5 Reasons to Book a Trip to London This Spring

Spring in london

With Christmas a distant memory and summer months away, you could be feeling a little blue that you have nothing to look forward to this Spring.

However, there are so many amazing events and celebrations happening in London over the next few months, so why not ‘spring’ into action and book your stay at the Park Grand Hotel Paddington now?  There are plenty of fantastic events coming up in the capital over the next few months, making spring the perfect time to visit.

St Patrick’s Day

Shamrocks, green clothing and pints and pints of the black stuff, London really comes to life on St. Patrick’s Day with ex-pats, Londoners and Irish revellers all taking to the streets for the annual parade.

St Patrick’s Day

Held on the weekend closest to the 17th of March each year, London comes alive with the sound of singing and marching bands. The procession sets off from Piccadilly at noon and travels around the city on a 1.5-mile route past some of London’s most iconic landmarks.

There are also plenty of free events taking place all over the city, from Irish dancing to live musical performances as well as lots of opportunities to enjoy a pint or two of Guinness while you soak up the carnival-style atmosphere.

If you are hoping the catch the beginning of the parade, then getting to Piccadilly from the Lancaster Gate Hotel London is quick and easy when you use the Tube. Just hop on the Bakerloo line from Paddington station, and you’ll be enjoying the sights and sounds or Ireland in just over 20 minutes.

London Games Festival

Gamers will be more than tempted by a stay in our 4-star hotels in London between the 26th of March and the 6th of April this year as the London Games Festival is coming to town!

Celebrating the great and good of all things gaming, this annual event has been running for four years and offers gamers the change to check out hundreds of new computer games, take part in just for fun competitions to test their skill and even discover more about brand new prototype gaming consoles yet to hit the market.

With different events taking place all over the city, gamers will want to ‘power-up’ at one of the Paddington restaurants before heading over to see what’s happening across the multiple venues. With so much to see, it’s worth planning an itinerary before you arrive at the Park Grand Hotel Paddington, so you don’t miss out on any of the talks, events or demos.

Virgin Money London Marathon

If you’ve over-indulged over the festive period, then why not get back on the treadmill in anticipation of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon? If you can’t take part, you can still see the event from various locations around the city.


Set to take place on the 26th of April 2020, this year’s event will see more than 40,000 runners take to the city streets with amateur hopefuls and professional athletes alike all taking part. With many undertaking the 26.2-mile route to raise money for their chosen charities, just standing on the side-lines makes for an interesting and fun day out. If you are staying with us at the Lancaster Gate Hotel London and want a good spot to watch the race, get there early.

For those thinking of putting on their running shoes, there are plenty of Paddington restaurants offering hearty meals once you’ve crossed the finish line. You’ll definitely need a good breakfast before leaving the Park Grand Hotel Paddington and heading for the start line as the London Marathon can be a gruelling experience for even the most experienced of runners.

London Wine Week

If running around the city sounds exhausting, then those with a taste for the finer things in life may prefer a visit to London Wine Week.

Taking place at Olympia London 18- 20 of May 2020, this popular event is now in its 40th year and features over 14,000 wines from more than 32 countries, meaning that there is a glass to suit every palette.

As well as the ability to try thousands of different wines, there are also a series of expert talks, wine tasting master classes and educational talks on all things wine, so if you are a bit of a vino connoisseur, then this is the event for you!

To reach Olympia London from our 4-star hotels in London, walk over to Lancaster Gate Tube station. You’ll need to take the Central and Overground lines to reach your destination. Taking just under half an hour, you might want to book into one of the Paddington restaurants when you return from the event so you can soak up a little of the wine you’ve been sampling during the day.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

One of the most fragrant and florally fabulous shows to come to the capital, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show draws visitors from all over the globe to our 4-star hotels in London every year.

Chelsea Flower Show

Featuring an array of vibrant flowers, award-winning plants and show stopping shrubs, this is one of the biggest and best flower shows in the world.

There are also plenty of demonstrations and talks given by celebrity gardeners and sponsored gardens to browse during your visit, so it’s an excellent place to pick up a little garden inspiration and know-how during your stay at the Park Grand Hotel Paddington.

If you’re travelling to the city by car, there are stalls with plants and flowers available for sale, so if you’re staying with us from elsewhere in the UK, make sure you empty your car boot before you head off to join us at our 4-star hotels in London.

Getting to the event is pretty straight forward too, with the Tube running straight from Paddington station to Sloane Square. The journey takes around 20 minutes.