No matter what time of year you visit, London has a parade of unique events ready to wow you. From Lego to beer and everything in between, there’s always something on to appeal to every taste. Central London is the best place to find the city’s best events so you can go straight from your hotel room into creating unique memories at your favourite festival. We’ve tracked down some of the best events happening around London in the next few months so you can plan to get the most out of your holiday.
If you’re in London in the next few days, London Beer Week is currently in full swing. Until February 22nd, you’ll be able to pick up a wristband for just £10 that gives you access to exclusive offers all over the city. You’ll receive specialty beers for just £3 and boilermakers (beer with a shot of bourbon) for £5, as well as discounted entry to Beer Week events going on all over town. The central London Wristband Hub is located in Carnaby Street, or you can look out for Roaming Wristband Hubs run by Guinness which will be carrying samples of their two latest brews.
The Vault Festival began in January and will run continuously until March 8th. It’s not themed around any particular art, but is instead a collection of exhibits, parties and performances. This year’s theme is inequality, whether in gender, politics or income. You’ll find it at the secretive underground Vaults in Leake Street, showing brand new plays, free music and late-night themed parties on the weekends. This quirky festival is perfect to dip into on a quick tour through the city.
Later on in the year, the London Coffee Festival will launch in Shoreditch. The perfect weekend outing if you’re staying at M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City, this festival runs from April 30th until May 3rd and is highly popular with London’s coffee-loving population. You’ll find artisanal coffee stalls, workshops, street food, DJs and much more. This year, for the first time, baristas from around the world will go head-to-head in the Coffee Masters championships.
For a taste of a traditional English springtime, head to Little Venice for the Canalway Cavalcade from May 2nd until May 4th. This weekend festival celebrates London’s canals and the beauty of the narrow boats that sail on them. The canal is lined with stalls for traders and street food, the bar sells real ale, and every evening there’s free live music at the bandstand. Spring in England is a true joy to behold and celebrations like these are not to be missed.
As London gears up for warmer weather and a huge inflow of tourists, its calendar fills up with fascinating events. Whether it’s a major international festival or a small neighbourhood party, you’ll leave with precious memories of your unique London holiday.