From the full bloom of the Chelsea Flower Show to the world’s most famous boat race, here’s why you must visit London this Spring. There’s nothing quite like the gradually warming months of April, May and June, when the parks and gardens of London burst into life and the sun begins to shine on a variety of unique cultural experiences. Here are seven of our favourite events this Spring that you won’t want to miss.
The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race
An annual contest between the broad-backed oarsmen and women competing from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. In April the centuries of rivalry comes to a head and tradition erupts with a festival atmosphere that thrums along the riverbanks. Choose between vantage points running the full length of The Championship Course, including Putney Embankment (start line), Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course) and Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (finish).
When: 7th April 2019
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Is the most famous flower show in the world and draws in the country’s finest garden designers, plant specialists, nurseries and florists, all bringing their green touch to one of London’s most affluent neighbourhoods. Look forward to innovative gardens, colourful floral arrangements and horticultural exhibits wrapped in Chelsea’s vibrant affluence. Be sure to book early because tickets sell out fast.
When: 21st May – 25th May 2019
Cartier Polo Final
Or as it’s known the Cartier Queen’s Cup Tournament, a heady rush of fast-paced polo that takes place over a month, culminating in one of the days of The Season. The final is a social whirl of first-class hospitality, breath-taking horsemanship and a guest list that includes Her Majesty the Queen herself.
When: Sunday 16th June 2019
Britain’s spectacular four-day festival of racing where the world’s finest racehorses are brought to compete in front of The Queen. Thursday is Ladies’ Day where millinery masterpieces are the order of the day, and for the remainder of the racing men in top hats and tails, shout encouragement from the terraces of the Royal Enclosure before enjoying picnics on the sun-warmed lawns.
When: Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd June 2019
Trooping the Colour
Britain and London do pageantry like nowhere else in the world and the Trooping the Colour is no exception. A ceremony to celebrate The Queen’s birthday is a spectacular parade of her armed forces in full uniform and drilled to within an inch of their lives. 1,400 officers and men, 200 horses, 400 musicians and 10 bands of drums march from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Whitehall and back. The Queen’s personal Household Division also joins the Horse Guards Parade in this marvellous display of imperial tradition.
When: Saturday 8th June 2019
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Sun-dappled leopards, breaching humpbacks… the world of nature photography is now part of mainstream culture, propelled by National Geographic and its resident, big-lens-toting photographers. Experience a great diversity of species and the intricacy of life on Earth as the exhibition celebrates its 54th year, guarded by the animal-gargoyles of the Natural History Museum. This year there were around 45,000 entries, refined by expert judges to just 100 back-lit panels.
When: 19th October – 30th June 2019
Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy
Running since 1769, the Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission art show – an exciting annual celebration of leading artists and Royal Academicians, coordinated last year by Grayson Perry. For its 251st year, the exhibition will be led by British painter Jock McFadyen RA. You’ll find all mediums on display, from prints and paintings to sculpture and architecture.
When: 10th June – 12th August 2019
A rich blend of history and culture ensures you’ll never be short of things to do in London this spring. Our Jumeirah properties in London are right in the centre of all the Spring events.