Let’s be honest, whilst we continue to encounter the bitter coldness of February, it is always nice to look forward to something further down the line. Especially something that lures us out of the winter blues and into a happier and warmer part of the season.
So, fancy feeling a bit more cheerful and energised? Well, fear not, as we have pieced together some unmissable events happening this spring in London.
Here is a taste of some events happening this spring that you might want to note in your calendars:
St. Patrick’s Day
17th of March
Grab your best green attire, have your shamrocks ready and Join in on ‘the craic’ this coming St. Patricks Day!
The day when London joins the rest of the World in turning green and celebrating all things Irish. And whilst St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide, London never fails to put on a good show.
This year, the St. Patricks Day festivities will take place over the weekend from the 16-18th of March. The three day weekend of celebration is expected to see over 125,000 people descend onto the streets of London to embrace their inner Irishness.
The parade itself is a fun and colourful spectacle filled with energetic performers, vibrant floats and of course not forgetting the toe-tapping Irish music. Although St. Patricks Day itself falls on the 17th of March, the Parade will be taking place on Sunday the 18th near Trafalgar Square.
London on St. Patricks Day is a great place to express your Irish pride and Trafalgar Square is where all the magic happens. Here, you will find plenty of things to do, from street food markets to live performances on the Trafalgar stage, you will be sure to have the life of Reilly!
Oh, and there’s more!
England play Ireland in the rugby in Twickenham (South West London) on the 17th of March. This just so happens to be the final game (potential decider) of the 6 Nations Tournament. Regardless of the outcome and the team you support, this St. Patrick’s Day is sure to be an almighty day!
Click here for more details about St. Patrick’s Day in London.
THE CANCER RESEARCH UK BOAT RACE
Saturday 24th March 2018 4.31pm & 5.31pm
Let the rivalry commence!
An annual British tradition that began back in 1829, The Boat Race is a rowing race between two well-known universities, Oxford and Cambridge. The race takes place over a 4-mile distance on the River Thames in South-West London.
The rivalry between the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs has been well documented over the years. Interestingly, both team’s traditional colours are blue, with Oxford known for its dark blue and Cambridge for its light blue.
As the title of the race suggests, Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer research charity, is the Official Charity of The Boat Race. It is estimated that nearly 250,000 people watch the race live every year from the banks of the river Thames with a further 15 million or so tuning in on the television.
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Virgin Money London Marathon
22nd of April 2018
Why not be part of a massive street party and cheer on those brave souls running the popular London Marathon!
It is said that nearly 40,000 people run the annual 26.2-mile marathon every year. The brave participants run through the streets of London whilst being cheered on by hundreds of thousands of spectators.
Many people run this marathon for a variety of reasons, whether it’s raising money for charity or even just for personal purposes. What you will also find here are some fantastically creative people dressing up in some outrageous costumes.
The route of this marathon runs initially from the area of Greenwich and Blackheath and concludes near Buckingham Palace. It’s a sight to behold… and to be applauded!
You will also find that The Virgin Money London Marathon welcomes all abilities and even has the odd celebrity taking part too. So, be sure to keep a close look out!
Want to know more about this event? Click here for more details.
Underbelly Festival in South Bank
6th of April -30 September 2018
Fancy a sip of summer? Well, look no further than the Underbelly Festival in London Southbank.
Celebrating its 10th year, the festival is open for business from the 6th of April until the end of September. The Underbelly Festival boasts of its unique flavour of events that includes a live circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment.
This festival atmosphere allows you to enjoy the taste of international street food, as well as having a drink in one of London’s largest outdoor bars along the River Thames.
If that wasn’t enough, their live performance venue happens to be in the shape of an upside-down purple cow and has become a prominent feature of London’s Southbank.
For more details, click here.
The Royal Wedding and the FA Cup Final
19th of April 2018
Finally, we can’t forget the fairy-tale wedding of the year!
Prince Harry is set to wed his bride to be, Megan Markle, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. This exciting event will begin at 12 noon followed by a carriage procession through the town.
If you happen to be floating around Windsor on this day then great news for you, as the town will be brimming with excitement and full of royal comradery.
If you’re not in Windsor on the day then don’t fret. London is the place to be when it comes to all things Royal. The good news is that The Royal Wedding will be broadcast on live TV meaning we can sit back, relax and offer our toast to the happy couple.
For things to do in London on the day, why not form a gathering in some of London’s finest pubs, or maybe even venture out onto the streets in your local borough. After all, the Brits are known to hold nothing back when it comes to celebrating Royal Weddings.
Look online through your local borough’s website and see what’s happening in your neck of the woods. The Boroughs of London often encourage celebrating the day in the form of street parties and this is a day you don’t want to miss!
Not Enough For You?
London is also hosting the annual FA Cup Final in Wembley. So, you can plan your day by watching one or both live events on the TV. The FA Cup Final is due to kick-off at 5:30 pm.
For more details, click here.