London Festivities Through Mid-April
This morning, in a sale exclusively for Travelzoo users, British Airways cut the costs of trips to London for travel into mid-April. Now that you’ve booked your flights and the hotel, what to do while away?
- On March 8, Londoners celebrate Pancake Day with races and events scattered throughout the city. It’s not an unusual sight to see pancakes flipped in the streets or quirky fundraising events. The holiday is the feast day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
- St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will be in full swing around the city March 13-17. The annual parade -- featuring street theater, floats, music and more – takes place on March 13 beginning at Piccadilly at noon.
- From March 15-18, fans of National Hunt racing gather at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire for four days of merriment, tradition and the thrill of the top horses competing at the annual festival. All activities lead up to the big race, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
- One of the longest running -- and most thrilling -- sporting events, The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race takes place on March 26. This year Oxford hopes to reclaim the title after last year’s loss. Nearly 300,000 onlookers pack the banks of the Thames between Mortlake and Putney to get an up-close look at the race and cheer their favorite team. Several events take place leading up to and following the cross of the finish line as well.
- Celebrate mom twice this year. In the UK, Mother’s Day is held on April 3 in 2011. Travelzoo UK’s Local Deals offer upscale dining and spa packages and the Entertainment deals offer discounts to some of the hottest shows in the city.