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February 2014 Events


February truly starts in style this month with the Swedish DJ, Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, arriving to Earls Court. If his particular type of music doesn’t appeal to you, Taylor Swift is also helping to bring in February with the continuation of her Red Tour at the O2 Arena.

February 2014 is also a great time to be an admirer of the arts. Over at the Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet company are performing three of the great ballets, Rhapsody, The Art of Fugue and Glori. At the Hackney Empire is a new performance of HMS Pinafore, and down in Milton Court is the return of the widely acclaimed Tasmin Little, the English classical soloist violinist.

It is not just the arts which are getting full attention this month though. Over at Twickenham Stadium is the Six Nations, England vs Ireland match.

February is truly a month which has something for everyone.

February 2014
Date Type Event Venue
1 February Music Avicii Earls Court
1-11 February Music Taylor Swift: The Red Tour O2 Arena, London
2 February Events London’s Chinese New Year Trafalgar Square, London
4-5 February Exhibition Business Travel Show Earls Court, London
6-15 February Theatre Tom Morris – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Barbican Centre
7-15 February Ballet The Royal Ballet: Rhapsody / The Art of Fugue / Glori Royal Opera House
8-9 February Events Strictly Come Dancing Live 2014 O2 Arena, London
9-11 February Events Pure London Olympia Grand, London
11-15 February Events Jack Charles v The Crown Barbican Centre
13-16 February Exhibition The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show ExCel London
14 February Theatre HMS Pinafore Hackney Empire
19 February Music The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Royal Albert Hall
22 February Rugby RBS Six Nations: England v Ireland Twickenham Stadium
26 February Music Tasmin Little & Martin Roscoe Milton Court
26-27 February Exhibition Big Data Expo Europe ExCel London

January 2014 Events


January rolls around after the bang of the New Years with a whisper. Yes, it is the return of the London International Mime Festival, where Mimes will be performing all over London, especially Covent Garden. This is sure to be an entertaining month and festival for all members of the family.

For those already planning their next far away adventure, in ExCel London is the Telegraph Cruise Show. For those who prefer their adventures a little closer to home, the Cirque Berzerk returns to London at the Hackney Empire.

If you remember “Murder on the Dance Floor” and “Music gets the Best of Me”, then you may be excited to know that Sophie Ellis-Bextor returns on the 21st of January at Bush Hall.

All in all, January 2014 is a great way to see the new year in style.

January 2014 Events
Date Type Event Venue
9 January – 1 February Event London International Mime Festival Covent Garden, London
10-12 January Exhibition Telegraph Cruise Show ExCel London
12 January Motor Racing MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages Brands Hatch
12-14 January Exhibition Top Drawer Earls Court, London
14 January – 4 February Opera Manon Royal Opera House
15 January – 23 March Art Hannah Höch Whitechapel Gallery
16 January Sport NBA Global Games at O2 O2 Arena, London
21 January Music Sophie Ellis-Bextor Bush Hall
21-22 January Event Cirque Berserk Hackney Empire
22 January Event 19th National Television Awards O2 Arena, London
22 January Event Ludovico Einaudi Hammersmith Apollo, London
29-30 January Exhibition Architect@Work Earls Court, London

December 2013 Events


As always, December is the time to reflect back on the previous year’s successes and to start thinking about how to make 2014 an even better year.

For some people, the Christmas season truly starts with the Santa Run over in Battersea Park. In this Great Event, people arrive, wear a (free) Santa outfit, and tackle a 5km Run. All proceeds from this event go to Home-Start, helping children get the best possible start in life.

The Christmas Spirit also arrives to the Royal Opera House, with The Royal Ballet company putting on (sure to be) great performance of The Nutcracker.

After Christmas Day, the celebrations continue, with the William Hill Winter Festival, a horse racing event which is a great choice to round off the year in style. On the 31st, the world will be celebrating another great year. Down over at the London Eye, the new year will be brought forward in style with Fireworks. However, no matter where you go in London on this night, you are sure to have a great time.

December 2013 Events
Date Type Event Venue
3rd December Opera Stephen Ward Opening Night Aldwych Theatre
4-8 December Tennis Masters Tennis Royal Albert Hall
7 December Event Santa Run Battersea Park
7-8 December Event The British Military Tournament Earls Court, London
7-15 December Event London Chess Classic Olympia, London
10 December – 16 January Ballet The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Royal Opera House
12 December Art Bill Cunningham New York Somerset House
14 December Music Black Sabbath – Reunion Tour O2 Arena, London
16-22 December Exhibition The London International Horse Show Olympia, London
16 December – 2 February Theatre The Light Princess The National Theatre
23 December Theatre Fuerzabruta: Opening Night Roundhouse, London
25 December Events Christmas All of the World
26-27 December Horse Racing William Hill Winter Festival Kempton Park
31 December Events New Year’s Eve Fireworks London Eye, London

November 2013 Events


As Halloween fades, the nights become lit up with lights and bangs as Guy Fawkes Night arrives. Dazzling displays will be seen all over London on the 5th of November, which makes this a perfect day to have a late night walk or drive.

That’s not all that is happening however. Over at the ExCel and the Olympia are many great exhibitions, including ones for the travel, mortgage and finance markets. Furthermore, you can get your home and office ready for Christmas at the Spirit of Christmas fair between the 5th and 10th of November.

may be over but, in September, is the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. These are being held at the O2 Arena, and are sure to be showcasing the best in Tennis talent around the world.

All of this makes November a great month to relax and enjoy before, ready for December.

November 2013
Date Type Event Venue
3-6 November Exhibition World Travel Market ExCel London
4-11 November Tennis Barclays ATP World Tour Finals O2 Arena, London
5-10 November Events Spirit of Christmas Fair Olympia, London
6 November Exhibition Finance Professional Show Olympia, London
7-10 November Exhibition The Luxury Travel Fair Olympia, London
9 November Exhibition UK University Fair Lancaster, London
9 November Events The Lord Mayor’s Fireworks Waterloo, London
13-14 November Exhibition Mortgage Business Expo ExCel London
14 November – 5 January Events Skate at Somerset House Somerset House
16 November Exhibition Entangled Bank ExCel London
26 November Exhibition Lone Worker Safety 2013 Olympia, London
28-29 November Exhibition The Business Show Olympia, London

October 2013 Events


October is the month of Halloween. All of London will be celebrating in the evening with a variety of costumes and spooky going ons throughout the night.

Over at the Olympia at the Beginning of the month is a great event for personal assistants, executive assistants and office managers; the always great Office* at Olympia, London.

The Football matches also carry on throughout October, with FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches happening in many locations, as well as London.

As the listing below shows, although September may be the time when the nights start getting darker, that doesn’t mean that you have to stay indoors.

October 2013
Date Type Event Venue
2 October Exhibition Call Centre & Customer Management Expo Olympia, London
5-7 October Exhibition French Property Exhibition Olympia, London
8-9 October Exhibition Office* Olympia, London
9-10 October Exhibition Energy Solutions Olympia, London
9-20 October Exhibition British Film Festival London
10,11,12,14 October Music Jay-Z – Magna Carter World Tour O2 Arena, London
11 October Football 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, England V Montenegro Wembley Stadium, London
15 October Football 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, England V Poland, Wembley Stadium Wembley Stadium, London
15-17 October Exhibition Brand Licensing Europe Olympia, London
16 October Event The EY Exhibition, Public Opening Day Tate Modern, London
20 October Motor Racing MCE Insurance British Superbike 2013 Brands Hatch, Kent
25 October Exhibition London Investor Show Olympia, London
29 October Football 2014 Capital One Cup, Arsenal vs Chelsea Emirates Stadium
30-31 October 2013 Exhibition Hotel Show 2013 Olympia, London
31 October 2013 Event Halloween All of London

September 2013 Events


Autumn begins with the International Jewellery London 2013 fair in Earls Court, allowing you to stay bright and cheerful as the nights begin to get darker.

With the beginning of September also comes the end of The Proms, with the Royal Albert Hall being the venue for the last concert of the year.

Music does carry on through to the end of September though, with Fleetwood Mac making a greatly anticipated return to the O2 Arena.

September also features two amazing events in the racing calendar. A little further field in Kent, Brands Hatch is providing the start of it’s Modified Live Brands Hatch event, and over in Goodwood is the Goodwood Revival, a quintessential british event that harkens back to 40-60′s England. The only cars allowed on the track are those that would have been used through that period, and the community get into the spirit with period accurate fashion, hair, and makeup. It is truly an event not to be missed.

September 2013
Date Type Event Venue
1-4 September Exhibition International Jewellery London 2013 Earls Court
5 September Football 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, England V Moldova Wembley Stadium
7 September Music Last Night of Proms in the Park Royal Albert Hall
13-15 September Motor Racing Goodwood Revival Goodwood
15-17 September Exhibition Top Drawer Autumn 2013 Earls Court
17-18 September Exhibition Direct Commerce Live Olympia, London
18-21 September Exhibition 100% Design Earls Court
19-22 September Exhibition Vodafone London Fashion Weekend Somerset House
20-22 September Exhibition French Property Exhibition Olympia, London
24 September Football 2014 Capital One Cup, West Ham United vs Cardiff City Boleyn Ground
24, 25, 27 September Music Fleetwood Mac Live O2 Arena, London
27-29 September Exhibition National Wedding Show 2013 Earls Court
29 September Motor Racing Modified Live Brands Hatch Brands Hatch, Kent

August 2013 Events


As part of their 150th Anniversary Celebrations, the Football Association has arranged for a friendly between England and Scotland. This is a Great British Event which is surely not to be missed.

For those into other sports, Glorious Goodwood carries on at the beginning of August, with the end featuring the 5th Investec Ashes Test: England v Australia.

It is also a great time for the Art lovers, with the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, The Notting Hill Carnival and the Camden Fringe all happening throughout August. Furthermore, the Bolshoi are also returning to London, for another great rendition of La Bayadère.

August 2013 is sure to be a great end to the summer and a great way to welcome autumn.

August 2013
Date Type Event Venue
2-3 August Ballet The Bolshoi’s La Bayadère Royal Opera House
3-4 August Music Iron Maiden – Maiden England World Tour O2 Arena, London
8 August Music Prom 34: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons Royal Albert Hall
30 July – 3 August Horse Racing Glorious Goodwood Goodwood Racecourse
4 August Sport RideLondon Olympic Park
7 August Event Eid in the Square Trafalgar Square
11 August Football FA Community Shield Wembley Stadium, London
14 August Football 2014 Friendly FIFA World Cup, England V Scotland Wembley Stadium, London
16-18 August Music Canary Wharf Jazz Festival Canada Square Park
21-25 August Cricket 5th Investec Ashes Test: England v Australia The Kia Oval Cricket Ground
23 August – 1 September Music Live by the Lake Kenwood House
29 July – 25 August Events Camden Fringe Camden Lock
25-26 August Events Notting Hill Carnival Notting Hill
27 August Football 2014 Capital One Cup, West Ham United vs Cheltenham Town Boleyn Ground, London

July 2013 Events


Wimbledon winds down towards the beginning of July, but it’s not all over for sport fans. The London Olympics Anniversary Games are happening, featuring returning athletes, including six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt, in action.

Horse Racing also features heavily at the end of the year, with an event King Edward VII described as “a garden party with racing tacked on”. This is, of course, the Glorious Goodwood.

There are also plenty of music events happening in London as well, from the Wireless Festival to newcomer Barclaycard British Summer Time festival.

And, of course, there is the Greatest British Event of the month, the Coronation Festival 2013, celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Queens Coronation. Here visitors can explore and enjoy the gardens of Buckingham Palace while sampling and shopping from the finest British wares.

July 2013 Events
Date Type Event Venue
1 July Comedy Monty Python O2 Arena, London
2-3 July Exhibition Civil Service Live Olympia, London
5-14 July Music Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park Hyde Park
5-21 July Opera La rondine Royal Opera House
24 June – 7 July Tennis 2013 Wimbledon Championships Wimbledon, London
9-14 July Event RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Court Palace
11-14 July Event The Coronation Festival 2013 Buckingham Palace
12-14 July Music Wireless Festival Olympic Park
14 July Event The British 10K London Run Hyde Park
24 July Conference Hillsong Conference Europe 2013 O2 Arena, London
25-26 July Arts Antony and The Johnsons: Swanlights Royal Opera House
26-28 July Olympics London Anniversary Games Olympic Park
29 July – 25 August Event Camden Fringe Camden Lock
30 July – 3 August Horse Racing Glorious Goodwood Goodwood Racecourse

June 2013 Events


June starts off strong, with one of the greatest endurance contests in the world; The GB Row 2013. Participants will attempt to row, unassisted, around the whole of Great Britain. They are not allowed to dock at land until they circle around back to their starting point.

There is also plenty in June for the music lovers, with Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart and Bruce Springsteen due to make reappearances on the touring circuit.

If you want to go to the theatre, there is a great choice in June as Cojocaru and Kobborg are having their last show with The Royal Ballet company in the, always powerful, Mayerling on the 5th.

For the sport lovers, June ends with the start of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, which is looking to be as great, if not better, than last years.

London June 2013 Events Calendar
Date Type Event Venue
1 June Rowing GB Row 2013 Launch Tower Bridge
1 June Horse Racing Investec Derby Festival (Derby Day) Epsom Downs
4-5th June Music Elvis Costello & The Imposters Royal Albert Hall
5 June Ballet Cojocaru & Kobborg, Mayerling; Final Performance, Royal Opera House
4, 6 June Music Rod Stewart – Live the Life Tour O2 Arena, London
11 June Event House of Lords v House of Commons Tug of War Westminster, London
6-16 June Exhibition International Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, London
12, 13 June Exhibition The Pensions and Benefits Show ExCel London
15 June Music Bruce Springsteen Wembley Stadium
18-22 June Horse Racing Royal Ascot Ascot Racecourse
19-20 June Exhibition HR Software Show Olympia, London
24 June – 7 July Tennis 2013 Wimbledon Championships Wimbledon, London
28 June Music Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet, Barbican Centre


May 2013 Events


As Spring starts changing into summer, London comes alive with beautiful greenery and bloomage. This is especially evident at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a Great British Event taking place between the 21st to the 25th.

For the sport lovers, there is a rematch that boxing fans have been waiting over three years for; Froch vs Kessler, taking place at the O2 Arena.

As May draws to an end, the Horse Racing Season gallops on, ending the month with the fantastic Ladies Day at the Investec Derby Festival.

London May 2013 Events Calendar
Date Type Event Venue
1 May Exhibition Medtec Olympia, London
1, 3, 4, 5 May Music Beyoncé O2 Arena, London
15-18 May Event Spirit of Summer Fair Olympia, London
16 May Sport Premier League Darts, Final O2 Arena, London
17 May Music Time Out Live Alternative Eurovision Southbank Centre
17 May Opera “La Donna Del Lago” Opening Night Royal Opera House
21-25 May Event RHS Chelsea Flower Show Chelsea, London
24 May Music Rush O2 Arena, London
25 May Sport Carl Froch Vs. Mikkel Kessler Boxing Match O2 Arena, London
30-31 May Music Alicia Keys O2 Arena, London
31 May Horse Racing Investec Derby Festival (Ladies Day) Epsom Downs