Spring in Blossoming, Beautiful London

Celebrating London in Spring

London experiences various events and activities during the spring season, particularly in March and April. Keep in mind that specific events can vary from year to year, so it’s a good idea to check the latest information closer to your planned visit. Here are some popular events that typically take place during the spring months in London:

Chelsea Flower Show (May):

Although this event occurs in May, it’s worth mentioning as it marks the beginning of the spring season in London. The Chelsea Flower Show is a world-renowned flower and garden show held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Chelsea Flower Show

Easter Spring Weekend (March/April):

Easter events and celebrations take place across the city, including Easter egg hunts, parades, and special services in churches.

London Fashion Week (February/March):

While it may start in February, London Fashion Week often spills over into early March, showcasing the latest trends in the fashion world.

London Fashion Week

Spring Fashion

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (March):

London celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a vibrant parade, live music, and events in Trafalgar Square.

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race (March/April): 

This historic rowing race between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge takes place on the River Thames and attracts a large audience.

The Boat Race

The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, two of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom. It is one of the oldest and most famous university boat races in the world. The tradition dates back to 1829, making it an event with a rich history.

   Course: The race takes place on the River Thames in London, covering a 4.2-mile (6.8 km) stretch       from Putney to Mortlake. The specific course has evolved over the years, and the race usually occurs in late March or early April.

   Teams: Each university fields a men’s and women’s team. The crews consist of eight rowers, each with a single oar, and a coxswain who steers the boat and coordinates the rowers’ efforts.

   Preparation: The teams train rigorously for months leading up to the race. The rowers are typically highly skilled and often include individuals with previous rowing experience.

   Coxswain: The coxswain plays a crucial role in guiding the boat, making strategic decisions, and motivating the rowers. Coxswains are usually smaller in stature, ensuring that the boat remains balanced.

   Crowds and Spectators: The Boat Race attracts a large number of spectators along the riverbanks, especially at popular viewing spots like Putney Bridge, Hammersmith Bridge, and Chiswick Bridge. The race has a festive atmosphere, with crowds cheering for their preferred team.

   TV Coverage: The Boat Race is broadcast on television, allowing viewers worldwide to witness the competition. The event has gained significant popularity over the years, contributing to its status as a major sporting spectacle.

   Results and Tradition: The team that crosses the finish line first is declared the winner. The race has seen intense competition over the years, and both Oxford and Cambridge have had their share of victories. The tradition includes various ceremonies, such as the tossing of the coin to determine the starting positions.

   Women’s Boat Race: The women’s race has been an official part of the Boat Race since 2015. Prior to that, the women’s teams often raced on a different date and course. The inclusion of the women’s race on the same day and course as the men’s race has brought increased attention and equality to the event.

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is not only a fiercely competitive sporting event but also a symbol of tradition, rivalry, and academic excellence. It continues to captivate audiences and remains an integral part of British sporting heritage.


London Games Festival (April):

This event celebrates the art, culture, and business of video games. It includes various activities, exhibitions, and showcases across the city.

BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival (March):

Film enthusiasts can enjoy a diverse range of LGBTQ+ films during this annual film festival organized by the British Film Institute (BFI).

Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations (April):

Celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday with special events, performances, and activities in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, where the renowned playwright was born.

London Marathon (April):

One of the most famous marathons in the world, the London Marathon attracts runners from around the globe. Spectators line the streets to cheer on participants.

Tate Modern and Tate Britain Exhibitions:

Both Tate Modern and Tate Britain often host special exhibitions and events during the spring months, showcasing contemporary and historical art.

Remember to check Spring event schedules, as specific dates may vary each year. Additionally, London offers a wide range of cultural and entertainment options throughout the year, so you’re likely to find interesting activities during your visit.

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