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Trooping the Colour on The Mall

London kids events calendar

Our essential calendar of the year's best things to do for families

By Natasha Polyviou

London always has something to celebrate, whether it's the riotous colour of the Notting Hill Carnival or the festive delights of Christmas at Kew. There's something to suit all ages and tastes all year round: what's more, most of it won't cost you a penny. 

While we've included the regular events and festivals that keep the city in a giddy social whirl, there's always more going on: check out our Top 10 kids' activities this week. Now get out your diary to make sure you don't miss the year's best cultural happenings for kids. 

Autumn kids' events

© Sonya Barber

Halloween in London

Things to do

If you're going to celebrate Halloween (Saturday October 31 2015) this year, we suggest you go all out. We'll be updating this page with 2015 Halloween events as they're announced.

Bonfire Night firework displays in London

Things to do

As the autumn evenings grow crisp and cool, November arrives with an abundance of beautiful Bonfire Night (Thursday November 5 2015) fireworks to warm things up. We'll be updating this page with 2015 firework displays as they're announced.

Winter kids' events

Family Christmas shows in London

Theatre Children's

Make Christmas more magical with a trip to one of London's many family-friendly Christmas shows. There's theatre big and bright enough to keep little ones enthralled and performances sweet and subtle enough to entertain the whole family.

Harrods Christmas Grotto, Press Image, 2013
Steve Finn

Santa's grottos in London


What could make Christmas more magical than an encounter with Father Christmas himself? Find out where to meet the man in red this winter with our guide to Santa's Christmas grottos in London. 


Chinese New Year in London

Things to do

The Chinese Year of the Monkey is imminent (Chinese New Year is on Mon Feb 8 2016) and, as usual, London's Chinese community will be celebrating in style – decorations, dragons, music and dancing will take over Chinatown.

Spring kids' events


Things to do

The first bank holiday weekend (Fri Mar 25–Mon Mar 28 2016) of the year is always packed with family-friendly fun. Get ready to put all your eggs in one basket!

Summer kids' events

Urban beaches in London

Things to do

There's nothing quite like settling into a deckchair with an ice cream and feeling the warmth of the sand between your toes. Luckily for us Londoners there are plenty of chances to soak up some 'seaside' sun this summer.

August bank holiday


This year's August bank holiday takes place on Mon Aug 31 2015 and, as always, we've got some fail-safe family-friendly ideas to keep the kids happy over the long weekend.

Find some fun that happens all year round

101 things to do in London with kids, A child dressed as Spiderman peers over a wall on the South Bank, London.
© Peter Csongedi

101 things to do in London with kids


There need never be a dull moment in this city – London is jam-packed with fantastic experiences and days out for families and kids. Here are 101 of the best things to do with children in London.


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