London invariably stirs a wide variety of imagery for everyone ― Big Ben, The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye have been popularized in movies and television countless times and as such are recognizable to most people. Unfortunately, the image also conjures up a picture of grey skies, dark streets, and drizzling rain. Truth is, London is one of the most beautiful places on earth during the spring months.
Take a trip to London in the springtime and explore these great things to do in the city while you’re there.
The Feast of St. George
The Feast of St George is held in famous Trafalgar Square on April 23 in celebration of St. George’s Day ― a national day of feasting that dates back to the 13th century. With a bevy of traditional English cuisine on offer from a variety of market stalls, visitors to London can take the opportunity to celebrate like the locals do. If a sit-down affair is more your cup of tea, banqueting areas surrounded by the famous fountains of the square are also available. A variety of live performances, cooking demonstrations, and games are available, making this event suitable and enjoyable for the whole family.
The BNY Mellon Boat Race
Prepare yourself to witness first hand one of the fiercest rivalries in England ― the annual traditional Boat Race between the world-famous Oxford and Cambridge universities. Dating back to 1829, the race is one of the oldest competitive sporting events in the world. Four miles worth of tough competition awaits between Putney and Mortlake, so head along, pick a side and prepare to yell your support until your voice is hoarse!
Explore the Parks
London is a very lush city, and the greenery absolutely comes to life once spring rolls around. During your visit to London, you could start with a stroll through the world’s greatest botanical gardens, The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. If you happen to be visiting the gardens during Easter, make sure you partake in the Easter Egg Hunt! The Chelsea Physic Garden offers visitors the chance to experience one of the world’s oldest apothecaries’ gardens as well, and it is stunning during the springtime.
If you are visiting in May and are able to book in advance, you could try and get a ticket to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The event is over 100 years old and is a highlight on the London social calendar. You might be lucky enough to spot a celebrity or member of the Royal Family among the white pavilion and various marquees.
Run (or Watch) the Famous London Marathon
April is when the world-famous Virgin Money London Marathon, which has been held since 1981, takes place. In recent years, it has been known to attract over 34,000 runners and over 700,000 spectators from around the world! Needless to say, London comes alive for this fantastic event. Whether you are up to the challenge of competing or simply want to watch the city come alive as they support the runners, the London Marathon offers something for everyone.