London 2020: What's Happening & What to See?
If you’ve been to London before, or perhaps you’re planning your first visit, one thing is for sure: There is one heck of a lot to see whenever you’re in town. In fact even if you live here you barely ever scratch the surface of all the crazy and wonderful things to see and do in London.
London in 2020 sees the return of a whole calendar full of incredible events, coupled with some unique events for this year. Many of these events make sightseeing in the capital tricky, with roads shut down and diversions. But, if you’re in town for these events it definitely makes it easier to enjoy them.
If you’re planning on coming to London in 2020, put these in your diary. Although the day of these events might not be best for a Visit London taxi tour, if you’re looking to get the most out of your visit then a taxi tour is a great way to catch what you might otherwise have missed.
London Chinese New Year
26th January 2020
See in the year of the Rat with the largest Chinese New Year Celebrations outside of Asia. The West End of the city is awash with Chinese Dragons, music, street food and live music performances. Of course, most of the action centres on Chinatown, which is sandwiched between Shaftesbury Avenue and Leicester Square, but there is also a huge parade and lots of festivities in and around Trafalgar Square.
St Patrick’s Day Parade
15th March 2020
It’s not the biggest St Patrick’s Day parade (that honour goes to New York), but there is no doubt that the London event is one big party. The parade goes from Piccadilly Circus to Trafalgar Square (not very far by foot) where the party gets going in a sea of green and lots of Irish kitsch.Wear green, bring your sense of fun and get stuck into the London craic.
The London Marathon
26th April 2020
One of the biggest events on the global marathon calendar,the London Marathon is a thrilling spectacle and a fantastic course for participants. On the day, and the days around it, the area around the course is off limits to traffic. And as the route takes in most of central London’s most iconic sights this can cause a little disruption for sightseeing.
27th June 2020
Now a worldwide event, the celebration of diversity and the LGBT movement is huge in London. There has been a gay pride march in London For many years, but nowadays the event includes a huge event in Trafalgar Square, the standard parade and a buzzing festival vibe in and around Soho,London’s gay centre.
Although Pride month actually runs throughout June and intoJuly, the 27th June 2020 is the main event in London. Expect gridlock in andaround the West End of London.
Euro 2020 Final
12th July 2020
The European Football Championships, known as the Euros, area quadrennial tournament (read: every four years) which ignite the UK in a frenzy of football passion. Well, even more than usual. The 2020 edition of the tournament marks it’s 60th birthday, and to celebrate all of Europe is getting involved. However, London’s Wembley Stadium is hosting several matches including the final game.
Expect seas of passionate football fans in full voice throughout the summer.
Various Music Festivals
All Summer 2020
If there is one thing London loves, it's a music festival.From the BST (British Summer Time) event in Hyde Park, Wireless in Finsbury Park or SW4 in Clapham Common, there's always something somewhere in the city throughout the year. Most of these are ticketed, but there are also free events such as Lambeth County Fair in Brixton and Winter Wonderland (November-January)in Hyde Park.
8th-9th August 2020
One of the world’s biggest triathlons (it was once the biggest but has since been eclipsed by Noosa in Australia), the route takes inmany of the main sights in the city. Over the course of two days there are variations on the triathlon theme across the city, including the full Olympic Route from 2012 and shorter sprint routes.
August 15th-16th 2020
London has embraced cycling in a big way in recent years,and nowhere is this more evident in the annual Ride London event. Thousands of cyclists of all levels follow a course around the centre of the city, out to the leafy suburbs of Surrey and back to town again. The exact route is announced closer to the time, but expect it to take in areas around Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, the City of London (the Square Mile) and Westminster.
It’s like a marathon on bikes and even if you’re not a participant, it’s a great festival atmosphere and fun to watch.
Notting Hill Carnival
30th-31st August 2020
Europe’s biggest free street party, and a celebration of multicultural London, is definitely an experience to remember. West London Becomes awash in the sounds of bass heavy music, there are colourful floats aplenty and the aroma of jerk chicken is in the air (as well as a few othermore herbal aromas). It’s a highlight on the calendar for many locals and if you like to party then it is a must see event in London.
TBC November 2020
The Hindu festival of light comes to London in November.With a large population of Indian descent, Diwali in London is a huge affair with lots of events across the city. The focus is usually around Trafalgar Square, with a parade, music, food and lots of family events.
Lord Mayor’s Show 2020
TBC November TBC
The ancient heart of London is the Square Mile, also known as the City of London. This entity has its own Lord Mayor and a spectacular show which has been held in the city for over 800 years. Expect lots of pomp and ceremony, including horseback riders, stage shows, music and fireworks.It’s a fascinating show and one that always attracts a fun festival atmosphere,whatever the weather…
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
December 31st2020/January 1st 2021
The New Years fireworks in London are always one of the biggest on the global stage, with the focus around the South Bank and the London Eye. Due to huge popularity, viewing the fireworks display is a ticketed event which normally goes on sale around September time, so keep an eye out…
And then, New Year's Day in London sees a huge parade around Trafalgar Square with live music, floats and lots of fun for all the family. If You managed to avoid the hangover, or if you’re still partying from the night before, come along and join the fun.
Visiting London in 2020
Whatever you’re visiting London for in 2020, you’ll always find something exciting happening. Although most of the events above will mean road closures and disruption to public transport, one of the best ways to getaround this is with a private taxi tour. If you’re looking to get the most out of your visit, or if you just want to see specific parts of the city without the hassle of organizing your travel then a taxi tour will save you a lot of time and hassle.
You’ll find private taxi tours of London to cater to all, from Royal Palaces to Harry Potter themed tours. Browse our selection, or if you have something specific in mind, get in touch. www.visitlondontaxitours.com