Spring is officially on its way and April marks the start of London’s busier season, most notably over ‘half term’ – the 2-week-long school holidays held all around the country, which can come with a noticeable bump in prices on accommodation and transport. Thankfully, it also means that there will be plenty of fun family-friendly activities and spring festivals held around the city, making visiting London in April a great alternative to the crowded summer months.
For many Londoners, football (soccer) is more than just a game – it’s a passion, and watching a football game in London is an unforgettable experience, combining world-class sportsmanship with an unbeatable atmosphere. The capital’s top stadiums host games almost every week throughout the football season, but the biggest match of the year is always the FA Cup Final – the much-anticipated culmination of the annual Football Association Challenge Cup, the oldest and longest-running football competition in the world. Whether you’re a diehard football fanatic or just want to experience the thrill of the ultimate championship game; here are some do’s and don’ts for watching the FA Cup Final in London.
After a long winter of snow, rain and gale-force winds, Londoners are more than ready for some warmer weather and spring is the ideal time for sightseeing and exploring the city’s green spaces. Whether admiring the seasonal blooms at the Chelsea Flower Show, watching the famous Oxford-Cambridge boat race or enjoying open-air theater at Shakespeare’s Globe, there are plenty of great ways to celebrate spring in London. Here are some ideas.
Star Wars fans are already counting down the days until Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits cinemas, but if December seems like too long to wait, don’t worry – there’s another way to get up close to your favourite characters (or at least, their waxwork counterparts). In anticipation of J.J.Abrams’ upcoming film, Disney and Lucasfilm have joined forces with Madame Tussauds London to bring a first-of-its-kind Star Wars immersive experience to the famous waxwork museum.
From the punk-rock haven of Camden Market to the vintage clothing and antiques stalls of Portobello Market, London’s markets have long been a magnet for thrifty shoppers, and the famous Spitalfields is firm favorite among locals. Located at the heart of the East End, London’s Spitalfields Market started life as a fruit and vegetable market back in 1638, making it the city’s oldest market. Today it’s better known for its thriving arts community, huge range of independent fashion designers and trove of vintage and antique goods.
London’s Warner Bros. Studio tour has been the number 1 destination for Harry Potter fans visiting the capital since it opened its doors in 2012 and things are set to get a whole lot more exciting in 2015, with the arrival of the Hogwart’s Express. Yes, the original Hogwarts Express Locomotive that transported the young wizards and witches to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, will finally be making an appearance at the Warner Bros. Studios and it’s sure to be a big hit with fans.
An instantly recognizable landmark and one of England’s most intriguing historic sites, Stonehenge has long been on the ‘must-see’ list for travelers to London and whether you’re celebrating the summer solstice or just snapping a selfie in front of the iconic stones, it’s an unmissable attraction, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in Salisbury just an hour and a half from the capital, visiting Stonehenge from London makes a popular choice for a day trip, often combined with nearby attractions like Stratford-Upon-Avon, Windsor or Bath, and with archeologists recently uncovering a further 17 monuments at the site, it’s the ideal time to visit.
Make sure to pack some warm clothes if you’re visiting London in February – it’s one of the coldest months of the year and with temperatures averaging 5-6°C and occasionally dipping below 0°C, you’ll need to be prepared for some frosty mornings and rainy afternoons. Don’t let it put you off sightseeing though – February is a great time to bag a bargain on flights and accommodation, pick up cheap West End Theater Tickets and visit new exhibitions at many of London’s museums and galleries. Be sure to put these dates in your diary, too:
As the world’s busiest international airport and connecting to over 170 international destinations, if you’re flying to in Europe, there’s a good chance you’ll be passing through Heathrow. The closest airport to central London and connected by London Underground trains (tube), many visitors opt to layover in Heathrow in order to take in some of the sights, but if you don’t have time for sightseeing or just want to relax in-between flights, there’s another option – the London Heathrow Premium Lounge.
The Cupcake and Macaroon Tour of London squiggles through some of the most exclusive foodie streets of central London, in search of the most sought after cupcakes and macaroons. I did not need to convince some of my sweetest friends to come along for a tasting of some of the most popular and delicate looking treats.