We think London looks ravishing in any season, but we must say that spring is a particularly special time to plan your stay in Marble Arch Hotels. Temperatures are mild, the sun is shining, evenings are gradually lengthening and summer is just around the corner. The city beams with blooms and the city is flooded exciting events. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best events in London this spring.
Oxford Cambridge Goat Race
To coincide with the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, Spitalfields City Farm presents the Goat Race equivalent. Two goats, one representing Cambridge and the other Oxford, go head to head at the urban farm in east London. All ticket proceeds go straight into funding the hoover and fluffy residents of the farm.
Spitalfields City Farm, 29 Mar 12pm – 5-pm
This annual entertainment festival is committed to keeping tickets affordable but the quality of the acts high. The diverse programme is always jam-packed. Performances encompass the biggest names in comedy to quirky cabaret and experimental theatre shows, daring circus spectaculars, and even some shows specifically for children. Austenstatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel is already in full swing, and further acts will be announced throughout the spring season as the show heats up in time for summer.
London South Bank, From Apr – late Sept
A Celebration of Slytherin
If you haven’t visited the top attraction for Harry Potter fans in London, snap up a ticket this season and you can unravel the secrets of Hogwarts’ most controversial House. Known for their cunning, ambitious and ruthless ways, are Slytherins as venomous as people think? Find out in the the new special exhibition. n collection of Slytherin costumes and props will take you on a darkly magical journey through the tales of Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, Dolores Umbridge, Albus Severus Potter and He Who Cannot Be Named.
Warner Bros Studio Tour London, From Fri 3 Apr
The Easter Weekend marks the arrival of spring season in London and if there’s one thing that’s going to put a spring in everyone’s step, that’s a 4-day weekend. If you’re staying in London with kids, then you can visit a family-friendly attraction such as a palace or museum where Easter egg hunts and Easter trails will keep everyone happy. Swing by Trafalgar Square on Good Friday to watch the Passion of Jesus Christ recital (x2 90-minute performances at 12pm and 3.15pm). You can join an Easter weekend service at any of London’s churches, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. And be sure to stock up on chocolate and reserve a spot for Sunday lunch on Easter Sunday!
Citywide events, Fri 10 – Mon 13 Apr
St George’s Day Festival
Dragon-lovers, myth-slayers and fun-seekers alike are all welcome at the Festival of St George, the patron saint of England. This annual celebration returns to Trafalgar Square and is hosted by Lydia Bright. You can expect live music acts (Thrill Collins and Massaoke are confrimed) as well as the sensational dance emsemble, Flawless, as seen on Britain’s Got Talent. There will be comedy, tea dancing, a family area and enough food to satisfy a King. It’s free to attend, ideal for families, and promises to be one great big beast of an event!
Trafalgar Square, Sat 18 Apr, 12pm – 6pm
London Craft Week
If you’ve ever wanted to dabble in the world of crafts, London Craft Week provides you with the perfect opportunity to get started. Delving into the world of embroidery, jewellery-making and metal craftsmanship the festival celebrates the creativity of crafts. Many of the talks and events are free to attend and you do not need to book in advance, but do check the programme in case you wish to purchase tickets to a specific talk.
Citywide, 27 Apr – 3 May
London Wine Week
A seven-day festival dedicated to all things red, white and rosè. The pass is free to order online and provides heaps of benefits for wine enthusiasts. It grants admittance to a number of pop-up wine shops, luxury lunches and the wine hub of the festival in Flat Iron Square, London Bridge. Offers include special £6 wine trios in 100 of London’s best bars and you can experiment at a series of tastings organised by the festival. Perfect for wine aficionados after a delicious wine to sip in luxury hotel rooms in London.
Citywide, 13 – 19 May 2020
Perfect for guests of Marble Arch Hotels who are dotty about dogs or have kids in tow, this musical adaptation takes you to one of the most iconic locations of the original novel. Kate Fleetwood stars as Cruella de Vil to a musical score with outstanding puppetry in a sensational setting. Suitable for children 4+.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 16 May – 21 June
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Few events in the capital are as symbolic of the spring season in London as as the elegant and quintessentially British RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The event showcases floral masterpieces from some of the greatest British and international landscape designers whilst nurturing the talents of newbies on the horticultural scene. Keep your eyes peeled for members of the royal family as you explore the colours, scents and sounds of this evocative event.
London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, 19 – 23 May
Arctic: Culture & Climate
One of the major exhibitions at the British Museum this season takes you away from floral wonderlands and into the depths of the Arctic Circle and its communities. Often imagined as an inhospitable hinterland, the exhibition sets out to establish the diverse culture of the region. Home to civilisations that trace back 30,000 years, items exhibited include jewellery made from mammoth ivory and modern snow mobiles. Find out how Arctic peoples have found a way to live in harmony with their unique environment in order to survive.
British Museum, 28 May – 23 Aug 2020