggae, R&B, dancehall and soca sounds of the Notting Hill Carnival. Launched in 1964 by an Afro-Caribbean community k…
Parade in The West End

Trooping the Colour

Celebrating the Queen's official birthday (her actual birthday is in April), this ceremonial procession of troops, marching along the Mall for their sovereign's inspection, is a pageantry overload, featuring 1400 of…
Film in The West End

Film4 Summer Screen

For two weeks every summer, Somerset House turns its stunning courtyard into an open-air cinema and screens an eclectic mix of film premieres, cult classics and popular requests. Pack a picnic and blankets or cushio…
Music in The South Bank

Meltdown Festival

The Southbank Centre hands over the curatorial reigns to a legend of contemporary music (Morrissey, Patti Smith, David Byrne) to pull together a full program of concerts, talks and films.
Horticulture in Kensington & Hyde Park

Chelsea Flower Show

Held at the lovely Royal Hospital Chelsea, this is arguably the world's most renowned horticultural show, attracting green fingers from all four corners of the globe.
Art in The West End

Summer Exhibition

Held without pause since 1769, this showcase of works submitted by unknown and established artists from around the world is the biggest annual event at the Royal Academy of Arts. Most of the 1000 or so pieces on dis…
Rowing in London

The Boat Race

A posh-boy grudge match held annually since 1829 between the rowing crews of Oxford and Cambridge universities. Surging upstream between Putney and Mortlake, the event (which included a female crew boat race for the…
Music in Greenwich & South London

Field Day

The annual Field Day alternative music festival was held in Victoria Park from 2007, but in 2018 it moved to Brockwell Park. Performances in recent years have included Run the Jewels, PJ Harvey and James Blake.
Comedy in Greenwich & South London

Greenwich Comedy Festival

Held in the grounds of the National Maritime Museum in September, this festival usually showcases some of the UK's best-loved stand-up comedians. Bars and street food stalls provide sustenance.
Film in London

London Film Festival

The city's premier film event attracts big overseas names and you can catch over 100 British and international films in venues across the city before their cinema release. Masterclasses are given by world-famous dir…