If there was ever a time to visit the British capital, it’s in the Spring. London comes alive in this sunny season with cultural events, foodie festivals, quintessential English happenings like high tea, and much more. For some ideas on how to make the most of a trip to this beautiful, bustling city, check out our ten tips below.
- What: Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea
When: Every day
Why: High tea is a British tradition and nowhere does it better than Sanderson, with menus hidden inside vintage books, sinful scones, red velvet cake, coffee flavored Pocket-Watch Macaroons, and of course the tea! Plus: find out why Vogue ranked the Sanderson High Tea, one of the most Instagram-able in London.
- What: Romeo and Juliet
Where: The Globe Theatre
When: April 22 – July 9
Why: A reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and volatility, in a beautiful outdoor theater.
- What: Wolfgang Tillmans Exhibition
Where: Tate Modern
When: Now until June 11
Why: The iconic German photographer takes on landscapes, portraiture, and the current political climate in one epic exhibition.
- What: We Are FSTVL
Where: Damyns Hall Aerodrome
When: May 26 – 28
Why: A new generation of dance festival featuring everyone from Carl Cox, Basement Jaxx, and Dizzie Rascal.
- What: London Coffee Festival
Where: Old Truman Brewery
When: April 6 – 9
Why: Ever had a pour over from the world’s best baristas? That, plus artisan food, an “Espresso Martini Launch Party,” live latte art workshops, and of course a DJ to make sure the event sounds as good as it tastes.
- What: Broadway Market
Where: Hackney, East London
When: Every Saturday
Why: This bustling market in East London of street food vendors, independent merchants, arts, and crafts goes all year. But when Spring hits, it comes to life, and there’s no better place to be on a Saturday.
- What: Secret Supper Club
Where: St Martins Lane
When: April 27
Why: Inspired by old Havana’s Chinatown, adventurous guests are in for a treat during a candle-lit dinner at a secret location within the St Martins Lane hotel. Expect music, wine pairings, and great company.
- What: London Marathon
Where: Starting at Greenwich and Blackheath, ending at Buckingham Palace
When: April 23
Why: Whether you run or watch from the sidelines, this 26.2-mile race is a London mainstay, passing through the city’s most inspirational landmarks.
- What: Photo London
Where: Somerset House
When: May 18 – 21
Why: Anyone with a love of photography will revel in this international fair featuring everyone from emerging photographers to the masters.
- What: Vaisakhi Sikh Festival
Where: Trafalgar Square
When: April 29
Why: A celebration of Sikh heritage with live performances, food, activities for kids, and even turban flying!