What's on in London

Looking for things to do in London? Check out our events calendar and find out what's on in London during your visit.

There's so much to see and do in London; keep up to date with our What's on page and make sure you have a holiday to remember. From one-off events, to quirky fairs, London is packed with things to do and places to go from local haunts to famous venues. Check out the London Pass Blog for more local information, suggested itineraries, events calendar and more. 

Things to do in London

Daily - Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace & Windsor Castle

The Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle follows a traditional format for guard changing ceremonies. Taking place on 1 August, then every other day, Changing the Guard takes place at Buckingham Palace and every other day from 2 August at Windsor Castle. This is a sight not to be missed!

6 April - 30 Sept 2018: Underbelly Festival Southbank

Head on down to the trendy southbank for drinks, street food and an array of live entertainments, it's a great place to head for after work drinks or the perfect Saturday afternoon/evening chill out spot. 

21 April 2018: The Feast of St. George

Celebrate the patron saint of England and his legendary slaying of a dragon on St George's Day at Trafalgar Square. Expect red and white decorations, traditional English food stalls, activities for the family, live performances and more!

22 April 2018: Virgin Money London Marathon

Join the crowds of runners and spectators on the streets of London for the Virgin Money London Marathon! One of the biggest events on London's sporting calendar, the London Marathon sees over 30,000 people running the 26.2 mile marathon through London's streets. Cheer them on from the sidelines! 

22 - 26 May 2018: RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The best of Britain in bloom, the Chelsea Flower Show is a world-renowned and prestigious flower show that showcases the best in garden design. From displays and workshops to show gardens, world-class garden designers and more, it's a must-see event on the London calendar.

16 - 17 June 2018: West End LIVE at Trafalgar Square

Singalong to your favourite musicals as West End LIVE features showcase performances from top West End Musicals, plays and shows. This free event is extremely popular so make sure you get there early to get a good spot!

19 May 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding

Come and join the celebrations of the Royal Wedding this May -  with events across London you'll be sure to raise a glass for the happy couple.

30 - 31 May 2018: Household Division's Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade

An extraordinary pageant of music and military display that includes horses, cannon fire and fireworks. This annual concert is held by St James' Park on Horse Guards Parade in conjunction with the Queen's birthday parade, Trooping The Colour. 

13 - 17 June 2018: Taste of London Festival at Regent's Park

Attention foodies - head to Regent's Park for the Taste of London Festival where you can sample a tantalising selection of world-class chefs and some of London's hottest eateries. There'll be live-cooking demonstrations, masterclasses as well as more than 200 food and drink stalls, ready to satisfy your tastebuds. 

9 June 2018: Trooping The Colour

Dating back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century, the cutom of Trooping The Colour is the Queen’s official birthday and is celebrated with a colourful military parade with hundreds of soldiers, horses and musicians. 

9 - 10 June 2018: Open Garden Squares Weekend

Explore over 200 gardens in a one-of-a-kind two-day event across 27 London boroughs. From the traditional and experimental to history, contemporary and more, Open Garden Squares weekend is a fantastic way to discover some of the city's best green hidden gems.

19 - 23 June 2018: Royal Ascot

Come and experience one of the worlds most famous horse racing events, whether you want to go and admire/critique the bizarre fashion choices, or maybe you're a horse racing enthusaist, its definitely an event that must be experienced. 

7 July 2018: Art Night

This summer Art Night is heading south of the river and will transfrom the Thames riverbank with spectacular one off artists projects and premieres from 12 internationally known artists. All art lovers need to attend London's largest free contemporary arts festival based in Southbank Centre, through Vauxhall and Nine Elms, and Battersea Power Station.

2 - 15 July 2018: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Experience first-class tennis, strawberries and cream, at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.  Wimbledon offers spectators the chance to buy premium tickets on the day – but be prepared to queue!  Grab one of a limited number of tickets available daily by joining the queue at the Gate 3 turnstiles. You are only entitled to purchase one ticket per person queuing and payment is cash only.

3 - 8 July 2018: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Experience Henry VIII's historical residence, Hampton Court Palace in full bloom this Summer! From gorgeous gardens and stunning floral displays to shopping, fireworks, family activities, a specially created Butterfly Dome, educational workshops and more, there's something for everyone at this summertime celebration.

7 July 2018: London Pride

Pride in London Parade is the biggest LGBT+ parade in the UK with thousands of people taking to the streets as performers, musicians, dancers, party-goers and spectators. Join in the fun and festivities to celebrate London's LGBT+ community! 

6July - 14 July 2018: British Summer Time Hyde Park

British Summer means beer gardens, roof gardens and music festivals! Here in London, the best of the entertainment world descend upon BST Hyde Park! With headliners such as Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon and Phil Collins already confirmed, it's set to be a fantastic fest.

18 July - 8 September 2018: BBC Proms

Hear a wide range of classical music in a season of informal concerts with the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and in venues across London.  Each year the BBC Proms hosts two months of concerts, aiming to bring the finest classical music to as many people as possible at affordable prices and in an informal atmosphere.

21 July - 30 September 2018: Buckingham Palace Tour: Summer Opening

Buckingham Palace is the most iconic royal building in the country. It is the London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and is one of only a few working royal palaces left in the world. Every summer, the State Rooms are opened to the public and you can buy your tickets here: http://buckinghampalace.londonpass.com

9 Aug - 22 Aug 2018: Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Film4 Summer Screen is back for 2 weeks in August - come and enjoy some of your film favourites under the night sky this summer. From classic to contemporary, cult favourites to red-carpet premieres, there is no better way to spend your summer evenings with your friends, its a movie lovers haven.

26 - 27 August 2018: Notting Hill Carnival

The streets around Notting Hill in West London come alive with a huge Caribbean Party – Europe’s biggest street festival! Colourful floats and incredible costumed performers make their way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music.

September 2018: Totally Thames festival

See the Thames brought to life in a month-long programme of river-inspired events, ranging from archaeology to opera, organised walks and fireworks. 

22 - 23 September 2018: Open House London

Don't miss out on the capital's largest festival of architecture and design, held every September. From private residences to historical buildings, hidden vaults, modern design meccas and more, Open House London is an eye-opening look at some of London's most incredible designs.

15 - 23 September 2018: London Design Festival 

Carrying on the celebration of design in London after Open House is the London Design Festival. Showcasing works of designers, artists, architects and artisans, this festival features large-scale installations, pop-ups, exhibitions, workshops, studio tours and more. 

Nov - Jan 2019: Kew at Christmas

Head to Kew Gardens for a magical after-dark experience and take in the millions of sparkling Christmas lights. The mile long trail through the botanical gardens is the perfect addition to your Christmas activities, the perfect evening out for the whole family.

Exact dates are to be confirmed. 

5 November 2018: Bonfire Night/ Guy Fawkes Day 

Remember, remember, the fifth of November! Join the nation in celebrating Guy Fawkes Day with bonfires and fireworks displays in parks around the city. 

The areas surrounding some of these events will be busier than usual.  For transport updates and to plan your journey visit www.tfl.gov.uk

17 Nov to 27 Jan 2019: Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

For all Harry Potter fans visiting the set of the iconic films isn't one to miss, the Christmas tour means you can see the set transformed into a magical winter wonderland.  Experience the Great Hall all decked out with decorations and the long tables covered in a Christmas feast. Book your tickets now so you don't miss out.