Spring is fast approaching, and it’s time to start planning how to spend the break. There’s plenty going on from March until May, with a variety of theatre shows, art exhibitions, gigs and restaurant openings meaning that there’s an event for everyone this spring.
The London Coffee Festival, running from Thursday 28th March to Sunday 31st March, is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event. It’s a celebration of London’s vibrant coffee culture, with gourmet coffee, specialty teas, shows from world-class baristas, artisan food stalls and live music, along with a comprehensive seminar for any coffee fanatics to be able to learn the in’s and out’s of coffee. Being held at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane for the weekend and tickets starting at £14.50, it’s a great way to spend the weekend.
Another great event on over the spring is The Boat Race. Taking place on Sunday 7th April on the Thames, it’s the annual battle between Oxford and Cambridge Universities to see who will emerge victoriously. With an expected attendance of 300,000 and free entry to watch the race, there’s also an impressive collection of bars and gastro pubs along the route of the race to entertain those who prefer the liquid aspect to the boat race itself.
If watching The Boat Race doesn’t appeal, maybe the alternative will; at Spitalfields City Farm there’s The Goat Race on the 7th April as well. Not only is there the race to see which goat, “Oxford” or “Cambridge” will be victorious, but there’s also a ‘Goetry Slam’ for any poetic spectators, a Karaoke, and a bar. There’s also the option to enter a sweepstake for the race too for anyone feeling brave. Tickets are limited, so if it’s something that interests you, it’s best to book as soon as possible.
Another alternative for your spring break is St Patrick’s Day. Dedicated to celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, it’s guaranteed to be a weekend full of dancing, traditional Irish food, a huge parade and all the drinks you can manage. This year St Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday 17th March, but the festivities take place over three days in Trafalgar Square, with Irish folk shows, film festivals, and walking tours also running. To make the most of this three-day break, it’s worth considering serviced apartments to reduce travelling in and out of London each day.
One of the most established events in the spring in London is the London Marathon. Spanning 26.2 miles across the city, this marathon takes over London for the weekend in April. It attracts as many supporters as it does participants, and creates an incredible atmosphere for everyone there. The race is streamed on big screens at the start of the race at Blackheath, and also on BBC1 and BBC2. An amazing opportunity to raise money for various charities, support the runners and enjoy the atmosphere created by the huge turnout, this is a great way to spend a weekend this spring.
With all of these options, plus a lot more, there are plenty of options for anyone to spend their spring in London.