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London is one of the most visited cities in the world, no surprise when you appreciate its diverse culture, cuisine and historical attractions. Full of art and creativity, it continues to aspire and seek out new innovations that invite discovery.

London’s skyline ostentatiously displays both its history and modernity – Big Ben dominates Westminster, while the Shard casts a shadow over Tower Bridge. Focus the lens and a city of villages starts to emerge, culminating in a metropolitan melting pot of ideas and beliefs, of sights and sounds, from all corners of the globe. From the grandiose mansions of Kensington to the pop – up bars of Brixton, its vast and distinctive green spaces, and everything in between. With worldwide flights to London you will find something to suit your holiday in this magnificent capital.

London’s Autumn Season

London skyline in the autumn.

London’s Autumn Season

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Find out what's on in London in January

What does the new year bring to London? Brush off the hangovers of NYE parties and check out some great events and exhibitions in January. From concerts and last chance exhibitions to side-splitting comedy shows and then Chinese New Year – January is an exciting month.

1-8 January
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1-8 January

Start off the new year with celebrations at the London New Year’s Day Parade, which takes place between Green Park and Westminster. It promises to be another day of fun for all the family, with giant balloons, marching bands, samba drummers, the Pearly Kings and Queens, and plenty of horses to cheer on.

Then, on the 8 January, a tribute to some 60s folk favourites come to London in a great show featuring both live music and archive footage. Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years at the Leicester Square Theatre takes you on a journey of their greatest hits, from Bridge Over Troubled Water to Cecilia and beyond.

9-15 January
cake and bake.

9-15 January

It is your last chance to see the incredible Beyond Caravaggio at The National Gallery on 15 January. Looking at the artists he inspired and his disciples, viewers learn about both Caravaggio’s ground-breaking techniques and the people who followed him into Caravaggism.

It is also the last chance to see The Dresser, starring Ken Stott (The Hobbit) and Reese Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen) at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Ending its run on 14 January, the story is of an old thespian and his dresser in wartime Britain, a tragicomedy which revels in its critique of acting itself.

16-22 January
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16-22 January

Quick-witted and hilarious, Stewart Lee: Content Provider is at the Leicester Square Theatre until 28 January. His first full-length stand-up show in four years, it is set to be a great tour – but be aware his shows are renowned to be difficult and challenging, much like his onstage persona.

Hair by Sam McKnight explores the artist’s work in fashion over the past 40 years. From editorial shoots and ad campaigns to extravagant catwalk shows, Sam’s styling has been influential and instrumental. This show at Somerset House throughout January includes fantastic imagery of his most iconic looks.

23-29 January
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23-29 January

Taking place in London’s famous Chinatown and the West End, Chinese New Year is always a sight to behold. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster and will be celebrated on and around 28 January – so expect plenty of lanterns, fireworks and of course, fantastic food on every corner.

Also on 28 January, Sweden’s finger-picking folk maestro, José González, plays with a full orchestra made up of talented musicians from Berlin and Gothenburg. José González with The String Theory perform at the Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall, which is on a worldwide tour in 2017.

30-31 January
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30-31 January

Star Wars Identities takes over the O2 Arena throughout January. Immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe, and learn more about the stories of your favourite heroes and villains. More than 200 original props, costumes and art works bring the saga to life before your eyes.

Relive your childhood at the V&A Museum of Childhood, where the universal appeal of the board game is celebrated throughout January. Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered looks at the history of humble board games, from 18th century classics to the modern day. Everything from chess to Scrabble is scrutinised in this pastime which transcends cultural and language barriers.

Find out what's on in London this February

If you thought February would be a quiet month in London, then think again. The capital offers abundant ways to celebrate for loved-up couples on Valentine’s Day and plenty for those avoiding the celebrations. Continue to celebrate Chinese New Year throughout the month, with vibrant lantern displays that are not to be missed. Then its pancake-flipping-time on Shrove Tuesday.

1 – 7 February
House-of-Minalima

1 – 7 February

Fans of the Harry Potter™ films should make their way to House of Minalima before 4 February, to view an unmissable collection of graphic art and other works. Spanning four floors, this exhibition is bursting with visual surprises that any Harry Potter enthusiast will love – including authentic props on loan from Warner Bros. Pick up posters, stationary, homeware and books, or take home a limited edition art print.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Picasso Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, which ends on 5 February. Catch a glimpse of over 80 portraits, including some of his most-celebrated pieces, in this must-see exhibition. Featuring work from all of his periods, admire the variety of Picasso’s masterpieces in which he has portrayed friends, family and lovers – some with outstanding realism and others in his trademark cubist style.

8- 14 February
Strictly-Come-Dancing

8- 14 February

Romance is in the air over the Valentines weekend, but there is plenty to do if you’re avoiding the loved-up crowd. Head to Wembley Arena for Jack Whitehall at Large from 11 to 13 February, for guaranteed laughs at his biggest ever tour. With a string of TV performances under his belt, the multi award-winning comic returns to stand-up for his second arena tour. Book your tickets now, as it’s bound to be a sell-out.

Then get ready to have a ball as Strictly Come Dancing takes over the O2 Arena on 11 and 12 February. With all the glitz, dazzling choreography and of course, stars of the hit TV show on an arena-sized scale, this is a must for Strictly fans.

15 – 21 February
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15 – 21 February

Experience the passion of the Flamenco Festival London at Sadler’s Wells from 15 to 26 February. This annual event celebrates flamenco dance and music in 10 unique shows, each performance showcasing some of the world’s most outstanding talent.

January may be over, but you can still enjoy ice skating in the capital. Head to the LUMINOCITY @ Ice Rink Canary Wharf throughout February to show off your best skating moves. With more than 8km of LED lights laid beneath the rink, your skating session will be bathed in a magical light for a unique and unforgettable experience. The rink is fully covered by a clear roof, so whatever the weather you can enjoy it.

22-28 February
Magic-Lantern-Festival

22-28 February

From 23 to 26 February the London Classic Car Show takes place at Excel London. The capital’s largest classic car event, this impressive showcase is bigger than ever for 2017. Spend your day admiring this impressive automobile collection, with music and talks and plenty of live demonstrations on the indoor driving runway.

Don’t miss the chance to see the spectacular illuminated outdoor installations of the Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens, which ends on 26 February. Enjoying its second year in the capital, this year’s exhibition, titled ‘Explore The Silk Road’, takes you on a visual journey with its collection of life-sized and oversized lantern scenes.

Find out what's on in London this March

This March, London wakes up to spring. You can spend a night in a museum, or wake up after partying for St Patrick’s Day. But with great shows on the West End and one-off opportunities to see world-class art, there’s no time to sleep anyway.

1 – 7 March
An-American-in-Paris

1 – 7 March

Go to Kensington Palace to see the brand new exhibit of Princess Diana’s wardrobe. Diana: Her Fashion Story highlights costumes like the iconic blue velvet dress the Princess wore to the White House in 1985. The palace is opening a new garden alongside the exhibition. With the spring flowers coming out, March is a perfect time to visit.

From 4 March to 31 August, An American in Paris dances onto the stage at the Dominion Theatre, finally transferring from Broadway. Tap your toes along to I Got Rhythm as you follow the love story of American ex-GI Jerry on a Parisian adventure. The highlight is the beautiful ballet, set to Gershwin’s titular score.

8- 14 March
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8- 14 March

From 8 to 10 March the London Drinker Beer and Cider festival is at The Camden Centre, north London. A long-running and local affair, this friendly fair presents a chance to sample a great range of local ales from some of London’s brilliant breweries, including pints from Redemption Brewery and the London Brewing Company, alongside hearty food.

See The xx at the O2 Academy Brixton on nights from 13 to 15 March following the release of their third album, I See You. The ultra-cool British indie band has eerie vocals from duo singers Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim. Their debut album in 2009 won a Mercury Prize.

15 – 21 March
Beauty-and-the-Beast

15 – 21 March

Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is released on 17 March, starring talented Brit Emma Watson. See it in one of London’s great cinemas – the Curzon Mayfair or immerse yourself in the magic at the IMAX.

From 17 to 19 March celebrations for St Patrick’s Day happen across the capital. The place to be is the parade on the 19 March that ends up in Trafalgar Square, where the crowds are out in forces over 150,000 strong. Sample the food stands, traditional music and dancing. Guinness and steak pie are on the menus. Celebrate your Irish heritage or just be an enthusiastic spectator.

22-28 March
Dino-Snores

22-28 March

On the 24 March the Natural History Museum indulges your inner child with a sleepover. Dino Snores for grown-ups allows you to spend the night at the museum. Enjoy music, food and films – and then set up camp. Sleep in a gallery and wake up to hot breakfast the next morning.

Walk in an eerie fog created by artist Fujiko Nakaya. Shrouding the whole terrace of the Tate Modern, it’s part of the gallery’s new focus on performance art. The fog remains from 24 March to 2 April. On 25 March it’s the Head of the River Race, where international rowing crews compete on the Thames – it’s free to watch, head to the Riverside Restaurant and Bar terrace at Hammersmith Bridge for a good view.

29-31 March
The-Who

29-31 March

The Who are celebrating their 51st anniversary with yet another massive stadium tour, still led by original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. On 30 March, see the classic rock band as they play a set of hits… and some lesser known tracks too, at the Royal Albert Hall, before visiting the rest of the UK.

For a zany take on the British citizen, 31 March is the last day of Tower Bridge’s photography exhibition by Magnum photographer Martin Parr. Swans, Gloves, Roses + Pancakes shows the UK as you’ve never seen it before. It’s held in the old Victorian engine rooms, which once powered the opening and closing of the bridge.

London neighbourhood guide

If you’re planning a trip to London, one of the most important considerations you’ll make is where to stay. London is like a city of villages, each providing a different vacation experience. Our hotels in London are spread across many of London's neighbourhoods. For entertainment there’s no better place than the West End. Westminster is at the heart of politics and royalty. Or stay around Tower Bridge and soak up quintessential London and the ‘city life’.

Bloomsbury & St Pancras
St Pancras train station

Bloomsbury & St Pancras

Bloomsbury has attracted writers and liberal thinkers for centuries. Streets lined with Victorian architecture and beautiful garden squares contribute to its distinctive village feel. Our bestselling hotel in this area is 3* Royal National – it’s basic but, as a comfortable base in a great location, it is ideal. Alternatively, the 4* Doubletree by Hilton London West End is a stylish contemporary hotel in a beautiful Edwardian block, just off Russell Square. King's Cross St Pancras is one of London’s most newly regenerated areas and an exciting place to be. Here you’ll find The British Museum, The British Library and the much underrated Charles Dickens’ Museum. Fantastic transport links provide easy access around London, and across the UK, with Eurostar serving London's high – speed rail link with Paris, Brussels and continental Europe too.

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