As January draws to a close, we feel pretty excited about what London has to offer visitors as we head towards warmer days and the joys of spring.  Now is the perfect time to visit London and plan your stay in one of our central London apartments rentals.  Everyone is shaking off those winter blues and gearing up for a new year filled with art, culture, music and grand old historical traditions.

NEW YEAR, CHINESE STYLE

Head off to London’s China Town to celebrate The Year of the Pig in spectacular oriental style.  Take the family along to enjoy the huge parade that starts on historic Charing Cross Road on 10 February.  Expect colours & fireworks, acrobats & fan dancers, dragons & lions and oh so much more.  Many of London’s museums such as The National Gallery on Trafalgar Square have special events planned connected with China during this week in February.

VALENTINE’S DAY (AND NIGHT) ON THE SOUTHBANK

Our many attractive studio and one bedrooms apartments to rent in London are ideal for a romantic trip for two.  Impress your amour with an evening of lovely classical music dedicated to Valentine’s Day (February 14) at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre.  Head off for a cocktail or two at The Central Bar  afterwards and soak up the heady cultural atmosphere.  You’re ideally located for a evening stroll alongside the River Thames in the moonlight here, too.

PANCAKES FOR ALL!

All visitors lucky enough to be in town on March 5 will not fail to notice that it’s Pancake Day, a favourite, fun filled day with young & old alike.  Officially, it’s Shrove Tuesday which marks the time before Lent with it’s fasting and abstinence.  Join in the historic and traditional fun in London’s many restaurants, cafes and tea-shops as well as all the famous food markets like Borough Market, all of whom will be serving up their own pancakes, crepes, flapjacks and griddle cakes hot from the frying pan.

ST PATRICK’S DAY AND IRISH LONDON

Our New York visitors know all about St Patrick’s Day outside Ireland.  See how it’s done in London, when the Irish community joins locals and visitors to celebrate on the weekend of March 16-18.  As well as the traditional parade and Irish dancers on Trafalgar Square, there are plenty of smaller, quieter celebrations of Irish culture in London on offer, such as art exhibitions and a film festival. Otherwise, enjoy a quiet pint of Guinness and some authentic Irish food at The Portherhouse Pub in Covent Garden, anytime of year.

WAITING FOR SPRING IN LONDON’S PARKS

April and May are a special time to rediscover the restorative beauty of London’s perfect collection of parks.  There really is a park or garden square for every mood and season in the capital and everyone has their own favourite.  This hopeful time of year, as the dull grip of winter gradually releases us, find the parks and garden squares closest to your central London apartment rentals and spend some time with the ancient trees, the curious squirrels and the budding blossoms of spring.