London may be a city which is built for the winter, many of its events and attractions drawing people into roomy yet warm spaces such as museums and galleries, but there is plenty of events and sites in the city where you can enjoy the fresh air and oncoming sunshine this spring. Whether you’re staying at the Barbican rooms for a week or a night this spring, there are plenty of options for you to make the most of the London sun. Whether it be a springtime outdoors market or a community arts event, Spring has plenty to keep you exploring during your time in the city. Below are some of the top activities to look out for, ranging from Easter entertainment to warm weather rambles.
Trafalgar Square’s the Passion of Jesus
On Good Friday, the Passion of Jesus is performed in the iconic Trafalgar Square to thousands of spectators. The re-enactment recounts Jesus last day and crucifixion by the Romans and is a great way to celebrate the Easter weekend. Whether you’re religious or not, this atmospheric event is well worth getting out into central London for.
Feast of St George
Taking place on the 20th of April, St George’s Day is a spring celebration of the English patron saint. This incredible feast is made up of a range of food stalls, celebrating the history of the English in the capital of the country. If you’re looking for a good way to learn more about British culture, you can’t get any more English than the Feast of St George.
The London Marathon takes place on the 28th of April this year and sees thousands of contestants and is one of the biggest fundraising events in the city. This event raises millions for charities and brings a vibrant atmosphere to the city. The event is televised worldwide and some of the best long-distance runners in the world take part.
Chelsea Flower show
Taking place from the 21st to the 25th of May, the Chelsea Flower Show takes place on the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital. Started in 19012, this historic flower show is run by the Royal Horticultural Society and sees hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Whether you are looking for that perfect flower arrangement or a beautiful botanic garden, this widely publicised show is one of the most exciting flower shows in the world.
Oxford and Cambridge boat race
Another exciting annual event taking place in the heart of the city is the Cambridge – Oxford boat race. This event takes place over a 4.2 mile stretch of the River Thames and is widely televised. With thousands of visitors coming to the banks and bridges over the Thames on the 7th of April this year.
The London Wetlands Centre is a nature reserve that comes into full bloom over the spring period. Based in the Barnes area of West London, the Wetlands Centre comes alive with bird hatching, flower blossoming and animal feeding sessions.
West London’s Kew Garden’s is a botanical garden with a long spanning history. Based near Chiswick, the gardens are located on the grounds of the Kew Palace. With a stunning range of pagodas and greenhouses, Kew Gardens is one of the most popular botanic gardens in the world and is a perfect spring frolic spot.