While you won’t see particularly warm weather during the spring months in London, you’ll hopefully get to enjoy clearer skies – although keep in mind, British weather is often unpredictable so it doesn’t hurt to always carry an umbrella!
That said, spring is a great time to visit London because you’ll get to enjoy several of the outdoor activities that weren’t so appealing in the colder months, ranging from bike rides to walking tours.
If you’re headed to London this spring but aren’t sure what you want to see and do yet, check out a few of our favorite things to do in London in the Spring, including:
- Explore Kong: Skull Island at Madame Tussauds
- Big Bus London Sightseeing Tours
- Coca-Cola London Eye
- London Zoo
- Thames River Cruise
- Television Walking Tours
- And more!
Save on Springtime Activities in London
Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the London Explorer Pass®.
Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 35% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special spring events may be separately ticketed and not available on the London Explorer Pass®.
Explore Kong: Skull Island at Madame Tussauds
Head to Madame Tussauds to explore their all new experience — “Kong: Skull Island.” Featuring an 18-foot-tall animatronic head of the terrifying Kong alongside a wax figurine of Tom Hiddleston (as his character Captain James Conrad), this all new exhibit is sure to please fans of the film franchise.
It’s also a pretty impressive feat on its own: this Kong figure took over 30 engineers almost 3 months to build, and at completion weighs more than 10 real gorillas! Pay a visit to this exhibit, then stay to explore the rest of Madame Tussauds’ exciting exhibits and figurines.
Getting In: Madame Tussauds London tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass®.
Tour the City with Big Bus London
First time visitors to London would be wise to take advantage of a comprehensive bus tour.
These guided tours escort you past the major sights and landmarks of the city – like Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Trafalgar Square, the Coca-Cola London Eye, and more – without the stress of needing to learn to navigate the Tube on your very first day.
Chose a hop-on hop-off option that gives you the freedom to sightsee when something interests you, and rejoin the tour when you’re done. This particular option also comes with sightseeing cruise tickets, so you’re also getting the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful Thames river cruise.
Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus London tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass®.
See the City From Above on the Coca-Cola London Eye
You can’t find a better perspective on the city than the one you’ll find nearly 450 feet above ground from the top of the iconic Coca-Cola London Eye.
The London Eye is perched on the edge of the River Thames, and offers unparalleled views of this popular downtown area.
Some of the many sights you’ll be able to see from your lofty vantage point include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, and more. It’s a great opportunity for those aerial Instagrams, too.
Getting In: Coca-Cola London Eye tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass®.
Encounter Your Favorite Animals
This fascinating zoo is the perfect place to take the animal lover in your life. Enjoy roaming exhibits featuring 700 unique species (with a total of over 18,4000 individual creatures!) and learn something new about each of them.
You’ll get to see regular animal feedings, keeper talks, and other daily programming on your visit, too, so be prepared for a truly interactive experience. Be sure to check out their new signature exhibit, “Land of the Lions,” as well as popular exhibits such as “Butterfly Paradise,” and “Penguin Beach.”
Getting In: Admission to the London Zoo is available on the London Explorer Pass®.
Pedal on a Bike Tour
While you can certainly opt to find your own way around London, there’s something rather appealing about a guided bike tour: you’ll get some exercise and fresh air, see the sights, and not have to worry about being that person with the maps while struggling down the bike path.
Take the four-hour tour with Fat Tire Tours, where you’ll see major sights of the city like the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and many more. Along the way you can enjoy insider tips, local legends, and London trivia, too, so you’ll conclude your journey with a much better sense of the city.
Getting In: Royal London Bike Tour tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass®.
Indulge Your Sports Fandom
With the Premier League season coming into its thrilling second half in the spring, football is on many people’s minds in London. While you’re not likely to make it to Stamford Bridge for a game, a tour of Wembley Stadium is a nice backup option.
Tour the home of the English National Team and the FA Cup Tournament, see where football legends from David Beckham to Wayne Rooney have played, and get an inside glimpse behind the scenes of this impressive venue. Some of the areas you’ll see on your tour include the changing rooms, the press conference room, and even the Player’s Tunnel. This tour is an absolutely must for football fans!
Getting In: Wembley Stadium Tour tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass®.
Hop Aboard a Cruise
Another top way to see the city in the springtime is with a delightful cruise along the famed River Thames. While you should definitely wear layers (it’s still bound to be brisk on the water in the spring), it’s a nice opportunity to sit back and enjoy the picturesque scenery go by.
Here’s a chance for you to see London’s top landmarks from a unique perspective, as you sail by Big Ben, under the Tower Bridge, and past Westminster Abbey. Another place where you’ll want to make sure your phone or camera is full charged for pictures!
Getting In: London Eye River Cruise tickets are available on the London Explorer Pass®.
Embark on a Walking Tour
You’re noticing a pattern of being outdoors by now – and trust us, Londoners are taking advantage of the weather, too! If you’re a pop culture fan, set aside a few hours to take a guided walking tour of some of the most significant sites in British television.
Whovians will want to see where the battle from “Remembrance of the Daleks” took place, fans of the BBC Sherlock series will want to stand on many sites from the smash hit show, aspiring spies will love the chance to walk by Mi5 and Mi6 where 007 himself reported. Whatever your fandom, you’ll find a wonderful walking tour to enjoy.
Getting In: The London Explorer Pass® offers tickets to several themed walking tours including James Bond, Doctor Who, and Sherlock Holmes.
London Beer Week
Various Locations, March 13- 19 2017
Hop lovers rejoice! London Beer Week is back this year and offers plenty of fun for the ale appreciators. This city-wide celebration includes a wide selection of participating bars and restaurants offering sips and specials all week.
You can even enjoy activities like beer-pairings with multi-course dinners, brewery tours, and “meet-the-maker” talks. What’s not to love for the beer connoisseur?
Getting In: London Beer Week events are separately ticketed and are not included with the London Explorer Pass®. For more information, please visit the event website.
London Coffee Festival
Old Truman Brewery, April 6 – 9 2017
This massive foodie event is perfect for those of us who can’t get by without a little bit of caffeine in our lives. Of course, it’s not just confined to coffee, either – you’ll enjoy everything from gourmet grounds to indie tea alongside barista demonstrations (how do they make that latte art??) and live music.
It’s the perfect event to attend with friends and enjoy the celebration of everyone’s favorite beverage.
Insider tip: The venue also hosts a number of other delightful special events, if you want to look up their schedule when you’re in town.
Getting In: London Coffee Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the London Explorer Pass®. For more information, please visit the event website.
WOW: Women of the World Festival
Southbank Centre, March 7 – 12 2017
This year, the Women of the World Festival promises to be better than ever, with a star lineup of the best female comedians, musicians, performers, creators, and writers in the world.
It’s a great opportunity to hear inspiring speeches, participate in workshops, learn from mentoring sessions, and enjoy amazing performances. Although they haven’t yet released the line-up of star speakers, in past year’s they’ve had some real major names so expect big things.
Getting In: Admission to the Women of the World Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the London Explorer Pass®. For more information, visit the event website.
Feast of Saint George
Trafalgar Square, April 22 2017
This delightful local event is a perfect end of spring activity, celebrating the very important role that St. George plays in British history and culture. The patron saint of England, St. George is best known for his iconic slaying of the great dragon.
The festival itself features stalls offering traditional English food, historic games, music, and events, plus even celebrity chef demonstrations. It’s a fun free way to enjoy an afternoon, British style.
Getting In: The Feast of Saint George is free.
Remember to Save on Admission
So if you’re in the midst of planning that ideal London springtime vacation, check out a few of these ideas from things to do in April, May, and June.
Please note that some of the events included in this post are separately ticketed and are not included with the London Explorer Pass®.
Consider adding a few of these ideas to your itinerary, and have a great trip!