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101 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 101 events and activities that will keep you coming back again and again this season.

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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 101 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 more than 100 events in east London, celebrating Women's History Month. 1-31 Mar
  2. Let your boots lead you to The O2 for the Country to Country Festival. 13-15 Mar
  3. What's the craic on St Patrick's Day in London? Think: parades, Irish dancing shows, whisky showers, gigs and more. 15 Mar
  4. Tune into a night of epic performances as BBC Singers take over the Cutty Sark. 20 Mar
  5. Learn how to shape your future, with a tip or two from Future Fest. 20 Mar
  6. Celebrate the mother figures in your life by treating them to an unforgettable time on Mother's Day. 22 Mar
  7. Connect with fellow esports fans at the London Games Festival, spanning 12 days. 26 Mar-6 Apr
  8. Secure a spot along the Thames riverside to see some heated competition between long-time foes, at the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. 29 Mar

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. 2-5 Apr
  2. Be part of the centenary of Ravi Shankar's birth at various events hosted at the Southbank Centre – including workshops and concerts. From 2 Apr
  3. Feel some serious Vegan Vibes while devouring street food at Greenwich Market. 3 Apr
  4. Looking for Easter weekend ideas? Hunt no more! There are plenty of things for all the family to enjoy. 10-13 Apr
  5. Don your glitziest outfit (or opt out for red and white threads) to celebrate St George's Day at Trafalgar Square. 18 Apr
  6. Get a taste of rural life at Alexandra Palace's annual Country Living Spring Fair. 23-26 Apr
  7. Mark Sikh New Year at the all-day Vaisakhi Festival in Trafalgar Square. 25 Apr
  8. 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. 26 Apr
  9. Trawl through stalls brimming with handmade items at various spots across the city during London Craft Week. 27 Apr-3 May

What else is happening in April?

London events in May for your diary

  1. London Wine Week takes over the capital in May – make sure to chill at alfresco bars, indulge in wine tastings and milk the special deals across the city. May TBC
  2. You know spring is here when Covent Garden's in Bloom (14 May-4 Jun) and Fleurs De Villes (14-20 May) take over the pretty neighbourhood.
  3. Explore the story of Brent with The Museum of All Brent Life exhibition, showcased over two days at 10 local libraries. This event is part of this year's Mayor's London Borough of Culture activitiesand includes a live-painting of George Michael’s mural in Kingsbury, where he went to school. 15-16 May
  4. Enjoy all things floral at world-leading RHS Chelsea Flower Show 19-23 May
  5. ...And look out for sweet-smelling flower displays themed around Extraordinary Voyages in surrounding streets, shop windows, restaurants, hotels and more during Chelsea in Bloom (18-23 May).
  6. Head to All Points East for the ultimate spring music bash, with top headliners including Tame Impala, Tom Walker and The Kooks (22-31 May). And don't miss the free activities running alongside the festival as part of In The NBHD (25-28 May) – all at Victoria Park. 
  7. Squeeze every drop of fun from the spring bank holiday weekend22-25 May
  8. See what’s on for kids both big and small during May half-term23-31 May
  9. Stuff your face with mind-blowingly good food at the Foodies Festival in Syon Park. 23-25 May
  10. #LondonIsOpen, so celebrate the many cultures of this welcoming city at the Islamic festival of Eid on Trafalgar Square, which marks the end of Ramadan. 30 May

Find more ideas for May in London.

Unmissable new theatre shows

  1. Be More Chill and come down to see this hilariously relatable show at The Other Place. Book tickets to Be More Chill now.
  2. Watch as the kids are mesmerised by classic show Hamlet, as it’s remade for a younger audience at the National Theatre. 30 Mar-9 Apr
  3. There’s a bunch of quirky shows at The Vaults. Check out The Psychic Project (29 Apr-24 May), GHBoy (29 Apr-24 May) or an adult take on a children's story, Earth (22-25 Apr).
  4. Will Polly Buckwheat manage to turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning? Find out at Blackheath Halls, where Rumpelstiltskin and The Snail of Destiny plays out (14 Mar). Or see the fabulous Once Upon A Musical Performance performed by children (18 Apr).
  5. Be the first in line for The Show: The Music of ABBA at The London Palladium. Book tickets to The Show: The Music of ABBA now. 5 May
  6. Gasp at the astonishing puppetry of 101 Dalmatians at the magical Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Book tickets to 101 Dalmatians now16 May-21 Jun
  7. Be transported into a murder case during The Welkin (until 24 May) or experience the realities of post-war recession in New York at The Visit or The Old Lady Comes to Call (until 13 May), both at the National Theatre this spring.
  8. The much anticipated Back To The Future Musical is parking up in London this May. Don’t miss out, unless you own a time machine, of course. Dates TBC

Check out top 10 London theatre shows.

New and recently opened restaurants in London this spring

  1. Stumble upon the adorable Dominique Ansel Treehouse cafe, tucked away in Covent Garden, for almost too-pretty-to-eat pastries and cosy vibes. Open now
  2. Experience the flavours of The Nitery by Gizzi Erskine in a bohemian setting at St Martins Lane Kitchen before it ends its residency until 30 Apr.
  3. Look out for Akoko, experts in West African food and ancient cooking techniques, which has opened its doors in Fitzrovia. Open now
  4. Gymkhana London, a Michelin-starred favourite of London's Indian cuisine scene has reopened after a huge refurbishment. Open now
  5. Craving food from all corners of the world? Head to Goods Way at King’s Cross, a lively hub of street grub, top cocktails and cool events. Open now
  6. Head to Six by Nico, a revolutionary and affordable concept featuring a tasting menu of six dishes – which changes every six weeks – which launches in Fitzrovia. From 31 Mar
  7. Satisfy your cravings for Mexican nosh made with British ingredients at KOL, opening in Marylebone. Opening Mar TBC
  8. Join Club Mexicana Taqueria at its first permanent venue in Kingly Court. Opening Mar TBC
  9. Hello, is it brie you’re looking for? The Cheese Barge – little sister to The Cheese Bar in Seven Dials – opens this April at Sheldon Square in Paddington Central.
  10. Look out for the Maison François brasserie and wine bar opening in St James’s, known for simple dishes made from the highest quality ingredients. Opening spring TBC
  11. Manzi’s, the legendary fish restaurant from restaurateurs Corbin and King, is opening a new spot at 1 Bateman's Buildings, Soho. Opening spring TBC

Find more London restaurants.

Let’s do… blockbuster exhibitions!

  1. Buzzing about the new Bond movie coming later this year? Quell your 007 anticipation by making a visit to the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum.
  2. Spot some of your favourite Andy Warhol works as the vivid pop art pieces, some displayed for the first time, go on display at Tate Modern this spring. 12 Mar-6 Sep
  3. Ponder over the female subject in art, from Art Nouveau and Aestheticism, to Surrealism and more at The Enchanted Interior at Guildhall Art Gallery. 13 Mar-14 Jun
  4. See how electronic music changed the world at the Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers exhibition held at The Design Museum. 1 Apr-26 Jul
  5. How did Picasso work with paper? Find out in 300 works at Picasso and Paper, before it closes at the Royal Academy of Arts. Until 13 Apr
  6. The Art of Banksy exhibition displays more than 80 (yes, 80!) of the street artist’s works in South Kensington this April. From 23 Apr
  7. Find the most iconic totes, birkins and briefcases at Bags: Inside Out exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum – a fashionistas’ paradise. From 25 Apr
  8. Tick Steve McQueen’s exhibition off your must-visit list, at Tate Modern. Until 11 May
  9. Study the evolution of David Hockney's art by checking out previously unseen works at David Hockney: Drawing from Life at National Portrait Gallery. Until 28 Jun

Discover more culture at the top museums in London.

More top exhibitions this season

  1. Explore themes of feminism at Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights exhibition at the British Library. 24 Apr-23 Aug
  2. ...Then, learn about the other side of the coin with Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at Barbican Art Gallery. Until 17 May.
  3. Be taken on a journey through the creation of Sohei Nishino’s famous Diorama maps as new works are added to the exhibition at the Michael Hoppen Gallery. 11 Mar-25 Apr
  4. The mind-bending geometric pieces created by Peter Schuyff make White Cube Mason’s Yard their home this spring. 13 Mar-16 May
  5. Admire unique definitions of God through works of more than 60 artists at The Chaiya Art Awards exhibition at Oxo Tower Wharf. 10-19 Apr
  6. Tune in to the Hayward Gallery's playful exhibition, Fanfare by Nevin Aladag, which explores sounds, culture and music. Until 13 Apr
  7. It’s Tate Modern’s 20th birthday! Join the celebrations as special exhibitions, including Yayoi Kusama and Louise Bourgeois, are launched. 11 May

Where can I learn something new this spring?

  1. Speak your mind at the Out-Spoken Masterclass (21 Mar) or buckle in for a poetic ride on An Express Tour of Europe (30 Mar).
  2. Lights, camera, action! Put Cutty Sark in the spotlight, as it stars in your very own short documentary. 14-16 Apr
  3. Attend hands-on cooking classes at The Avenue Cookery School. Choose from evening, week-long and day classes. Ongoing
  4. Or train your nose at Covent Garden's Floral Street’s Scent School, the first Wednesday of every month. Ongoing
  5. Leake Street Arches comes alive every Thursday evening with #LeakeStreetLive: a blast of live music, graffiti workshops and more. Ongoing
  6. If you like tinkling the ivories, search for the four pianos across Canary Wharf and “play them like they’re yours”.
  7. 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. Pop your kicks on and take on your friends in football challenges at KickTown at The O2, the world's first Concept Arena. Until 30 May
  2. Step into The Garrison of London's riverside for an exhilarating experience aboard R.S. Hispaniola, as it hosts its very own Peaky Blinded Immersive Dining Experience. Various dates
  3. Fancy getting a free massage, trying your hand at building a spaceship or attending a quirky gig? The Beautiful Octopus Club serves all of this and more at the Wellcome Collection, for one day only. 24 Apr
  4. Interact with digital versions of Vincent van Gogh's works at the Meet Vincent van Gogh exhibition. Book tickets to Meet Vincent van Gogh now. Until 21 May
  5. Get your much-needed dose of cheek aching laughs at The Cinema at Selfridges' Happy New Decade comedy club. Until 26 Mar
  6. 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.
  7. Feel the adrenaline flood your veins aboard a speedboat ride along the Thames.
  8. Induce envy among your friends by sharing your memories on the social media using the fun new City of London filters. Don't forget to share using #VisitTheCity!

Search for more quirky things to do in London.

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

  1. Roam the orchid-filled conservatory (until 15 Mar) of Kew Gardens or welcome spring with a walk through the magical fields of bluebells – which usually unfurl in April.
  2. Holland Park lives up to its name in spring, as swarms of tulips bloom.
  3. It's time to Play in the Park! Dabble in clay play and painting outdoors, before embarking on a treasure hunt around Greenwich Park. 7 and 21 Mar
  4. See how many of Helaine Blumenfeld's sculptures you can spot as you stroll among the skyscrapers and nature corners of Canary Wharf. 16 Mar-26 Jun
  5. Welcome adorable spring arrivals (including baby lambs) at London’s many city farms.
  6. 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. 29 Mar
  7. Have a frogtastic day at the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park's Frog Day celebrations. Expect pond dipping, froggy art, toadly awesome quiz trails and the much-loved Good Pond Bad Pond workshop. 29 Mar
  8. Gain a Licence to Thrill at the Bond-inspired boat experience with Thames Rockets. 3-5 Apr
  9. Bask in London's vistas on the river as you munch on British specialties aboard a Taste of Britain cruise. Selected Sundays
  10. Wander The Tide, an uber-cool park flooded with sculpture trails, coffee shops and design eye-candy. Be sure to grab a selfie at the free, Instagrammable exhibition Slices of Time at nearby NOW Gallery (until 19 Apr).

Woke events this spring

  1. Leave a positive stamp on the world as you indulge in the environment-themed Cool Earth Afternoon Tea for charity at Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden. Until 29 Mar
  2. Be inspired by some of the most debated advertising campaigns standing up for diversity, environmentalism, human rights and more at Museum of Brands’ new exhibition, When Brands Take a Stand. From 10 Mar
  3. Global Recycling Day arrives in Carnaby. Stop by to show your support. 18 Mar
  4. Appreciate art inspired by gardens at the Garden Museum's Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919-1939 and Fleur Olby: Velvet Black – Notes exhibitions. Until 5 Apr
  5. Learn how to be better to our planet by checking out the many eco-themed events at South Bank, exploring eco-anxiety (6 Apr), The Uninhabitable Earth book (8 Apr) and poetic takes on debates about trees and cities (22 Apr).
  6. Show your love for Mother Earth by joining environmentally-friendly Earth Day and Earth Hour activities at Carnaby (dates TBC) and check out the new Planting installation made from more than 100 car mufflers at Somerset House (9 Apr-1 May).
  7. The magical exploration of fungi, Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi comes to an end at Somerset House, so avoid FOMO and drop by. Until 26 Apr
  8. Find yourself at “the seaside”: The May Fair at Grosvenor Square holds an early May bank holiday celebration bringing environmental workshops, shows, food and more. 8-10 May
  9. What's better than spending an afternoon Among the Trees? Learning about them at a ridiculously interesting exhibition, of course. Until 17 May
  10. Dive deep into the powerful story of the Arctic culture and climate through an immersive exhibition at The British Museum. 28 May-23 Aug

Spring ideas for little kids

  1. Watch the kids ace the art of paper rolling at Quilled Ships workshops (4-5 Apr), or learn a thing or two about being a seafarer in Sailor Craft (7-9 Apr) at Cutty Sark.
  2. ...Or 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.
  3. See who laughs their head off first at Comedy Club for Kids at the Southbank Centre. 4-5 Apr
  4. Can you find the Gruffalo? He's hiding somewhere in Kew Garden's deep dark wood. Time for some Gruffalo Adventures. 4-19 Apr

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.