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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.

 

From major exhibitions such as Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty to pop ups like Alice's Adventures Underground, the London events calendar 2015 is shaping up to be something special. Here LondonTown.com looks at the best that this year has to offer.

 

With events taking place in the parks and gardens, in the car parks and on the rooftops, and in any other outdoor space available, London comes alive in the summer. From quirky pop-ups to family events and neighbourhood guides to outdoor eating, read on to discover how to make the most of summer in the capital.

 

The Proms takes over the Royal Albert Hall each summer bringing some of the best classical musicians to London and the 2015 season, which runs from Friday 17th July to Saturday 12th September, includes 92 concerts, world premieres, a Pete Tong Prom and an insight into the musical mind of Sherlock Holmes.

     

    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.

     

    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.

     
     

    Whether you want traditional finger sandwiches and fresh scones or a quirky alternative of burgers and milkshakes, London is the place to go for afternoon tea. Read on to discover the best places to get your afternoon tea fix.

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

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

     

    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 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.

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

    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 boasts a huge choice of world class conference centres; some are housed within historically important buildings, others are purpose-built, all are fitted with state-of-the-art technology including the latest audio and visual equipment. We've made a shortlist of the top large conference centres in central London, capable of taking up to 2,500 people.

       

      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.

       

      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.

         

        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 read through our Valentine's guide and discover what London has to offer.

         

        Some see it as the beginning of Lent, others as an excuse to eat a great big pile of Nutella-coated pancakes, either way frying pans are heating up for Pancake Day on Tuesday 17th February 2015. Find out the best places to eat incredible crepes and watch flipping marvellous races on Shrove Tuesday with LondonTown's indispensable guide.

         

        London has a generous programme of family friendly events and activities this half term, as well as a great selection of restaurants that cater to little diners. So be sure to avoid the dreaded phrase "I'm bored" and read on to discover how to keep the youngsters entertained during the school break.

         

        Mother's Day 2015 falls on Sunday 15th March and London boasts a number of ways to treat your mum to a day of pampering. Whether you'd like to take her for an indulgent afternoon tea or book tickets to a theatre show, read through the comprehensive LondonTown.com guide to find something as special as she is.

         

        Enjoy the long Easter weekend, with its two Bank Holidays on Good Friday 3rd April and Easter Monday 6th 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.

         

        Attracting more than 100,000 people to the city, St Patrick's Day in London is a big affair, with a whole host of Irish themed revelling to enjoy. Whether you want to visit the official parade and festival at Trafalgar Square or simply enjoy a pint of Guinness in an Irish pub, London as a lot to offer in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland.

         

        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.

         

        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.

         

        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.

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