Wednesday, 5 February 2014 3:17 PM
This year is shaping up to be a bumper year for great events, says the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
London is known for its 'world-beating' array of events, according to Johnson, and its sporting and cultural programme has already boosted London tourism, which contributes £36 billion to the capital's GDP.
One-off and special events in 2014 include the return of the Tour de France, which is beginning in Yorkshire this year, as well as the final leg of the Clipper Round the World Race in July.
Other newer events include the second Mayor's Prudential RideLondon cycling event on August 9-10th – a great success last year. The ITU World Series Triathlon is also taking place in early summer, from May 31st to June 1st.
The Virgin Money London Marathon (April 13th) is also a very popular sporting event, attracting thousands of spectators from around the globe each year.
There's plenty of cultural events to look forward to too, including the Pride in London Parade and Festival (June 28th); Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (June 20-28th); Notting Hill Carnival (August 24-25th);and an expanded Mayor's Thames Festival, taking place throughout September.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which hosted the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is also set to fully open on April 5th and will be hosting a variety of sporting and cultural events throughout the year.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "2014 is gearing up to be another fabulous year for major events in the capital. Whether you are interested in sport or arts and culture, here for business or pleasure, London is an unbeatable place to be."
"Major events add to our great city's joie de vivre.They bring colour and energy, showcasing the dynamism and excitement of the capital to Londoners, as well as visitors coming to city from around the world."
Gordon Innes, Chief Executive of London & Partners, added: "Bringing major events to London not only generates millions of pounds worth of economic benefit to the capital, it also ensures our vibrant city continues to be a world-class centre for culture and the arts, sport and business for Londoners and tourists alike."
According to the International Passenger Survey, London is on track to welcome over 16 million overseas visitors in one year.