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Parades & Ceremonies

The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London is our own personal favourite, but Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is so popular with tourists that we made it number one in our London Bucket List. There are two more daily parades at Horse Guards: the Dismounting Ceremony and another Changing the Guards.

June 2024Ceremony of the Keys

Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London A Yeoman Warder has been locking up the Tower of London every night for 700 years6

Dismounting Ceremony at Horse Guards

Dismounting Ceremony (4 OClock Parade) at Horse Guards A daily ceremony of Foot Guards and cavalry that takes place in the courtyard at Horse Guards7

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

Changing the Guard ceremony at Horse Guards Parade Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to Buckingham Palace but a lot less crowded4

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace Changing the Guard at the palace is one of Londons must-see sights10

Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Guided Tour: Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace Watch the soldiers marching after forming up outside St Jamess Palace

Royal gun salutes

Gun salutes in the Royal Parks & Tower of London Listen to a deafening gun salute to mark the monarchs birthday or accession to the throne3

Pride in London

Pride London – LGBT+ March & Entertainment Stages A rainbow-filled march through London with speeches and entertainment in Trafalgar Square

July 2024Beating Retreat

Beating Retreat - Musical military pageant at Horse Guards A floodlit pageant of military music on Horse Guards Parade with fireworks

State Opening of Parliament

State Opening of Parliament – Kings Speech & Parade The State Opening is a chance to see the Kings carriage accompanied by the Household Cavalry2

Cart marking

Historic cart marking ceremony in Guildhall Yard See the Sheriffs dressed in traditional robes marking vehicles with a red-hot iron

Festival of Chariots

Rathayatra Parade – Hare Krishnas Festival of Chariots Watch three huge wooden chariots being pulled from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square

August 2024Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival - Europes biggest street party More than a million people attend Europes biggest street festival over Bank Holiday weekend

September 2024Costermongers Harvest Festival

Costermongers Harvest Festival in Guildhall Yard A Pearly Kings & Queens Festival with Morris dancers and May Pole dancing

October 2024Diwali

Diwali in Trafalgar Square – The Festival of Lights Trafalgar Square will be putting up a stage and stalls to celebrate the beautiful Festival of Lights

November 2024The Lord Mayor's Show

Lord Mayors Show - Gold coach parade through London Two-mile procession through the City of London to mark the election of the Lord Mayor

Remembrance Sunday Parade

Remembrance Sunday Parade at the Cenotaph Whitehall Thousands of war veterans parade past the Cenotaph to remember the nations war dead30

January 2025New Year's Day Parade

New Years Day Parade 2025 Celebrate the start of 2025 with a parade of acrobats cheerleaders and marching bands

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year celebration in Trafalgar Square Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake with a parade through Chinatown to Trafalgar Square

King's Army Parade

Kings Army Parade to Banqueting House for Charles I The English Civil War Society will march from St Jamess Palace to Banqueting House in full dress

March 2025St Patrick's Day Festival

St Patricks Day Parade & Festival in Trafalgar Square Watch the lively parade and enjoy all the Irish food and music in Trafalgar Square

April 2025The Passion of Jesus

The Passion of Jesus – Easter Story in Trafalgar Square Celebrate Easter by re-enacting the Biblical story and Jesuss final days in Trafalgar Square

Vaisakhi on the Square

Vaisakhi – Sikh and Hindu Festival in Trafalgar Square Celebrate the start of the Sikh New Year and explore some of their culture and traditions

St George's Day

Celebrate St Georges Day in Trafalgar Square Celebrate our nations patron saint with live entertainment and food and drink stalls

May 2025Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival

Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival Watch a Punch & Judy show and brass band procession around Covent Garden