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From the London events calendar and seasonal festivities to LondonTown.com's pick of the best venues and special occasions, keep on top of what's happening in London all year round with these comprehensive features and articles.

 
 
 
 

London Events Calendar 2014

Find out what's happening in London throughout 2014 with our comprehensive guide to the best events and new openings in the year ahead. From January through to December, 2014 is shaping up to be something special - so read on to get the best out of London town.

 
 
 
 

Burns Night in London

From traditional suppers to comedy extravaganzas, London provides a number of options for celebrating Burns Night. So, grab a whisky and read on to discover how you can honour the Scottish bard without trekking north of the border.

 
 
 
 

Mother's Day in London

Sunday 30th March 2014 is Mother's Day, the time of year when busy mums can slow down, sit back and let themselves be thoroughly pampered. The bright lights of London town offer a whole raft of entertainment and treats where mums can be fully indulged. So, take a read of the comprehensive LondonTown.com guide to discover the best of what London has to offer.

 
 
 
 

Valentine's in London 2014

Valentine's Day can either be a chance to wear your heart on your sleeve and spoil your loved one or embrace the single scene and revel in your freedom. Whatever the case, we've got it covered - so take a look at our Valentine's guide and discover what London has to offer.

 
 
 
 

Easter in London

Enjoy the long Easter weekend, with its two Bank Holidays on Good Friday 18th April and Easter Monday 21st April, by hunting down eggs at one of London's stately homes, feasting on Easter treats, and spending time with the family. Find inspiration in our guide to the city's Easter delights.

 
 
 
 

St Patrick's Day in London

St Patrick's Day in London attracts over 100,000 people to the city and there's a whole host of Irish themed revelling to enjoy. From the parade and festival at Trafalgar Square to plentiful servings of Irish stew and countless pints of Guinness, London has a lot to offer in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland.

 
 
 
 

St George's Day in London

Patriotic celebrations for St George's Day take place across London on 23rd April and the days preceding. Here, LondonTown.com outlines the events that are in recognition of England's dragon-slaying patron saint.

 
 
 
 

Christmas in London

Tis the season to be jolly, the decorations are up, the lights are on, the ice rinks are open and the snow is fast approaching. While the weather may be getting cooler, London's Christmas season is just warming up. This special cracker of a feature tells you everything you need to know in planning a fabulously festive month in the capital, and for a roundup of all the cultural treats on offer take a look at our December in London feature.

 
 
 
 

London Festivals

From its impressive selection of city-based music festivals to a generous offering of film and food events, London provides a feast for all the senses with its year-round festival programme.

 
 
 
 

Top London Venues

Home to world-famous palaces, museums and sporting arenas, as well as renowned entertainment venues and galleries, London is never short for sights to see and events to attend.

 
 
 
 

London Al Fresco Dining and Drinking

London comes alive in summer, the heady smell of flowers, barbeques and cut grass fills the air as the city is bathed in warm sunshine. The capital is in full bloom and pavements are crowded with outdoor tables and chairs. While away a sunny afternoon drinking in an atmospheric pub, dine under the stars in an exclusive venue or simply grab a blanket and find a nice grassy spot. Follow the LondonTown.com guide to London's top outdoor tables and picknicking areas.

 
 
 
 

London Dining

Indulging on great British traditions such as Sunday roasts and Afternoon Tea, London's restaurant scene serves a feast that fits all palates and occasions.

 
 
 
 

London Nightlife

Whether you want to dance the night away or enjoy a quiet drink, watch a live show or make your own entertainment, London is brimming with unique bars, clubs and live music venues that have all the ingredients for a great night out.

 
 
 
 

London's Theatre and Musicals

With a constant programme of West End musicals, renowned theatre and small fringe productions, London is one big stage and continuously sees prestigious actors and directors flocking to be a part of it. So, read on to discover the hottest ticket in town.

 
 
 
 

Film Events in London

London is one of the film industry's major centres with hundreds of films made each year in the capital. We take a look at the major film events in London - including festivals, screenings, award ceremonies and big movie premieres.

 
 
 
 

London Shopping

From the prestigious department stores to the bustling street markets, some of the world's most famous shopping locations can be found in London.

 
 
 
 

London in Fiction and Films

London has been used as a setting in many films and books throughout the ages - from Dickens to Dan Brown, James Bond to Harry Potter, The Italian Job to Notting Hill. In this special feature, we look at London's continued influence on popular culture, movies and literature.

 
 
 
 

London Tours & Attractions

The London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the eight Royal Parks are just a few of the many great attractions in London. Be sure not to miss any of what London has to offer with the LondonTown.com guide to the best sights, walks and city tours.

 
 
 
 

London Sightseeing Tours

Numerous sightseeing tours operate across London so you can make the most of this stunning city - whether you want to explore it by foot, on bike or boat, in an open-top bus or even in a privately chauffeured car. Comprehensive commentaries offer colourful historic and anecdotal background to bring alive the amazing sites of London, crammed with stunning architecture, iconic buildings and fascinating museums.

 
 
 
 

London Olympics

For the third time in history, London will host the Olympic Games in 2012 four years after Beijing wowed the world. Events for the London 2012 Summer Games will take place in the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London; in the River Zone around Greenwich; and in various venues dotted around Central London and its outskirts.

 
 
 
 

The Diamond Jubilee

Find out about all the Queen's Diamond Jubilee events and activities in London including the river pageant on the Sunday 3rd June weekend, the weekend when two back-to-back bank holidays give us an extended weekend of flag waving and celebrations.

 
 
 
 

London's Airports

Landing at one of London's major airport terminals can be daunting. Travel from touch down to the city centre requires some planning. Luckily the capital is well served with buses, trains, Tubes, taxis and private transfer companies. The key is finding the right option for you.

 
 
 
 

London 2014: Classical Music, Opera and Ballet

London is currently enjoying an exceptional musical jamboree: the Southbank Centre sold over 200,000 tickets for its exploration of 20th century culture The Rest is Noise, and the celebrations of Britten's centenary and Verdi and Wagner's bicentenaries provoked a wealth of marvellous opera.That looks set to continue in 2014, according to Rupert Christiansen.

 
 
 
 

London 2014: First World War

London is not a city that usually spends too long worrying about the past, but 2014 will be an exception. The coming year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War - Britain entered the war on 4th August 1914 - and that event is to be commemorated by a series of events and exhibitions in every discipline from art and ballet to music and theatre. Here Peter Watts explores these events.

 
 
 
 

London 2014: Fringe Theatre

The centenary of the start of World War I has prompted three fascinatingly different responses on London's fringe this year, says Rachel Halliburton.

 
 
 
 

London 2014: Live Music

From rising stars to veteran singers, the soundtrack of London 2014 boasts a wealth of musical talent, says Vicki Forde.

 
 
 
 

London 2014: Mainstream Theatre

From a radical theatre version of George Orwell's '1984' to a West End production of the Eighties movie 'Fatal Attraction', here Rachel Halliburton looks at the best mainstream theatre in London 2014.

 
 
 
 

London 2014: Major Art

From major retrospectives on Paul Klee and Henri Matisse to captivating photography exhibitions Bailey's Stardust and Behind the Mask, Omer Ali looks at the best art exhibitions taking place throughout London 2014.

 
 
 
 

London 2014: Major Museums

London's major museums had another spectacular year in 2013, thanks to the British Museum's stunning Pompeii exhibition and the groundbreaking David Bowie Is at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Both museums will hope to trump that in 2014, with what promises to be another great year for London's big museums - which between them attract around 20 million visitors each year. Here Peter Watts explores what 2014 has to offer.

 
 
 
 

London 2014: Small Museums

Many of 2014's most intriguing exhibitions will take place at London's smaller museums, says Peter Watts.