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It would have to be a pretty big diary to encompass everything that happens in London from month to month so here are a few suggestions to whittle the choices down . Music, design, wine, cocktails, films, books are among the subjects covered. And two hugely popular beer festivals because... well, beer.

May: Chelsea Flower Show

Possibly the most famous flower show in the world this Royal Horticultural Society five-day event in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea has been held there since 1912. Highlights include the Floral Marquee and smaller artisan and urban gardens.

May: London Wine Week

Headquartered in Devonshire Square, London Wine Week in May spreads out over the city in a series of pop-ups, wine tastings, events, twilight banquets and long lunches. More than 125 bars around the city took part, served £5 Wine Flights to customers wearing the £10 LWW wristband.

July: Lovebox

An increasingly popular two-day music festival held in July each year in Victoria Park, East London. Features an eclectic mix of indie, hip hop, electro and pop music. Past performers have included Lana Del Ray, Grace Jones, Chet Faker, George Clinton and Snoop Dogg.

August: Great British Beer Festival

Held August 9-13 at Olympia Grand, the GBBF features more than 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers. You go, you sup. Simple.

August: London Craft Beer Festival

Should the 900 beers at the GBBF not be enough there’s this little beauty at the Oval Space in Bethnal Green from August 12-14. Music and craft beers from brewers such as Kernel, Beavertown and BrewDog.

August: Notting Hill Carnival

Europe’s biggest street festival turns this West London area into a lively Caribbean outpost every year in August. Soca, calypso, reggae and funk fill the air alongside the succulent aroma of Caribbean food stalls. Started in 1964 and they’re still dancing.

September: London Design Festival

Seminars, shows, exhibitions, talks, installations and pop-up events happen all over London as designers from around the world meet in September each year to discuss the future and the philosophies of design. 

September/October: London Literature Festival

This two-week festival celebrates the printed word at the Southbank Centre in the northern autumn, usually over September/October. Guests have included Hilary Mantel, Stephen Fry, Kate Tempest, John Cooper Clarke, Terry Gilliam and Colm Tóibín.

October: London Cocktail Week

Like London Wine Week, the Cocktail Week in October is a celebration of the capital’s fantastic cocktail scene. Buy your £10 wristband and it’ll entitle you to discount in participating bars. 

October: The London Film Festival

Every year in October the British Film Institute London Film Festival screens more than 300 features, documentaries, shorts, Q&As, masterclasses and workshops from all over the world. 2016 is its 60th anniversary.