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A Calendar Of Must-Do London Events In 2016

23rd January 2016

London always delivers more than its share when it comes to memorable events. England's capital city is gearing up for another big year in 2016 with a full calendar of festivities.

From epic tennis and a classy day of polo, to stunning flowers and a city-wide festival, there's plenty to distract you from regular sightseeing around the city. Here are our favourites for the year.

London London's ready to unleash more exciting events in 2016 (Image: Getty)


Chinese New Year (14 February)

London is renowned for hosting the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia. This year, the Year of the Monkey, will be no different with free festivities taking place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and West End from 10am to 6pm.

Make sure you're present for the opening grand parade's lion dances, followed by the Chinese parade complete with dragon dance. There are also firecracker shows, martial arts demonstrations and stage acts among other performances.

Pop-up food stalls will be serving traditional Chinese cuisine and Chinatown will have its shop doors open selling traditional crafts.

Chinese New Year Dragon dances at London's Chinese New Year celebrations (Image: Getty)


Track Cycling 2016 (2-6 March)

Avid cycling fans will find home in the velodrome come March when the world's best cyclists meet in London for the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Taking place at Lee Valley VeloPark, the World Championships will include Sprint, Keirin, Individual Pursuit, Team Sprint and many other race types.

Travellers will be able to cheer on home-grown talent, as Australia usually puts together a formidable team.


Feast of St George (TBC)

St George, the patron saint of England made legend for slaying a dragon, is celebrated in April during a national day of feasting.

St George's Day festivities take place in Trafalgar Square and will include free activities, medieval-inspired events and food stalls selling traditional English fare.


Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May)

Perfect for anyone who prefers to stop and smell the roses, the Chelsea Flower Show is a fashion parade of stunning bouquets.

Held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the show gardens are broken up into various sections and feature new trends and plants, along with those evergreen flowers.

Along with admiring the arrangements, you can also purchase garden goods and outdoor products from retailers, and learn how to make your thumb a little greener from gardening experts.

Chelsea Flower Show Witness some of the most creative and gorgeous bouquets at the Chelsea Flower Show (Image: Getty)

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Chestertons Polo in the Park 2016 (3-5 June)

The sport played by royalty, polo is a traditional English pastime with a detailed history. Taking place at the well-known Hurlingham Park, Chestertons Polo in the Park features intense competition by international players.

Highly regarded for its off-pitch activities as well as the sporting action, you'll also be able to browse luxurious jewellery and artwork. Keep an eye out for famous faces including those of royal blood.

Cocktails and champagne are accompanied by street food and more upmarket dining outlets, making for one classy day out.

Classic polo action (Image: Getty)


City of London Festival (20 June-8 July)

One of London's biggest summer festivals is a city-wide celebration that takes place in some of the world's most grandest settings.

A collection of the city's historic buildings rarely open to the public host orchestral concerts and mesmerising choirs. The music spills out onto the streets, even climbing skyscrapers where the sounds of jazz can be heard.

Almost all of the concerts are free.

Wimbledon (27 June-10 July)

One of the world's biggest sporting spectacles, Wimbledon is a Grand Slam tournament that attracts the best tennis talent from around the globe.

Secure a ticket during the two-week competition to witness the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova battle it out on the grass court.

The perfect accompaniment to the tennis action is a traditional strawberries and cream snack.

Wimbledon Get along to Wimbledon to witness the tennis legends (Image: Albert Lee)


Buckingham Palace Tour (30 July-25 September)

The official residence of the Queen of England, Buckingham Palace is home to some of the nation's greatest treasures including famous paintings and exquisite furniture.

Still a working royal palace, it's only open at certain times of the year, making tickets a hot commodity.

Each year features a special exhibit, with 2016 being a celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday. For one year only you'll be able to see the outfits worn during her life.


London Design Festival (17-25 September)

The world's leading talents in design showcase their creativity with a range of events and exhibitions around London.

Design enthusiasts will be able to explore unique and innovative pop-up displays around the city, along with attending seminars.

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