London events and festivals

The Big Smoke’s best celebrations

 

Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
HomeAway travel expert


London events and festivalsFrom festivals of food and flowers to frivolity and floats, there’s nothing London doesn’t do well. England’s capital is a cultural hotspot, and as such, it boasts an impressive calendar of both annual and one-off events. You can pack your bags and celebrate Bonfire Night in the big city, or make your way to the metropolis for a New Year to remember; but there are so many celebrations specific to the boroughs of London, it’s worth spending some time researching the events you’ll enjoy most. Perhaps you’re planning a trip to Pride London, or can’t wait to wangle a ticket to Wimbledon? Whatever gets your pulse racing, we’ve a range of comprehensive guides to the best events and festivals in London.

Of course, we also offer an extensive range of private holiday rentals in London, with something to suit every budget and desire. We have luxurious townhouses located in Kensington and Chelsea, as well as affordable apartments in Camden and Canary Wharf. Whatever festival or event you dream of taking part in, HomeAway has the property to suit. So why wait? Here’s our rundown of just a few celebrations the Big Smoke has to offer.


 

Our guide to fun and festivities in London


   

Notting Hill Carnival Notting Hill Carnival

As one of Europe’s largest street festivals, Notting Hill Carnival continues to be as colourful and community-led as it was back in 1964. Conceived predominantly by the West Indian population of Notting Hill and its surrounding areas, it features an enormous parade replete with elaborate and detailed costumes, a tempting myriad of food and drink stalls - rice and peas, anyone? - and some of the finest Calypso and Soca music this side of the Caribbean. Held in August over two days, it’s followed by an array of exciting after-parties. Fancy strutting your stuff alongside a million revellers? We thought you might.

View rentals in Notting Hill

 
   
 

   

City of London Festival City of London Festival

Founded in 1962, City of London Festival continues to energise the cultural life of the capital. Taking place over three fun-filled weeks, it features an extensive programme of artistic events, from the musical and visual to guided walks and thought-provoking talks. If you’re in the city, simply pop into one of the free events held at any one of London’s impressive buildings or outdoor spaces: there are over 100 to choose from. If you’re planning a visit, you may wish to pick up a pass to one of the 50 ticketed events, which can include everything from concerts in St Paul’s to aerial acrobatics in ancient halls.

View apartments in the City of London

 
   
 

   

Pride London Pride London

Held in late June, Pride London is one of the UK’s largest outdoor events, celebrating everything LGBTQ. Although a relatively early addition to London’s festival scene, it’s one of the most hotly-anticipated, attracting over one million people: it’s now famed as Europe’s largest non-ticketed party! Featuring colourful floats bearing the famed rainbow flag, it starts at Baker Street and proceeds down Oxford Street, taking in London’s major sites as it marches through Piccadilly and onto Trafalgar Square. With a vibrant line up of stalls, speakers, and stage performers, it’s a fantastic celebration of sexuality.

View properties in the West End

 
   
 

   

Chelsea Flower Show Chelsea Flower Show

Now topping 100 years old, the pride and joy of the Royal Horticultural Society only surpasses itself every year. Chelsea Flower Show is England’s greatest festival of all things flora and fauna, from time-old favourites re-imagined with innovative twists to launches of new luscious species. Held in May over five days, the event sees 150,000 green-fingered attendees file through its gates, sampling Show Gardens in the Great Pavilion, or drinking champagne in peaceful Eden-like paradises. From gleaning inspiration for your own front lawn to admiring aesthetic triumphs of verdure, it’s not to be missed.

View houses in Chelsea

 
   
 

   

Wimbledon Wimbledon

Fresh strawberries with a glass of fizz? It’s got to be Wimbledon. This Tennis Championship has truly stood the test of time, as it's the oldest in the world. Held at the All England Club since its beginnings in 1877, today it’s as classy as ever. Over a fortnight in late June and early July, the grounds see the world’s very best players gather for fierce competition, focussing heavily on the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals. Of course, it’s not only the momentous matches which attract fans from around the globe: traditional Royal patronage and an elusive public ballot also play their part!

View rentals in Wimbledon

 
   
   
 

London Holiday Rentals

Wonderfully bright, tranquil apartment. Super close to Portobello Market.

Apartment has all amenities and everything is new as of June 2013. Wifi is super fast (60mb/sec) fibre optic. The double beds are super king size with adult size bunk beds in the third bedroom. Master bedroom is ensuite with shower. Bathroom has s...

Luxury one, two bedroom apartments on the Thames

These luxury apartments are part of the award winning brand new urban development of colourful new apartments situated on and directly overlooking the river Thames & O-2 arena. The apartments are modern and newly furnished, with huge open plan l...

Modern luxury one and two bedroom apartments on the Thames

This listing contains modern and newly furnished one and two bedroom apartments , with an open plan living/dining room .The apartments are brand new, finished to a high standard, with new contemporary furniture, TV, wireless internet access & all...

Chelsea

Lovely 1 bedroom apartment located in the heart of Chelsea. Best of both worlds to enjoy here as the apartment is close by the River Thames and also the bustle of Kings Road for great shops, bars and restaurants. London's best museums and exce...

Charming 1 bedroom flat in Georgian town house next to Hyde Park

Quebec Mews is a charming top floor flat in Georgian town house in walking distance to hyde park, Oxford Street and Bond Street. The one bedroom apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and washer/dryer, a living area and one bathroom with free sta...

Cromwell Road

This smart 3 bedroom central London apartment is situated within easy walking distance of Gloucester Road underground station and all of the attractions that London has to offer. The living space includes a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher...

Comfortable 4* Serviced City Apartment, family friendly.

This modern 3rd floor serviced apartment has a large Ground Floor reception. with 24 hr RECEPTION and video entry phones. Designed and built to a very high specification, with its 2 large residents lounges, with FREE WI-FI, enclosed residential ga...

Penthouse on the Hill

Superb high quality modern 2 bedroom apartment with soft white sheets (duvet and blankets as required) 1 bathroom with tub and power shower and one bathroom with power shower. Zone 2 Central London fast travel links via tube/overland rail and buse...

Fantastic Waterside Condo, quiet private square & River Views.

The front of the property has suburb River views over the River Thames, there are no passing cars, no fumes etc., just tranquil tidal waters teaming with fish and wildlife. The occasional passing ship or cruise liner slowly sails by, as does the R...

Superb Penthouse with views on Woolwich Common, (30 min London Bridge)

Superb high quality modern 2 bedroom apartment with soft white sheets (duvet and blankets as required) 1 bathroom with tub and power shower and 1 en-suite bathroom with power shower. Fast travel links via tube/overland rail and buses (15 min to Ce...

Luxury Viridian Apartment, Communal Roof Terrace and Gym

This London serviced apartment is in a modern development in Battersea. Guests have easy access to nearby transport facilities: both Battersea Park and Queenstown Road railway stations are less than a ten minute walk away and Vauxhall underground ...

2 Bedroom Apartment In Hyde Park

The Bayswater Superior Apartments provide comfortable one, two and three bedroom accommodation in a popular Bayswater location, which is an excellent area within easy reach of all London famous attractions. This two bedroom apartment feature two d...

One Bedrooms in Central London

We provide a number of apartments all over in central London, including Covent Garden, Holborn and Camden! All our apartments are fully equipped and well maintained, including en suit bathroom and featuring free WiFi Internet access. These accommo...

Hyde Park Superior Studio

Set in beautiful period buildings stone throw away from Kensington Gardens the Hyde Park Superior Suites offer an inviting base in exclusive Bayswater. Conveniently located these London apartments put you within easy reach of Hyde Park and Oxford ...

Studios In Paddington Near Hyde Park

Set just a stone throw from paddington station and a short walk from some of london's premier sights, the hyde park apartments offer a comfortable, convenient base in the heart of the capital which is perfect for both the business and leisure trav...

MapCroatia Slovakia Russia Finland Greece Greece Cyprus Turkey Albania Bulgaria Montenegro Serbia Bosnia Hercegovina Slovenia Austria Czech Republic Hungary Romania Poland Belarus Lithuania Latvia Estonia Afrika Luxembourg Andorra Monaco Malta Italy Italy Sweden Norway Denmark Germany Netherlands Belgium France Portugal Spanien Gibraltar Switzerland Iceland UK Ireland Channel Islands World USA UK
       

Search for holiday rentals

Search for holiday ideas
 


WIN £10,000 FOR YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY

Sign up to our newsletter

Our latest updates and special offers, direct to your inbox


Related Articles



Other Categories



Popular Articles