Thankfully, winter is over, and we can finally head into sunny spring! Spring is a wonderful time to be in London as there are so many things to do and see.
If you’re new to London, finding fun events and ways to discover the city can be an overwhelming task. That’s why we’ve created a list of 11 activities so that you can have an action-packed springtime and explore some famous landmarks in the big city.
Spring in London – What’s On?
Emirates Air Line Cable Car
For only a fiver, you can travel in style high above the city in an Emirates Cable Car. This begins at The Docks in Canning Town and soars above the Thames to reveal a picturesque view of the city. The journey lasts about ten minutes and ends at Greenwich Peninsula, where you will find the Greenwich o2 Arena.
The cable cars are a great way to quickly see a lot of the cityscape, in a very short amount of time, and far away from the tourists on land!
City Boat Tour
There are lots of boat tours to choose from, but from personal experience, the Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise is a great way to do some sightseeing without the business of the city streets.
For £13.50 you will get an hour-long cruise taking you past famous landmarks such as Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, The Tower of London, and ending at the docks in Greenwich. This boat tour allows you to see lots of famous places, in a short amount of time and without having to walk miles to each landmark.
St Patrick’s Day
London has a huge Irish community, so the St Patrick’s Day Festival has always had a huge turnout. Put on something green and head to Trafalgar Square where you will find a huge celebration, filled with Irish music, dancing, and other entertainment.
This event will be held on Sunday 13th March from 12:00-18:00.
This annual festival celebrates one of the city’s most beloved beverages, coffee! Each year, the event hosts over 200 coffee stalls, coffee tastings, and workshops. You will be able to taste coffees from all over the world and learn how to make drinks from some of the best baristas in the city. There is also a DJ, live music performances, and food stalls so that you can make a day of it.
This festival takes place from Thursday 31st March – Sunday 3rd April at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.
BFI Flare: London LGBTQ + Film Festival
Previously called the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, this popular event is held annually to celebrate the best of LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world. You can meet actors and directors, attend panel discussions, and of course, watch lots of queer films!
The film festival will take place from Wednesday 16th- Sunday 27th March in South Bank.
The London Book Fair
This event is one of the best literary events in London, designed to bring readers and authors together. Each year over 1,000 book companies come together to celebrate every part of the book trade. There will be books for sale, networking opportunities and a packed seminar programme every day of the event.
The Book Fair is on from 5th-7th April and will be located in Olympia, London.
Chelsea and Belgravia in Bloom
This year two free flower events are running at the same time: Chelsea in Bloom and Belgravia in Bloom. In both postcodes, the outside of shops and cafés will be decorated with stunning arrangements of flowers to officially celebrate the springtime. This is the perfect time to explore these areas and get some great pictures.
The flower shows will run from 18th-23rd May.
The Goat Race
If you’re an animal lover, this will be a fun day out for you. Every year, two goats go head-to-head in a race for their borough. One represents Cambridge, and the other represents Oxford, and they will run around the farmyard track, as the crowds cheer them on.
The date of the 2022 race is yet to be announced, but it usually takes place at the end of March/beginning of April. The race will be held at Spitalfields City Farm and make sure to book in advance as the tickets usually sell out quickly. You can stay updated by visiting the farm’s website: https://www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org/whats-on
2022 marks the tenth anniversary of artist Dryden Goodwin’s Breathe. In 2012, he created over 1,300 drawings of his child inhaling and exhaling. The drawings were showcased on the roof of St Thomas’ Hospital, to highlight the dangers of excessive pollution in the capital.
Breathe: 2022 will be a new public artwork that updates this famous collection, and the art will relate to the tragic death of nine-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah. In 2013, Ella sadly passed away in London following an asthma attack which air pollution was partially responsible for. Breath: 2022 has been created to bring art lovers and activists together and have important environmental discussions.
The art will be shown across Lewisham and will begin on Friday 1st April, running until November 2022.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the greatest parts of London; the vast building houses some of London’s most fascinating art and history. Some of the special events at the V&A have an entry fee, but this one is completely free!
Until Sunday 5th June, this medieval exhibition will showcase a collection of over 2,000 cuttings from medieval manuscripts and explain the context behind them. This exhibition will immerse you in the world of Medieval England and help you to understand how our world used to be.
And don’t forget that once you’re finished there, you can also explore most of the rest of the V&A for free!
Mamma Mia! The Party at the O2
The last springtime activity is an ABBA-themed dining experience at the O2 in North Greenwich. If you’re a Mama Mia fan, this is an event you don’t want to miss!
Produced by ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus, this brand-new love story follows residents of Skopelos, which is where Mama Mia was originally filmed. You can expect a night of the girl group’s iconic hits, a delicious Mediterranean meal and of course, lots of dancing!
Tickets can be purchased at https://mammamiatheparty.co.uk/tickets/