Celebration and events

London is always an exciting place to be, but this summer the city will come to life with even more creativity and culture. The London 2012 Festival runs until Sunday 9 September – the last day of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. With a programme of commissions by some of the finest artists in the world from pop to film, from visual arts and fashion to host more than 1,000 events, with 10 million free opportunities to get involved.

To find out more, visit London 2012 Festival visit or check out London 2012's listings of events for a city-wide guide to what's on. 


Our Greatest Team Parade - Monday 10 September

Team GB and Paralympics GB Athlete’s Parade takes place on Monday 10 September, travelling from the City of London to Westminster. The event will start at 1.30pm and finish around 4pm. Visit the Mayor of London Presents website for information to help with planning your visit, including the parade route.

There will be road closures in place in Central London for this event. View the road closures map [PDF] (file size 459Kb). Further travel and transport information is also available in Transport for London’s 'Travel during the Paralympic Games and Our Greatest Team Parade’ leaflet.

Parts of the parade route take place on Paralympic Route Network (PRN) roads. Therefore, on the 10 September, the PRN will use alternative routes when the event is taking place. The Road Event PRN to be used on Monday 10 September will be the northern route via City Road, Euston Road and West Cross Route. There will be some traffic management in place along this route. Further information about the Paralympic Route Network can be found on getaheadofthegames.com here.


The Royal Borough celebrates in style

The Royal Borough is home to a diverse and flourishing arts scene. To find out how your local arts organisations is celebrating 2012, visit Culture in the Borough.

And don't forget, there are plenty of other community and Games related or inspired events taking place in the borough, alongside the sporting competitions


Events held so far

Exhibition Road is London’s cultural and intellectual heartland, with 18 national and international cultural and educational organisations. Road Show took place on Exhibition Road from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 5 August, with games, dance and daily parades, scientific experiments and debates, music, acrobatics and aerial displays, and visual art installations. 

Showtime, the centrepiece of the Mayor of London’s programme of outdoor events across the capital, came to Holland Park during the afternoon on Monday 30 July. 


Planning a local event?

If you are organising a community event during the London 2012 Games, a street party or a chance to share one of the great sporting moments or ceremonies with your neighbours, our Filming and Special Events Office can help you with your plans.