Things to do all year round? :: 2014-06-22 10:16:42 UTC :: posted by Arran

Diwali in London 2014
12 October 2014

Trafalgar SquareTrafalgar Square,LondonWC2N 5DN


Celebrate the festival of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with fun-filled events and activities inTrafalgar Square.
Every year, Trafalgar Square hosts a Diwali celebration that attracts thousands of people to central London. This year's packed programme takes place on 12 October (11 days before the official date for Diwali on 23 October), and includes free music and dance from community groups and professional artists on the main stage, as well as food stalls and a range of child-friendly activities.

This afternoon and evening event provides fun for the whole family, with special activities such as sari dressing, Punghra dance classes, children's theatre and a kids foot parade. You can also hunt for a bargain at the Indian bazaar, or be pampered in the Asian beauty zone.

In addition to this main event in Trafalgar Square, there are smaller festivals and family Diwali events across London, as well as special menus in some London restaurants.

About Diwali
Diwali has religious significance for HinduSikh and Jain communities. 
Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali represents the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. The word Diwali or Deepavali literally means "a row of lamps".

Enthusiastically celebrated around the world, Diwali marks new beginnings and a renewal of commitment to family values. It traditionally symbolises joy, love, reflection, resolution, forgiveness, light and knowledge.

Diwali is timed to coincide with the new moon (the darkest night of the month) in October or November, so the actual date varies from year to year.

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery houses the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces, from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Visitors come face-to-face with the people who have shaped British history, from kings and queens to musicians and film stars. Artists featured range from Holbein to Hockney, and the collection includes work across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video.

As well as the permanent displays, the National Portrait Gallery has a diverse programme of exhibitions and free events, and a stunning rooftop restaurant with spectacular views across the London skyline.

Kensington Palace


Kensington Palace, a palace of secret stories and public lives has been influenced by generations of royal woman. Experience life as a 17th and 18th century royal courtier whilst making your way through the magnificent King’s and Queen’s State Apartments adorned with remarkable paintings from the Royal Collection. Victoria Revealed, set within the rooms Victoria lived as a child, this exhibition explores her life and reign as wife, mother, Queen and Empress. New in 2013, Modern Royals, the story of the 20th century young royals that have set the spotlight on the palace.

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

For a display of British pomp and ceremony, watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.

Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.

The Guard that looks after Buckingham Palace is called The Queen's Guard and is divided into two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment (responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace) and the St James's Palace Detachment (responsible for guarding St James's Palace).

All the guards taking part in the ceremony are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats, and the ceremony is set to music.

Changing the Guard also takes place at Windsor Castle and at Horse Guards Arch on Horse Guards Parade.

For Changing the Guard dates visit

  • At Buckingham Palace, Guard Mounting takes place at 11.30am
  • At Horse Guards Arch, Changing the Guard takes place daily at 11.00am (10.00am on Sundays)
  • At Windsor Castle, the ceremony takes place at 11.00am

Brompton Cemetery

The Brompton Cemetery, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is regarded as one of the finest Victorian Metropolitan cemeteries in the country. A formal layout with a central avenue leads to a chapel based on St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Amongst its shady walks are over 35,000 monuments – many of historical importance. Also a rich variety of wildlife – including birds, butterflies and squirrels. Buried at the cemetery are people from all walks of life, including thirteen holders of the Victoria Cross, Chelsea Pensioners and the community of West London.

Frieze Art Fair 2014

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Join the great and the good from the world of art as the spectacular Frieze Art Fair gets underway at Regent's Park.

The highly anticipated annual fair takes over a sizeable part of the royal park, as leading national and international art dealers and galleries show off cutting edge work. Focusing mainly on contemporary art, visitors are able to browse and buy art from more than 160 different galleries.

The event has been slightly revamped for 2014, with one new attraction being the Live spaces, where performance based installations are being showcased. The Focus area has also been changed slightly this year. Originally designed to foster a community of the more interesting emerging galleries, it has now been extended to take up a more significant area of the whole festival.

Highlights from the exhibitors this year include efforts from the likes of Eric Bainbridge, Lee Kit, Goshka Macuga and Barbara T Smith. With practically all the big names from contemporary art taking part in one form or another, this is the perfect destination for both art buyers and admirers alike.


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