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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit London This Spring

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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.

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FutureFest

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

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.

Family Friendly Easter Events in London

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Easter weekend falls on the first bank holiday of the year (Friday 25th to Monday 28th March). When you have kids in tow, Easter Sunday becomes one of those all-important dates on the calendar. While you may not be particularly enthusiastic about eating yourself into a frenzy, there are still plenty of things to do with the family that don’t revolve entirely around chocolate bunnies and eggs.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical – based on the Roald Dahl classic – has been gaining rave reviews since it first premièred two years ago. Since then it has undergone several cast changes. If you’re looking for some entertainment in the West End, watching a stage show of the world’s greatest chocolate maker seems quite fitting for this glutinous holiday.

The Passion of Jesus

Don’t forget, Easter isn’t really about chocolate eggs and a certain sneaky bunny, it’s about the death and resurrection of Christ. This year the Wintershall Players will be performing The Passion of Jesus, along with real horses, donkeys and doves. The open air re-enactment has a cast of over 100 people and is expected to draw huge crowds. If you can’t get a good spot, have no fear. The entire performance will be broadcast on projector screens.

The Small Films Marathon

Each day during the whole of Easter the Victoria and Albert Museum for Children will play back-to -back screenings of animated children’s classics – expect to see Noggin the Nog, Bagpuss, and Ivor the Engine. After the screening, feel free to take the accompanying exhibition to learn about each production and view the real storyboards and sets.

Land of Lions

The first day of Easter (Friday 25th March) marks the official grand opening of Land of Lions at the London Zoo. This project has been under construction for almost two years and will have installations that allow visitors to get up close and personal with these wonderful majestic creatures.

Cadbury’s World Factory Tour

While Cadbury’s World isn’t located in London, it’s easily accessible from London. On this tour you’ll get to learn all about the history of the Cadburys brand, watch the production line from beginning to end, and even try making your own chocolate. If you travel via train, you will also qualify for a 30% discount on admittance.

Harrods

Harrods is one of London’s most famous department stores. While children probably won’t want to stroll around one million square feet of retail space, they will certainly want to sample some of the fine work of the in-house chocolatiers. Here you will find some of the best chocolate England has to offer… and with prices to match. Harrods isn’t cheap, but when you see and taste the quality, you’ll understand why.

If you’re looking to try something a little different this Easter, why not take a trip on The London Helicopter? Private trips can be arranged for entire families, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the beautiful city from a whole new perspective.

Finding The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift In London’s Department Stores

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Finding a Mother’s Day gift can be extremely challenging. The idea of strolling around the shops, looking for clue after clue about what to buy is a nightmare. Fortunately, London’s department stores will be well-prepared for the Mother’s Day rush, providing plenty of inspiration the second you step through their doors.

Harrods

Harrods is probably London’s most well-known upmarket department store and is located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge. It was established more than 160 years ago and is known for its boutiques of super-brands, many of which have products that are exclusive to Harrods. The food halls have a wide range of luxurious teas, chocolates and fresh foods. Perfect if you’re looking for unique culinary delights.

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Selfridges

Selfridges is one of the world’s finest department stores. It is located on Oxford Street and has six floors of floor space spanning 10 acres. The store contains the world’s largest department for denim, which always has stock of over 11,000 pairs of jeans. With high-end fashion, jewellery and electronics, there are plenty of opportunities to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols is one of London’s most prestigious department stores and owned by the Debenhams chain. It is located on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge, close to its main rival, Harrods. For brand name merchandise there’s no better place. With over 200 of the world’s most desirable fashion brands, it’s vast selection is unrivalled.

Liberty

Liberty is situated inside a huge Tudor building on Regent Street. All of the products in store are cutting edge and unique, making it the perfect department store if you’re looking something truly original. Liberty shoppers literally travel the world looking for designers worthy of the Liberty label; therefore, the five floors of fashion accessories, beauty products, home-ware and antiques won’t just adorn common brand names, but would have been carefully sourced from around the globe.

Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason is a food hall that’s located in Piccadilly. It was established over 300 years ago and still retains many of its pre-war features. The Royal Family have been known to frequent the establishment, which demonstrates how luxurious their product line is. While the selection of perfumes, furniture and home-ware pales in comparison to some of London’s other, larger department stores, the food and glutinous delights are unbeatable. With a vast selection of hampers and delicacies, there’s no better place if you’re buying for a foodie.

Each of London’s department stores offer a unique shopping experience that simply cannot be compared to the other. While some are better for unique products that you wouldn’t find on the high street, others are more suitable for common luxury brands. Regardless of where you go, you will almost certainly find a gift of impeccable quality and style.

If you’re completely lost for ideas or would rather buy a memorable experience, consider a trip on The London Helicopter. There are selection of sightseeing offers available, each providing a unique perspective of the city and nearby sights.

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