Goats, Boats and Coffee Beans — Spring in London

Springtime is coming quickly and we're gearing up for some upcoming travels around Europe with relief for the warmer weather. This article was shared with us on what you can expect from one of our favorite European metropolises, London, and what it has to offer as we say goodbye to the winter months and hello to early part of summer! 

The nights are getting lighter, the weather is (slowly) getting warmer and the birds and the bees are gearing up for a fabulous spring in London. With a thousand and one things to do, the capital city is always a great place to visit, but spring is always extra special: Fashion houses show off their new collections, the many parks and green spaces buzz with activity and artists and performers begin to run in their shows in advance of the Edinburgh Fringe and other festivals.

With many London hotels offering special online rates to capitalize on the extra surge of tourists, now’s the time to think about when you want to go and what to see. The time is up to you of course, but let’s help you with how to get the most out of your trip with our short guide to some of the most interesting and unusual events.

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The Science Museum is just one of many of the great museums and galleries that put on fantastic exhibitions for free and this Spring is no exception. “Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology” details the history of controversial therapies including mesmerism, electroconvulsive therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Worth “thinking” about paying a visit to if you’re coming to London this Spring.

April the 6th sees the traditional Oxford versus Cambridge boat race take place, now in its 160th year. The four and a quarter mile race gives spectators plenty of opportunity to line the banks and watch the action. Over a quarter of a million are expected to watch the two teams do battle on the Tideway. Will you be one of them?

But if boat races aren’t your thing, why not head down to Spitalfields City farm? On the same day they’ll be holding an Oxford and Cambridge “Goat race” instead. Food, bars, live music and goat related activities await you — we kid you not!

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From the 3rd to the 6th of April, the atmosphere and aroma of Shoreditch to Soho changes as it celebrates the UK’s most popular drink: coffee. Pop up roasteries, barista demos and coffee labs ‘spring’ up all over the place, with live music accompanying your enjoyment as you slurp!

Finally, if you are coming to London, don’t forget to check out the ticket booths dotted around Leicester Square. With tickets for many same-day theatre performances available at half price, it’s perfectly possible for you to catch a great West End show even cheaper than if you’d booked in advance. However, with London being such a brilliant place to people watch — and so easy to get around thanks to the underground — we recommend that you hop on and off the tube and just see where you end up. The shopping crowds of Covent Garden, the markets of Camden, the street performers of the South Bank down on Waterloo: they’re all amazing places to grab a drink — coffee or otherwise — sit back and just observe!

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