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January
Blessing of the River Thames
Charles I Commemoration Ceremony
Farewell to Christmas
Ice Rink at Natural History Museum
Ice Rink at Somerset House
London Art Fair
London International Boat Show
London Model Engineering Exhibition 2015
London Potato Day & Seedy Sunday
Opening of the Courts of Oyer & Terminer
Royal Epiphany Gifts Service

February
Blessing the Throats
Joseph Grimaldi Memorial Service
Motorhome, Caravan & Camping Show
Pancake Races
Royal Gun Salute

March
Artivist Film Festival
Fire Walk in aid of Haven House
Ideal Home Show - Spring
Oranges' and Lemons' Service
Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race
Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre
Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre

April
British Travel Week
Hot Cross Bun Ceremony
Hot-Cross Bun Service
John Stow's Quill Pen Ceremony
London Marathon
Real Food Festival
Spital Sermon Procession
The Boat Race

May
Beating the Bounds
Bupa London 10,000
Bupa London 10,000
Cavalry Memorial Parade
Ceremony of the keys
Christian Aid Walk
FA Cup Final
Ice Sunday
Oak Apple Day
RAW – The Artisan Wine Fair
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Soho Flea Market
Tower of London Jog
Ways With Words Literature Festival
West London Auto Jumble

June
ARThouse Open Studios
Bedford Park Festival
British International Motor Show
Cavendish School Summer Fair
Europride
Grovestock
Hard Rock Calling
Kew Music Festival
London International Music Show
Meltdown Festival
Motorexpo
Royal Marines Band
Summer Exhibition
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The Face and Figure of Shakespeare
The Knollys Red Rose Rent
The Middlesex Town & Country Show
The Queen's Birthday Parade
Tottenham Carnival
Trooping the Colour
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship

July
Ben & Jerry's Sundae on the Common
Chiswick Summer Fair
Concerts in the Park
Doggett's Coat and Badge Race
Festival of Yoruba Arts
House Festival
Live Fest
London Canal Museum Guided Tunnel Trips
London to Cambridge ride for Breakthrough Breast Cancer
London to Oxford Ride for CLIC Sargent
London to Southend Ride for the British Heart Foundation
Lovebox
Marie Curie Cancer Care Devoted to Life Walk
Pride London
SOLO Festival of One Man Shows
South London Calling
Summer Exhibition
Swan Upping
The Standard Chartered Great City Race
Tour de France Opening Ceremony
Urban Art
Vintner's Procession
Wireless Festival
Woodmansterne School Summer Fair

August
Balham and Tooting Carnival
Field Day
Get Loaded In The Park
Kenwood House Summer House Summer Concerts
London to Hastings Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation
Notting Hill Carnival
Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100
Shoreditch Festival
South West Four
Summer Exhibition
The Great British Beer Festival
Underage Festival
Zimfest

September
Acton Food Festival
Brick Lane Festival
Chelsea Antiques Fair
Chiswick Book Festival
Chiswick House Dog Show
Countryside Live
Election of the Lord Mayor
Gay Weddings Live
Great River Race
Great River Race
Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival
Heritage Open Days
Horseman's Sunday
Last Night of the Proms
Madonna @ Wembley Stadium
Mayor's Thames Festival
Open House Weekend
Royal Military School of Music
This Ain't No Picnic
Vinopolis Tasting with Maximilian Riedel
West London Literary Festival
Yellow Umbrella Day

October
Arts Festival
Chocolate Unwrapped
Concrete and Grass
Frieze Art Fair
Harvest of the Sea Festival
London Song Festival
Pearly Kings & Queens Festival
Photomonth Photolounge
Punch & Judy Festival
Royal Park of Half Marathon 2014
The Cake & Bake Show
The Chocolate Show
The Wind in the Willows Centenary
ThisDay Festival
Trafalgar Parade
Word Up!

November
Boutique de Noel
Christmas Lights On and Lantern Parade
Ice Rink at Natural History Museum
Ideal Home Show at Christmas
International Playwriting Festival
Junior League of London's Boutique de Noel
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Lord Mayor's Show
Remembrance Day Service & Parade
State Opening of Parliament
Wine Gang Christmas Fair
Witchfest UK

December
British Military Tournament
Chickenshed presents Christmas Tales
Christmas at St Pauls
Christmas Past
Dalston Christmas Market
Father Christmas in Epping Forest
Great Christmas Pudding Race
Great Ormond Street Christmas Carol Concert
Greenwich Charity Pantomime Horse Race
Ice Rink at Natural History Museum
Ice Rink at Somerset House
Ice Rink at the Tower
London International Horse Show
London Santa Run
New Years Eve Fireworks
Pantomime
Serpentine Swimming Clubs Christmas Day Race
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree
Wimbledon Panto
Winter Wonderland

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A vast sprawling metropolis, a collection of villages heavy with identity, an over priced tourist trap - However you see London the fact is that it remains one of the most desirable cities on the planet...just ask anyone trying to buy a house here. The streets have never of course been painted in gold but the number of new buildings springing up is testimony to Londons present wealth and prosperity.

Its a cliché but there really is something for everyone in the city. Its restaurants , nightlife, attractions are both numerous and breathtaking. Every world culture has a base here and it shows in the variety of things to do. Parts of the capital slightly off the usual tourist trail that are well worth a visit include Hampstead , Dulwich , Chiswick , Notting Hill and Richmond and anywhere that the river meanders through normally offers nice views and places to stop.

The main 'night' spots of London are Shoreditch , Camden , Chelsea , Brixton and of course the entire West End that stretches from Hyde Park in the west to Holborn in the east (about a 30 minute walk) and all tastes are catered for. That's not to say that you wont find after hours things to do in almost every single part of London - every area served by restaurants and pubs and every taste catered for. Indeed it is easy to spot cosmopolitan London through the varied food on offer.

Its parks are in many ways its highlight. Some like Kensington Gardens are grand, others out of the centre like Crystal Palace, Battersea and Brockwell are practical hives of activity and some just charming - Chiswick and Holland Parks spring to mind. Londons greatest lungs are Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park which are at opposite ends of the city and are surprisingly large and Green. You can lose yourself for a day in either of them.

Whilst safe London is one of the major cities of the world and as such visitors should always be careful. Our town links on the right hand side will tell you more about each 'town' of the Capital

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