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Spring Highlights

March 21st, 2017 | by Jennifer Edwards

Top 19 Spring Highlights

The days are growing warmer and the daffodils are in full bloom: spring is in the air! It’s time to drag yourself out of hibernation, cast aside your woolly mittens and step into the sunshine. Check out our new guide to the season’s highlights and head down to London’s South Bank.

  • 1

    House of Vans Re-Opens!

    House of Vans London has been undergoing some serious renovation work to its skate park and will be re-opening on 3rd May, with a jam packed events calendar of events, including the Independent Photography Festival, a Photography in Film season at their free cinema, a brand new p[rogramme for the Little Rippers Film Club, Girl's Skate Night and Bikes and Burgers...

    Since opening its doors in August 2014, House of Vans London provided a massive 205 skate school sessions, which equates to over 6,100 people receiving free expert coaching and equipment hire.


    House Of Vans
  • 2

    Last Chance: The Age of the Beard

    The Florence Nightingale Museum continues it’s weird and wonderful foray into the hirsute world of Victorian preening. In collaboration with Beard historian Dr Alun Withey, the Nightingale Museum will showcase the best of Victorian facial hair, including some bristly soldiers that Florence Nightingale herself might have nursed.

    The museum's long-standing exhibition all about the founder of modern nursing, also known as the lady with the lamp, is also waiting to be explored. 

    Florence Nightingale Museum
  • 3

    People Power: Fighting for Peace

    The Imperial War Museum kicks things off this spring with a powerful, major new exhibition exploring how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict - People Power: Fighting for Peace opens on 23 March until late August.

  • 4

    Community Cycle

    Join in a fun, local bike ride in association with Cycle Confident and Lambeth Council - perfect for making the most of the beautiful spring weather! The event is completely free, however, due to popular demand, we would recommend you book to avoid disappointment. 

    For more information and to book, click here. 

  • 5


    Alchemy returns to Southbank Centre, showcasing the dynamic creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK. The festival, which takes place over 10 days from 19 - 29 May, includes contemporary dance, performance, music and literature from international and British artists.

    The festival is now in its eighth year and has become the largest festival inspired by South Asian culture outside of the subcontinent. 2017 sees the festival continue its work with national partners Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Black Country Touring, and Cast, Doncaster. Each partner curates their own bespoke Alchemy programme, featuring local and regional artists, running alongside the festival in London. 

    Southbank Centre
  • 6

    BFI IMAX Spring Highlights

    The long-anticipated Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson has finally hit our screens - a spectacle surely deserving of BFI IMAX’s giant screen. If a ride down memory lane with your favourite Disney princess isn’t what suits, then there’s also action and adventure with Kong: Skull Island, sci-fi thrills with Ghost In The Shell or see Hugh Jackman’s last hurrah as Wolverine in Logan.

  • 7

    BFI Southbank Spring Highlights

    This April, there's the new release of the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at BFI Southbank to look forward to. Re-watch this on the big screen, or if you haven't seen it already, then we urge you to go and see the comic genius and tragic weight of Jack Nicholson’s unforgettable performance in this all-time classic. 

    Also on at BFI Southbank is a season dedicated by arguably post-war Germany’s greatest filmmaker: RW Fassbinder. Openly bi-sexual, constantly controversial and dead by 37, Fassbinder was responsible for greats such as Effi Briest, Fox and His Friends and Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day

    There is also Girls Like Us - a selection of distinguished wartime shorts and features that embrace the everyday reality of a besieged and battered Britain. Lastly - BFI's final spring season is India on Film: Bollywood 2.0, which looks into the increasing practice of  ‘Mindie’ (mainstream+indie) in Indian cinema. with realistic yet entertaining films.

    For more information, click here. 

    BFI Southbank
  • 8

    Dragon Egg Hunt

    From the 1st - 23rd April, guests will be given a very special challenge at Shrek’s Adventure as they search for rare Dragon eggs during their tour of Far Far Away. This immersive day out combines two family favourites; Shrek’s Adventure and How To Train your Dragon, bringing together amazing live action, special effects and incredible puppetry, all with a generous sprinkle of magic. 

  • 9

    A Jellyfish invasion

    Spring is a time for new beginnings – and SEA LIFE London Aquarium have a brand new experience opening this April: Ocean Invaders: Enter the World of Jellyfish. Journey through three different interactive zones and discover these magical creatures.

  • 10

    Coca-Cola London Eye's brand new App

    Looking for fantastic views of London and to experience the dizzying heights of the Coca-Cola London Eye? Then we’ve got some good news for you as this spring the London Eye is launching a brand new app, designed to enhance your voyage of discovery.

    Coca-Cola London Eye
  • 11

    Art of the Brick

    Calling all Super Heroes and Super Villains – haven’t you heard? The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes has landed on London’s South Bank! Created by legendary LEGO® artist Nathan Sawaya, this contemporary art exhibition uses nearly 2,000,000 bricks to create large-scale sculptures of the most enduring Super Heroes and Super Villains: from Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, to The Joker and Harley Quinn.

  • 12

    Angels in America hits the stage

    The National Theatre’s headline show this spring is Angels in America, which sees an all-new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award-winning two-part play, directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Set in America in the mid-1980s in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

    National Theatre
  • 13

    Two new shows at The Old Vic

    Over at the Old Vic, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (until 29 April) passes the baton across to Woyzeck (from 13 May – 24 June). Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, known as the play that made a young Tom Stoppard a household name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in its 50th anniversary celebratory production, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire.

    Woyzeck sees John Boyega in the title role, set in 1980s Berlin during the Cold War. On the border between East and West, a young soldier (Woyzeck) and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child.

    The Old Vic
  • 14

    Bottomless brunch, anyone?

    There’s big news for iconic South Bank restaurant Skylon: Kim Woodward has been appointed executive head chef, bringing with her a brand new menu for spring. If you’re looking for a good brunch location in South Bank – we’d highly recommend Skylon’s delicious bottomless brunch – enjoy your Bloody Marys, Proseccos and Mimosas with breath-taking views across the capital from this stylish, modern restaurant.  

    Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill
  • 15

    New spring menu at OXO

    The sunny weather heralds a new seasonal set menu at OXO Tower, complete with a glass of English sparkling to toast the arrival of spring. There is also a brand new afternoon tea on the cards – especially for children and tested by the chef’s kids themselves!

    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie
  • 16

    Re-opening of Rumpus Room

    Mondrian London's elegant rooftop bar has unveiled a brand new look and feel, ready for spring/ summer!

    The aptly named Rumpus Room has been re-imagined as a bright and verdant riverside bar, with lush greenery, plush sofas and comfortable lounge spaces, perfect for enjoying the iconic view morning to night-time. Apart from the breath-taking view, Rumpus Room's delicious British-American inspired cocktails and food make it one of London's  rooftop bars. Just in time for the balmy spring/summer nights, there's also a hot new selection of bands ready for their so-called "Skyline Sessions" - live music Wednesdays, starting from 7pm. Definitively worth a trip! 

    For more information on the new Rumpus Room, click here. 

    Mondrian London
  • 17

    Take to the river

    Ahoy there, future captains of the high seas! Spring is the time to feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face and finally get out and about – what better way to do so than on a Family River Roamer with MBNA Thames Clippers

    MBNA Thames Clippers
  • 18

    Floating Gardens

    City Cruises bring you the first ever Floating Gardens of Westminster this spring – combining all the beauty of an English Country Garden, right on the river Thames! Award winning florist Amie Bone has designed a truly breathtaking display, set to sashay its way along the Thames, complete with its top deck water feature. There’ll also be unlimited bubbles to drink, delicious canapes and a DJ so you can boogie away into the spring evening.

    City Cruises
  • 19

    Classic sightseeing tour

    If you want to have a super-fun, silly time, see London in a unique way and experience the famous "splash-down" - then we recommend London Duck Tours' Classic Sightseeing Tour. Start off at the Coca-Cola London Eye, then past the ancient Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Hall and Westminster Abbey. Round the corner and you'll pass the London home the Prime Minister, number 10 Downing Street, then onto the bustling Trafalgar Square, lined with some of the world’s best galleries – the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. 

    There's lots more to see, including The Ritz, Buckingham Palace and the infamous MI5 & MI6 building before the dramatic splashdown onto the Thames - you’d be just quackers to miss it!

    For more information and to book, click here. 


    London Duck Tours

Find The Venues

  • 1 - House Of Vans

    Main entrance
    Arches 228 – 232
    Station Approach Road
    SE1 8SW 

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  • 2 - Florence Nightingale Museum

    Gassiot House

    2 Lambeth Palace Road

    London SE1 7EW

    (in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital)


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  • 5 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 6 - BFI IMAX

    BFI IMAX, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, London SE1 8XR

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  • 7 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 10 - Coca-Cola London Eye

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7PB 


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  • 12 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 13 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 14 - Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 15 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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  • 16 - Mondrian London

    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 17 - MBNA Thames Clippers

    Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK

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  • 18 - City Cruises

    Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7PB

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  • 19 - London Duck Tours

    Departure Point / Duck Stop 

    Belvedere Road

    (between Jubilee Gardens, Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall) 

    London SE1 8XU 

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