London welcomed nearly 18million international visitors in the last 12 months, and this number is expected to increase. Many visitors come to see the artwork and cultural artifacts at major museums like the British Museum, National Gallery and Natural History Museum. Others are interested in exploring major attractions like the Tower of London, Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court Palace. However, an increasing number are visiting London for international sporting and culture events. Whether it is mass participation events like the Virgin London Marathon or spectator sporting events like the NFL International Series. Beyond sports, major parades like the St Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade, Notting Hill Carnival and Lord Mayor Show are helping to attract more visitors to London; also food events like Taste of London and the London Restaurant Festival. Further still, events related to the British Royal Family like Trooping The Colours are also a major draw. With that in mind, highlighted below are 63 major events in London – all reasons to visit the world’s most popular tourist destination in 2016.
1: New Year’s Day Parade, Central London
14: NBA Global Games London 2016 – Orlando Magic v Toronto Raptors, The O2 Arena
14-17: Lumiere London – Light Festival, West End and Kings Cross
31: Cancer Research UK London Winter Run – 10K, Embankment
Lumiere London – Lighting Festival. Photo: © Visit London.
14: Chinese New Year Celebrations, Trafalgar Square & Chinatown
19-23: London Fashion Week, city-wide
27: RBS 6 Nations, England v Ireland Rugby Match, Twickenham Stadium
28: Capital One Cup Final, Football Match, Wembley Stadium
Chinese Dragon in London for New Year. Photo: ©Flickr/Paul.
2-6: UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2016, Lee Valley Velopark
7 – 12: Maslenitsa Russian Festival, Trafalgar Square
12: RBS 6 Nations, England v Wales Rugby Match, Twickenham Stadium
13: St Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade, Trafalgar Square
27: BNY Mellon (Oxford & Cambridge) Boat Races, River Thames – Putney to Mortlake
St Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo: ©Flickr/GarryKnight.
7-17: Menuhin Competition, International Violinists, Southbank Centre
16: Saracens v Harlequins Rugby Match, Wembley Stadium
TBC: Feast of St George, Trafalgar Square
24: Virgin Money London Marathon, Central London
Runners along the Embankment going towards Big Ben during London Marathon. Photo: ©Visit London.
9-22: LEN European Aquatics Championships, London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
11 – 14: Museums at Night, city-wide
14: SSE Women’s FA Cup Final, Football Match, Wembley Stadium
19-22: Photo London – Photography Fair, Somerset House
20-22: London’s Global Art Fair – Art16, Olympia
21: FA Cup Final 2016, Football Match, Wembley Stadium
23 – 29: London Wine Week, city-wide
24-28: RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital SW3
25-29: LEN European Masters Championships, London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Visitors viewing the Cancer Research UK Garden at The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show 2006. Photo: © Visit Britain.
4-5: Nightrider – 100km Bike Ride, Lee Valley VeloPark
11: Trooping the Colour, Horse Guards Parade
14-18: Royal Ascot – Horse Racing, Ascot Racecourse
TBC: Taste of London Festival, Regent’s Park
18 – 19: Open Garden Squares Weekend, city-wide
20 – 8 July: City of London Festival, city-wide
18-26: Pride in London, Soho & Trafalgar Square
24 – 3 July: Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Greenwich & Docklands
27-10 July: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon
Trooping The Colour. Photo: © Angela Morgan.
2-3: Formula E, FIA single-seater championship/electric racing series, London
8 & 9: Barclaycard presents British Summer Time – Music Festival, Hyde Park
5-10: Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace
15-10 Sept: BBC Proms – Classical Music Festival, Royal Albert Hall
30-31: Prudential RideLondon – Cycling Festival, city-wide
Bikers during Prudential RideLondon near Buckingham Palace. Photo: © Visit London.
27: Challenge Cup Final, Football Match, Wembley Stadium
28-29: Notting Hill Carnival, Notting Hill
Notting Hill Carnival participant wearing a spectacular red and gold feathered costume. Photo: © Visit Londo/John Spaull.
1-30: Totally Thames Festival, city-wide
4 – 11: Tour of Britain – Road Cycling Race, city-wide
16-20: London Fashion Week, city-wide
17 – 25: London Design Festival, city-wide
Totally Thames: Tall Ships At The Thames Barrier. Photo: ©Jaani Riordan.
1 – 31: London Restaurant Festival, city-wide
2: NFL International Series Game, Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars, Wembley Stadium
22 – 23: UK Rum Festival, London ILEC Conference Centre, Earl’s Court
23: NFL International Series Game, NFC East Team v St Louise Rams, Twickenham Stadium
28 – 29: Museums at Night, city-wide
30: NFL International Series Game, Washington Redskins v Cincinnati Bengals, Wembley Stadium
TBC: Southbank Centre Winter Festival, Southbank
TBC: BFI London Film Festival, city-wide
NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. Photo: ©Bald Boris.
12: The Lord Mayor Show, Mansion House and beyond
13: Remembrance Sunday, city-wide
15 – 22: Barclays ATP (Association of Tennis Players) World Tour Finals, The O2 Arena
TBC: London Jazz Festival, city-wide
Lord Mayor Show procession. Photo: ©The Lord Mayor’s Show.
TBC – January: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
TBC – January, Christmas at Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens
TBC: NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
31: New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Central London
London New Year’s Eve Fireworks at London Eye. Photo: ©Visit London/Kois Miah.