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September - October 2010 8 Sept – 16 Jan 2011 Eadweard Muybridge Tate Britain 30 Sept – 16 Jan 2011 Gauguin Tate Modern Late Oct – late April 2011 Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Natural History Museum

November 2010 4 Nov – 6 March 2011 Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead British Museum State opening of Parliament 20 Nov – 4 Dec 2010 A Dog’s Heart Opera Debut of Simon McBurney, director of act theatre group Complicite. Nov – Dec Christmas Tree and Lights Covent Garden & Trafalgar Square

December 2010 Mid Dec Spitalfields Festival 31 December 2010 New Year’s Eve Celebrations Trafalgar Square & the South Bank

January 2011 13-31 Jan London International Mime Festival 19 -23 Jan London Art Fair Business Design Centre, Islington

February 2011 Early Feb Chinese New Year Festival Chinatown & New Year Festival Mid Feb Imagine Children’s Literature Festival Southbank Centre www.southbankcentre 17 Feb – 4 Mar Anna Nicole Turnage’s opera about the legendary Playboy pin-up Anna Nicole Smith Royal Opera House

March 2011 8 March Poulters Pancake Day Race City Livery companies race – tossing pancakes as they go – in full regalia Guildhall Yard early Mar – late April Kew Spring Festival, World Heritage site at its very best Royal Botanical Gardens early – late March World Festival Hip month of literature events, taking over various East End venues last 2 weeks March London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival BFI Southbank

26 March Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race, The 157th outing for Varsity rowers On the Thames, Putney to Mortlake

April 2011 2 April – 17 July The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement in Britain, 1860 -1900 Victoria & Albert Museum early April – mid May Spring Loaded Seven week dance festival 17 April London Marathon Greenwich Park to the Mall 3 days late April London Book Fair Earls Court Exhibition Centre Late April Camden Crawl New musical talent, usually favouring busy indie guitars

May 2011 Early May Breakin’ Convention Jonzi D’s terrific three day festival of contemporary street dance Late May Chelsea Flower Show Royal Hospital. Chelsea

June 2011 Early June Beating Retreat A pageant of military music and precision marching, beginning at 7pm early June Hampton Court Palace Festival Two weeks of adult-orientated rock, world and folk concerts. Early June Epsom Derby Epsom Racecourse Early June Royal Ascot Ascot Racecourse

Early June – mid August Opera Holland Park

Early June Spitalfields Festival Classical music, walks and talks. Mid June Open Garden Squares Weekend Private Gardens opened to the public

Mid June Meltdown A fortnight of music and culture, curated each year by different musicians. Mid June LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) Mid June Wireless Festival Three nights of rock and dance acts in the lovely Royal Park

Mid June Trooping the Colour The Queen’s official birthday parade Horse Guards Parade, St James’

July 2011 Early July Pride London A huge annual gay and lesbian parade Oxford Street to Victoria Embankment Early July – late Sept Watch this Space Alfresco theatre beside the Thames

Mid July Lovebox Weekender Top quality weekend music festival Victoria Park, Hackney Mid July Chap Olympiad The likes of the Umbrella Jousting are fiercely contested- in Victorian attire Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury Mid July Somerset House Summer Series A dozen concerts in the fountain court Mid July – Mid Sept The Proms (BBC Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts) London’s finest classical music festival

August 2011 Early August Underage Festival A hip and immensely popular music festival for 14 – 18 year olds Victoria Park, Hackney Early August Great British Beer Festival A great chance to sample British beer Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre Early – late August Portobello Film Festival Various locations in West London 27-28 August Notting Hill Carnival Europe’s biggest street party Various locations in Notting Hill

September 2011 Mid Sept Mayor’s Thames Festival Ends with Riverside lantern parade. Westminster and Tower Bridge Mid Sept Tour of Britain Last stage of the eight day cycle race Central London Mid Sept Open City London Free access to over 600 buildings.

Late Sept Great River Race Thames, Richmond to Greenwich Late Sept Skyride 50,000 cyclists on a traffic-free route Late Sept Great Gorilla Run Fund-raising run though the City, over 7km, in Gorilla suits. Late Sept – early Nov Dance Umbrella The City’s headline dance festival

October 2011 Early Oct Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

Cockney Thanksgiving service at 3pm St Martin-in-the-fields Mid Oct – Early Nov London Film Festival BFI Southbank

Mid Oct Frieze Art Fair Regents Park Late Oct Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Natural History Museum

November 2011 Early Nov Diwali Celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

Mid Nov London Jazz Festival

13 Nov Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph, Whitehall

Mid Nov Opening of Parliament Houses of Parliament

Early Nov London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Serpentine Road in Hyde Park

Early Nov Lord Mayor’s Show A grand inauguration procession for the Lord Mayor of the City of London

Nov – Dec Christmas Tree and Lights Covent Garden & Trafalgar Square

December 2011 Mid Dec Spitalfields Festival

31 December New Years Eve Celebrations Trafalgar Square and the South Bank

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