Spring in London
Spring is a wonderful time to be in London. Both tourists and locals alike enjoy taking the opportunity to get outside and soak up the sometimes elusive English sunshine. During these warmer months, there is a tremendous range of exciting things to do in the city.
Many people venture out to one of London’s numerous parks for a walk, picnic or a bit of sunbathing. You can purchase food and drinks from the local supermarket for your picnic in the park. Alternatively, parks such as St James’s, Hyde Park and Holland Park offer some great al fresco dining options.
One of my favourites is the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in Hyde Park which has delicious wood fired pizzas and a decent wine selection. I particularly enjoy having lunch here and watching all of the activity on the Serpentine Lake. On the other side of the Lake in Hyde Park is the Lido Bar & Cafe which is a great place to stop for a coffee or tea and a slice of cake. An enjoyable place for breakfast is Inn the Park located in St James’s Park. It offers a full English breakfast plus a vegetarian option among its breakfast dishes. I don’t really think it is a trip to London if you don’t at least have one good English fry up breakfast. Finally, The Belvedere in Holland Park is one of my favourites for a posh Sunday lunch. They offer a 3-course menu in the historic and stylish setting in a Kensington park that is often overlooked by tourists.
If you prefer a different outdoor exploration of London, away from the crowds, I recommend taking to one of London’s waterways. The River Thames is a great way to take in some of the city’s major landmarks with City Cruises, get your adrenaline going on the speedy Thames RIB Experience or dine in style on the water with Bateaux London Cruises. For a bit more off the beaten path and leisurely outdoor experience explore Little Venice and the Regent’s Canal. This is where you will often find me and other workers having a stroll during lunch. The London Waterbus Company also offers hourly services every day from April to September providing travel between Little Venice and Camden Lock Market with a stop at the ZSL London Zoo along the way.
However, I truly believe that London is best explored on foot. Transport for London offers a variety of suggested paths with map details on their Walk London website. One of my favourite walks is along the south bank Thames Path from the Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge. This six mile route takes in views of many historic buildings and sites such as the Houses of Parliament, the Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London while also passing by the Globe Theatre, Borough Market and many delicious eateries.
Finally, after a lovely day in the English sunshine it is always great to unwind with a drink or nibble at a roof top bar. The fantastic Vista Bar at the Trafalgar Hotel with views of Trafalgar Square or SkyLounge at the Double Tree by Hilton – Tower of London are two of my favourites. But no matter what you choose to do in London during the spring (and summer!) just make sure to get out and enjoy the longer days and warmer temperatures!