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January 6th TWELFTH NIGHT
Traditional celebration in the garden of the Geffrye Museum
Tel: 020 7739 9893
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January 10th BLESSING THE RIVER CEREMONY
Undertaken on London Bridge by the congregations of Southwark Cathedral and St Magnus the Martyr Church at 12:30pm on the first Sunday after Epiphany.
Tel 020 7367 6700
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January 31st CHARLES I COMMEMORATION
Procession by the English Civil War Society from Marlborough Gate (11am) along the Mall to Whitehall.
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February 3rd COMMEMORATION OF SIR JOHN CASS
Red Feather Day service at St Botolph without Aldgate at 11:30am
Tel: 020 7480 5884
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February 5th GRIMALDI MEMORIAL SERVICE
Clowns in costume hold a service at All Saints Church, Haggerston E8 at 3pm
Tel: 020 7254 5062
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February 6th ROYAL GUN SALUTE
In Hyde Park (NE) at noon to mark Accession Day (fired following day if 6th is a Sunday). Also at the Tower of London at 1pm.
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March 16th ORANGES & LEMONS SERVICE
At St Clement Danes in the Strand at 11am
Tel: 020 7242 8282
April JOHN STOW'S quill pen ceremony
Performed by the Lord Mayor at St Andrew's Undershaft in Leadenhall Street
Tel : 020 7932 1100
April 14th BUTTERWORTH CHARITY
Distribution of hot cross buns at 11:30am outside St Bartholomew the Great Church
Tel: 020 7606 5171
April INSPECTION OF THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY
Mounted regiments and bands parade in Hyde Park
 
April INSPECTION OF THE ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY
Held on the east side of Regent's Park. The Royal Artillery band play.
Tel: 020 7414 4603
April 21st ROYAL GUN SALUTE
In Hyde Park (NE) at noon to mark the Queen's birthday (fired following day if 21st is a Sunday). Also at the Tower of London at 1pm.
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May TYBURN WALK
From Old Bailey to Marble Arch
Tel: 020 7723 7262
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May 14th COMBINED CAVALRY OLD COMRADES PARADE & SERVICE
Parade on Broad Walk, Hyde Park followed by service at the Cavalry Memorial (11am)
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May 8th MAY FAYRE & PUPPET FESTIVAL
Procession around Covent Garden at 10:30am followed by a service at St Pauls Church
Tel: 020 7836 5221
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May STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT
Queen travels from Buckingham Palace to make a speech in Parliament
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May 8th BEATING OF THE BOUNDS
Takes place around City Churches and Wards of the City on Ascension Day
 
May SAMUEL PEPYS COMMEMORATION
Takes place at the diarist's church & burial place (St Olave's, Hart Street) at noon. A distinguished speaker gives an address on some aspect of Pepys's life
Tel: 020 7488 4318
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June 3rd GOVERNOR'S REVIEW
At the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Rehearsal for Founder's Day (also known as Oak Apple Day). From 10:15 - noon approx. Tickets required.
Tel: 020 7881 5298
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June 2nd ROYAL GUN SALUTE
In Hyde Park (NE) at noon to mark the Queen's coronation (fired following day if 2nd is a Sunday). Also at the Tower of London at 1pm.
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June 17th TROOPING THE COLOUR
Attended by the Queen on Horse Guards Parade
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June 10th ROYAL GUN SALUTE
In Hyde Park (NE) at noon to mark Duke of Edinburgh's birthday (fired following day if 10th is a Sunday). Also at the Tower of London at 1pm.
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June 15th ROYAL GUN SALUTE
In Hyde Park (NE) at noon to mark the Queen's official birthday (fired following day if 14th is a Sunday). Also at the Tower of London at 1pm.
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June THE KNOLLYS ROSE RENT
Churchwardens of All-Hallows-by-the-Tower process to the Mansion House to make this payment to the Lord Mayor on Midsummer Day.
Tel: 020 7481 2928
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July 13th CART MARKING CEREMONY
Cavalcade of about 40 vehicles through Guildhall Yard from 11am
Tel:020 7489 8289
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July 16th - 20th SWAN UPPING
The Royal Swan keeper with the Dyers and Vintners record and mark new birds on the River Thames
Tel: 0118 953 5000-
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September 3rd OLIVER CROMWELL COMMEMORATION
A short service is held by the statue outside Westminster Hall.
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September 11th FIREFIGHTER'S PROCESSION
Service at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate at 12:15 with procession to 'Blitz' memorial on south side of St Paul's Cathedral about 1:50
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September 18th HORSEMAN'S SUNDAY
At St John's Church, Hyde Park Crescent W2 from 11:30am for noon service.
Tel: 020 7262 3791
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September 16th CHRIST'S HOSPITAL SCHOOL PROCESSION
Uniformed scholars with their band process from St Andrew Holborn to Guildhall
Tel: 01403 247 405
September 25th WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF WOOLMAN'S SHEEP DRIVE
Across London Bridge from 11am
 
September 25th COSTERMONGERS' HARVEST FESTIVAL
Pearlies assemble in Guildhall Yard from noon
Tel: 020 8989 1994
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October 9th PEARLY KINGS & QUEENS HARVEST FESTIVAL
At St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square 10am - 2pm
Tel: 020 7766 1100
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October 14th WINE HARVEST
At St Olave's Hart Street
Tel: 020 7488 4318
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October 13th LION SERMON
At St Katherine Cree, Leadenhall Street at 1pm. Service followed by refreshments
Tel: 020 7488 4318
October 6th CEREMONY OF QUIT RENTS & SERVICES
At the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand (no cameras allowed)
Tel: 020 7947 8877
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October 23rd TRAFALGAR DAY PARADE
A parade and displays by Sea Cadets in Trafalgar Square 11-12:30.
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October 26th BASKETMAKERS' PROCESSION
To St Margaret Pattens
Tel: 014 2872 7307
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November 6th SUBMARINERS' PARADE & SERVICE
From Middle Temple Hall to the memorial on Victoria Embankment for a service at 11am. Members of the public can apply for tickets.
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November 7th ROYAL BRITISH LEGION GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
In the churchyard of St Paul's Cathedral at 11am
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November 12th LORD MAYOR'S SHOW
Morning & afternoon parades followed by fireworks at 5:15pm
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November 13th ROYAL GUN SALUTE
In Hyde Park (NE) at noon to mark Remembrance Sunday. Also at the Tower of London at 1pm.
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November 13th REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall at 11am
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November 13th REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Service at St Paul's Cathedral at 10:15am
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November 14th ROYAL GUN SALUTE
In Hyde Park (NE) at noon to mark the Prince of Wales' birthday. Also at the Tower of London at 1pm.
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November 18th FESTIVAL OF ST CECILIA
Service at St Paul's Cathedral at 11am preceded by a procession of livery companies.
Tel: 020 7239 9100
December 2nd BOAR'S HEAD PROCESSION
The Worshipful Company of Butchers process from Pewterers' Hall to the Mansion House at 3pm.
Tel: 020 7600 4106
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