14 things to do in London in Spring

Written by the Roehampton Study Abroad Team

After a long and cold winter, when the daffodils start to bloom we can celebrate the arrival of spring at Roehampton! Hooray!

With that, we are sure you are ready to dust off that spring jacket and experience all that London has to offer in spring, and to help you, we’ve come up with a list of London spring delights for you:

1. Markets

Visit a market! From local markets in Dalston (for the hipsters among you) or Brixton (if you’re wanting to stay South of the River), to the tourist favourites such as Borough Market (delicious bread) or Camden Market (the halloumi fries really are delicious).

2. Walks

You’ve been inside a lot during the winter so why not enjoy one of London’s many walks? If you’re up for a challenge, Roehampton Abroad Officer Gary recommends walking along the Thames from Hampton Court Palace towards Chelsea, whilst you may want to check out some of the trails that the beautiful Hampstead Heath has to offer.

3. Comedies

Feeling humorous? Be sure to check out one of London’s many free comedy shows.

4. Canals

Rhys, Study Abroad Manager, recommends a trip on the waterbus that goes from Little Venice along the canal to Camden. Along the way you might recognize some of the surroundings from Paddington 2.

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5. Coffees

Love coffee? Head to the London Coffee Festival, 12-15 April, in the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. Stop by the office during drop-in hours and ask Rhys if you’d like some coffee tips—he LOVES coffee.

6. Museums

Visit the new(ish) Design Museum in Kensington. The building is fantastic and the permanent exhibitions are free to view! If you fancy visiting more museums in one day, the V&Athe Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are all nearby and have FREE entry.

7. Blossoms

Enjoy the blossom trees in Holland Park—you won’t regret it, it’s magnificent!

8. Bicycles

Liz, Roehampton Abroad Officer, recommends hiring a bike in Battersea Park and cycling through the park along the Thames, and then crossing the bridge and doing some people-watching in Chelsea.

9. Theatres

Check out a show in the West End: < title=”Todaytix Spring Tickets” target=”_blank” a href=”https://www.todaytix.com/x/london/shows/institution/124-spring-ticket-event?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIldX4zsnr2QIVwbvtCh1ulg4LEAAYASAAEgLlQ_D_BwE”>Todaytix is currently offering tickets for shows including Dreamgirls, School of Rock and Aladdin from £15.

10. Flowers

Visit Columbia Road Flower Market and pick up some daffodils.

11. Parks

Hang out in nearby Richmond Park and take a walk or a cycle alongside the baby deer and beautiful scenery.

12. Boats

Watch the Oxford vs Cambridge boat race live from the banks of the Thames in Putney, an annual contest between two rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities that takes place each year on the River Thames in south west London between Putney and Mortlake.

13. Goats

If boating isn’t your thing, what about goating? Watch two goats, one representing Cambridge and one Oxford, run around a farm in East London in the Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race.

14. Gardens

Get GREEN! Help out at one of London’s community gardens like in Brockwell Park or on campus with Growhampton and learn how to garden whilst doing something postive for your mental health.

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