If you’re looking for some of the best hotel deals in London, then consider travelling during the shoulder season. Spring is the perfect time of year to visit the English capital, with pleasant temperatures and crisp evenings as the days become warmer and nights longer. The city is alight with the colours and scents of blooming flowers and the energy of a jam-packed spring events schedule.
Coordinate your stay at the Hyde Park International London with some of these upcoming spring events.
The annual riverside festival on London’s South Bank is one of the best things to do in London during spring. Acts range from the biggest names in comedy to quirky cabaret and experimental theatre, daring circus spectaculars and stage adaptations of bestselling children’s books. Underbelly prides itself on keeping tickets affordable but quality high. The programme is crammed to bursting and has appeal to all, so stay tuned for the full programme which will be revealed imminently. Underbelly have already announced their warm-up act for the year: Austenstatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel (24 Feb – 27 Jul). Using nothing but their skill, wit and a title suggested by the audience, the cast will breathe life into the lost novels of the great British writer who brought you Pride and Prejudice!
From Apr, exact dates TBC, South Bank
The London Coffee Festival
If you’re the kind of traveller who leaps out of bed each morning for the aromas of fresh coffee at your hotel breakfast in Hyde Park London, then check out this hipster-esque pop-up. Awaken your senses in the tasting room, perfect your barista skills and have a go at creating your own latte art. There are a number of talks throughout the festival to expand your coffee trivia. Complement a brew of your choice with a Danish pastry for the full hygge experience before we shrug off the final days of the British winter! The London Coffee Festival is committed to sustainable practices and upholds a strict zero waste policy. They also showcase artists who share a passion for coffee and community, and will use their Coffee Art Project to raise funds for Project Waterfall.
Thu 2 – 5 Apr, The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
A Celebration of Slytherin
Fans who haven’t made it to the number one attraction for Harry Potter fans should snap up a ticket to tour the brand new exhibition, which delves into the secrets of Hogwarts’ most cunning house. Slytherin wizards and witches are known for their ambitious, ruthless ways and their ties to dark magic. The new exhibition features an array of Slytherin costumes and props and takes you on a magical journey through the tales of Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, Dolores Umbridge, Albus Severus Potter and Voldemort himself.
From Fri 3 Apr, Warner Bros Studio Tour London
This much-anticipated exhibition documents the work of the most famous female artist of 17th century Europe. At a time when women artists were rare, the painter Artemisia Gentileschi was unique for having a long and successful career of more than forty years. Her first major exhibition in the UK lets you follow in Artemisia’s footsteps from Rome to Florence, Venice, Naples and London. Hear Artemisia’s voice from her letters, see the world through her eyes and admire some of her greatest and best-known paintings.
From 4 Apr, National Gallery
The Easter Weekend marks the beginning of spring, and there are plenty of events over this four-day weekend to keep you busy. Visit a family attraction such as a palace or museum where Easter egg hunts and Easter trails will keep the whole family entertained. Head to Trafalgar Square on Good Friday to watch the Passion of Jesus Christ. Two 90-minute reenactments of the final days of Jesus Christ are scheduled for 12pm and 3.15pm.
Fri 10 – Mon 13 Apr, citywide
Feast of St George
Toast the patron saint of England, St George on the National Day of England! This free, one-off event takes place in the iconic Trafalgar Square. The plaza will turn red and white in honour of the special day and erupt into celebration with an afternoon of live music and food and drink stalls. Perfect for families.
Sat 18 Apr, 12pm – 6pm, Trafalgar Square
Hairspray: The Musical
Michael Ball will reprise his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad in the huge-hearted, smash hit musical which launches in London in time for spring. Taking place in Baltimore, 1962, Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and big dreams. Can she make it on the local TV dance show, win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin and bring everyone together – whatever their colour, size or hairdo? Well if you want a change, you’ve really got to shake things up! Marvellously uplifting, this is a show that will put a spring in your steps this season!
From Thu 23 Apr, London Coliseum
Bags: Inside Out
From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, the new exhibition at London’s V&A will explore the style, function, design and craftsmanship of everyone’s favourite accessory. The show explores the often complex and skilled processes necessary to make these everyday items. Whatever your personal choice is, bags certainly form an essential part of your preparations when planning hotel deals in London.
From Sat 25 Apr, Victoria & Albert Museum
One of the largest annual sporting events in London, the Virgin Money London Marathon, sees 40,000 runners take to the streets to raise money fo charity. The route of the 26.2-mile marathon weaves past the best landmarks in London, and many participants don fancy dress. If you’re in London this weekend, join the crowds and cheer the runners on from the sidelines. Pack a picnic, or choose a pub on the route. The marathon concludes at Buckingham Palace, which is walking distance from the Hyde Park International London.
Sun 26 Apr, from 9.30am, Central London