The end of the year is zooming into view, so now is the time to buy yourself a brand new diary and fill it with exciting plans!

From global New Year celebrations to some of the world’s most exciting sporting events, here’s what the capital has up its sleeve for the first six months of 2014.

January

New Year’s Day Parade
Provided you didn’t party too hard the night before, the New Year’s Day Parade is an exhilarating way to welcome in 2014. There are over 10,000 performers representing London boroughs and countries across the world, with acrobats, dancers, cheerleaders and musicians promising a colourful and dynamic celebration.

London New Year's Day Parade

London New Year’s Day Parade via ©Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons

Ice Sculpting Festival
Mesmerising is the word that best describes the London Ice Sculpting Festival, which takes place at Canary Wharf between 11 and 13 January. Watch artists battle it out with chainsaws and chisels to create glittering masterpieces – all for free.

February

Chinese New Year
Get into the spirit of the Chinese New Year and head to the West End on 2 February to wish people “Kung Hei Fat Choi” as the Chinese communities in London welcome in the Year of the Horse.

Chinese New Year Lion

Chinatown London is the best it gets outside of China itself.

London Fashion Weekend
Fashion-savvy individuals may want to bookmark 20-23 February for the London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House, where big names from the beauty and style industries showcase their creative masterpieces and pop-up shops teeming with goodies emerge.

March

Pancake Day
Why make pancakes at home when you could head to one of London’s mouth-watering pancake restaurants or creperies for a Pancake Day feast? Check for pancake races closer to 4 March to enjoy this tradition to the full.

St Patrick’s Day
Dig out some green accessories and get in the party mood for St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, where the capital will host a fantastic parade and plenty of big nights out!

April

The Boat Race
Join the 250,000-strong crowd on the banks of the Thames on 6 April to watch the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, one of the most popular events on the London sports calendar.

London Marathon
April is catering for sporty types, with the Virgin Money London Marathon scheduled for the 13 April. Join 30,000 people by walking, running or cheering from the sidelines to raise funds for charity.

May

Covent Garden May Fayre
Plan a family day out at the Covent Garden May Fayre on 11 May to enjoy a pleasant few hours of traditional British entertainment and see the puppeteers who have travelled from all over the UK to perform.

Covent Garden May Fayre

Covent Garden May Fayre: via Duncan 

FA Cup Final
Whether you’re sitting in the newly renovated Wembley Stadium or watching in a lively pub, the FA Cup – English Football’s biggest competition – on 17 May is not to be missed.

June

Wimbledon
After the excitement of this year’s tournament, most people will have already written Wimbledon 2014 into their diaries for 23 June – 6 July. Strawberries and cream, top notch tennis and (hopefully) sunshine are set to fill another glorious two weeks of world-class sport.

Dates are yet to be confirmed for this year’s Pride in London, but you can expect a vibrant celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including thousands of marchers, roller-skaters, dancers and singers.

London Gay Pride

London Gay Pride: Wikipedia Commons

This London 2014 events calendar is courtesy of Simon Colley who works for London serviced apartments brand Supercity Aparthotels, follow them on twitter – @SupercitySC

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