I’m back in London, the clocks have moved forwards and I’m ready to rock this Spring for all it’s got!
Spring is a great time to visit London. As soon as there’s a hint of sunshine, the whole city strips down into shorts and summery skirts and flocks to the nearest bit of grass to indulge in that oh-so British pastime, the humble picnic. Festival season is kicking off, and there’s an air of relief as we wave goodbye to winter for another year.
As well as sipping cider in the park, here are the best things to do in London this Spring (2016).
The London Coffee Festival (7-10 April)
Anyone who knows me personally will vouch that I’m a bit of a coffee fiend, and the London Coffee Festival is the perfect excuse to tweek myself out on caffeine for four days straight. Learn how to make an artisan cup of the good stuff, or simply taste your way around the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, and maybe take a sample home for those hungover Sundays.
The Udderbelly Festival (7 April – 17 July)
You know that Spring has arrived in London when the Udderbelly makes an appearance on the South Bank. A huge, purple upside down cow is the centrepiece of this laugh-a-minute festival, showcasing the best in up and coming and established comedic talent throughout the Spring and Summer.
The London Marathon (24 April)
In my opinion, this is THE event for April, after I ran the London Marathon back in 2012 (not to be repeated, in case you’re wondering).
Thousands of Londoners take to the streets to cheer on those taking part, and believe me, the supporters make all the difference to the runners’ morale, so why no head down with some snacks and hand them out? You’ll feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Canalway Cavalcade at Little Venice (30 April – 2 May)
One of my favourite displays of eccentric Britishness in the London calendar is the Canalway Cavalcade. The whole of Little Venice (the canal system near Paddington) comes to life with hundres of narrow and long boats, as well as food trucks and musical displays.
Check out what went down when I visited a couple of years ago.
Photo London (19-22 May)
If you love photography, then be sure to visit Photo London, held inside beautiful Somerset House. The line up includes exhibitions, talks, lectures, book signings and screenings of the works of some of the most prized photographers in the UK and beyond.
Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May)
Be inspired by some of the most incredibly imaginative garden displays you’ve ever seen at the Chelsea Flower Show. From gardens designed to make you happier to an enormous poppy tribute to the war heroes of Britain, you’ll be sure to find something which moves you.
London Wine Week (23-29 May)
Following the success of London Beer Week in March, London Wine Week is coming to town! More than 125 venues across the capital will join in the festivities with wine flights, perfectly paired menus, special deals on corkage and a variety of events including self guided wine tours.
Simply buy a wristband (£10) and you’ll have access to the best wine tastings and deals across the city for a whole week.
Trooping the Colour – The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations (11 June)
2016 marks the year that our beloved Queen Liz turns the ripe old age of 90, so of course we’ll be showing her how much we love her with a giant parade! As well as the traditional ‘trooping the colour’, there will more likely than not be a fly-by over Buckingham Palace. God, I love being British.
Taste of London (15-19 June)
One of my favourite weekends of the year is Taste of London, where the focus falls squarely on the city’s favourite things to eat and drink. Taste samples from celebrity and Michelin Starred chefs, or simply trawl the food stalls, tasting every morsel of goodness from around the world. Yum!
Pride in London (18 – 26 June)
Join in the most colourful festival in England as the LGBT community takes to the streets to celebrate Pride. This week-long celebration culminates in a huge parade from Baker Street to Whitehall on the 25th June, with Trafalgar Square being the hub of all festivities for the whole week.
I know I’ll be enjoying my first few months back in the city to the max. What other events will you be enjoying in London this Spring?
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