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The 10 best things to do in London this spring

Simon Calder’s Travel

Spring in London is full of excitement and anticipation. The weather’s starting to warm up, the days are getting longer, and blooming trees are scattering pink and white confetti on pavements and in parks.

From April onwards, we can start to enjoy a drink on the terraces or roofs of London’s best pubs and bars without our lips turning blue. It’s an ideal time to soak up some of the city’s cultural attractions before they become rammed with tourists in the summer. And if you’re looking for the best food, you’ll be spoiled for choice by both open-air food markets and the fresh, seasonal produce served up at the capital’s world-beating restaurants.

You don’t even need to spend any money to enjoy London in the spring. Most of the city’s galleries and museums are free to enter, and you can stay inside for as long as you like. Then there are 5,000 acres of historic parkland to explore in London’s eight royal parks; from Richmond Park to Regent’s Park, you’re never too far from a park that’s big enough to get lost in.

Here are 10 of the best activities to tick off your London to-do list this spring.

Cut some rug at In The Round festival

Tirzah will perform as part of the 2024 In The Round Festival


Returning for its seventh year at Camden’s excellent Roundhouse is In The Round Festival. This unique line-up includes emerging and established artists, such as Tirzah, Vashti Bunyan, Lucy Rose, Ezra Collective’s Joe Armon-Jones, and Jlin. Prepare for inspirational and intimate performances on this remarkable venue’s circular stage.

Price: From £10, Roundhouse

Walk the wobbly bridge

The cinematic approach to St Paul’s Cathedral is over the Millenium Bridge

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The Millenium Bridge, which spans the Thames from Tate Modern to St Paul’s Cathedral, is known as the “wobbly bridge” as it swayed in the wind when it first opened in 2000. It no longer moves but what you see while walking it will pull at your heartstrings and make you fall in love with London, espcecially on a sunny day. Start on the south side and you’ll see the magnificent dome of St Paul’s Cathedral slowly come into view. You’ll find several blooming cherry blossom trees scattered in St Paul’s Churchyard between the end of March and mid May, giving the historic building a stunning floral frame.

Price: Free


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