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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.

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London skyline in the autumn.

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London festivals calling…

London festivals.

London’s festival scene is as eclectic and diverse as the British capital itself, with something for all tastes. This summer Lovebox is the festival with the big names. Head over to Victoria Park on the 15 and 16 July to see Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem and Jungle do their thing. Alternatively, for the more dance-inclined, South West Four at Clapham Common will provide all the beats you could want. The Chemical Brothers, Rudimental and Dizzee Rascal vie for your attention, among many more over the bank holiday weekend – 27 and 28 August.

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Find out what's on in London this December

There’ll be festive spirit coming out of your ears. December means fairy lights, champagne hampers, carols and ballet. Have a traditional London Christmas, with modern art and dance throwing in a few unexpected surprises – like silver charms in a glorious Christmas pudding.

1 – 7 December
Museum skating rink.

1 – 7 December

The Natural History Museum’s skating rink is open until 8 January 2017 under the light – strewn trees. While you’re there, visit the museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year which displays extraordinary snaps of animals – as you’ve never seen them before, from 21 October until 10 September 2017. Kids will love it.

What’s Christmas without ballet? Daring choreographer Matthew Bourne has created a new version of the fairy tale The Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells. A wondrously ambitious world premiere from the man who brought us an all – male Swan Lake, from 6 December to 29 January 2017.

at Sadler’s Wells. A wondrously ambitious world premiere from the man who brought us an all-male Swan Lake, from 6 December to 29 January 2017.
8 – 14 December
La soiree.

8 – 14 December

The circus comes to Leicester Square The ‘Spiegeltent’ hosts a lewd and loud cabaret, La Soirée for open – minded adults. The infamous handkerchief trick is being retired after this run. Until 8 January 2017. For kids, visit Leicester Square’s new Christmas venue hosts Santa’s Grotto.

For families, from 10 December head to the London Palladium for a big fat pantomime of Cinderella with British celebrity cameos and Natasha J Barnes, who recently stunned by stepping into the lead in Funny Girl from being the understudy, proving she has star status. She’ll fit the part of Cinderella like it’s a perfect glass slipper.

15 – 21 December
Abstract expressionism.

15 – 21 December

For the first time in 50 years, London hosts an exhibition of Abstract Expressionism at the prestigious Royal Academy, until 2 January 2017. Don’t let the name put you off. Think of the vibrant canvases of Pollock’s famous ‘drip paintings’ and Rothko’s massive colourscapes.

In true Christmas tradition, the enchanting Sam Wanamaker Playhouse puts on a moving performance of The Little Matchgirl until 22 January 2017. If her story, or the show’s tales don’t captivate, the candlelit venue, a counterpart to Shakespeare’s Globe, will make this performance one your kids won’t forget.

22 – 28 December
Westminster abbey christmas.

22 – 28 December

Go carolling at London’s most magical church. Westminster Abbey waives its hefty admissions charge for the popular free carol services on the 23 and 24 December – but book in November to avoid being left out in the cold.

Check out a bit of magic with your Christmas shopping by visiting a department store – enjoy the window displays and Christmas lights covering Harrods or stock up on Christmas Tea and hampers from Fortnum and Mason. Remember – sales shopping starts straight after Christmas.

29 – 31 December
vintage new years eve party

29 – 31 December

To welcome the New Year on 31 December with a bit of style – head back in time with the popular annual Vintage New Year’s Eve Party on the south bank of the Thames at Royal Festival Hall. Get a great view of the fireworks as you get jazzy to five floors of music. Don’t forget to dress up… and make a few trips to the Tiki Bar.

With kids, head to Somerset House for a special ice skating session in the magical courtyard.

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
cocktail-week.

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
GB london.

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
peter pan goes wrong.

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
comic con london.

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
LUMINOCITY-Ice-Rink-Canary-Wharf

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.

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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