The start of the New Year is often a dull affair. After the festivities and parties have died down most of us our left waiting in the rain and longing for sunshine. Luckily, London really comes alive during the springtime, making it a wonderfully picturesque city.
If you’re planning a visit to the capital, the spring could be the perfect time; accommodation is cheaper, you’ll miss the tourist rush, and the weather usually takes a turn for the better. Here are a few other reasons why.
St Patrick’s Day
The Irish really know how to party. St Patrick’s Day is one of their biggest and best celebrations, and if you can’t make it to Ireland, London is the next best place. On March 15th Trafalgar Square will be filled with people singing, dancing and enjoying authentic Irish cuisine.
On April 26th the London Marathon will take place. Starting in Greenwich Park, over 30,000 athletes will run 26.4 miles through London. The atmosphere on the streets is simply electric, so if you’re around make sure you show your support.
The Royal Parks
The Royal Parks of London are simply breathtaking around the springtime. When the flowers start to emerge and the grass begins to grow there’s nothing like taking in the sun and enjoying a nice picnic.
Inventing Impressionism is one of the most hyped art shows of the year and will open in London’s National Gallery during the spring. Here you can view crucial paintings from the golden years of 1865-1905 and discover with your own eyes how this magnificent art style evolved.
On March 15th and 16th the Futurefest will take place on Vinopolis Bankside. This is a one-off event that has some very prestigious guest speakers, such as whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
During the winter months the Globe Theatre shuts down for business. In March, however, regular shows once again start to take place. This historic theatre is situated on Embankment and is just moments away from the London Eye and Tate Modern – two of London’s most prized attractions.
Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race
The Oxford and Cambridge goat race is perhaps one of the strangest events on this list. Here two of the UK’s most coveted universities will compete against each other in the most unusual way. Expect lots of booze and goat-related madness.
London Craft Week
London Craft Week will begin on May 6th and will occur in various venues. For seven days art galleries and museums around the city will be holding craft making workshops and trying to encourage participants to take up new hands-on hobbies.
London Pet Show
This is without a doubt the biggest pet show in the UK and will be held at the ExCel Arena. The weekend will be filled with pet performances and plenty of showmanship from some of the best trained animals in the world. There will also be breeders and trainers on call and ready to give advice to those looking to get involved.
The London Helicopter
If you’re truly looking for a unique activity for the spring, then the London Helicopter could be just what you need. London may look great from the streets, but nothing beats the view from up above.
Don’t wait until the summer to visit London. As you can see from these 10 events, the spring has just as much to offer.
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