Military events in London

Don’t forget to visit the Churchill War Rooms. Other military museums worth trying are the Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum and HMS Belfast. Or how about a day-trip to Chatham Dockyards to see a submarine, and Bletchley Park to see the Enigma machines? And there are always lots of military parades in London

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Military events in February

Here’s our pick of the best military events and exhibitions in London this February

Craig recommends… Visit the Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and RAF Museum. My favourite ceremony is definitely the Ceremony of the Keys, but you need to apply for tickets months in advance

Imperial War Museum
free

Moments of Silence - Imperial War Museum

21 Sep 2018 to Moments of Silence uses recordings of the silences captured at Remembrance Services at 11 AM on 11th November
Imperial War Museum
free

Renewal - Life After The First World War

21 Sep 2018 to An exhibition of black and white photos showing the rebuilding and changes that took place after World War I
Imperial War Museum
free

I Was There - Room Of Voices

21 Sep 2018 to Hear the personal stories of the soldiers civilians and children who lived through the Armistice at the end of World War I
Imperial War Museum
free

Mimesis - African Soldier

21 Sep 2018 to An exhibition to commemorate the often unheralded role that African and colonial soldiers played during the First World War
Tower of London
free

Ceremony of the Keys – Tower of London

The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has been taking place every night for 700 years
Changing The Guard At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to Buckingham Palace but its less crowded and takes place every day
Tower of London

Yeoman Warder tour at the Tower of London

One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
Dismounting Ceremony At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

4 OClock Parade or Dismounting Ceremony

The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards
Churchill War Rooms

Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms

Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
National Army Museum
free

Call in the Cavalry - National Army Museum

25 Oct 2018 to An exhibition about the British Hussars exploring their history and shared traditions with the Hungarian Hussars
Queen’s Gallery

Shadows of War - Fentons Photos of the Crimea

9 Nov 2018 to The Shadows of War exhibition at the Queens Gallery reveals the futility of war through Roger Fentons photographs of the Crimean War
National Army Museum

Alfred Munnings - Horse artist from World War I

30 Nov 2018 to World War I paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings created when he was part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
Changing The Guard Buckingham Palace at Buckingham Palace
free

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

2 Jan to Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see sights in London for every tourists itinerary
Tate Britain

The photographs of Don McCullin

5 Feb to An exhibition of 250 photographs by Don McCullin showing scenes of poverty and war in Vietnam and Northern Ireland

Military events in April

If you’ve got an interest in the army and war then check out these April events

Hyde Park
free

41-gun salute to mark the Queens 93rd birthday

21 Apr 2019 You can hear the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park to mark the Queens 93rd birthday
Tower of London
free

Hear a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London

21 Apr 2019 The HAC will be firing a 62-gun salute at Gun Wharf by the Tower of London to mark Her Majesty the Queens 93rd birthday

Military events in May

Military enthusiasts and war buffs might like to visit these London events in May

Horse Guards
free

Major Generals Review at Horse Guards

25 May 2019 Two weeks before they celebrate the Queens birthday at Trooping the Colour they hold the Major Generals Review

Military events in June

Here’s a selection of June events for people interested in the British army

Horse Guards
free

The Colonels Review at Horse Guards

1 Jun 2019 One week before the actual Trooping the Colour parade they hold a second rehearsal called The Colonels Review
Tower of London
free

62-gun salute to mark the Queens Coronation

2 Jun 2019 The HAC will be firing a 62-gun salute by the Tower of London to mark the anniversary of the Queens Coronation in 1953
Green Park
free

41-gun salute to mark the Queens Coronation

2 Jun 2019 The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery will be firing a 41-gun salute to mark the 66th anniversary of the Queens Coronation
Beating Retreat at Horse Guards

Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade

5 to Beating Retreat is a floodlit pageant of military music and drill on Horse Guards Parade ending with a salute to the Queen
Trooping The Colour at Horse Guards
free

Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards

8 Jun 2019 Watch a parade of soldiers and bands marching down The Mall in Trooping the Colour to celebrate the Queens birthday
Tower of London
free

62-gun salute to mark Prince Philips birthday

11 Jun 2019 The HAC will be firing off a 62-gun salute by Gun Wharf at the Tower of London to honour Prince Philips 98th birthday
Hyde Park
free

41-gun salute to mark Prince Philips birthday

11 Jun 2019 The KTRHA will be firing a 41-gun salute for Prince Philip in Hyde Park to mark the Duke of Edinburghs 98th birthday

More Military events in 2019/20

Here are some more upcoming military events, for people who like to plan ahead

Cenotaph
free

Remembrance Day Parade in Whitehall

10 Nov 2019 On Remembrance Sunday the Queen war veterans and politicians will gather to remember our war dead at The Cenotaph
Tower of London
free

62-gun salute for Prince Charles birthday

14 Nov 2019 The HAC will be firing off a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London to make sure everyone knows its Prince Charles birthday
Green Park
free

Gun salute to celebrate Prince Charles birthday

14 Nov 2019 The KTRHA will be firing a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark Prince Charles 71st birthday - happy birthday Charlie!
 
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