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.
Category: Free Things To Do
March 17, 2015
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.
March 3, 2015
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.
February 17, 2015
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.
February 3, 2015
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:
November 11, 2014
With Christmas markets springing up all around the city, reindeer paying a visit to Covent Garden and glittering illuminations adorning the capital’s most iconic landmarks, London wastes no time getting in the festive mood. Christmas is the most atmospheric time of year to explore the city and whether you’re ice-skating beneath the Tower of London, visiting Santa at one of his most spectacular grottos or sipping mulled wine as you admire the festive shop window displays, there are plenty of magical ways to spend the holidays in London.
October 28, 2014
Whether you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, save some money or just explore a different side of London, there are plenty of ways to get off-the-beaten-track in the British capital and there’s much more to the city than Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. Of course, first-time visitors will likely want to check off the most famous landmarks, but don’t be afraid to spice up your itinerary by visiting some of the city’s equally impressive sights. To help inspire you, here are 8 little-known alternatives to London’s top attractions.
October 7, 2014
With the wind whipping the through the trees, the crunch of leaves underfoot and the last slivers of summer sun peeking through the clouds, autumn is an enchanting time to discover the British capital. Don’t let the cooler weather and chance of rain keep you indoors – this is the best time of year to explore the city’s many parks and there are ample opportunities to admire the colorful fall foliage in London.
September 9, 2014
Priding itself on its cultural and political diversity, the British capital has long been a place where people can speak their mind and there’s no better example of this than London’s famous Speaker’s Corner, an area of the city devoted to free public speech. Karl Marx, Lenin, William Morris, George Orwell and Lord Soper have all taken to their soapboxes at Speaker’s Corner over the years, and with students, preachers and political figures continuing to use the space, the public forum is just as relevant today.
August 26, 2014
With the summer crowds thinning out, students heading back to school and the sun still shining, visiting London in September is the perfect time for sightseeing. The British summer isn’t quite over yet and Londoners will be celebrating their last sunny days with a busy schedule of festivals and events. Plus, don’t forget that many of the city’s summer tourist specials will still be ongoing, like the summer opening of Buckingham Palace and Parliament and the BBC Proms concerts.