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1st January. London kicked off 2017 like it does every year, with the New Year's Day Parade. Dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, marching bands and historic vehicles paraded the streets of central London in a colourful celebration of contemporary dance and culture. With more than 8,000 performers representing the London boroughs as well as countries from across the globe, this fantastic event attracts around 500,000 spectators and live television broadcasts in the UK and abroad.
8th January. Just as the year got underway, a strike by workers on London Underground caused travel chaos and crowding in London, with much of the Tube network shut down.
21st January. Thousands of people marched in London, joining millions of other protestors around the world in protest at Donald Trump's inauguration as 45th President of the United States.
16th February. London Fashion Week 2017 showcased the best of British and international design with catwalk shows, presentations, Designer Showrooms, and events organised throughout the week.
22nd February. David Bowie, Rihanna, Little Mix and Drake have all been nominated for the 2017 Brit Awards, the annual celebration of British and international music. One of the biggest music award events in Britain, hosted in 2017 by Michael Buble, the BRITs features performances by some of the nominated acts - that list includes Little Mix, Emeli Sande and The 1975. Robbie Williams gets a BRITs icon award, presented to artists who have made a "lasting impact", and ten winners will be announced on the night, all of whom receive a statuette, alongside the previously announced 2016 Critics' Choice winner.
22nd March. London was rocked by another terror attack when a car drove into pedestrians along Westminster Bridge. In response to the attack, Londoners rallied together to donate blood for the injured, assist the police and stand together against those that would incite terror in the capital.
18th April. Prime Minister Theresa May suddenly announced that she would seek an election on 8th June, causing a wave of political activity all over the city as MPs sought to secure their London seats.
23rd April. But that wasn't the only race in London in April. 2017 saw the return of the London Marathon to the city for the 36th time. Londoners lined the streets to cheer on the thousands of participants from the serious record breakers to the guys who ran dressed as a T-Rex.
23rd May. Featuring nine Show Gardens, five Fresh Gardens, nine Artisan Gardens and more than 100 floral displays the Chelsea Flower Show bloomed in London once again. Among the experts and thrilling displays, the Great Pavilion was once again the jewel in the Chelsea Flower Show crown, a 12,000 sq ft marquee big enough to park 500 London buses, featuring the very best from the world’s finest nurseries, growers and florists.
27th May. The FA Cup Final was a clash of London giants as Arsenal took on Chelsea. This record-breaking match was won by Arsenal 2-1, securing the team its record 13th title. Manager Arsène Wenger became the most successful manager in the tournament's history with seven wins.
14th June. More than 250 brave London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 engines battle for over 60 hours as they attempted to extinguish the Grenfell Tower fire. Resulting in 71 deaths, this event has caused outcry from locals as to the poor management and funding cuts of the building that led to fire.
19th June. As the heat wave continues, the UK experiences its hottest June day since 1976, with a temperature of 34.4C recorded at Heathrow Airport.
3rd July. Spectators broke out the strawberries and descended on Murray Mound for another exciting two weeks of world-class tennis. Wimbledon 2017 saw victories for Garbiñe Muguruza and Roger Federer in the singles. Andy Murray, the defending champion of the Gentlemen's Singles lost to Sam Querrey in a thrilling quarter-final match.
4th August. In August, London once again became centre stage for world-class athletics. The IAAF World Championships were held in the London Stadium, bringing life back to the Olympic stadium. In this momentous event, Justin Gatlin defeated the legendary Usain Bolt in the 100m, while Sports Personality of the Year, Mo Farah claimed the 10,000m Gold in a climactic race against the world's greatest long distance runners.
21st August. The iconic chimes of Big Ben, that have rung on the hour for over 157 years fell silent as a four-year renovation of the building begins. We'll miss the sound of this London icon, but the maintenance will keep the bells ringing for another 157 years and more!
9th September. The Last Night of the Proms ended the Proms season in spectacular style. Whether you were in Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, or one of the tens of millions watching on TV, The Last Night of the Proms was one of the best ever. Featuring celebrations to London music, Soul, the 85th birthday of John Williams and much much more, Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Markus Oramo, guided us through a night of musical magic.
14th September. The new £10 note entered circulation, the second of the new polymer notes. This new tenner features Jane Austin and has all the benefits of the new fiver and is twice as valuable!
5th October. 3,500 Tube drivers went on strike. The Train driver's union Aslef said London Underground had agreed to allow drivers to reduce the number of shifts they work, on a pro-rata basis, along with new ways of working to cut the percentage of weekend shifts worked by July this year. However, Aslef said LU had "repeatedly refused to make any detailed proposals to do so", which led to the strike action. Fortunately, seasoned Londoners don't let Tube strikes slow them down!
20th November. November had a very royal theme this year. The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. And then...
27th November. Prince Harry announces his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle, causes waves of celebration throughout the city!
10th December. SNOW! London gets a cheeky promise of a white Christmas as the first snows of the season arrive amid the Christmas markets and festive ice rinks.
2017 has been a busy year, full of ups and downs. As Londoners look ahead to 2018, we reflect on the year past. What has been your biggest moment this year?