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4th March 2019
This annual marathon sees 40,000 people run a 26.2 mile course through the streets of the city. Taking place on 28 April this year, the London Marathon is a time to enjoy the city road closures and the festive atmosphere of the race while cheering on the runners.
Make your way to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 21 to 25 May to celebrate the annual event on every horticulturist and gardening fan’s calendar. This flower event showcases innovative garden designs, installations and floral displays by the world’s best garden architects and plant specialists.
This annual event – and one of the oldest sporting events in London – sees teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities battle it out in rowing boats on the River Thames. Londoners flock to the four mile racing course on the banks of the river to cheer teams on and enjoy the atmosphere. This year the race takes place on 7 April.
London is a green city with an abundance of parks and squares. While some well-loved squares are open to the public, many garden squares are usually privately used by local residents only. This all changes for the weekend on 8 and 9 June, when a number of magnificent garden squares in the city open their gates to curious visitors.
This annual parade on the streets of London celebrates the Queen’s birthday, involving her personal troops dressed up in their finery in a display of pageantry. This year, the main event that is attended by the Queen takes place on 8 June, with additional events taking place during the two weekends prior to this. It’s a wonderful time to soak up a great British tradition.
The perfect festival for anyone who has ever played a video game, the London Games Festival takes place from 2 to 14 April. With events at venues across London, take part in gaming tournaments, listen in on expert talks about innovations in the gaming industry, and watch the Games Character Parade on 6 April!
Head over to the impressive Somerset House between 16 and 19 May to take in some of the best contemporary photography from across the world. Displaying the work of dozens of photographers, this event is perfect for art and travel lovers, with incredible moments captured on camera from across the globe.
Make your way to Trafalgar Square on 27 April to immerse yourself in this free festival celebrating Sikh and Punjabi culture in London. With live music, turban tying and a whole host of traditional foods, this is one of London’s many great celebrations of multiculturalism.
For those who love performance art and London’s green spaces, combine your passions by taking in one of the opening performances of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. This outdoor theatre opens on 16 May and runs throughout the summer. The first play to be shown is the Pulitzer-winning play, Our Town, which is on from 16 May until 8 June.
Fans of cricket cannot miss out on the opening games of the ICC Cricket World Cup this year in London. Taking place in the prestigious cricket grounds at Lord’s and The Kia Oval, sit back and relax while watching sporting heroes at their best from 30 May onwards.
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