Planning your Springtime in London
There’s light at the end of the Winter tunnel in London. Days are getting longer, and the city’s inhabitants are even arriving at the office in daylight! Across the Royal Parks, signs of Spring are starting to emerge; with daffodils, snowdrops and crocus flowers adding some colour to the landscape. Spring is a truly wonderful season in London. So whether you are passing through or spending the season in the city, it’s time to get planning!
West End Openings
The Prince Of Egypt
With press night on 25th February, we are looking out for the critics’ view of the eagerly awaited DreamWorks musical, The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (who brought us Godspell and Wicked), the show promises to be one to catch over the Spring.
Back in 2007, Michael Ball won an Olivier award for his warm hearted and hilarious “Edna Turnblad”. From 23rd April, the musical Hairspray will be revived at the Coliseum. The best bit is the return of Michael Ball, and in addition comedian Paul Merton as husband Wilbur. This is a strictly limited run until 29th August so grab it while you can.
After a short tour, the Noel Coward comedy Blithe Spirit starring ‘National Treasure’ Jennifer Saunders sits down at the Duke of York’s from 5th March to 11th April. Directed by Richard Eyre, it’s already received rave reviews. The perfect entertainment for a Spring evening in London.
Must See Exhibitions
At the Tate Modern until 11th May you will find the first major exhibition of artist Steve McQueen’s work for 20 years. From film and photography to sculpture, the work spans the time since McQueen won the Turner Prize in 1999. Over at Tate Britain, running until May 11th there is a companion piece by McQueen profiling Year Three pupils across London.
National Portrait Gallery
Another 20 year wait precedes the exhibition here of David Hockney: Drawing from Life from 27th February. It’s a collection of around 150 works taking us from the 1950’s to the present day.
In addition, from 12th March, step back one hundred years to the 1920’s to explore the photography of Cecil Beaton. The glamour of the ‘Bright Young Things’ conveys the sparkle and eccentricity of English society at the time.
Dates in the Diary
St Patricks Day
With a substantial Irish population in London, St Patrick’s day is a notable event in the city and festivities are organised by the office of the Mayor of London. The day itself is 17th March, but Sunday 15th March is the diary date with a festival at Trafalgar Square and parade starting at Hyde Park Corner.
In town with your Mum this Spring? Don’t forget Mother’s Day on 22nd March. Try an afternoon tea treat at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason.
The Easter Bank Holiday (10th – 13th April) weekend sees family friendly events all over London. With egg hunts and activities, National Trust properties surrounding London are a good place to start. Or head to Sadlers Wells over 10th – 11th April for a Family weekend of performances and music.
Al Fresco Dining
At last, with warmer temperatures and Spring sunshine, we can start to enjoy eating outdoors. The terrace at Manicomio Chelsea offers 60 al fresco covers and is perfect for a late morning brunch. Or head to The Ivy Chelsea Garden off the Kings Road for a more secluded garden atmosphere.
Spring is abundant with nature and the perfect season to get back in touch with the natural world. Royal Parks run events including walking tours, birdwatching and even bushcraft to help you to explore the natural world within London. If you’re in town with the family, head to Surrey Docks Farm, or one of the many other city farms, for the chance to see the new arrivals for spring, including lambs and chicks.
After getting out there and enjoying all that Spring in London can offer, make sure you have the comfortable sanctuary of a luxury serviced apartment in which you can relax and revive.