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Unmissable spring events in London

Find the absolute best things to do in London during spring 2019

Spring preview 2018
By Things To Do Editors |

Spring in London is finally on its way. The days are getting warmer and lighter, people are starting to smile occasionally and Londoners are beginning to inch away from cosy pub fires and venture into the great outdoors. Plus, the city is coming to life with events and activities from March through to May 2019. 

Whether you’re after the latest art exhibitions, new theatre shows, the best gigs, restaurant openings or other great things to do in London, our spring round-up will keep your social calendar as fresh as a daisy. 

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The best spring events in London

Luke Jerram's 'Museum of the Moon' at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
© Luke Jerram
Things to do, Exhibitions

Museum of the Moon

icon-location-pin Natural History Museum, South Kensington

Luke Jerram’s six-metre glowing sculpture has Nasainspired detail. It’s lighting up the Natural History Museum for the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11. We have lift-off!

News, Events & Festivals

The Crystal Maze Live Experience is moving to the West End

The Crystal Maze Live Experience proved so popular in its Angel location that the owners are moving it to an even bigger, mazier home at the London Trocadero, opening March 29. It’ll have 32 brand-new challenges, more places to be locked in when you fail your task and a Maze Bar. Say it with us: ‘START THE FANS, PLEASE’.

Dale Chihuly 'Green Hornets and Gold Waterdrops' (2010) Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee. © Chihuly Studio

Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature

icon-location-pin Kew Gardens, Kew

The stunning glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly (the man behind the giant blue-green chandelier in the V&A's entrance hall) find their natural counterpart in the botanical wonderland of Kew Gardens. The artworks will be located across the whole of Kew, giving Londoners the chance to explore the gardens at the same time as discovering these beautiful artworks. 

Photograph of William Marriot in Pearson’s Magazine. Image from the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature, Senate House Library, University of London

Smoke and Mirrors: The psychology of magic

icon-location-pin Wellcome Collection, Euston

'Fair is foul, and foul is fair; Hover through the fog and filthy air'. Gather your newt eyes, fetch the cauldron and dust down the tarot cards: Wellcome Collection has a new exhibition exploring the magic of magic. If the revamp of Sabrina The Teenage Witch got you hot under the collar, this is the 2019 exhibition for you. But it does more than just celebrate the dark arts. This being the Wellcome Collection the interest is on how magic meets science, specifically psychology. Learn about the vital role of the female assistant to a magician ['Quick, look at the pretty lady! Ooooh where's the card gone?' etc.], study a ghost-detection kit and marvel at the head of a gorilla costume once worn by Derren Brown. A show to visit with your weird sisters.

'AI: More Than Human 2065 (preview)' by Lawrence Lek Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London

AI: More Than Human

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican

Think you're clever? Be prepared for a bit of a knock to your confidence with this interactive exhibition at Barbican. The show brings together the latest in Artificial Intelligence, calmly showing how the cleverest (or maybe stupidest) thing humans have ever done is create machines that outwit us all. 

Lee Krasner 'Icarus' (1964) Thomson Family Collection, New York City. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Image courtesy of Kasmin Gallery, New York. Photo: Diego Flores

Lee Krasner: Living Colour

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican

Retrospective of the innovative abstract expressionist artist Lee Krasner. As the title suggests, one reason for buying a ticket is to check out Krasner's vivid, large-scale canvases that explode in fireworks of colour. But that not all. You'll also be able to see her superb charcoal drawings and some early self-portraits. The Barbican aims to stop Krasner always being mentioned in the same breath as her husband (also an artist). So we're not even going to say his name.

Film, Family and kids


Let’s tackle the baby elephant in the room first: how does Disney’s new Dumbo look in a live-action movie? Happily, the teeny pachyderm is a suitably heart-melting presence in Tim Burton’s relatively orthodox redo of the 1941 animation classic. All giant expressive eyes and beach-towel ears, he’s a computer-generated creation that exudes picture-book warmth. 

Time Out says

Whatever you do, get outside in London this spring

A busy Greenwich Park on a summer's day.
© Alan Stanton
Things to do

Outdoor London

If you're gagging to explore the great outdoors, here's where to go to catch an open-air film, take a dip in a local lido or simply wander through one of London's many pretty parks.

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