London really starts to come alive in spring. The city’s parks and open spaces are abloom with gorgeous flowers, the sun is starting to shine with more regularity and the Londoners themselves are looking forward to the warm, lazy days of summer – it’s a great time to pay the capital a visit.
This city is a fascinating place to explore at the best of times, but when the weather is warmer, everything seems to be that little bit more fun.
Once you’ve got your central London family hotel booked and sorted, you will want to see what’s on in the city and how best to get there. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the best things to do in London in spring time – the only problem is, fitting in the best ones!
London’s many parks
One of the best things about London in the spring is the transformation its parks undergo. From Hampstead Heath in the north, to Hyde Park in the west to the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew over the Thames, there are so many beautiful open spaces to watch the flowers come back to life after a long winter away.
Of course, honourable mention has to go to the botanical gardens, where the sheer variation of flowers is incredible. To get here from Paddington Station, take the First Great Western train to Ealing Broadway and then change to the 65 bus down to the Kew Gardens stop.
Way down out of the city centre, the sprawling mass of Richmond Park also offers some of the best spring views in London. As well as the herds of wild deer that roam these grounds, there’s also the Isabella Plantation, where a visually dazzling display of azaleas come to bloom every year.
St George’s Day
St Patrick’s Day was great fun, but now it’s time for Paddy to move over and make way for England’s favourite patron saint, St George.
Come April 23rd, Trafalgar Square will be transformed into a sea of red and white, as the celebrations get under way for big George himself.
Officially known as the Feast of St George, the square will be filled with market stalls selling food, kids’ entertainment, live chef demonstrations, live music and the chance to dine in style in the most iconic square in London.
Entry is free, but the stalls will charge their own rates for food and drink – expect it to be busy and a real party atmosphere.
Many bars and pubs in the city will also be putting on offers to get the punters in and celebrate St George’s Day in style. Where better place to celebrate England’s flag’s namesake than the capital city itself?
A night at the museum
Ever wondered what London’s biggest museums are like after dark? Well now you can find out. Come May 13th to 16th, some of the capital’s finest educational centres will be opened after hours as a part of the Museums at Night initiative.
But all is not as it seems! The museums won’t just be open a little later, there will also be all manner of shows and events happening. Expect cinema, DJ sets, pub quizzes, tours and more.
The Museum of the Order of St John, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Old Operating Theatre and the Natural History Museum are just a few of the museums that will be transformed into venues for this brilliant weekend event.
London Coffee Festival
London runs on coffee so it’s only fitting that the city hosts a festival that celebrates all things arabica, from fine flat whites to bitter-strong macchiatos.
If you simply can’t function in the morning until you’ve had a top quality roast, this is the event for you. Taking place from April 30th to May 3rd at the Old Brewery, Brick Lane in Shoreditch, you will be able to find out everything you ever needed to know about coffee, from the earth to your favourite cup.
To accompany all the coffee love, there will be a number of live performances, art fairs and other forms of caffeine-themed entertainment.
Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
This kitch festival will give you the chance to show the kids what comprised as seaside entertainment back when you were a whippersnapper. Puppeteers gather from all over to put on ridiculously over-the-top Punch and Judy shows, all under the backdrop of the marvellous St Paul’s Church Covent Garden.
Exploring Covent Garden in London
Not only is this a chance to see one of the more unusual events that the capital has to offer, but it’s also right in the heart of one of the city’s most sought after and happening areas.
The London Marathon 2015
Come April 26th, the most famous footrace in the world will be returning to the streets of London. The London Marathon might sound like a strange thing to go and watch in spring, but it’s the carnival atmosphere that makes it such good fun.
The route, which takes in some of the city’s best, well-known attractions, will be lined with thousands of people, each one cheering on a friend, family member or just the common runner, pitting themselves against the gruelling 26-mile course.
Even if you only stay for an hour to see the competitors race by, it’s a great event to be a part of in London this spring.
Chelsea Flower Show
Although we’ve already mentioned some of the best places in London to see beautiful flora in bloom, if you’re in the city between May 19th and 23rd, you cannot pass up the opportunity to visit the remarkable Chelsea Flower Show. This famous event caps off the end of spring in fine fashion, as hundreds make their way to the Royal Hospital in SW3 to marvel at some of the most colourful and vivid flower arrangements on the planet.
With a heritage that stretches back over 100 years, the flower show is a part of London’s prestigious history. One word of advice, if you are hoping to get in and rub shoulders with the celebs and well-known people, book your ticket now – this is one of the most popular spring events in the capital.
The usual attractions
As well as all this fantastic stuff that’s going on in London over the course of the spring months, there’s also the main attractions, standing firm and proud over the city, as they always do.
If it’s your first time in the Big Smoke, you will no doubt want to fit a few of these into your itinerary in and among all the spring fun. For the sake of ease, there are some attractions that are actually within walking distance of one another, including the following:
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Palace, Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards Parade.
Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Borough Market and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
The Natural History Museum, the V&A Museum, the Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Harrods and Harvey Nichols.