London In Spring

Londonis the kind of city which has something going on no matter what month or time of year it is but there is something about the spring which just fills the heart with joy. It might be that we can begin to look forward to milder days and less chance of bitterly cold winds, or it might just be that there are signs of new life erupting all across the city. Whatever the reason, if you are planning a trip toLondonthis spring then you are in for a real treat.

Get Outdoors

London has some amazing parks, gardens and open spaces and spring is the perfect season to pick one and spend an hour or two wandering around. You will see signs of spring everywhere from fields covered in bluebells to those brave folks making the most of the milder weather to set themselves up with a picnic and a quiet spot for the day. If you want to get active then you can’t go wrong with any one of London’s Royal Parks which include Regent’s Park, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, the ideal choice if you are booked into the Grand Royale Hotel Hyde Park London; each of these parks offer some way of getting active and enjoying the outdoors from sporting facilities, to the chance to take to the water on a row boat to horse riding through the parks themselves. If you are fed up of being cooped inside over the winter and don’t mind the odd chance of an April shower then make the most of the time and head out to one of London’s beautiful parks and gardens.

Garden

See New Life

For such an urban city, London has a surprising number of inner city farms and these are the ideal place to embrace the new life which comes with spring. You can see all kinds of baby animals being born at these farms and the best part is that the majority are free to enter and just ask for a suitable donation to help keep the farm going. Popular farms include the likes of Spitalfields City Farm, Kentish Town City Farm and Hackney City Farm although there are a number to choose from.  If you are booked into one of the hotels near Hyde Park but don’t mind travelling further afield then Mudchute Farm on the Isle of Dogs is the largest inner city farm in the whole ofEurope as well as being home to a number of rare breed animals.

Give Yourself a Treat

With summer just around the corner, you want to make sure you are looking your best so banish those wintery blues by booking into one ofLondon’s leading spas. You could treat your skin to some pampering and book a beauty treatment such as a facial or a specialist massage or you could simply use the time to unwind and take advantage of the facilities on offer. Many of London’s leading day spas offer saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools and an atmosphere of pure tranquillity which will allow you to escape from life outside for just a short period of time. You could spend a whole weekend relaxing and unwinding or book yourself in for just one day and use the rest of the time to enjoy discovering London in the springtime.

Go Shopping

As we mentioned above, summer is on its way and now is the perfect time to pick a few pieces out for your summer wardrobe, or to be prepared in case the spring weather turns out to be extraordinarily warm.Londonis the ideal place to come if you want to enjoy a shopping trip and it has many different shopping districts which cater for all tastes and budgets. You have Oxford Street which is home to high street brands and department stores, East London for vintage and second-hand clothing, two Westfield Shopping Malls if you like to have a little bit of everything all under one roof and the markets which offer a variety of items and the chance to browse and barter to your heart’s content.

Shopping

Try Something New

Many ofLondon’s leading restaurants offer seasonal menus and they will be saying goodbye to the warming dinners of winter and hello to light and fresh dishes ready for spring.  Whether you are something of a foodie or you just enjoy injecting a little variety into your dinners then you will be in for a real treat if you head to one ofLondon’s restaurants during the spring.  Just be sure to book in advance if there is a particular restaurant that you want to visit to avoid being unable to get a table on the day. For something truly unique however you might want to try out Season Kitchen in Islington which changes its menu weekly rather than just seasonally and is a true neighbourhood restaurant which aims to serve quality food with minimum fuss.

Special Events

Finally we can’t fail to mention that during springtime Londonhosts a number of special events which are well worth attending if you can be in the city at the time.  There is ‘Museums at Night’ which takes place from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 May and sees a number of museums, galleries and heritage sites opening their doors to the public ‘after-hours’ in order to help raise awareness of the world-class venues we have in the city, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show which takes place towards the end of May and offers you the chance to see some real mind-boggling horticultural displays and the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival which will celebrate it’s 40th anniversary in 2017.  If you are interested in being a part of this event then on May 10th, head toSt Paul’s Church and the spot where Samuel Pepys spotted the first Punch and Judy show being performed in May 1662.

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