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15 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

late May–early September • event

The actors perform in both warm starry nights and stormy weather

Globe Theatre

May–October • event

Would you like to visit a Renaissance Theatre? The reconstructed open-air Globe stages plays in a 17th century fashion

Paddling on the Thames

March–October • activity

Observe London's historical buildings while drifting along the River Thames

Opera Holland Park

May 29–July 28, 2018 • event

The London open air opera has its own charm and worldclass performances

Street Performances

June–August • event

Besides oranges, Covent Garden's jugglers are skilled enough to shuffle knives and chainsaws

Horse and Pony Riding

April–October • activity

Horses—for adults, ponies—for younger riders, and beautiful natural trails with windmills​ and red deer—for all to enjoy

Birdwatching in Barnes

April–October • nature

Anything from wetland birds to wildfowl and migrating species can be found in the large area of the London Wetland Centre

Wimbledon

July 02–15, 2018 • event

The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, one of four Grand Slam tournaments

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

June 22–July 07, 2018 • event

This summer weekend is devoted to modern art and outdoor performances

Lobster

June–August • food

Be sure to try the local lobster in London

Crabs

April–November  • food

Crab meat is a real delicacy, it is tender, tasty, and like almost all seafood, very nutritious

Power Kiting

April–October • activity

It's an amazing feeling to be literally carried away by a kite in Richmond Park

Swimming

April–October • activity

Though London has no access to the sea or ocean, it has the Thames River and moreover—ponds to bathe in

Watersports at West Reservoir Centre

April–October • activity

West Reservoir offers a variety of watersports from sailing to canoe polo

Parkour in Westminster

April–October • activity

Make your way through the labyrinth of obstacles in The Leap—the largest parkour park in the world

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Trooping the Colour & The Queen's Birthday Parade

June 16, 2018 • event

Even rows of marching soldiers called "Trooping the Colors​," royal flyovers, and salutes celebrate the Birthday of Her Majesty

Hogwarts in the Snow

November 18 2017–February 04 2018 • activity

Still waiting for your invitation letter to Hogwarts? Luckily, today muggles can freely roam the school for wizards!

Changing of the Guard

April–July • event

A guard in an iconic scarlet tunic and bearskin hat must be always on alert to protect the Queen, so the changing of the guard is a vital tradition

Open House London

September 16–17, 2017 • event

A unique occasion to discover London's secret venues with free guided tours

BFI London Film Festival

October 04–15, 2017 • event

This is a great event for the local and international film industry and a wonderful occasion to meet your favourite actors in person

Royal Gun Salutes

February 06 | April 21 | June 02 | November 14 • event

Gun salutes mark special occasions in London often associated with the Royal Family

Museums at Night

October 27–28, 2017 • event

Museums have a special charm when explored at night—​you might see something special you'd miss during the day

St Patrick's Day Parade

March 18, 2018 • event

Raise a glass to Ireland while the green procession paves its way through the centre of London

BBC Proms

July 14–September 09, 2017 • event

One classical music concert can heal your soul, develop more positive thinking, and improve your productivity

The Notting Hill Carnival

August 25–27, 2018 • event

The capital of Great Britain is hardly recognizable when the Afro-Carribean spirit revels in the streets of London

London Wine Week

May 14–20, 2018 • event

Wherever you go, you'll be offered a sip of wine

Halloween

October 31 • event

Owing to its long and sometimes bloody history there's no shortage of hauntings and ghosts in London if you know where to look

Crocuses

late-February–March • nature

Exploring London's parks, one might find a "Crocus Carpet" or even an entire meadow of crocuses

Rugby Union

September–May • event

England takes great pride in Rugby Union, the oldest type of rugby football

Reading & Leeds Festivals

August 24–26, 2018 • event

Some of the most popular music festivals in the UK with great names of pop and rock

New Year's Eve

December 31 • event

The British consider the New Year to be a secondary holiday, but they celebrate it well anyways!

Canalway Cavalcade

April 29–May 01, 2017 • event

A range of nice neat boats arrive to the canalway of London's Little Venice

Hampton Court Palace Festival

June 07–24, 2017 • event

Ten days of July are devoted to music and comedy to entertain the nightly visitors of Henry VIII's Palace Court

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

September–October (rutting) | May–July (birthing)  • nature

This park is not fenced off, deer roam where they want

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

June 19–23, 2018 • event

Royal Ascot combines exquisite English fashion with high-quality racing

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

November 04, 2018 • event

Spectacular cars from the end of the 19th century preserve the spirit of good old England

Taste of London

June 14–18, 2017 • event

Nothing motivates more that the desire to be the best, so just relax and let the chefs try to please your palate

Buckingham Palace Tours

August–September • activity

The finest pieces of art, exquisite furniture, and the overall magnificence of the palace evoke great awe

Camellia Showcase

late February–March • nature

Apart from China and Japan, Chiswick's Camellias are the oldest in the world

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

April 23 • event

Although the identity and the origin of England's patron saint are not 100% clear, the feast bears a great importance for this nation

Lord Mayor's Show

November 12 • event

London celebrates an 800-year-old tradition as the iconic golden coach takes the mayor to the Queen

Ice Skating

mid-November–early January • activity

London's historical and modern landmarks make this traditional winter activity into a truly beautiful experience

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

May 13, 2018 • event

A puppet show holiday is a great delight for the whole family

Bonfire Night

November 04, 2017 • event

Thanks to Guy Fawkes' attempt to kill James I, Londoners have another reason to set off fireworks and eat festive toffees

Premier League

mid-August to mid-May • event

Crazy about football? Give in to your passion at the greatest games of the English Premier League hosted in the capital

Spring Blossoms

March–May • nature

Floral show continues throughout the entire spring starting from daffodils in early March until wisteria in late May

The London Design Festival

September 15–23, 2018 • event

The world's capital of design dictates the best modern styles

Duck and Goose Eggs

February–June | September • food

Try a duck or goose egg omelette for a change or for the sake of new experience. You may develop a taste for it!

Christmas Carols

late November–late December • event

Angelic singers celebrate the holidays and share goodwill and joy with Christmas carols

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

February 13, 2018 • event

The day before the beginning of Lent when English families prepare a hearty meal with pancakes

Winter at the Southbank Centre with Natwest

mid-November to late January • event

The Southbank Centre promises great winter fun starting with a Christmas fair and seasonal treats and captivating snow spectacles

Virgin Money London Marathon

April 22, 2018 • event

This London Marathon is a great way to observe the main landmarks of the city and collect money for charity all in a single day

London Restaurant Festival

October • food

Even if you try 11 restaurants a day for every day of October you still won't get them all!

Halloween Treats

October 31 • food

The taste of Halloween is embodied in cubed earwax, eyeball cubes, jelly dentures, and blood shots available in haunted pubs

Sweet Chestnut Season

October–late December • food

Large steaming braziers, from which a fragrant smoke spreads, is a typical sight for the Englishmen in the fall

Oysters

October–February • food

In the 19th century, oysters were cheap and abundant, nowadays—much more expensive and scarce so be appreciative!

London Fashion Week

February 16–20, 2018 • event

London has become a fashion Mecca for talented young designers

Jerusalem Artichokes

September–March • food

Though the once named "Girasole" artichokes have been renamed "Jerusalem" artichokes though the great taste remains the same

Pumpkin Season

October • food

The "golden head" is full of delicious seeds and vitamins

Swan Upping

July 16–20, 2018 • event

The swans are surrounded with special attention in England

Hunting Season & Game Meat

August, 12–February • activity

While London's licensed hunters try their shooting skills, you can treat your stomach to some delicious game meat

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

May • food

Sour rhubarb crumble topped with ginger and sweetened with cicely leaves is a classic London favorite

Mushroom Season

September–October • food

Are you keen on fresh mushrooms? Local porcini must be a real treat for you!

Peas

August • food

Enjoy freshly shelled English peas!