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Best time of year to visit London

Even though it is virtually impossible to escape the crowds, March to May is probably the best time to visit London. Warm spring is a prime time for exploring blooming city parks and going wild and green during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. High room and airfare rates reflect the surge of tourism from late May to early September. Besides excellent summer weather, the city enjoys numerous events like the Wimbledon tournaments, Notting Hill Carnival, and the Globe Theatre plays. You can always plan your trip for autumn and winter, but mind there is a higher probability that weather will pass you a curve-ball. Misty October will guide you through the London Film Festival and boozy nights in cosy pubs, while busy December will charm you with festive atmosphere. The main rule is, no matter when you visit London, pack an umbrella.

22 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON (SEPTEMBER 07 - SEPTEMBER 16)

Globe Theatre

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

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

late May–early September • event

The actors perform in both warm starry nights and stormy weather

Paddling on the Thames

Paddling on the Thames

March–October • activity

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

Buckingham Palace Tours

Buckingham Palace Tours

August–September • activity

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

Premier League

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

Birdwatching in Barnes

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

Tower of London

Tower of London

all year round • activity

Visit the iconic landmark which played a pivotal role in the history of London

Rugby Union

Rugby Union

September–May • event

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

Horse and Pony Riding

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

Crabs

Crabs

April–November  • food

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

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms

November–March (all year round) • activity

This place used to be the best-kept secret of the British government, the place from where Sir Winston Churchill directed the World War II

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

Deer Watching in Richmond Park

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

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

Duck and Goose Eggs

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!

Swimming

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

Old Operating Theatre

Old Operating Theatre

all year round • activity

Britain's oldest surviving operating theatre​ dates back to 1822

Power Kiting

Power Kiting

April–October • activity

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

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

year round • activity

One of the creepiest sites in London known for its vampires and famous people's graves

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

September–March • food

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

Mushroom Season

Mushroom Season

September–October • food

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

Hunting Season & Game Meat

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

Parkour in Westminster

Parkour in Westminster

April–October • activity

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

Watersports at West Reservoir Centre

Watersports at West Reservoir Centre

April–October • activity

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

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Lumiere Festival

Lumiere Festival

November 14–17, 2019 • event

The largest light festival in the UK features amazing installations

St Patrick's Day Parade

St Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2019 • event

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

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

August 24–26, 2019 • event

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

Hogwarts in the Snow

Hogwarts in the Snow

November 16 2019–January 26 2020 • activity

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

Changing of the Guard

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

London Wine Week

London Wine Week

May 13–19, 2019 • event

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

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

November 03, 2019 • event

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

Open House London

Open House London

September 21–22, 2019 • event

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

Museums at Night

Museums at Night

May 15–18, 2019 • event

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

Royal Gun Salutes

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

BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

October 02–13, 2019 • event

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

BBC Proms

BBC Proms

July 19–September 14, 2019 • event

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

Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival

July 03–07, 2019 • event

Let this fantastic event be a highlight of your London summer!

Trooping the Colour & The Queen's Birthday Parade

Trooping the Colour & The Queen's Birthday Parade

June 08, 2019 • event

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

Canalway Cavalcade

Canalway Cavalcade

May 02–04, 2020 • event

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

Winter at the Southbank Centre with Natwest

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

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

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

Lovebox Festival

Lovebox Festival

July 12–13, 2019 • event

Enjoy the the genre-blurring lineup during one of the finest festivals in London

Opera Holland Park

Opera Holland Park

June 04–August 03, 2019 • event

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

Reading & Leeds Festivals

Reading & Leeds Festivals

August 23–25, 2019 • event

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

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

mid-November–early January • activity

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

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

November 05, 2019 • event

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

Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms

March–May • nature

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

Taste of London

Taste of London

June 19–23, 2019 • event

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

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

December 31 • event

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

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

July 01–14, 2019 • event

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

Lord Mayor's Show

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

Halloween

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

Street Performances

Street Performances

June–August • event

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

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

May 09, 2020 • event

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

Easter

Easter

April 10–13, 2020 • event

London's busy Easter weekend features Good Friday performances, grand masses, egg hunts, locally-made sweets, and even an equestrian parade

Crocuses

Crocuses

late-February–March • nature

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

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

June 21–July 07, 2019 • event

This summer weekend is devoted to modern art and outdoor performances

The London Design Festival

The London Design Festival

September 14–22, 2019 • event

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

Swan Upping

Swan Upping

July 15–19, 2019 • event

The swans are surrounded with special attention in England

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

Horse-Racing: Royal Ascot

June 18–22, 2019 • event

Royal Ascot combines exquisite English fashion with high-quality racing

MCM London Comic Con

MCM London Comic Con

May 24–26, 2019 • event

One of London's favourite cosplay events

BMW LSO Open Air Classics

BMW LSO Open Air Classics

June 30, 2019 • event

A free open-air concert by London's oldest orchestra in the heart of UK's capital

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Hampton Court Palace Festival

June 06–22, 2019 • event

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

Oysters

Oysters

October–February • food

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

Camellia Showcase

Camellia Showcase

late February–March • nature

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

Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

late November–late December • event

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

Christmas Shows

Christmas Shows

late November–early January • event

Theatre is a must-see during the holiday season in London

Hyper Japan

Hyper Japan

July 12–14, 2019 • event

Celebrate J-culture with traditional art, performances, and food

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

April 06, 2019 • event

Let out your inner child andhave some fun in the middle of a megapolis

MOVE IT

MOVE IT

March 13–15, 2020 • event

The world’s largest dance event, celebrating all forms of performing arts

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

September 13–17, 2019 • event

London has become a fashion Mecca for talented young designers

Sweet Chestnut Season

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

Underbelly Festival Southbank

Underbelly Festival Southbank

April 05–September 29, 2019 • event

Comedy, circus and cabaret all summer on the south bank of the Thames river

Virgin Money London Marathon

Virgin Money London Marathon

April 28, 2019 • 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

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble

May • food

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

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

November 22 2019–January 06 2020 • event

Pop-up ice rinks and holiday fairs cheer up the dark winters with their twinkling lights

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

April–early May • nature

Beautiful pink sign of spring arrival

London Restaurant Festival

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!

Lobster

Lobster

June–August • food

Be sure to try the local lobster in London

Pride in London Parade

Pride in London Parade

July 06, 2019 • event

One of the largest gay pride events in Europe and the world

Comida Fest

Comida Fest

August 10–11, 2019 • event

The biggest Latin American food festival in London

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Season

October • food

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

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

February 25, 2020 • event

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

London Christmas Lights

London Christmas Lights

mid-November–early January • event

The capital of UK glows and shines getting ready for the holidays

World Naked Bike Ride London

World Naked Bike Ride London

June 08, 2019 • event

The annual event aimed to protest car culture and celebrate the human body

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 10, 2019 • event

The biggest celebration of this kind outside of Asia

Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens

Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens

February 08–March 08, 2020 • event

See some of the most beautiful orchids in the world

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

November 21 2019–January 05 2020 • event

Immerse yourself in the magical holiday spectacular

London Literature Festival

London Literature Festival

October 17–27, 2019 • event

One of London's most exciting and prestigious literary events

London Coffee Festival

London Coffee Festival

April 02–05, 2020 • event

Dozens of tastings, special offers and barista competitions

The Creative Craft Show

The Creative Craft Show

April 04–06, 2019 • event

A huge gathering of new and established crafters

The Boat Race

The Boat Race

April 07, 2019 • event

The rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge reaches its peak

London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week

October 04–13, 2019 • event

The world's biggest cocktail festival showcasing UK capital's unrivalled cocktail scene

London International Mime Festival

London International Mime Festival

January 08–February 02, 2020 • event

A popular innovative theatre event in London

Halloween Treats

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

Tower Hamlets Fireworks at Victoria Park

Tower Hamlets Fireworks at Victoria Park

November 04, 2018 • event

A spectacular display on Bonfire Night in London

Great British Beer Festival

Great British Beer Festival

August 06–10, 2019 • event

Sample some great street food, listen to live bands and enjoy a glass of special beer

Magical Lantern Festival

Magical Lantern Festival

November 24 2017–January 01 2018 • event

Spectacular fusion of art and culture transforms a park into wonderland

Diwali in London

Diwali in London

November 03, 2019 • event

Join Europe's largest live outdoor Diwali celebration and show

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Christmas at Kew Gardens

November 21 2019–January 04 2020 • event

An unforgettable after-dark explosion of colours and a festive trail of lights

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

May 21–25, 2019 • event

The most famous and glamorous in the world, this show is truly unforgettable

West End LIVE

West End LIVE

June 22–23, 2019 • event

Best London's musicals—for free

The Great British Tattoo Show

The Great British Tattoo Show

May 25–26, 2019 • event

How about a tattoo from one of the world's best masters?

Prudential RideLondon

Prudential RideLondon

August 03–04, 2019 • event

Watch the best cyclists of the world and experience the freedom of riding a bike through central London without cars

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

November 15–17, 2019 | November 22–24, 2019 | November 29–December 01, 2019 • event

The 600-year-old gardens get transformed into wonderland by a light display

London Short Film Festival

London Short Film Festival

January 10–19, 2020 • event

The premiere UK showcase for gound-breaking short films

The Big London Flea

The Big London Flea

January 12, 2020 | February 23, 2020 | April 05, 2020 • event

London's largest indoor flea market is a true heaven for vintage and antique lovers

London Beer Week

London Beer Week

March 12–18, 2018 • event

Early spring in London is the time to feast on your favourite drink

Wheels and Fins Festival

Wheels and Fins Festival

September 07–08, 2019 • event

An eclectic music and action sports festival

Peas

Peas

August • food

Enjoy freshly shelled English peas!