What’s on in London this Spring

By Eloise Barker

Photography by Vladimir Zakharov / Getty Images

Skip to Navigation

January 2018

With the upcoming royal celebrations this spring, Amy Rosoman explores the classic side of the city. Rounding up must-see exhibitions, unearthing monarchy’s awe-inspiring past, and exploring outdoor pursuits at one of London’s eight Royal Parks.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

With advanced tickets available for spring 2018, visit Kensington Palace to see the glorious wardrobe exhibit, Diana: Her Fashion Story. See elegant pieces from her public appearances and timeless classics throughout her life in a capsule collection of clothes, such as the iconic blue velvet dress worn to the White House in 1985. The former home of the Princess is the perfect place to display her style. What’s more, the palace is opening a new garden alongside the exhibition. With the spring flowers coming out, March is a perfect time to visit.

When: Daily, advanced tickets now available for spring 2018

Where? Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX

Nearest tubes: District or Circle lines to High Street Kensington (District and Circle lines), Queensway (Central line)

Where to stay: The Kensington Hotel

Experience the magic of one of the most adored fictional characters of all time.

Tower of London, Crown Jewels

With the Royal Wedding and the 65th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, both in 2018, take a trip to see the precious Crown Jewels. The world-famous collection is brimming with 23,578 gemstones, to lay hungry eyes upon. Watch the yeomen warders safeguarding the Tower of London, learn about the cultural and religious significance of the monarchy, through the power of these jewels. Wander through the Tower of sacred and ceremonial objects and feel enchanted.

When: Daily

Where? Tower of London

Nearest tubes: Tower Hill

Where to stay: One Aldwych

  • Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace.

    Kensington Palace

    Visit London in spring for the Royal exhibition and the gardens in full bloom.

    Book flights to London
  • Crown Jewels in Tower of London. ©Andrew Holt / Alamy Stock Photo.

    All that glitters

    Lose yourself in the sparkle of these monumental jewels.

    Book your trip to London
  • The Power of The Matriarch, one of the entries for Wildlife Photographer of The Year. ©David Lloyd - Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

    A familiar face

    Famous for his amazing portraits of African wildlife, David Lloyd visited the Maasai Mara in Kenya and followed an elephant herd to their waterhole in the evening light. Their leader, a female, posed for this brilliant, watchful image.

    Find London hotels

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Pictures can write a thousand words and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition tells 100’s of captivating stories. From playful seals in underwater moments, to frantic African animal hunts, discover a hypnotic array of 100 award-winning images. Selected from almost 50,000 entries, the images featured in the exhibition are taken by the world’s best wildlife photographers. Chosen for their creativity and originality, the images highlight the beauty, drama and diversity of life on our planet and our crucial role in protecting it.

When? Until 31 March 2018

Where? Natural History Museum: Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

Nearest tubes: South Kensington (District, Piccadilly and Circle lines)

Where to stay: The Ampersand Hotel

A Big Day Out with Peter Rabbit™

Take a family-friendly trip to the beautiful Kew Gardens for an Easter adventure with Peter Rabbit. Enjoy this botanical day out, celebrating the tales of the brilliant Beatrix Potter and her wonderful characters. Play outdoor games, follow trails through the flowers and shrubbery, or learn how to grow your own vegetables. Choose from an abundance of activities in this picturesque place and find out more about this famous author’s connection to Kew Gardens.

When? 30 March to 15 April

Where? Kew Gardens

Nearest tubes: Kew Gardens

Where to stay: Radisson Blu Mercer St


  • Cherry blossom at Kew. ©A big day out with Peter Rabbit™ 2018 / Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    A funny bunny day out

    Feel the spring in your step, as you surround yourself with the beauty of Kew Gardens.

    Book flights
  • Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic. “Bump bump bump” Winnie the Pooh chapter 1 pencil drawing by E. H. Shepard 1926 ©The Shepard Trust.

    Winnie the childhood hero

    Enjoy a family day out, to see all the wonders of this loveable bear.

    Book flights
  • Bat out of hell musical. ©Specular.

    This rock ‘n’ roll musical returns

    After big success last year, the musical based on the biggest selling album of all time, returns for more rock.

    Things to do in London

Bat Out of Hell the musical

This electrifying rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to the stage of London for spring 2018. Based on one of the most iconic albums of all time, Bat Out of Hell, the musical echoes a cathartic story of rebellion and intense romance. Listen to the smash hits throughout this thrilling performance, from rock legend Meat Loaf’s ‘I’d Do Anything for Love’, ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’ and of course, the epic title ‘Bat Out of Hell’.

When? From 2 April

Where? Dominion Theatre

Nearest tubes: Tottenham Court Road

Where to stay: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge


With the recent release of the moving film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’, make a timely trip to the charismatic Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition at the V&A Museum. Experience the magic of one of the most adored fictional characters of all time. See sketches, letters and photographs, as well as a collaboration of cartoons and other collections, which bring the life of this famous bear and his friends to life. Choose a day to visit when you can create arts and crafts, or play in a pop-up Winnie-the-Pooh performance.

When? From 8 April

Where? Victoria & Albert Museum

Nearest tubes: South Kensington

Where to stay: InterContinental at the O2

  • Audley End, Museums at Night. ©English Heritage.

    Did you know?

    Audley End, Museums at Night. ©English Heritage.

    London city breaks
  • Charles II: Art & Power. John Michael Wright, Charles II, c.1676. Royal Collection Trust. ©Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017.

    A royal exhibition

    See the collection which restored the arts and the monarchy.

    London city breaks
  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, press day in London. ©The Royal Horticultural Society 2018.

    Gardener’s world

    Book ahead for Chelsea Flower Show. Anyone can visit between Thursday and Saturday and it’s cheaper to buy your tickets well in advance.

    Book London flights

Charles II: Art & Power

Welcome in the Royal Wedding this year, by taking a visit to the magnificent Buckingham Palace. Discover the historical rise of the arts and the rich material world of Charles II, oozing throughout the exhibit Art & Power. Celebrate the restoration of the monarchy after the period of Cromwell. Gaze at the dazzling ornaments, intricate tapestries, polished paintings and masterful furniture. Wander through the gallery, where gold reflects through rooms and mirrors epitomising royalty.

When? Until 13 May 2018

Where? The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Nearest tubes: St James’s Park

Where to stay: The Savoy

Museums at Night

Natural history comes alive in the shadows and paintings flicker under candlelight. Thanks to this four-day festival, you can visit dozens of London’s museums, which open their doors to slightly more unorthodox activities than audio guided tours and caption-reading. For a museum experience with a twist, visit Richmond Museum for a night of archaeology and a murder mystery, just for grown-ups, or head to the Bank of England Museum and explore the Banknote Gallery.

When? 16 May to 19 May

Where? Museums across London

Nearest tubes: Museum-dependent

Where to stay: every hotel Piccadilly

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

A time-honoured tradition, the hundred-year-old Chelsea Flower Show attracts a luminary crowd to leafy West London at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, making it much more than just a five-day show of garden design. If you’re lucky you may catch a royal visit or a glimpse of British celebrities among the botany enthusiasts. Browse the Great Pavilion, full of flowers, and see all manner of show gardens, from one resembling the slopes of an active volcano to a garden inspired by the Silk Road.

When? 22-26 May 2017

Where? Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4SR

Nearest tubes: Sloane Square

Where to stay: Rembrandt