When the clouds of winter break and the parks begin to bloom, London is at its most beautiful. It’s no surprise then, that spring is such an important time in the capital’s cultural calendar. Whether you’re interested in local arts events like London Craft Week, cultural traditions like St Patrick’s Day Parade, gastronomic occasions like London Wine Week, or international exhibitions like the Chelsea Flower Show, the city offers plenty of opportunity to explore your greatest passions, or develop a new one. Take a look at our guide to the best events in London this spring.
St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
The Irish sure know how to have a good time, and with London’s large Irish community, the St Patrick’s Day Parade is a big deal. Follow the leprechauns over the rainbow and you’ll find a huge street party at Trafalgar Square. Watch floats, bands and pageantry or head to the square for live Irish music, dancing and entertainment. Don’t forget to wear green.
17th – 19th March 2017
Rowing is one of England’s most prestigious sports, and spring offers ideal rowing conditions. A number of popular races take place each March, starting with the Head of the River Race on the 25th, during which 400 crews from around the world compete on the River Thames. Later in the month, the BNY Mellon Boat Race and Newton Women’s Boat Race see the best teams from competing Oxford and Cambridge universities battle it out on the water.
25th March and 2nd April 2017
Whether you’re a supporter or participant, the Virgin Money London Marathon is an exciting experience. Line the route, which runs alongside many of London’s most historic sights, and cheer on world-famous runners or support those raising money for a good cause. If you’d like to get involved, there’s still time to sign up by contacting a participating charity.
23rd April 2017
London is a capital of craftsmanship, be it fashion, art, design, jewellery, pottery, woodwork, glasswork, or more. London Craft Week celebrates these crafts, bringing together the best and brightest talents from across the UK for a series of exhibits. It’s a great place to pick up a bespoke souvenir or two.
3rd – 7th May 2017