Spring is the perfect time to discover London’s great outdoors: bars open their beer gardens, pop-up markets spring up out of nowhere, all of the major parks are filled with picturesque fresh blossoms. Need more convincing? Here are 10 reasons why you must visit the capital between April and June.
The London Marathon
This is one of the biggest events of the year. Every April London’s streets are cordoned off, making way for 40,000 runners. The atmosphere is electric, with legions of spectators cheering, drinking and waving flags.
Every year FutureFest features a line-up full of the latest innovations in the tech world. Along with showcasing products, you can also watch real life robotics in action and attend talks from some of the world’s leading tech-gurus.
The Royal Parks are Stunning
There are eight Royal Parks of London covering over 2,000 hectares of public land. During the spring they are strikingly beautiful and where all of the locals tend to gather when the sun comes out.
St. Patrick’s Day
Outside of Ireland, London is without a doubt the best place to be. On Sunday 15th March, a marching band will walk through Trafalgar Square playing Irish classics. Expect dancing, singing and of course… lots of drinking.
The Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race
This is perhaps one of London’s most bizarre traditions. Every year the rival institutions race two goats around Spitalfields City Farm. Alongside the race there are live bands, bookmakers taking bets and plenty of pop-up bars serving alcohol.
London Craft Week
Across seven days this May, the London Craft Week will showcase ancient skills and new emerging talents throughout London’s most famous art galleries. This year’s focus is on Bloomsbury and Mayfair, which have both been central hubs for craftsman for centuries.
The London Pet Show
This year’s London Pet Show will take place at the Excel Centre. Here you can meet owners and breeders; get advice about animal care and training; and catch rabbit jumping, dog dancing and even duck herding shows.
Covent Garden May Fayre
Convent Garden is always busy, but in May the shenanigans are taken to a whole new level at the annual puppet Festival. This year marks the 40th anniversary and will feature an old school Punch and Judy show and brass band.
The Crime Museum
Scotland Yard’s Crime Museum has been on display for the first time since it was started in the 1800s. To see real life death masks, Jack the Ripper memorabilia and a whole host of other gruesome (and real) articles from London’s history, visit this one-off exhibition before it closes in April.
Photo London is a photography fair that takes place at Somerset House. This year marks the second instalment and promises to be bigger and better than last year with new exhibitions, and more workshops and training programmes for the locals.
If you’re looking for something to do in London that’s completely out of the ordinary, take a ride on The London Helicopter. There’s no better way to admire the beautiful city in the springtime than watching the picturesque skyline from above.