The Great Celebration


great celebration

london august 1st-31st

A 31 day festival celebrating London

The best of London’s theatre, music, arts, food, technology, innovation & more!

As a city, we have endured challenging times over the past year. As we seek to get our city working again, London must be audacious.

It is less than a decade since we hosted one of the greatest Olympics – and great events are in the DNA of our city.

Indeed, the first modern world fair took place in London, in 1851. With the Crystal Palace as its centrepiece, the Great Exhibition attracted more than 6 million people to Hyde Park, from around the globe.

Not only was it self-financing: the exhibition was profitable enough to fund construction of Kensington’s famous museums, including the V&A, Science Museum and Natural History Museum.

Now is the time for London to be in the global spotlight again and provide a beacon of positivity and inclusiveness in these challenging times.

To achieve this, my first major event as your next Mayor will be The Great Celebration, a 31 day festival to enjoy all that makes our city so synonymous with theatre, music, arts, culture, food, technology, commerce and more.

With an ambitious plan to get 20 million people traveling to London over 31 days during the festival, it will also be a showcase for the businesses and industry of all Britain, as befits such an event in the capital.

Kicking off at the start of August, for one month, The Great Celebration will include:

  • A series of four free music festivals each weekend to be hosted in some of London’s most iconic parks from Hyde Park to Richmond Park to Victoria Park to Regents Park, highlighting the best of British musical talent, from the latest grime stars to classic stadium rock
  • Free transport across bus and Tube networks
  • Streamline licensing restrictions & promote longer opening hours
  • Street festivals every day, live music every night
  • Food fairs throughout London featuring the best of British & World cuisine
  • Technology displays showing off our world-renowned hi-tech innovation skills
  • Theatre performances, fairs, local markets, business networking events will help announce to the world that London is back with a bang
  • Showcasing what makes our city great city and making make London the envy of the world

It will be a celebration to be enjoyed by Londoners and visitors alike, and a much-needed injection of joy – as well as cash – to our moribund economy.

The Great Celebration will be subsidised by the Mayor’s office and supported by a relaxation of red tape around licensing and other logistical barriers.

Our city will work closely with the arts and entertainment world, so neglected during the pandemic, to put on a party that will make the world take notice of London, its talent and its ambition.

I look forward to welcoming you to London on August 1st!