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43 things to look forward to in London this spring

Posted at 8:00 am, March 6, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife, Shopping & Style
London in Spring in Highbury © Shane Walter

It feels like spring has finally sprung. About bloomin’ time! Alongside the promise of sunshine, longer days and a symphony of colourful blossoms, there’s plenty to look forward to coming up this season. Here are some of the highlights…


Friday and Saturday until March 22: eat and drink yourself silly at the last few weeks of Street Feast at Hawker House.
Mar 20: Warm times must be coming as Rooftop Film Club returns to Queen of Hoxton.
Mar 20-23: Hofesh Shechter’s SUN is a crazy dance celebration of sunshine, life, humanity at Sadler’s Wells.
Mar 23: Throw paint like there’s no tomorrow at Dishoom’s Holi Festival at Hawker House.
Mar 28-30: Delve into the age of elegance at Florimania, Hampton Court Palace.
Mar 29-Sept 28: Woohoo, it’s Summer Season at Kew Palace (even though it’s still spring!).
Mar 31-Apr 11: Drive in Film Club at Alexandra Palace.
Find another 101 things happening this March


From the start of April: Watch This Space festival
returns to the National Theatre.
Apr 2-Aug 31: Check out Pangea: New Art from Latin America at the Saatchi gallery.
Apr 3-6: Prepare for full caffeination  at the Coffee Festival.
Apr 5: At long last Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford fully re-opens.
Apr 6: Get high for the annual Streatham Kite Day.
Apr 6: Cheer on the Boat Race.
Apr 6: Or perhaps you’d prefer the Goat Race at Spitalfields City Farm?
Apr 6: On your marks, get set, Pillow Fight!
Apr 9-Aug 17: Delve into the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican Centre.
From Apr 10: Udderbelly Festival opens starring Omid Djalili, Tony Law, Marcus Brigstocke and so many more.
Apr 13: Run for your life, it’s the London Marathon.
Apr 17-20: ModStock: celebrate 50 years of mod culture. No rockers allowed.
Apr 17-Sep 7: Ooh-la-la it’s French artist Henri Matisse’s The Cut Outs at the Tate Modern.
Apr 19: Go down the rabbit hole into this Alice in Wonderland Pop-Up.
Apr 18: The Amazing Spider-man 2 hits cinemas.
Apr 23: It’s the Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square.
Apr 24: ‘Transcendence comes to the big screen.
Apr 28: Get up early for the Dawn Chorus at the London Wetlands Centre.


May 1: Blood-fest Titus Andronicus opens at the at the open-air Globe theatre (kicking off the whole open-air season).
May 1: New musical Sunny Afternoon about Ray Davies and the Kinks opens at Hampstead Theatre.
May 1:  It’s the annual Carnaby Shopping Party 2014 knees-up.
May 3:  The restored Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court opens.
May 3: Getting married? Get outfit inspiration at the V&A’s new show Wedding Dresses: 1775 – 2014.
May 3: Be loud and proud at the new series of NotSoSilent Rooftop parties.
May 3-5: Set sail for the Canalway Cavalcade.
May 11: Keep your hands to yourself at the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival.
May 15: Evening cultural shenanigans at the Museums At Night Festival.
May 15 : London Wonderground opens with circus LIMBO.
May 16: Watch out, ‘Godzilla’ hits cinemas today.
May 16: Laughs aplenty at Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2.
May 17/18: Animal magic at the London Pet Show.
May 15-25 : Nipple tassels at the ready for the London Burlesque Festival.
May 20-24: Flower power at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
May 20-June 5: London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre.
May 22: X-Men: Day of Future Past’ comes to a cinema near you.
May 24-28 : Whoa, it’s the soundtracks from ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Star Wars’ in concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Here’s 10 more hot spring events and even more great upcoming happenings. Got kids? Here are the best spring activities for your little ones.

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