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Each summer the Square Mile comes alive as the City of London Festival brings music and performance to its historic streets.

The City is host to lots of special events every day. See what's on today using the events calendar or visit the City Information Centre and speak to our friendly multi-lingual staff.

Look out for our seasonal guide for event highlights across the City. You can collect one from various locations including the City Information Centre, Guildhall receptions, City libraries, Tower Bridge and the Museum of London.

Many attractions also have a unique programme of events. Find out what's on at:

The Barbican
Museum of London
London Symphony Orchestra

Annual events

The City of London Corporation hosts and supports annual events and festivals including the City of London Festival, the Lord Mayors' Show and Spitalfields Music Festival. See below for more information.

City of London Festival

For three weeks each summer, the unique buildings and outdoor spaces of the City are animated with a programme ranging across many kinds of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks: more than 50 ticketed performances and over 100 free events outdoors. The City of London Festival was founded in 1962 as an independent trust supported equally by the business community, the City of London Corporation, and the general public, with the aim of revitalising the cultural life of the City.

Since then it has become established as one of the UK's leading arts events. During the winter months (January to March) the City of London Festival also holds an annual free concert series, with performances in churches and other City venues, featuring a range of music, from classical to jazz.

Visit the City of London Festival​ website.

Lord Mayors Show

Every year this historic event brings around 250,000 people into the City to line the streets and cheer on the new Lord Mayor.​​​

Lord Mayor’s Show

Every year on the first Saturday in November the City turns out to welcome the new Lord Mayor – and it does so in style. From the pomp and pageantry of military bands to the vibrant community groups; and from the tradition and finery of the pikemen and livery companies to the more modern face of City business, all the different aspects of the Square Mile come together in celebration. The huge scale of the Show involves thousands of people and hundreds of vehicles and floats.

In front of an audience of around 300,000, it travels from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice and back to Mansion House via Victoria Embankment. So put a date in your diary now to come along and be a part of the liveliest and most colourful day of the City’s year.

Visit the Lord Mayor’s Show website and watch a Museum of London film about the Lord Mayor's coach.

city of london sinfonia at free winter concert series

Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

Each June, this vibrant summer festival brings a series of music to the venues and streets of the City and East London. Spitalfields Music also run a popular winter concert series. Supported by the City of London.

Visit the Spitalfields Music website.

13 March 2012
Last Modified:
01 May 2014