Thursday, 20 March 2014

Springtime in London: What to do?

Well according to the little animations that Google does, it's Spring now. As I sit here in the office writing this blog, I cast many an envious eye to the sunshine outside and I'm already planning my weekend.

A quick flick through Google and I've now planned the next three months of activities! London is a massive sprawling, vibrant City of traditions, customs, markets, fairs and a melting pot of cultures and (weather permitting) there's plenty of action to be found!

Kew Gardens

Open all year of course, but spring sees the flowers start to bloom and should see ideal temperatures for walking around the gardens in between the stifling heat of summer and the stifling cold of winter. There's plenty for the kids with nature trails and a large badger sett! If the rain does come, there's plenty of massive greenhouses to hide in too!

To book a car for a day at Kew, click here

The London Wetland Centre

Located in Barnes near Richmond, the London Wetland Centre has been voted the UK's Favourite Nature Reserve in 2012. It has over 105 acres which are perfect for spotting birds, otters and whatever other wildlife lurks in the reservoirs and marshes around it. There's also a café for a spot of lunch!

To book a car for a day at the Wetland Centre, click here

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

We'll talk more about this in the coming weeks but on the 6th April is the 160th annual boat race between Oxford University and Cambridge University. The race starts at the Putney Bridge and takes in Craven Cottage (home of Fulham FC) before finishing at Chiswick Bridge. The first race was won in 1829 and has only been missed for the two World Wars since then. There aren't many free sports events in London so the boat race is undoubtedly one of the most popular.

To book a car for a day on the River Thames, click here

London Marathon

Ok, so being chauffeur driven the 26.2 miles is cheating but if you're competing, you probably won't want to jump on the tube home after completing the gruelling course. Every year, millions of people come out to see the athletes and ordinary folk competing and the day turns in to a massive party. Since the beginning in 1981, participants have raised over £500m for charity. The race is run on the 13th April 2014, hopefully there's no rain!

To book a car to meet you at the finish line, click here

St George's Day

On March 17th, the UK turns green for St Patrick's day for some reason. However, the 23rd April is St George's Day and more and more people every year are celebrating the day dedicated to patron saint of England. Perhaps even more significant over the coming years given the possible separation from Scotland, there's nothing more English than taking Tea at the Ritz followed by a few pints of London Pride and a Roast Dinner!

To book a car as your trusty steed, click here

Vaisakhi Celebrations

Vaisakhi is the Sikh New Year and given the massive melting pot of cultures in London, one of the best places to celebrate in the UK will be our capital. Vaisakhi is celebrated every year in London at Trafalgar Square with over 30,000 participants, DJ Sets, Asian foods activities for children and dances.

To book a car for Vaisakhi, click here

FA Cup Final

Despite being accused of losing it's appeal over the last few years, the FA Cup is back with vengeance this year. Sheffield United from the third tier have already dumped two Premiership teams and once Championship team out in reaching the semi-finals. Wigan from the Championship beat Champions League side Manchester City and Hull from the Premier Leagues lower half have found themselves in the semi finals. Arsenal, without a trophy since 2005 find themselves in with their best chance of having an open topped bus parade this year.

No open topped cars, but transport for the day, click here

Covent Garden May Fayre

The May Fayre at Covent Garden on May 11th is a nod to the British traditions of puppet shows at seaside towns. Puppeteers travel from all over the country to take part in a day of special street shows at the Actor's Church in Covent Garden. You should recognise the church's portico from its appearance in the Audrey Hepburn film My Fair Lady.

For a car to ferry you about Covent Garden or the day, click here

As you can see there's plenty in London to keep you busy over the next two months. Our drivers have expert knowledge of London and the surrounding areas so give us a call or visit our website to make an enquiry.

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