What are the five best festivals held in London?

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Joseph Reaney

There’s always something interesting going on in London, with everything from live concerts to sporting events on at different times of the year. Here are just a few of the city’s biggest seasonal events.
 
1. London Fashion Week. As one of the world’s truly great fashion capitals, London Fashion Week is always a fascinating cultural event for visitors. Although it’s held twice a year, in both February and September, we would recommend the the September shows to get a sneak peak on what the world will be wearing in spring 2013.
 
2. Summer festivals. London boasts a number of summer pop music festivals, including Wireless, the Camden Crawl and Lovebox, as well as some world-renowned theatre, dance and classical music festivals. Our favorite is the 80-year-old Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre, open May to September each year.
 
3. Wimbledon. The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon takes place in June and July each year, and is accessible to everyone with a travel ticket and a willingness to queue.
 
4. Open House Weekend. Usually held during the third weekend of September, this event sees hundreds of the city’s most interesting, usually inaccessible buildings opened up to the public. Previous sites have included Mansion House (home to the London Mayor) and the Jewel Tower in the Houses of Parliament.
 
5. Winter skating. If you visit London between November and January, you’re likely to see a number of outdoor ice skating rinks all around the city. Previous sites that have boasted skating rinks include the Tower of London, the Natural History Museum, the London Eye and—our favorite—Somerset House.

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