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Battersea Park Firework Display

Battersea Park Firework Display

The best place to go and watch fireworks is Battersea Park, a short 5 minute stroll over Chelsea Bridge on Saturday 2nd November:

Gates open at 6pm and there will be mulled wine, toffee apples, roasted chestnuts to keep you going until the bonfire sparks up at 7pm, then the fireworks take over from around 8pm. Music and other entertainments will also be laid on, flames, fireworks and pyrotechnics digitally choreographed to music, sound and light compered by award-winning comic Eddie Kadi.

Advance tickets only:

£8 Monday, 28 October – Friday, 1 November
£10 Saturday, 2 November before 6pm (buy tickets online only)
Children under 10 years require a free ticket.

Ticket sales (transaction/booking fees apply)
Call 0844 453 9937
Buy tickets online (until 6pm 2 November)

In person (until 1 November, Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm): Civic Suite, Town Hall
In person (until 1 November; Monday-Friday 7am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 7.30am-7.30pm): Battersea Park Millennium Arena

London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally from Pimlico

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the longest-running motoring event in the world. The first run was in 1896, and it has taken place most years since its initial revival in 1927. To qualify, the cars must have been built before 1905. It is also the world’s largest gathering of veteran cars – 443 started in 2005, 484 in 2009, compared to 37 starters in 1927, 51 starters in 1930 and 131 in 1938.

It takes place, currently, on the first Sunday in November and the START in Hyde Park commences at Official Sunrise Time (6.58am) and finishes around 8.30am. The 500 plus veteran vehicles start to assemble along Serpentine Road  and depart in groups of 15 to 30 vehicles. Pimlico is ideally placed to view the cars as they start their journey, viewing them as they travel down Birdcage Walk and over Westminster Bridge from around 07:15 until around 09:00.  You can download a full spectator map.


Finish line of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Finish line of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Parachute into Pimlico

The Tour of Britain Cycle Race in Pimlico

The Tour of Britain is the UK’s only UCI stage race, and currently one of just three UCI, or international, races in Britain.
The Tour sits at the top of the domestic calendar organised by British Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the UK, which features road events right up from the grass roots level to leading series for professional teams and riders such as the Premier Calendar and Tour Series. To find out more about all of the road races in Britain, visit the British Cycling website.

Internationally the Tour of Britain is a part of the season long UCI Europe Tour, made up of single-day and stage races, in which professional teams from around the world compete. Famous one-day races such as Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium, the Giro del Piemonte in Italy and the new Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic and historic stage races like the Tour l’Avenir in France and the national Tours of Portugal, Austria and Luxembourg all sit on the Europe Tour, which begins in January and ends in October.

Tour of Britain starts at Whitehall

Tour of Britain starts at Whitehall


Sunday 22 September Start Time 15:30 Estimated Finish Time 17:30

The Tour of Britain returns to central London for its iconic finish at the heart of the capital. Riders will race over ten laps of the circuit, starting and finishing on Whitehall and passing world-famous sights such as the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in an 88-km race on a circuit of closed roads in Westminster and the City of London.  It will feature 114 riders from 19 teams, including leading UK team Sky Pro Cycling.

Please also note that road users should avoid driving near the route on the day as there will be delays in completing your journey. Full details of road and cycle docking station closures are available from Transport for London

Free Concert for the Bank Holiday

Hector Berlioz

Following the outstandingly successful first open-air, free concert in May 2012, the London Symphony Orchestra in partnership with BMW and the Mayor of London is returning to Trafalgar Square this year. The next annual BMW LSO Open Air Classics concert, which last year attracted an audience estimated in the press to be up to 10,000 people, will take place in the square on Monday 27 May 2013, Spring Bank Holiday Monday, at 6.30 pm. Principal Conductor of the LSO, Valery Gergiev will conduct an all-Berlioz programme. The aim of BMW LSO Open Air Classics is to bring outstanding music performed in the open air – free for everyone in an informal atmosphere.


Gergiev and the LSO will perform Berlioz’s Overture Le corsaire, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. In a performance of a specially arranged version of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique by Gareth Glyn 80 young musicians including conservatoire students and LSO On Track young musicians from LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s award-winning music education and community programme, will play alongside the LSO players. LSO animateur and composer Rachel Leach will present the concert from the stage, guiding the audience through the music. Large screens will be mounted on either side of the stage to allow the audience to witness the concert up close.

Open Garden Squares Weekend: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2013

Number 10 Downing Street garden tours (Saturday 8 June) has had a staggering 35,000 people have enter the ballot. The ballot will be drawn on Tuesday 21 May and 40 lucky people will be contacted by telephone, to let them know they have a place.

Open Garden Squares Weekend is a magical two-day event, where community gardens and private squares throughout London welcome visitors from around the world. Gardens range from historical private squares to contemporary roof gardens, and barges. One ticket gives access to numerous gardens on both Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2013.  (Gardens open at various times, see for details).

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Tours of the prisons and the River Cafe garden are now fully booked. A ticket can be booked here.


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