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Top 10 spring events in London

We're bloomin' excited about this bunch of events springing up in the capital this season

The start of the year is often dry, both booze-wise and event-wise, but London really comes to life as spring arrives. From March through to May, London's got plenty of fun planned, including the St Paddy's Day parade, the Marathon and the much-loved London Pet Show.
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FutureFest

What does the future really hold for us? We're still holding out for tubes that fling us across town like they have in 'Futurama', but even if pipes aren't in the pipeline there are lots of advances to get excited about, and they'll all be explored on the line-up at this two-day festival of innovation. Expect discussions on the future of democracy, the security and technological changes behind the way we now use money and the effects of robots on the working world.

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Vinopolis 15 Mar 2015
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St Patrick's Day

If anyone knows how to party, it's the Irish, and for St Patrick's Day they do it bigger and better than ever. On the Sunday before the big day (Sunday March 15) follow the St Paddy's Day Parade floats and marching band, then head to Trafalgar Square for a whole load o' craic at the annual festival. There'll be dancing, singing, Irish food, comedy and Gaelic-themed entertainment for the kids. Be sure to go green this March.

Tue Mar 17. Various London venues

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By: Elizabeth Darke
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Sherlock Film Night

Pick up your pipe and dig out your deerstalker for this dress-up Holmes-themed film night to celebrate the close of the Museum of London's Sherlock Holmes exhibition. The most inventive costumes will win prizes and the bar will stay open late as the movies are beamed into the galleries.

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Museum of London 10 Apr 2015
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The Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race

Fast becoming as popular as its Thames-based rival, The Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race sees two goats – one named ‘Oxford’, the other ‘Cambridge’ – take part in a dash around Spitalfields City Farm. Since the alternative race precedes the real thing, we try to make sure the rowers don’t know the result before they take to the water (so as not to put them off their stroke). Alongside the race there are live bands, booze and other fun, goat-related nonsense, plus there's an official bookie and sweepstake on site if you or your nanny fancy a flutter.

Sat Apr 11
. Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton St, E1 5AR

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London Marathon

You're already too late to enter the public ballot for the 2015 London Marathon, but if you were hoping to join the 35,000-odd runners on the 26.2 mile course this year, choose a charity to support and they might be able to allocate you a place. If you feel your legs aren't up to actually running anywhere (let alone 26.4 miles) but you'd still like to show your support, join the crowds of spectators who line the route to scream encouragement instead.

Sun Apr 26. Start in Greenwich Park

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By: Elizabeth Darke
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Canalway Cavalcade

The pretty waterways of Little Venice will be even more colourful than usual for the early May bank holiday weekend as the Inland Waterways Association organises their annual gathering of canal boats. Many of the waterborne homes will be dressed up to the nines ready for a pageant, and visitors can expect plenty of very British fun including morris dancers and a real ale tent. There'll also be market stalls, live music, children's activities and refreshments.

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Little Venice Saturday May 2 2015 - Monday May 4 2015 Free
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London Craft Week

This new, week-long festival of activities and exhibitions celebrates craftmanship in all sorts of interesting nooks and crannies across London. Across the seven days, famous galleries and specialist workshops alike will host events showcasing both ancient skills and exciting new talents. The inaugural year will focus on central locations such as Bloomsbury and Mayfair, which have been hubs of industry and craftsmanship for many centuries.

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Various Venues Wednesday May 6 2015 - Sunday May 10 2015
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London Pet Show

This annual fur-filled show moves to ExCel Centre for a weekend of barking, jumping, stroking and shopping this May. The fair is aimed at both animal owners and anyone looking for advice on taking the pet plunge. The show is divided into different zones where visitors can meet owners and breeders, and get advice on care and training for whichever creature they're most interested in. Over the weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for the live rabbit show jumping, doggy dancing and duck herding too.

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ExCeL London Saturday May 9 2015 - Sunday May 10 2015
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Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

The annual Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival (which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015), brings together Punch and Judy professors from around the country for a day of jolly old-fashioned fun. The grand procession at 11am is led by a brass band, and culminates with a birthday toast to Mr Punch, who was first seen by Samuel Pepys 353 years ago on the day.

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St Paul's Church, Covent Garden Sunday May 10 2015 Free

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Welcome to our guide to the biggest and best happenings in London over the next few months. From theatre, exhibitions and film openings to gigs, festivals and comedy shows, if it's new, it's here - go on, dive in!

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