London sees a constant buzz of activity throughout the year making it especially difficult to decide when to visit. We’ve cherry-picked some special events taking place in the months of January to June 2020 to help select the perfect month for you. From cultural flower displays to exhibitions and festivals – why not incorporate one of these exciting events into your plans.
Chinese New Year (China Town) – 25 January
The largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia, join the exciting festivities in London’s China Town to welcome in the Year of the Rat. Celebrate with traditional Chinese food and witness colorful parades and performances taking place throughout this area of London, spilling out to the iconic Trafalgar Square at the West End.
London Art Fair: 22 – 26 January
A key event in London’s art calendar. This annual event showcases the best in modern and contemporary art. Expect to be blown away by international artists, as well as those up and coming in the contemporary space. The fair offers a variety of opportunities to get stuck into from workshops, talks, installations and shows.
London Fashion Week: 14 – 18 February
Experience a city-wide celebration of some of the world’s most talented designers. February’s London Fashion Week sets the scene for the new Autumn/Winter collections and brings together several industries including music, art, design and tech for shows, popups, workshops and installations in some of London’s iconic locations from Somerset House to London’s top Museums and Galleries.
Orchids at Kew Gardens: 8 February – 8 March
Kew Garden’s iconic annual orchid festival will be celebrating its 25th year in 2020. This vibrant display is found in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, featuring over 5,000 species of Indonesian orchids in a celebration of the archipelago’s natural diversity.
St Patrick’s Day: 17 March
An annual Irish cultural and religious celebration that is now a significant event in the capital each year. Festivities include a large-scale parade, running from Piccadilly to Whitehall as well as performances at Trafalgar Square by well known Irish acts.
Cao Fei: Blueprints – New Exhibition at Serpentine Gallery – 4 March – 17 May
Beijing based multi-media artist and filmmaker will be making an appearance at the Serpentine for March in a new immersive installation exploring the world of technology with themes of automation and virtuality. Step inside this exhibition to experience an alternative reality via the merging of the physical with the virtual.
Bags: Inside Out – New Exhibition at V&A – From 25 April
A new exhibition coming to the Victoria & Albert Museum in April exploring the craftsmanship of this widely loved accessory – rucksacks to dispatch boxes and an array of world-renowned brands such as Louis Vuitton and Birkin.
National Tea Day – 21 April
Celebrate the nation’s favourite beverage on this specially dedicated day. You can get involved by participating in one of Britain’s most cherished traditions, afternoon tea! Head to The Royal Albert Hall to follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth II who has been served in this iconic building. Or book a table at The Ritz to sip your perfectly brewed beverage in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court.
Chelsea Flower Show – 19-23 May
A significant event in London’s cultural calendar, Chelsea Flower Show is a 5-day celebration of British Horticulture. If you’re looking too immerse yourself in a glamourous quintessentially British event, then reserve a date in your calendar to be amazed by world-class design and beautiful flora.
Photo London (Somerset House) – 14 – 17 May
Celebrating the best in photography from both past and present with participants from over 100 world-class galleries. Pay a visit to explore photography from renowned photographers and check out the rising stars. There’s a range of activities taking place throughout the event, from workshops to talks as well as specialist exhibitions.
Trooping the colour – 13 June
The official birthday of the British Sovereign, a tradition dating all the way back to the 1690. Watch a spectacular parade with music and military precision stemming from a tradition that dates all the way back to the 1690s. Spot the distinctive uniforms and headdresses as the Household Division march from Buckingham Palace down The Mall along with members of the Royal Family in carriages.
Taste of London – 17 – 21 June
This is an event for the foodies! Head to Regent’s Park where you’ll discover a wonderland of London’s best food and drink. Restaurants from across London gather to showcase their best dishes alongside some of their newest creations. You can also indulge in a workshop or masterclass to perfect your culinary skills.