Top 10 things to do in London in Spring

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Get out and about in London this Spring - we've got ten bright reasons why you should.

 
 

David Hockney

The fastest-selling exhibition in Tate's history; it's a must-see.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 9th February to 29th May 2017

 
David Hockney at Tate Britain - Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy 1968

David Hockney at Tate Britain

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy 1968

 

As he approaches his 80th birthday, David Hockney is the subject of a major exhibition at Tate Britain in 2017. Gathering together an extensive selection of Hockney's most famous works, this exhibition celebrates his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades. Presented as a chronological overview, the show highlights how he continues to change his style and ways of working, embracing new technologies as he goes. From his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and recent success at the Royal Academy, this retrospective offers an insightful overview of Hockney's impressive career.

 
 
 

Hamlet

Andrew Scott is a "truly sweet prince" in Robert Icke's "inspired production" - The Guardian.

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 9th June to 2nd September 2017

 
Andrew Scott as Hamlet

Andrew Scott as Hamlet

 

After starring in Mary Stuart in late 2016, Juliet Stevenson returns to the Almeida stage this year to star in Hamlet, playing Gertrude. Sherlock and Spectre star Andrew Scott, who makes his Almeida debut in the title role, takes the title role. The star follows in the footsteps of his on-screen nemesis Benedict Cumberbatch, who tackled Shakespeare's toughest role in 2015 in what became the fastest-selling play in London theatre history.

 
 
 

Moomin Adventures

Adventures in Moominland from the Southbank to Kew Gardens.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 01st - 17th April 2017

 
Moomin Adventures

Moomin Adventures

 

Coinciding with Adventures in Moominland, the immersive museum at the Southbank Centre, the Moomins come to Kew Gardens this April. Moomin Adventures is a three-week Moomin-themed Easter festival that sees the Moomin getting up to all sorts of mischief and fun. Among the activities will be an interactive Moomin trail, inviting young visitors to embark on a magical Moomin mission through Kew Gardens to find Hemulen's missing plants. There will also be a Moomin Festival Camp, where you can meet a real-life Moomin costumed character; Marvellous Moomin workshops, from den building to courgette planting; and face painting, providing the chance to get traditional Easter or Moomin themed design. There will also be a specially designed Kew Moomin App to enhance the experience.

 
 
 

Obsession

Jude Law works with Ivo van Hove on an adaptation of the Luchino Visconti film.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 19th April to 20th May 2017

 
Obsession

Obsession

 

Renowned director Ivo van Hove takes on Visconti's Obsession this spring, forming one part of a three production Toneelgroep Amsterdam residency at the Barbican. The month-long adaptation of the powerful 1943 social drama will be the headline event of the takeover and the first Toneelgroep show to star British actors, with Jude Law in the role of the magnetically handsome Gino. Based on James M Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, the story follows Gino as he encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife, Giovanna. With Gino and Giovanna overwhelmingly attracted to one another, they begin an affair while also plotting to murder Giuseppe. However, in this story, passion can only lead to destruction.

 
 
 

Shakespeare's Globe: New Season Begins

The open air theatre season begins on 22nd April with Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 22nd April to 9th July 2017

 
Shakespeare's Globe: New Season Begins

Shakespeare's Globe: New Season Begins

 

Commencing its Summer of Love season in spring, from 22nd April 2017 Shakespeare's Globe stages a modern version of Shakespeare's timeless romantic tale, Romeo and Juliet. Artistic Director of English National Opera, Daniel Kramer, presents a wild and energetic take on the story of two children who dare to choose love. The spring season continues with Jessica Swale's critically acclaimed play about unlikely heroine Nell Gwynn, from 2nd to 13th May, and Twelfth Night from 12th May 2017. All this before summer brings Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult, blending comedy and live music, madcap humour in Much Ado About Nothing, and Nancy Meckler's production of King Lear.

 
 
 
 

Pergola on the Roof

Our favourite rooftop restaurant has a Hamptons makeover.

Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London, W12 7RJ

Tube: Wood Lane Station, White City Station

 

Dates: 3rd May to 1st October 2017

 
Pergola on the Roof

Pergola on the Roof

 

After its glorious summer last year (the most Instagrammed pop up of summer 2016? - we think so) Pergola on the Roof is back. This time the rooftop food court on top of a car park at BBC Television Centre is bringing a slice of Long Island living to Shepherds Bush. Done up to look like The Hamptons, the al fresco food court also brings in new restaurants with Breddos Tacos joining Patty & Bun, 8 Hoxton Square and Bonnie Gull spin-off 'Salt 'n' Sauce'. With white-washed decking, palm trees and thirteen person day-beds, it's the perfect place to enjoy summer in The Hamptons without leaving London.

 
 
 

The Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Bangarang

Don't bother growing up. Run away to a world of imagination and escapism.

The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 4th May to 7th October 2017

 
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The Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Bangarang

The Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Bangarang

The Queen of Hoxton's seasonal rooftop parties have become a legendary addition to the capital's event calendar and just in time for spring, from the beginning of May, Bangarang invites generation Peter Pan to a land where dreams are born and time is never planned. Forget adult responsibilities and run away to a world of imagination and escapism, where instead of growing up you can lounge in a seashell with mermaids, refill your glass at The Lost Boy's hideout bar and climb aboard the pirate ship to meet your fate. Sip on special cocktails such as the Mermaid Slushie, made with frozen prosecco, fruit juice and blue curacao; the Floating Fairy absinthe cocktail; or the Blue Lagoon, made with gin, lemon and blueberries.

 
 
 

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Spectacular audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd's back catalogue.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 13th May to 1st October 2017

 
Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

 

They've given us The Dark Side of the Moon, pigs flying over Battersea Power Station and giant inflatable teachers. Now, this spring, these memorable Pink Floyd moments are brought together in one blockbuster exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Album covers and stage sets, performances, instruments, handwritten lyrics and psychedelic prints are among more than 350 objects and artefacts on display. We'll also get to experience never-before-seen classic Pink Floyd concert footage and a custom-designed laser light show. What a fitting tribute to mark 50 years since the band released their first single, Arnold Layne.

 
 
 

Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park's 2017 open air theatre season launches with musical extravaganza On the Town.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 19th May to 16th September 2017

 
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park

 

Among the fairy lit trees of Regent's Park, the Open Air Theatre is the most magical place to see theatre outside in London. Launching this Spring, on 19th May 2017, the new 2017 season begins with On the Town, directed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie - who won accolades for his choreography on Jesus Christ Superstar. Billed as their "biggest dance musical yet", we can expect big show numbers like New York, New York, it's a helluva town! from Bernstein's wonderful score. As spring moves into summer Matthew Dunster adapts Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities into a new play and Oliver Twist is adapted for the stage in a production that will appeal to everyone aged six and over.

 
 
 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

A highlight of spring in London, even the Queen goes to Chelsea Flower Show.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 23rd to 27th May 2017

 
RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

 

The Poetry Lover's Garden, a garden inspired by the famous British botanist, Ernest Henry Wilson, and a green space to celebrate 500 years of Covent Garden are just three of the show gardens at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Regarded as a highpoint of the London summer season, the fragrant flower show is a wonderful showcase of blooms and celebrities - even the Queen attends. Particularly spectacular are the gardens created by eight hundred imaginative garden designers who spend nearly a month creating a horticultural wonderland over the 11-acre site. This beautiful and inspiring show is a real treat, even for non-gardeners.

 
 
 
 
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