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Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race

Known simply as the 'Boat Race', this famous competition between England's most prestigious pair of universities dates back to 1829 when two friends suggested the challenge. It has taken place every year since, with around 250,000 cheering spectators lining the banks of the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake. The high-adrenalin spectacle is also screened live on British television and watched by over 7 million viewers.

Date: 24 March 2018 - 24 March 2018
Venue: River Thames from Putney to Mortlake.
Website: http://www.theboatrace.org
Cost:

Free.


Virgin London Marathon

The mighty London Marathon is one of the world's greatest road races. Starting in Greenwich, runners make their way through Charlton and Woolwich before crossing the River Thames at historic Tower Bridge, looping through the east end of London, past the towering sleek form of Canary Wharf in Docklands, and then heading west to Embankment, Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and the final stretch to the finish line on The Mall by Buckingham Palace.

Date: 22 April 2018 - 22 April 2018
Venue: Through the streets of London.
Website: http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Chelsea Flower Show

 The Chelsea Flower Show’s ground-breaking designs, fine floral collections and new plant unveilings draw horticultural enthusiasts from far and wide to the grounds of London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea for five days in May. Members of the British Royal Family can be spotted perusing the dazzling show gardens created by leading garden designers, and the main topic of conversation is who is most worthy of being crowned the Best Show Garden.

Date: 22 May 2018 - 26 May 2018
Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
Cost:

From £22 (for non RHS members).


Taste of London

With its bevy of new restaurants and world-class chefs, Taste of London is one of the most anticipated summer events in London. Visitors can dine from 40 of the capital's top restaurants, try and buy from 200 food and drink producers, enjoy fine wine tasting and watch some of the world's greatest chefs demonstrate their skills live on stage. A recent addition is The Secret Garden: a gastronomic oasis and exclusive area of hidden treats.

Date: 13 June 2018 - 17 June 2018
Venue: Regent's Park.
Website: https://london.tastefestivals.com/

Queen's Birthday Parade - Trooping the Colour

Troops of the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) perform the ceremony of Trooping the Colour each year in honour of the Queen's official birthday. Although Queen Elizabeth II was born in April, Trooping the Colour is held in June in the hope of good weather. Traditionally, the regiment's colours (two flags or banners) were paraded before its own troops so that soldiers would recognise and rally to them in battle. This tradition continues, nowadays for the benefit of the Queen who then receives a royal salute.

Date: 16 June 2018 - 16 June 2018
Venue: Horse Guards' Parade.
Website: http://www.royal.gov.uk

Promenade Concerts (The Proms)

The annual BBC Proms takes place in London's distinguished Royal Albert Hall, where orchestral concerts, operas, choral concerts and world music all make it onto the two-month programme. This is a quintessentially British celebration, and the famous Last Night of the Proms sees a rousing rendition of Land of Hope and Glory during which the entire crowd – many waving Union Jacks – rises to its feet to join in the singing.

Date: 01 July 2018 - 30 September 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Royal Albert Hall.
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms
Cost:

Various.


Wimbledon Tennis Championships

The world’s tennis greats flock to the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon every June to battle it out in the famous championship, that is almost as famous for the frequent wet weather, Henman Hill (or Murray Mount), strawberries and cream on the lawn and a good helping of royal faces, than it is the tennis. Today, the event has grown to major proportions with over 500,000 visitors, and a worldwide TV audience of millions.

Date: 02 July 2018 - 15 July 2018
Venue: All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon.
Website: http://www.wimbledon.com/
Cost:

Various.


London Pride Festival

London's yearly Pride celebrations will be back bigger and more colourful than ever. The World Pride Parade will take place through the streets of London, followed by a full on party in Trafalgar Square, featuring world-class artists and performers.

Date: 07 July 2018 - 07 July 2018
Venue: Streets of central London and Trafalgar Square.
Website: http://prideinlondon.org/
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Notting Hill Carnival

West London erupts into one massive Caribbean street party over the August Bank Holiday weekend as Notting Hill Carnival takes over the area. On the last Sunday and Monday in August, this free event spreads over Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill and beyond, with DJ sets, live musicians and wonderful Caribbean food stalls. On the Monday, the main parade sees a flurry of flamboyant costumes, energetic dancing, musicians and floats make its way through the crowds.

Date: 26 August 2018 - 27 August 2018
Venue: Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove.
Website: http://www.thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com
Cost:

Free.


Totally Thames Festival

The Totally Thames Festival offers a spectacular weekend of free events celebrating London and its river. It's one of London's biggest and best free outdoor arts festivals; expect riverside market stalls and street entertainers and much more, culminating in a fabulous Night Carnival on Sunday evening along Victoria Embankment featuring an illuminated procession of lanterns, costumes and floats.

Date: 01 September 2018 - 30 September 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: South Bank and riverside locations.
Website: http://totallythames.org
Cost:

Free.


London Fashion Week

Every February and September, the British capital hosts the glamorous, celebrity-studded London Fashion Week, one of the world's largest and most famous fashion events. Fashion aficionados congregate in their masses to glimpse the very best English designers showcasing their latest collections. See the likes of Jasper Conran and Matthew Williamson presenting their autumn/winter collections (February) and spring/summer pieces (September), and round off a day’s fashion viewing with a champagne-filled after party.

Date: 14 September 2018 - 18 September 2018
Venue: Somerset House.
Website: http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival is one of the country’s largest film events. The packed and varied programme shows films from across the world, and screenings take place in many great London film venues, including the South Bank Centre and the Empire and Odeon cinemas in Leicester Square. As well as feature films, there are documentaries, shorts, animations and video installations. The festival also includes galas, talks from famous directors and actors, and movie workshops.

Date: 01 October 2018 - 31 October 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: National Film Theatre and other cinemas around London.
Website: http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff
Cost:

Various.


New Year's Eve fireworks

Every New Year's Eve in London, the city comes alive with celebrations, fireworks and parties in every corner of the capital. The riverside fireworks extravaganza is nothing short of beautiful and draws thousands of people to the Thames. Get there early to bag the best views.

Date: 31 December 2018 - 31 December 2018
Venue: River Thames.
Cost:

Free to spectate.