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54 things to do this spring in London

A lady taking a picture inbetween the flower displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Snap away at the flower displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Credit: RHS/Georgi Mabee. Image courtesy of RHS.
Put a spring in your step with 54 events and activities that will keep you coming back again and again this season.

Awaken from the winter slumber and hop into a fresh array of activities, as spring in London welcomes picture-perfect blooms and feel-good energy.

London’s great outdoors awaits, where the tables are set for all things alfresco and the city livens up with outdoor events throughout March, April and May.

Wondering how to make the most of the improving weather? These 54 ideas will have you filling up your diary in no time.

What’s happening in London in March?

  1. The whole month is packed with hundreds of events in London, celebrating Women's History Month. 1-31 Mar
  2. Let your boots lead you to The O2 for the Country to Country Festival. 12-14 Mar
  3. What's the craic on St Patrick's Day in London? Think: parades, Irish dancing shows, whisky showers, gigs and more.
  4. Tune into epic performances as BBC Singers take over London venues. Various dates
  5. Learn how to shape your future, with a tip or two from Future Fest. 19 Mar
  6. Celebrate the mother figures in your life by treating them to an unforgettable time on Mother's Day. 14 Mar
  7. Secure a spot along the Thames riverside to see some heated competition between long-time foes, at the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Mar/Apr TBC

Find more March events.

What are the top London events this April?

  1. Feel the buzz (literally) at The London Coffee Festival where the famous bean is celebrated through talks, demonstrations and a cup-full of tastings. Apr TBC
  2. Watch The Passion of Jesus, an annual re-enactment of Jesus's final journey featuring more than 100 actors at Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. 2 Apr
  3. Looking for Easter weekend ideas? Hunt no more! There are plenty of things for all the family to enjoy. 2-5 Apr
  4. Don your glitziest outfit (or opt out for red and white threads) to celebrate St George's Day at Trafalgar Square. Date TBC
  5. Get a taste of rural life at Alexandra Palace's annual Country Living Spring Fair which usually takes place in April. Date TBC
  6. Mark Sikh New Year at the all-day Vaisakhi Festival in Trafalgar Square. Date TBC
  7. Cheer on the courageous runners of the London Marathon as they take over a landmark-filled route, and be amused by some of the contestants’ hilarious costumes. Date TBC
  8. Trawl through stalls brimming with handmade items at various spots across the city during London Craft Week. Date TBC

What else is happening in April?

London events in May for your diary

  1. London Wine Fair takes over Olympia London in May – make sure to chill at its bars, indulge in wine tastings and milk the special deals across the weekend. 17-19 May
  2. You know spring is here when Covent Garden's in Bloom and Fleurs De Villes take over the pretty neighbourhood.
  3. Enjoy all things floral at world-leading RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Date TBC
  4. ...And look out for sweet-smelling flower displays with a certain theme in surrounding streets, shop windows, restaurants, hotels and more during Chelsea in Bloom. Date TBC
  5. Head to All Points East for the ultimate spring music bash. In previous years top headliners included Tame Impala, Tom Walker and The Kooks. Date TBC
  6. Find yourself at “the seaside”: The May Fair at Grosvenor Square usually holds an early May bank holiday celebration bringing workshops, shows, food and more. May TBC
  7. Squeeze every drop of fun from the early May bank holiday weekend (1-3 May) and the spring bank holiday weekend (29-31 May).
  8. See what’s on for kids both big and small during May half-term29 May-6 Jun
  9. Stuff your face with mind-blowingly good food at the Foodies Festival in Syon Park. 29-31 May
  10. Celebrate the many cultures of this welcoming city at the Islamic festival of Eid on Trafalgar Square, which marks the end of Ramadan. Date TBC

Find more ideas for May in London.

Unmissable spring performances

  1. Celebrate Women's Day with a feast of performances from exceptional British musicians during A Century of Chamber Music by Women at Southbank Centre. 8 Mar
  2. Take An Express Tour of Europe, from the 1990s to today, with an exhilarating performance of music, poetry and animation exploring the diversity of cultures in Europe. 9 Mar
  3. Dive deep into the mind and world of Sibelius the Storyteller in a musical BBC SO Total Immersion performance at the Barbican. 13 Mar
  4. Don't even try to stop the beat at the Olivier Award-winning Hairspray the Musical as it makes its West End debut! 22 Apr-29 Aug
  5. Gasp at the astonishing puppetry of 101 Dalmatians at the magical Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Book tickets to 101 Dalmatians now15 May-20 Jun
  6. Feel the infectious atmosphere of Los Angeles Philharmonic as it performs symphonies including Beethoven and Mahler during its second season at the Barbican. 21-23 May

Let’s do… blockbuster exhibitions!

  1. Peek into life during the industrial revolution through works by British artist J.M.W. Turner, in Turner's Modern World at Tate Britain. Until 7 Mar
  2. Embrace your inner 007 by making a visit to the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum.
  3. Be inspired by some of the most debated advertising campaigns standing up for diversity, environmentalism, human rights and more at Museum of Brands’ exhibition, When Brands Take a Stand.
  4. Don't miss out on the rare opportunity of experiencing two of the Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern. Until 9 May

Discover more culture at the top museums in London.

Where can I learn something new this spring?

  1. Attend hands-on cooking classes at The Avenue Cookery School and the Cookery School at Little Portland Street. Choose from evening, week-long and day classes. Ongoing
  2. Or train your nose at Covent Garden's Floral Street’s Scent School, the first Wednesday of every month. Ongoing
  3. Leake Street Arches comes alive every Thursday evening with #LeakeStreetLive: a blast of live music, graffiti workshops and more. Ongoing
  4. Wander around all the public art at Canary Wharf.
  5. Spend your weekends acing your skating skills at the House of Vans Skate Skool. Every weekend

Things to do in London for the cool kids

  1. Refresh your wardrobe at London’s best markets, or do some serious shopping at London's top shopping destinations, from iconic Oxford Street and Bond Street, to fashion and beauty at Covent Garden, Carnaby, Seven Dials and St James's.
  2. Feel the adrenaline flood your veins aboard a speedboat ride along the Thames.
  3. Induce envy among your friends by sharing your memories on the social media using the fun City of London filters. Don't forget to share using #VisitTheCity!
  4. Show your love for Mother Earth by joining environmentally-friendly Earth Day and Earth Hour activities which usually take place at Carnaby. TBC

Search for more quirky things to do in London.

Let’s do… sweeping views, nature walks and baby animals

  1. Holland Park lives up to its name in spring, as swarms of tulips bloom.
  2. Snap selfies among the pastel pink blooms and dabble in outdoor workshops which usually take place in March at Greenwich Park.
  3. Welcome adorable spring arrivals (including baby lambs) at London’s many city farms.
  4. For more animal fun, head a stone's throw from the river Thames to Spitalfields City Farm for the Oxford Cambridge Goat Race, the animal-themed equivalent of The Boat Race. Date TBC
  5. Have a fantastic day relaxing at the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park.
  6. Bask in London's vistas on the river as you munch on British specialties aboard a Taste of Britain cruise. Selected Sundays
  7. Discover a new area... Find picture-pretty spots at Covent Garden; Insta-worthy street art at Shoreditch and roam among the historic City of London.
  8. Wander The Tide, an uber-cool park flooded with sculpture trails, coffee shops and design eye-candy.

Spring ideas for kids

  1. Visit Cutty Sark on Wednesday mornings, when you can take your little sailors for a morning of stories, songs and play aboard the former tea clipper.
  2. Bond with the little ones over a family-friendly FUNharmonics Family Concert at the Royal Festival Hall: choose from The Walkabout Orchestra (14 Mar) and The Pied Piper of Hamelin (8 May).

More ideas for kids.

If you’re still hungry for more things to do this spring, find top tips for things to do in London this weekend and things to do today. Or find on-the-go ideas by downloading the Visit London app.