As the joys of Christmas make way for January blues, there is no better time to fill your diary with fun events for the future.
London can genuinely lay claim to being the event capital of the world, with its host of world-renowned venues showcasing the very best music concerts and sporting spectacles the world has to offer.
2023 promises to be a stellar year for live shows, as well as annual events such as Wimbledon and The Chelsea Flower Show, London will frequently attract the biggest stars in entertainment for one-off events all year round.
Below is a list of 10 London events to look out for in 2023.
The most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and it’s right on our doorstep! Every year SW19 welcomes 500,000 fans from all around the globe for two weeks in July for non-stop tennis action.
Last year’s winners were Novak Djokovic in the Men’s Singles and Elena Rybakina in the Women’s Singles, and they will be desperate to defend their titles at the 2023 tournament.
However, regardless of who comes out on top, The Championships, Wimbledon offers a fan experience like no other, from its serving of traditional strawberries and cream to the array of celebrity attendees that can be spotted around the grounds.
Will Andy Murray return for one last hurrah, can Emma Radacanu rediscover her 2021 US Open form and will Rafa or Novak reign supreme on Centre Court? All will be revealed at The Championships, Wimbledon 2023.
The multiple Brit Award winner enjoyed a stellar 2022 with the release of his third album Harry’s House, which debuted atop the US and UK charts and won the MTV Music Award for Album of the Year.
The former One Direction singer also performed 15 sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2022. To mark the achievement, a permanent banner was raised in his honour inside the venue, he is only the third artist to be honoured in such a way.
His homecoming at Wembley Stadium in 2023 will be a must-see event for any self-respecting Styles fan.
It’s the oldest competition in world football, and, every year, despite the naysayers, we always get caught up in the magic of the cup. 2023 will be no different, with the promise of giant killings, rundown stadiums and special goals all the way to the final at Wembley.
Last year’s final between Chelsea and Liverpool went all the way to a penalty shootout as The Reds came out on top. It’s a trophy every team in the league wants to win, and the 2023 final in June will be no different.
From Steven Gerrard’s long-range strike for Liverpool in 2006 to Ricky Villa’s solo goal for Tottenham in 1981, the FA Cup Final always produces famous goals and memorable moments for fans of the beautiful game.
The world’s greatest flower show includes show gardens designed by leading names, epic floral displays and an unrivalled shopping experience.
Between May 23-27 in 2023, the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will provide horticultural inspiration for its guests, which, last year, paid tribute to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with laser-cut steel silhouettes of her late Majesty, surrounded by 70 planted terracotta pots planted with Lily of the Valley, the Queen’s favourite flower.
The 2023 show will be the first since The Queen’s passing so it’s safe to say a floral tribute to her late Majesty will be on display, amidst the many other breathtaking gardens.
It’s back, four years since the last Ashes Series in England which ended in a 2-2 draw, with Australia retaining the old trophy having won the 2017-18 series.
After England’s last Ashes humiliation in Australia, a 4-0 defeat, Ben Stoke’s men will be looking for revenge under new coach Brendon McCullum who led England to an unbeaten 2022 after he took charge in March.
The prolific film composer is performing two shows in June at the O2 in Greenwich with music from films including, The Lion King, Inception, Gladiator, the Dark Knight trilogy and the Pirates of the Caribbean.
The German-born musician has two Oscars to his name and is widely regarded as the greatest film composer of all time.
He rose to fame following the success of his first Hollywood feature score in Rain Man in 1988.
150 films later and Zimmer is still the most in-demand film composer in Hollywood. More recently, however, he has turned to other projects outside of the film industry, including the BBC television series Blue Planet II, for which he composed the score in 2017.
All of this and much more besides can be heard at the O2, performed by world-class musicians.
In June, St Louis Cardinals will play the Chicago Cubs at the London Stadium in a two-game series in Stratford.
The MLB London series has become a regular fixture on the London sporting calendar since its launch in 2019, when the New York Yankees faced the Boston Red Sox, in the first official MLB game in Europe.
Now it’s the turn of the Cardinals and the Cubs who have 11 and three World Series Championships respectively. The two will compete at the former Olympic Stadium which will transform into an authentic ballpark – don’t forget to bring your mitt!
From July to September the biggest names in classical music will descend upon The Royal Albert Hall in Kensington for a festival of music.
Across the eight-week summer season, daily orchestral concerts will be held culminating in the famous last night, where typically popular classics and patriotic British pieces will be performed.
Not much has been revealed ahead of the 2023 edition but the event always celebrates the anniversaries of preeminent composers. For instance, in 2022 many pieces were dedicated to the British composer Ralph Vaughn Williams to mark his 150th birthday.
The festival doesn’t only attract classical music buffs, movie themes feature regularly in the Proms programme. In 2011, Keith Lockhart famously conducted music from various James Bond films ending with rapturous applause.
Typically held in the Autumn, America’s game will return to the capital for its NFL London Games. In the past matches have been held at Wembley and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Teams are yet to be announced, but last year the Saints, Giants, Packers, Broncos, Jaguars and Vikings all competed in London.
The first ever London series game was played in 2007 at Wembley when the New Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10.
Since then London has annually sold out crowds for NFL games, featuring half-time shows and immersive fan parks to give Brits a proper Gridiron experience.
Such is the popularity of the event, rumours persist that one day London will have its own NFL franchise to support. Until that day comes, UK fans will continue to flock to the likes of Wembley Stadium to support their US team of choice.
The boys from Sheffield are back following the release of their seventh studio album The Car, which peaked at No. 2 in the UK album charts behind Taylor Swift’s Midnights.
The seven-time Brit award winners have reinvented themselves over the years, from their garage rock upstart in 2006 with their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, to the lounge pop tone of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino in 2017.
The Monkeys have headlined Glastonbury twice in 2007 and 2013 respectively, and are heavily rumoured to do so again in 2023.
Frequently lauded as one of the best bands of all time, even Bob Dylan has claimed to have made “special efforts” to see them live.
So there we have it, the top 10 London events to look out for in 2023. In truth, there will be hundreds of worthwhile events to see across the capital but the above will certainly be among the most in demand.
You can’t be a part of music or sporting history from your armchair, for a truly unforgettable 2023 why not book a once-in-a-lifetime event, one that can be experienced and treasured forever, whether it be The Ashes at Lord’s or Harry Styles at Wembley.
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