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101 things to do this spring in London

A lady taking a picture inbetween the flower displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
You can usually snap away at the flower displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in spring. Credit: RHS/Georgi Mabee. Image courtesy of RHS.
Put a spring in your step with 101 events and activities that will keep you coming back again and again this season.

Awaken from the winter slumber and hop into a fresh array of activities, as spring in London welcomes picture-perfect blooms and feel-good energy.

London’s great outdoors awaits, where the tables are set for all things alfresco and the city livens up with outdoor events throughout March, April and May.

Wondering how to make the most of the improving weather? These 101 ideas will have you filling up your diary in no time.

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Top spring activities in London

A pink cherry blossom tree in front of St Paul's Cathedral.

  1. Enjoy top attractions for less this spring: See spectacular sights and save money with the London PassLondon Explorer Pass or the Big City Saver.
  2. Experience the magic of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter: Discover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the famous film series.
  3. Take to the sky in an Emirates Air Line cable car: Glide above the river Thames and admire magnificent views of London.
  4. Or combine your trip on the cable car with a cruise along the river on an Uber Boat by Thames ClippersSee the city's sights and sail under the iconic Tower Bridge.
  5. Say hello to the friendly ravens at the Tower of London: Explore the historic royal palace and fortress that is home to the Crown Jewels.
  6. Soak up 360-degree views of the capital from the London Eye: See how many iconic London landmarks you can spot!
  7. Make the most of your time in the capital with the Total London Experience: Visit London's biggest attractions including St Paul's Cathedral and the Cutty Sark on an exciting day tour.
  8. Or see the sights with a hop-on hop-off bus tour: Sit on the top deck and snap some scenic selfies.
  9. Explore London's best royal attractions: Get an insight into royal London throughout the ages.
  10. Take a tour of Windsor Castle: Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by visiting the royal residence with a special event taking place in the private grounds. 12-15 May
  11. Enjoy amazing views of London at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich: Stand on the world-famous Meridian Line at the home of Greenwich Mean Time.
  12. Look out over London at The View from The ShardEnjoy 360-degree views (and maybe a glass of champagne) at the capital's tallest attraction.
  13. Admire the pink pom-pom cherry blossoms at St. Paul's Cathedral: Snap a spring selfie in front of the historic building designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
  14. Be inspired by the Design icons tour at the London Transport Museum: Discover the stories behind the designs, from the recognisable roundel and font at transport hubs to the iconic Underground map. 12 Mar
  15. Step back in time with a Downton Abbey walking tour of London: Follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters as you explore the impressive filming locations from the popular period drama.
  16. Play detective with Sherlock: The Official Outdoor GameSolve a series of challenging clues to complete your mission.
  17. Take on aliens with the immersive Doctor Who: Time Fracture experience: Save the planet in an electrifying battle through time and space.
  18. Admire scenic spring views of London Up at The O2: Climb the roof of London’s world-famous entertainment venue. 
  19. Set sail on a Bateaux London Thames Dining Cruise: Enjoy dinner and live entertainment as you take in stunning evening views of London landmarks.
  20. Experience a theatrical dining extravaganza at Mamma Mia! The Party! at the O2: Step into the Greek Taverna and have the time of your life to the soundtrack of ABBA. Until 27 Mar

What's on in London theatre during spring 2022?

Three cast members of Mamma Mia dressed in orange, green and red outfits performing a song on stage under the spotlight

  1. Join Simba on his adventures in The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: See the young lion cub become King of the Pride Lands in a story set in the majestic Serengeti.
  2. Be spellbound by Wicked at the Apollo Victoria: Experience a sprinkling of magic as you discover the untold story of the witches from the Wizard of Oz.
  3. Sing along to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" with Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre: See everyone's favourite nanny as she flies into Cherry Tree Lane.
  4. Enjoy feel-good summer vibes at Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre: Sing along to ABBA favourites in the much-loved romantic musical.
  5. Prepare to laugh non-stop at The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre: Will the accident-prone actors make it through to the final curtain call?
  6. Experience an electrifying ride with Back To The Future The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre: Relive the classic 1980s movie on stage in the West End.
  7. Be captivated by My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum: Watch the charming Eliza Doolittle transform into a high society lady.
  8. Get your dancing shoes on for Grease The Musical at Dominion Theatre: Be dazzled by an electrifying soundtrack and a star-studded cast at this much-loved musical.
  9. Have the time of your life at Dirty Dancing* at Dominion Theatre: Don't miss the mesmerising must-see musical this spring. Until 16 Apr
  10. See the fabulous Pretty Woman at the Savoy Theatre: Enjoy the Hollywood blockbuster on the West End stage. Until 2 Apr
  11. Embrace your inner rock 'n' roll diva at Tina - The Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre: See the West End musical that is simply the best!
  12. Be enthralled by Hamlet at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Watch one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Until 9 Apr
  13. Go on an epic journey with Life of Pi at Wyndham's Theatre: Be mesmerised by breathtaking puppetry and dazzling visual effects that bring Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning novel to life.
  14. Feel the summer vibes at Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical: Groove along to your favourite Reggae songs.
  15. Don't miss 25 Years Of Lord Of The Dance*: See Michael Flatley's spectacular Irish dancing troop in London. 17-19 Mar
  16. Experience Showstopper! The Improvised Musical*: Featuring comedy, songs and dancing all led by the audience - see a different show each time! 
  17. Dance under the disco ball at Saturday Night Fever at Sadler's Wells: Watch the 1977 John Travolta classic come alive on stage. Until 26 Mar
  18. Be entertained in the great outdoors at London's Regent's Park Open Air TheatreEnjoy theatre and comedy under the stars.

Spring ideas for kids

The Palm House of Kew Gardens can be seen in the background and beautifully bloomed flowers in the foreground, on a very sunny day.

  1. Explore the Very Hungry Caterpillar trail and wander along the Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens: Get a close look at the treetops and admire scenic views of the gardens in bloom.
  2. Have a Shrektacular time at Shrek's Adventure! London: Immerse yourself in a fun-filled adventure in Far Far Away.
  3. Laugh at loud at Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre: See Roald Dahl's much-loved children's book, Matilda, brought to life on stage.
  4. Be dazzled by fairy tale princesses in Cinderella and Frozen: Admire the sparkling costumes and colourful sets of these family-favourite musicals.
  5. Get your Harry Potter fix this spring: See Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre and try a Butterbeer at the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition at the London Film Museum.
  6. Be inspired by a range of professions at KidZania: Step into the shoes of a firefighter, journalist or cabin crew in this immersive experience.
  7. Discover incredible creatures at SEA LIFE London Aquarium: Journey to the depths of the ocean and see sharks, penguins, jellyfish and more. 
  8. Exploring the capital's horrible history at the London Dungeon: Prepare to be scared!
  9. Take a selfie with your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds: Meet Hollywood A-listers, music superstars and the royal family. 
  10. Take a ride on The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit: Whizz down the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide.
  11. Have an adventure with your little sailors at the Cutty Sark: Discover what life was like on the famous tea clipper.
  12. Feast on delicious treats on a Brigit's Bakery afternoon tea bus tour: See some of the capital's most-famous landmarks while you sit back and relax... 
  13. Say hello to your favourite animals at ZSL London ZooCome face to face with more than 700 animal species.
  14. Enjoy fun activities at London's many world-class museums: Explore intriguing exhibits at the Natural History Museum, British MuseumNational Maritime Museum and Science Museum.
  15. See what’s on for kids both big and small during May half-term: Find fun things to do across the capital. 28 May-5 Jun
  16. Enjoy a fun family day out at the top attractions for kids in London: Make magical memories at the attractions you've always wanted to visit.
  17. School's out! Keep the little ones entertained at the top London shows for kids: Celebrate the holidays with a fun family show.
  18. Get your adrenaline fix at London's best theme parksSpend an action-packed family day out this spring.
  19. Search for bugs and get crafty in London’s Hyde Park with themed Discovery Days: Learn all about wildlife and go pond dipping during the school holidays.
  20. Speed down the zip wire at Go Ape: Enjoy panoramic views from Alexandra Palace on this thrilling treetop adventure.
  21. See ET: The Extra-Terrestrial at the Southbank Centre: Watch the iconic tale of Steven Spielberg's ET with a live performance from the Philharmonia Orchestra. 31 Mar
  22. Keep older children entertained at Tomb Raider: The Live Experience in Camden: Go on an immersive adventure through ancients tombs and scenic worlds. 1 Apr onwards

What are the top London spring events?

A stack of pancakes topped with raspberries, blueberries and sugar icing

  1. Treat mum to an unforgettable day out on Mother's Day: Celebrate the special day with plenty of fun things to do with mum, including luxury experiences and delicious afternoon teas. 27 Mar
  2. Celebrate St Patrick's Day: Enjoy parades, Irish dancing shows, whisky showers, gigs and more. 17 Mar
  3. Mark International Women's Day: Take part in activities across the capital (8 Mar) and find more fun March events.
  4. Celebrate the arrival of spring on Pancake Day in London: Feast on some flavoursome pancakes. 1 Mar
  5. Don't miss the Guinness Six Nations Championship 2022 at Twickenham: Cheer on your favourite rugby team! 12 Mar
  6. Watch The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square: See the annual re-enactment of Jesus's final journey, featuring more than 100 actors on Good Friday. 15 Apr
  7. Get gaming as London Games Festival returns to the capital: Join the biggest celebration of video games and interactive entertainment. 1-10 Apr
  8. See one of the world's oldest sporting events, The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race: Cheer on your favourite team from the banks of the Thames. 3 Apr
  9. Plan your Easter weekend activities: Find plenty of things for all the family to enjoy in London during Easter and throughout April15-18 Apr
  10. Enjoy a joyful celebration of Sikh and Hindu traditions at Vaisakhi Festival: Immerse yourself in a colourful feast of music, singing and dancing at Trafalgar Square. Apr TBC
  11. Squeeze every drop of fun from the early May bank holiday weekend (30 Apr-2 May): Make the most of the long weekend and find more ideas for May in London.
  12. See stunning horticultural displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower ShowBe dazzled by an array of colourful flowers and cutting-edge garden designs. 24-28 May
  13. Enjoy The Last Night of the Spring Proms at the Royal Festival: Listen to uplifting classics performed by the London Concert Orchestra. 11 May
  14. Hear Hollywood's best film scores at the Film Music Gala at the Royal Albert Hall: Enjoy classic theme tunes from blockbuster movies performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 2 Apr
  15. Experience a concert like no other at ABBA Voyage at ABBA Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: Be wowed by this spectacular state-of-the-art concert featuring holograms and all your favourite hits. From 27 May
  16. See the planet through the eyes of an astronaut at Ilan Eskeri's Space Station Earth at the Royal Albert Hall: Experience incredible music and out of this world visuals. 15 May
  17. Watch the winning goal at the FA Cup Final in Wembley Stadium: Cheer as the champions take the trophy.14 May
  18. Join the Eid Festival celebrations in Trafalgar Square: Mark the end of Ramadan in London. May TBC
  19. Plan ahead for the spring bank holiday weekend: Tick off all those must-sees this spring. 2-5 Jun

What are the best exhibitions in London this spring?

A Primrose archer dressed in pink and white flowers

  1. See art by botanical artists at the Elegant and Enchanting exhibition at Kew Gardens: Admire works highlighting the plant habitats and beautiful flora of Japan, China and Thailand. Until 24 Apr
  2. View iconic images of the Royal Family at Kensington Palace: Explore the Life Through a Royal Lens exhibition featuring images of the Royal Family from the Victorian era to the present day.
  3. Experience a vibrant burst of colour at Pip and Pop at Kew Gardens: See Australian artist Tanya Schulz turn sugar and candy into an imaginary rainbow landscape. From 21 May
  4. Be intrigued by Japan: Courts and Culture at the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace: See rare Japanese art and cultural artefacts from the Royal Collection.
  5. Admire the creative use of the roses in fashion at the Wild & Cultivated: Fashioning the Rose exhibition at The Garden Museum: See exquisite designs from Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy. 
  6. Explore an intriguing collection of Van Gogh's Self-Portraits at Somerset House: Get a better understanding of the iconic artist and his work. Until 8 May
  7. Discover The Wonders of Stonehenge at the British Museum: Journey back in time and uncover the story behind the stones.
  8. Admire unique illustrations at Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the Victoria and Albert Museum: Learn about the life and work of the famous writer, illustrator and scientist.
  9. Delve into the world of comics at Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules at Somerset House: See original artworks and artefacts from the popular comic series. Until 6 Mar
  10. Check out Performance by Rankin at the Fujifilm House of Photography: See eye-catching photographs of creatives and performers in the theatre industry. Until 12 Mar
  11. Feel Joy at the Wellcome Collection: Learn about the physical impacts of positivity with historic artefacts and thought-provoking artwork. Until 27 Mar
  12. Don't miss Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms at the Tate Modern: Currently sold out with new tickets due to be released at the end of March.
  13. Explore the life of a legendary Reggae star at The Bob Marley One Love Experience: Go on an immersive journey through Bob's lifestyle, influences and passions with unseen photographs and memorabilia. Until 18 Apr
  14. Be captivated by the The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael at the National Gallery: See iconic paintings and drawings from one of the world's great High Renaissance artists.

What are the top places to explore this spring?

Avenue of trees in Greenwich Park covered in pink blossom.

  1. Admire an array of spring flowers in the Memorial Gardens of Buckingham Palace: Get your floral fix in this picturesque spot.
  2. See brilliant displays of spring flowers in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace: Be captivated by the spectacular Pond Garden and the Wilderness Garden.
  3. Follow in the footsteps of royalty at Kensington Palace: Visit the stunning Sunken Garden and the wildflower meadow.
  4. Admire the colourful spring flowers in London's majestic Royal Parks and gardens: Watch the world go by and connect with nature in the beautiful historic surroundings.
  5. See the spring tulips in Holland Park: Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the picturesque park featuring a Japanese garden, an orangery, tennis courts and a cricket pitch.
  6. Immerse yourself among the pastel pink blooms at Greenwich Park: Snap selfies as you stroll through this picture-perfect spot.
  7. Discover a new area: Find picture-pretty spots at Covent Garden; Insta-worthy street art at Shoreditch and roam among the historic City of London.
  8. Wander The Tide: Explore the uber-cool park flooded with sculpture trails, coffee shops and design eye-candy.

If you’re still hungry for more things to do this spring, find top tips for things to do in London this weekend and things to do today. Or find on-the-go ideas by downloading the Visit London app.