What’s on in London this spring
London is one of the most exciting, vibrant and diverse cities not just in the UK, but in the whole world. The many people who choose to make this iconic city their home, even if just for a short time, have simply endless options for entertainment.
The springtime in Britain's capital is a bustling time when, no matter what your interests or what part of London you live in, you will have hundreds of events and festivals to enjoy. These are in addition to the many year-round attractions that form the backbone of London's ever-evolving arts, culture and sports scenes.
Below is just a small selection of the things you can enjoy across the city this spring.
See London's springtime flowers in bloom
London may be an urban centre, but its many parks and gardens mean that it's a great place to enjoy the daffodils, bluebells, and cherry blossoms that all make their appearance at this time of year.
Hyde Park, St James Park and Regents Park are some of the best known public spaces, although closer to Beckenham there are some equally beautiful parks such as Beckenham Place Park and Kelsey Park.
For something a little different, a trip to the gardens at Kew will of course give you a glimpse not only of these British springtime flowers, but of plants and flowers that are found all over the globe.
Experience the Udderbelly festival on the South Bank
Open from April until the end of September, the ‘pop up’ Udderbelly Festival Southbank offers live circus, comedy and cabaret. There's an amazing line-up of shows as well as international street food and drink in a festival atmosphere.
Enjoy some world-famous art at the British Museum
London has countless galleries, home to art from all over the world. This spring will see the British Museum host an exhibition of Norway's most famous painter and creator of 'The Scream', Edvard Munch, focusing on the artist's unique ability to crystalise intense human emotions.
See the world's top athletes in action at the London Marathon
On Sunday 28th April, London will welcome runners from all over the world who come to compete in this famous event. The 26.2-mile route takes in much of the capital city, and even if you don’t fancy taking part, cheering them on by one of the many well-known landmarks can make the occasion just as memorable!
Enjoy some theatre at the Globe
One of London's most unique and iconic landmarks, as well as a world-renowned performance venue, Shakespeare’s Globe offers a range of productions throughout the year. During the spring and summer theatre-goers can enjoy the open-air surroundings of the main Globe theatre as they take in the on-stage action.
Catch a music concert at one of London's premier venues
There are hundreds of concerts scheduled for the springtime in London this year. At the O2 arena, acts include Drake and Shawn Mendes, while at the Royal Albert Hall you can see The Script and Take That to name just a few.
Watch the Oxford v Cambridge boat race
On 7th April if you grab a a spot along the Thames, you can watch one of the oldest rivalries in Britain play out. Rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge go head-to-head in the traditional race between the universities, which began in 1829 for men and 1927 for ladies, and now attracts around 250,000 spectators every year.
Take part in the London Games Festival
From 2nd – 14th April, a range of venues across London will host the annual Games Festival. Talks and interactive events will explore the ever-changing culture of modern gaming, like Now Play This at beautiful Somerset House (Apr 6th – 14th), a venue well worth a visit in its own right.