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43 things to do this spring in London

A lady taking a picture inbetween the flower displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
You can usually snap away at the flower displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in spring. Credit: RHS/Georgi Mabee. Image courtesy of RHS.
Put a spring in your step with 43 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 43 ideas will have you filling up your diary in no time.

London's attractions, leisure venues, pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops are due to reopen on phased dates following the proposed easing of coronavirus restrictions. Check the latest coronavirus information and be aware that some venues listed may still be closed after these dates. You may also need to book in advance.

What’s happening in London in March?

  1. What's the craic on St Patrick's Day in London? Think: parades, Irish dancing shows, whisky showers, gigs and more.
  2. Tune into epic performances as BBC Singers take over London venues. Various dates
  3. Celebrate the mother figures in your life by treating them to an unforgettable time on Mother's Day.
  4. Southbank Centre's online events continue bringing conversations and performances home as part of Inside Out and In the Green Room

Find more March events.

What are the top London events this April?

  1. Watch The Passion of Jesus from home with a 2019 recording of the annual re-enactment of Jesus's final journey, featuring more than 100 actors, which usually takes place at Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. 2 Apr
  2. Looking for Easter weekend activities to do from home? Hunt no more! There are plenty of things for all the family to enjoy. 2-5 Apr
  3. Pop into the Drive-In Film Club at Ally Pally (from 13 Aprand Brent Cross (from 12 Apr), or find more outdoor cinemas which are reopening this month.
  4. Are you all about that cheese? Then you're in luck! The Cheese Truck will be parked up in Paddington central this month. Grab cheese sandwiches, wine and more deliciousness from 12pm to 8pm, Wednesday to Sunday. 14 Apr-16 May
  5. Many of the city's alfresco restaurants, pubs and rooftop bars are reopening this month, so book your slot and enjoy dining out on sunny days.
  6. King's Cross and Alexandra Palace welcome you with outdoor crazy golf, so get together with your pals and see who can score best!
  7. Pick up some new plant babies at the Spring Plant Fair 2021 at the Garden Museum. 25 Apr

What else is happening in April?

London events in May for your diary

  1. Take on a guided tour around Shakespeare's Globe, which brims with 400 years of theatre history. From 13 Apr
  2. Mark your calendars for the 7 May – the electronic band Metronomy are playing a live gig at Alexandra Palace.
  3. London Wine Fair goes virtual in May – join online wine tastings and expert talks, or sign up for one-to-one meetings with wine makers, while indulging in vino all weekend long. 17-19 May
  4. Keep your eyes peeled for The Cheese Barge opening in Paddington! 20 May
  5. Or find more cheesy spots across the city.
  6. Squeeze every drop of fun from the early May bank holiday weekend (1-3 May) and the spring bank holiday weekend (29-31 May).
  7. See what’s on for kids both big and small during May half-term29 May-6 Jun

Find more ideas for May in London.

Unmissable spring events

  1. Supa Dupa Fly are hosting socially-distanced R'n'Brunch Parties at Pop Brixton Rooftop. Don't miss out! 17 Apr-19 Jun
  2. Feel the infectious atmosphere of Los Angeles Philharmonic as they perform symphonies including Beethoven and Mahler during its second season at the Barbican. 21-23 May
  3. Grab a pint or two at the Camden Springfest, which brings Bavarian vibes to the Electric Ballroom on selected Saturdays. 22 May-26 Jun

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. Wander around all the public art at Canary Wharf.
  3. Spend your weekends acing your skating skills at the House of Vans Skate Skool. Every weekend

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 12 Sep
  2. 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.
  3. Don't miss out on the rare opportunity of experiencing two of the Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern. TBC
  4. Explore the works of Adébayo Bolaji in The Power and The Pause exhibition at Beers London, which focuses on the theme of strength and complications arising from endings. 18 Apr-22 May
  5. Learn more about shoes at the Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street exhibition at the Design Museum. 18 May-24 Oct

Discover more culture at the top museums in London.

Things to do in London for the cool kids

  1. Are you missing the beach? Head to Fulham Beach Club at Neverland London to bask in some beachy vibes. From 12 Apr
  2. Refresh your wardrobe at London’s best markets.
  3. 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.
  4. Feel the adrenaline flood your veins aboard a speedboat ride along the Thames.

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. Have a fantastic day relaxing at the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park.
  5. 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.
  6. Wander The Tide, an uber-cool park flooded with sculpture trails, coffee shops and design eye-candy.
  7. Seep in stunning views of Kew Gardens, and explore the immersive Secret World of Plants, a collection of various "plantscapes" representing different UK habitats. 1 May-19 Sep

Spring ideas for kids

  1. Visit Cutty Sark with your little sailors for an adventure on the famous tea clipper.
  2. Find creative craft workshops and fun online classes with this guide to virtual activities to do from home. 
  3. Learn something new and discover the history of London at an online exhibition

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.