London’s Festival season kicks of in January with the Chinese New Year. A turning point in the Chinese astrological Calendar, the New Year is invited in with a display of colour music and traditional dance.
London Arts Fair exhibits and sells expensive contemporary works of art and takes place half way through the month of January at the Business Design Centre in Islington.
London International Festival of Mime takes place at the Barbican ICA and the South Bank Centre. It is one of the worlds largest Mime Festivals.
March sees the return of the famous and highly publicised Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race which has been going strong since 1829. The competitive element is fierce, but both teams are good sports.
April sees the London Marathon, a mixture of sporting event and pantomime on a 26 mile jaunt that goes from Greenwich to Westminster. In aid of Charity Health and Fitness, it attracts over 30,000 entrants.
London Harness Horse Parade has taken place every year since 1885 the event takes place in and around Battersea park.
May brings us the scented Bouquet of the famous Chelsea Flower Show, a spectacular display of Floral delights.
The Maye Fayre and Puppet Festivals celebrate the first showing of the hilarious and sometimes disturbing Punch and Judy Show. The festival takes place in St Paul’s Churchyard in Covent Garden.
June brings us Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships and brings even more visitors to the bustling city, a time for champagne and strawberries.
Also in June is The City of London Festival, which includes Jazz Literature and Visual Art’s. The Trooping of the Colour is a must-see celebration of The Queen’s Birthday.
July sees the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and The Greenwich & Docklands Festival. Both popular arts festival with theatre dance and fireworks. The Henry Wood Promenade concerts are a series of Classical Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.
August brings with it the Nottinghill Carnival, first seen in 1966 that began as a rather minor festival but now attracts a vast crowd.
September is the month of the Thames Festival, with many boating related events taking place.
October is the time of Pearly Kings & Queens, at St Martin’s Church-in-the–fields, Trafalgar Square.
November brings us the Lord Mayor’s show, with elaborate processions, floats, and costumes.