Your guide to festivals in London, including music, food, comedy and the arts

Great festivals taking place in the capital

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

  • Free

Alongside its array of festive shows and performances the Southbank Centre will be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. The annual Christmas market will be bigger and better than ever, there'll be a Scandinavian Lodge courtesy of Rekorderlig Cider, the Christmas Tree Café will be serving treats for all ages and thrills come courtesy of the Festive Flyer ride. The Southbank Centre Express will be providing bankside train rides, and you can

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Until Sun Jan 11
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Gluten Free Food Festival

  • Free

Coeliacs can stuff themselves and Paleo followers can pig out at this food festival packed with tempting gluten-free treats. An absence of wheat needn't be a bad thing, and the likes of Honest Burgers, Louisiana Chilli Shack, Maize Blaize, Romeo's Bakery and Circus Bros are lining up their most delicious dishes to prove it. Chefs from Whole Foods will provide cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend, too.

  1. Camden Lock Market Camden Lock Place, (off Chalk Farm Rd), NW1 8AF
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Nov 30
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Nour Festival of Arts

  • Free

This celebration of the Middle East and North Africa's arts and culture will feature a huge range of events, from an Egyptian Woodcraft workshop at Kensington and Chelsea College (Oct 25) to a performance by Algerian singer Souad Massi in the Royal Albert Hall (Nov 2). There are also food tastings, film screenings, discussions, exhibitions and plenty more music and craft in the calendar, and many on the events are free. Check the Nour Festival website for the full line-up and to

  1. Various Venues
  2. Until Sun Nov 30
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The Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

  • Critics choice

The beautiful St John's church in Westminster hosts its annual Christmas series, which is always deservedly popular. Choral highlights this year include festive concerts by the City Of London Choir, the Parliament Choir, the Tallis Scholars and the Tenebrae Consort, and of course the closing performance of Handel's 'Messiah' by Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment: a tradition that turns 20 years old in 2014.

  1. St John's Smith Square
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Tue Dec 23
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UK Jewish Comedy Festival

  • Critics choice

NW3's JW3 venue has put together the country's first ever Jewish Comedy Festival, featuring stand-up shows, conversations, films and more throughout the week. Big name headliners include David Baddiel, reviving his much acclaimed solo show 'Fame: Not the Musical', and Ruby Wax with her latest 'Sane New World'. See the dates below for the full list of events.

  1. JW3 Jewish Community Centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Dec 7
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Imagine Children's Festival

The kids are in charge at the Southbank Centre once more this February as their two-week children's festival returns. In 2015, expect a wide range of captivating theatre, dance, music, film and comedy plus readings form some of the Uk's favourite authors, with free and ticketed events for young people of all ages.

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Mon Feb 9 - Sun Feb 22
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WOW: Women of the World Festival

This festival celebrating all that is great about women and girls (and all the great things they have achieved) is back for a fifth year in 2015 with a week of talks, debates, concerts, film, comedy and workshops. The line-up will feature an impressive selection of international guests, including many famous faces.

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Sun Mar 1 - Sun Mar 8
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