7 Unmissable Events in London This Spring

Our Pick of The City's Must-See Events Between March and May

Warmer weather, longer days, flower-filled parks and a calendar packed full of fun things to do, spring looks good on London. We've rounded up the city's unmissable events between March and May to help you make the most of the season. 

  • 01 of 07
    London Coffee Festival
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    What: Celebrate London's buzzing coffee scene at this four-day event that brings together top coffee brands and independent roasters. The festival features live 'latte art' demonstrations, barista workshops, coffee and food pairing events plus tastings galore. 

    When: April 6-9

    Where: The Old Truman Brewery. The nearest tube station is Shoreditch High Street. 

  • 02 of 07
    American Dream Exhibition British Museum
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    What: The American Dream: Pop to the Present is a blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum that celebrates the work of American artists from the 1960s to the present day. It features more than 200 pieces by 70 artists including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Louise Bourgeois. See prints from museums and private collections around the world; some of which have never been on display before as they're too big for traditional exhibition spaces. This is the museum's first contemporary art show on display at the new Sainsbury gallery.

    When: March 9 to June 18

    Where: The British Museum. The nearest tube stations are Holborn and Tottenham Court Road. 

  • 03 of 07
    Barbican Centre London
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    What: Jude Law takes to the stage at the Barbican this spring to star in an adaptation of the Luchino Visconti film, Obsession. Directed by Ivo van Hove, the play is based on the novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice and follows Gino (Law) and Giovanna, a couple that meet in a roadside restaurant and embark on an affair while plotting to kill Giovanna's ex husband. 

    When: April 19 to May 20

    Where: The Barbican Theatre. The nearest tube station is Barbican.

  • 04 of 07
    Tate Modern Switch House
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    What: Tate Modern's first performance art exhibition will see the gallery covered in a cloud of mist designed to look like fog by Japanese artist, Fujiko Nakaya. This 10-day event will combine installations, performance, film and sound and the immersive fog sculpture will be on display on the terrace of the new Switch House extension. The artist previously encased Bilbao's Guggenheim gallery in artificial fog. 

    When: March 24 to April 2

    Where: The Tate Modern. The nearest tube station is Blackfriars. 

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  • 05 of 07
    Ball Pit London
    Photo credit: Ballie Ballerson

    What: Head east to channel your inner child in a huge ball pit filled with 250,000 clear balls underlit by an LED dance floor. The GlowyMcGlow club night takes place in an adult play pen set over two floors in Dalston. The upstairs bar features glow in the dark murals and a DJ while downstairs you'll find a mirror-lined ball pit atop a floor that pulsates in time to the music. The bar serves cocktails named after planets. 

    When: Wednesday to Sundays throughout March and April.

    Where: Ballieballerson in Dalston. The nearest tube station is Dalston Kingsland. 

  • 06 of 07
    Kew Gardens Moomins
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    What: Discover the wonderful world of the Moomins at Kew Gardens this Easter with a series of family-friendly events and activities that celebrate the iconic characters dreamt up by Finnish author and artist, Tove Jansson. Explore an interactive trail through the gardens, take part in craft workshops and fill up on Moomin-style pancakes at the cafe. 

    When: April 1-17

    Where: Kew Gardens. The nearest tube station is Kew Gardens. 

  • 07 of 07

    What: The UK's biggest food festival sets up shop in west London's Syon Park over the May bank holiday weekend. Go on an empty stomach and try signature dishes from top restaurants and street food stalls and stock up on treats from the artisan food market. Highlights include demonstrations by Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kochhar (Benares) and Alyn Williams (The Westbury), cocktail masterclasses, live music and a kids' cookery school.

    When: May 27-29

    Where: Syon Park. The nearest overground station is Syon Lane.