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London International Mime Festival
The biggest non-verbal theater event in Europe. Scores of performances throughout the city, presented by theater companies from around the world, promising plenty of entertainment and reflection.

Chinese New Year
In January, in Trafalgar Square and Soho. The most spectacular Chinese New year in Europe. A great event featuring papier-mache dragons, gigantic marionettes, music and costume-clad dancers which fill the streets between Trafalgar Square and Soho. The incredible fireworks in Leicester Square are not to be missed. Soho and Chinatown are filled with booths to the delight of the eyes and palates for all Londoners and visitors.

London International Boat Show
First half of January. Where: One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock London's boat show is the biggest in Europe, with its hundreds of exhibitors it will make you dream with incredible boats and models. The boat show is also a time for entertainment: performances and competitions to awaken your desire for sports and the sea, like an indoor tank with enormous blades which create 30 knot wind, where the windsurf gods compete.

Oxford and Cambridge
Boat Race Each year, on a Sunday between March and April, the universities of Cambridge and Oxford renew their rivalry by challenging each other to a thrilling race on the Thames, along a 7 kilometer route between Putney Bridge and Mortlake. The race is considered one of Britain's major sports events and attracts an enthusiastic crowd of 250,000 spectators.

London Marathon
Mid April - The London marathon attracts 30,000 athletes from around the world each year who run the 41 kilometer route from Greenwich to Buckingham Palace. Extraordinary participation of a Londoner audience.

Chelsea Flower
Show in May in Chelsea. A spectacular flower show, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society. Thousand of flowers and plants exhibited on the grounds of Royal Hospital.

Wimbleton Tennis Championship
Between the end of June and beginning of July, in Wimbledon. The most famous Grand Slam tournament has been played since 1877 on the lawn of Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club. The tickets for the big matches are distributed by lottery the previous December, the remaining ones are sold during the days of the tournament, but be prepared for long lines. Tube: Wimbledon Park

London Pride
Between June and July. London's Gay & Lesbian Pride celebrations have become a leading event on London's calendar, with enormous participation of a gay and straight crowd. The event is a major appointment which combines politics and entertainment. A parade of floats and costumed groups marches down Oxford St and Regent St, while Soho, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square house stages with music and cabaret and gourmet food stands. The partying continues until dawn in all London's clubs.

Notting Hill Carnival
In August, in Notting Hill. This was originally London's Caribbean community's carnival but over the years it has become the biggest street fair in Europe, with over a million people in attendance. The festival is held Sunday and Monday in the streets of Notting Hill with floats that blast millions of decibels of reggae, calypso and Afro American tunes. Sunday is dedicated to families, while Monday is the "hottest" day.

Trafalgar Square Arts Festival
In August Trafalgar Square becomes the setting for this festival which combines art, music, dance and theater in one spot. The performances are held from Thursday to Sunday.

Opening of Parliament
The first Monday in October. The king or queen inaugurates the sessions of parliament in the House of Lords, after travelling the streets from Buckingham Palace to Westminster in the royal coach, through the festive crowd.

Lord Mayor's Show
In November. One of London's oldest traditions, with celebrations that include military parades, musical bands, coach parades, with the spectacular State Coach. London's mayor, the Lord Mayor, accompanies the parade until returning to Mansion House, the Mayor's official residence. The party ends with traditional fireworks over the Thames.

London Jazz Festival
In November. For ten days London becomes the capital of the world jazz scene. A great festival with the biggest names currently on the scene and scores of concerts held in Royal Festival Hall and other locations, which are often sold out. The program also includes free concerts held in various places in the city.


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