The Ultimate Guide To Spring In London This Year

By Olivia Emily

4 weeks ago

The sun is peeking through the blanket of grey clouds… Here’s how best to celebrate


Spring is taking its sweet time to do its thing this year – though we have been treated to plenty of pretty cherry blossoms. As the season finally enters its stride, you might be seeking new ways to celebrate. Here are the best things to do in London in spring, featuring some fabulous events just for 2024.

Best Things To Do In London In Spring

Queen Camilla visits Chelsea Flower Show 2023

Queen Camilla visits Chelsea Flower Show 2023. © Oliver Dixon/RHS

Chelsea Flower Show

Get ready for blissfully scented blooms and cutting edge bio-design at this the most prestigious affair in the gardening calendar: Chelsea Flower Show. There’s plenty in the works for 2024, and we can’t wait to soak it all up, from The Boodles National Gallery Garden to The Newt’s Roman garden, to the fantastic outfits everyone will rock up in. (If you miss out on tickets, Chelsea in Bloom and Belgravia in Bloom will be bringing the floral fun out into the streets, too.)

Details: The 2024 edition of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will take place from Tuesday 21–Saturday 26 May at The Royal Hospital Chelsea (London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 4SR). Click here for our full guide to the action.

Cherry blossom in Greenwich Park

Cherry blossom in Greenwich Park

Spot Some Cherry Blossom

Blossom levels are off the charts this year, according to the RHS. And what better way to celebrate than with a walk around one of the capital’s green spaces, which are full of spring flowers aplenty?

Details: Soak up the best of the blushing blooms at these great parks.

Ty Syml mycellium lampshade at Silo, London

Ty Syml mycellium lampshade at Silo, London

Eco Exhibition

An experiential, multi-sensory exhibition has opened at Roca London Gallery, aiming to encourage a more nature-based approach to design. Curated by environmentally-focused media and events platform Planted in collaboration with Oliver Heath Design studio, ‘Bio-Spaces: regenerative, resilient futures’ will plunge visitors into the world of biophilic design, exploring everything from biodiversity to biomimicry, biomorphic design to bio-based materials and bioregenerative design.

Details: ‘Bio-Spaces: regenerative, resilient futures’ runs 19 April–30 September 2024 at Roca London Gallery. Admission is free. rocalondongallery.com

Metal crafted into leaves

© Natural History Museum

London Craft Week

Craft Week is an annual London festival celebrating all things creativity, design and exceptional craftsmanship, showcasing the work of over 750 established and emerging makers, designers, artists and luxury brands across a curated program of events, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. Better still, 2024 is the fair’s tenth anniversary special, so expect everything to be ramped up a notch.

Details: London Craft Week returns to London from 13–19 May 2024. Click here for our full guide to the action.

The Thames Path

Spring Stroll

London is filled with many green spaces and rivers which make for idyllic walking surroundings this spring, offering great views, cute wildlife and even world-class art. In fact, it’s one of the most walkable cities in the world – so why not make the most of it?

Details: Click here for our favourite spring strolls across the capital.

Dine At Stem + Stem

It may be situated in the heart of the City of London, but Stem + Stem feels like a pocket of countryside goodness. The menu is brimming with brilliant seasonal dishes, from British oysters to locally baked bread, mouthwatering croquettes to the show stopping 500g dry aged sirloin sharing steak. It’s the kind of restaurant you would expect to find in a village (or the kind of place women across the country dream of opening themselves): a mashup of flowers, wine and seasonal food. It’s the only place I’ve ever eaten where, on the reverse of the menu, you don’t find drinks or desserts but a list of bouquets. Pick one and it’ll be crafted and handed to you before you depart – the perfect spring treat.

Details: Stem + Stem (12 Bow Ln, London EC4M 9AL) is open Monday to Friday, midday–11pm. stemandstem.com

A woman getting a facial

Natural Face Lift, Anyone?

This is how HarSPA Richmond’s HIIT Facial and Stretch Treatment is best described. A truly rejuvenating experience, enter Harbour Hotel Richmond’s den of tranquillity, and emerge renewed. Created with UK-based sustainable skin and body care brand, Proverb, this facial is less about layers of serums and more about energising the skin and facial muscles for natural brightness and lift – all elevated with Proverb’s  gender-neutral, clean and natural skincare. Launched by former pro rugby player Luke Sheriff and his partner Kirstie, Proverb draws on athletic performance, and this facial really is a workout. Thanks to proven facial techniques to lift, contour and tone the skin, your circulation will be boosted bringing nutrients to the surface, and you will also benefit from lymphatic drainage, removing any toxic and waste. (Gua sha fans, this is your dream come true.) Afterwards, wind down from your workout (yes) in HarSPA’s idyllic facilities: luscious relaxation rooms, bubbly Scandi hot tubs in the garden, and a wellbeing juice bar to fuel your skin with lots of nutrients. For more fuel, Harbour Hotel’s laid back restaurant, The Gate, is the perfect pitstop – and the carrot salad is perfect (and very delicious) for any health-conscious visitors.

Details: The Proverb HIIT Facial and Stretch Treatment is available at HarSPA (Richmond Hill, Richmond TW10 6RP). The treatment is £68, with an exclusive gift when you book your first treatment. The Gate is located in Harbour Hotel (152–158 Richmond Hill, Richmond TW10 6RP). harbourhotels.co.uk

The Churchill Bar and Terrace in London

Eco Marine-Inspired Terrace

Sip cocktails among the coral at this season’s most refreshing terrace. The Churchill Bar and Terrace will be transformed into a nautical space come 15 May, awash with cooling tones and inspired by the tranquil beauty of ocean waves. To accompany it, 12 new cocktails will be served along with perfectly paired seafood focused plates, with the new menu creatively developed with a specific emphasis on sustainability. Inside The Churchill’s new on-site laboratory, Bar Manager Gaston Fusco and his skilful team have perfected cutting-edge waste reducing techniques to bring the whole idea to life.

Details: The summer terrace at The Churchill Bar and Terrace will launch on 15 May. thechurchillbar.co.uk

See An Art Exhibition

Painter Lee Matthews’ first London solo show is taking place at SQFT Gallery this Spring, celebrating the simple joys of life, from lazy nights on the sofa to the buzz of a crowded bar. In her ethereal paintings, extraordinarily ordinary moments are given a greater meaning as the artist and viewers’ memories mingle and overlap, demonstrating the shared beauty of the human experience.

Details: ‘In the Company of Others’ runs 1 May–June 2024 at SQFT Gallery. squarefeetarchitects.co.uk

Roof East and the London skyline at dusk

Roof East © Owen Billcliffe

A Playground For Grownups

This is how Roof East is best described, featuring a beloved rooftop cinema, street food vendors, a Birdies mini golf course, Sluggers batting cages, Arrows archery and Glitter Bowls. Enjoy sundowners here, play a game, or nestle in for a movie. Perfect as the weather warms.

Details: Roof East is officially open for 2024 at 7 & 8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Rd, London E15 1XE. roofeast.com

a fish dish with an Estrella Galicia beer

Estrella Galicia Gastronomy Month

Spain’s number one beer brand is back in London for its annual Gastronomy Month this spring, celebrating all things Spanish cuisine throughout May. Explore the likes of Spanish Fiestas, chef-hosted dinners, ‘Tapas Tours’, tasting menus and special dishes paired with crips Estrella Galicia beers that bring the spirit of Spain to the city.

Details: Estrella Galicia Gastronomy Month takes place at a range of venues across London throughout May. Find the full lineup at estrellagalicia.com

Inside Sauna & Plunge in Shoreditch

Visit A New Wellness Space

At the heart of Shoreditch’s brand new Sauna & Plunge is the hot and cold therapy wellness fans the world over have been raving about in recent years. Here find incredible infrared and steam saunas reaching up to 100ºC, sitting beside eco-material 3D printed ice plunge pools at 6ºC, 8ºC and 10ºC. If that’s not your bag, a range of classes are available too, including Breath + Move, Energise Breathwork, Rest + Recover, Meditation, Flow and Yin.

Details: Find Sauna & Plunge at 124 Tabernacle St, London EC2A 4SA. saunaandplunge.life

Dine On The Tube

Eating on the tube is controversial behaviour – but not at supperclub.tube. This fine dining tube experience is located in the Pumphouse Museum in Walthamstow, combining first-class cuisine on a fully restored 1967 Victoria Line tube carriage. There’s a brand new menu for spring, expertly curated by head chef Beatriz Maldonado Carreño, featuring the likes of Gorditas (Mexican cornbread topped with Yucatan pulled-pork), Ceviche Ecuatoriano and a succulent Ocopa. We’re sure you’ve seen it on Instagram or TikTok, so why not tick it off the bucketlist this spring?

Details: Book your table for supperclub.tube (Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, South Access Road, London E17 8AX) at supperclub.tube

Much Ado About Nothing

© The Other Richard

Much Ado At The Globe

In need of some feel good theatre? The Globe always delivers. This spring, Ekow Quartey and Amalia Vitale star as Benedick and Beatrice in Shakespeare’s much-loved Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Globe Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes, expect the iconic theatre to be transformed into a luxurious paradise for the occasion.

Details: Much Ado About Nothing runs 25 April–24 August 2024 at The Globe Theatre (21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT). Tickets can be purchased at shakespearesglobe.com