Hooray! Spring is here at long last. You can finally roll out of bed after hibernating under the duvet on those dark and frosty mornings and leap up to bright skies and the fresh smell of spring air. This is the time of year when London’s social calendar springs into life once again. From the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat races to Easter egg hunts and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, there is something for everyone.
Capital has created a list of some of the best things for you to do in London this spring:
Get in touch with nature
Have you spent winter cooped up indoors? There’s no better time than spring to get out and see nature at its best. There are plenty of wonderful places to observe the vivid and beautiful nature of spring in London.
Visit Kew’s magnificent botanic gardens to see the first bloom of spring flowers. Enjoy a stroll through Richmond Park whilst looking out for a family of red deer and the other wildlife the park is home to.
Holland Park’s Japanese Kyoto garden blooms with colourful flowers, surrounding a lake full of wildlife, and there are even one or two peacocks strutting around. Holland Park also boasts a children’s playground, with climbing equipment, zip wire, giant see-saw and tyre swing.
If bottle-feeding a baby lamb or cuddling a newborn rabbit appeals to you, head to Mudchute Park and Farm for a great family day out. Mudchute boasts 32 acres of open space full of nature and superb views. Plus, it’s completely free to the public, but it does rely on public donations and support to stay running.
London is home to many great farmers’ markets. If you feel like indulging in some seasonal local produce and delicious hot and cold food, you are in luck.
North Londoners stroll around the leafy and spacious Alexandra Palace farmers’ market on Sundays, where Kent’s finest fruit and veg, meats, fish, cakes, pies and sauces are sold, as well as a selection of hot street food from around the world.
Other farmers markets to try are: Chelsea, Notting Hill, Marylebone, London Bridge, Borough market, plus many more.
If you want to eat the best seasonal produce without the hard work of strolling through farmers’ markets and getting your hands dirty in the kitchen, then visit Finsbury Park’s Seasonal Kitchen. This unique restaurant creates delicious dishes inspired by the season. They use the freshest seasonal ingredients to create great flavours. You’ll be sure to enjoy a guilt-free meal because Seasonal Kitchen prides itself on sustainability and being environmentally friendly.
On Sunday 7th April two of the UK’s most prestigious universities battle it out in the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races. This event attracts around 300,000 spectators along the four-and-a-quarter mile route from Putney to Mortlake. This is sure to be a fun-filled afternoon! For all you need to know visit their website.
Attend London Wine Week
Between the 13th and 19th May, London Wine Week is set to take centre stage in a whole seven-day festival dedicated to wine. Across the city there will be pop-up wine bars, al fresco parties, decadent dinners and tutored tastings. On top of that, some of the very finest wine bars will be creating bespoke tasting ‘flights’ of three wines for £6. Festival passes for wine week this year are free. This means if you flash your pass at any participating bar you will be able to enjoy wine ‘flights’ for £6. If sipping on delicious wine in beautiful wine bars around London is how you plan to spend your spring, visit Drink up London for more information.
Chelsea Flower Show (17th to 31st May) is a truly unique and unforgettable experience where you can enjoy vivid floral displays and innovative show gardens. Visit Chelsea garden to discover the many world class garden designs and indulge in some retail therapy in the Chelsea Flower Shop for new gardening tools, gifts and wardrobe essentials.
Although the show tends to sell out in advance, there are lots of other floral-themed events in and around Chelsea during May. Many hotels and restaurants also offer special afternoon teas and menus in honour of the show.
Take a cooking class
For a long time, cooking has been considered therapeutic. A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology confirmed that cooking and baking can make you feel more relaxed and happier in your everyday life. To relax and unwind this spring why not partake in one of London’s many fantastic cookery classes? From learning to prepare Japanese cuisine at Yuki’s Kitchen, making home-made pasta at Pasta Remoli, or learning from the best at Pied á Terre Michelin-starred restaurant, take a look at The Standards guide to the best cooking classes in London.
In and around London there are several community projects for you to get involved in, from community allotments and farms, to hosting cocktail parties in care homes, and helping refugees learn English. If you want to meet new people and support the community, DOJO has a whole host of options to suit you; or social farms and garden will help you find community allotments and farms near you that need help.
For the school holidays
Go on an Easter egg hunt
The Easter holidays can sometimes feel like an endurance test for parents with young children. If you find yourself in desperate need of entertaining your little ones and letting them burn off some of that excess energy, an Easter egg hunt is the perfect answer. London has plenty of Easter egg hunts around the city which are listed in Time Out London.
Clip’n Climb Chelsea is an all-weather action-packed family activity with 21 different climbing wall challenges, a drop slide, leap of faith and the stairway to heaven. If you’re children are under four, there is even a toddler session. Fun for adults and children alike.
If your little ones are bouncing off the walls this Easter holidays, then take them to Oxygen where they can quite literally bounce off the walls. Oxygen has 150 interconnected trampolines, a mega airbag, ninja warrior course, volleyball and dodgeball courts and an enormous foam pit. Oxygen is in Acton, Greenwich O2, and Croydon.
Listen to a story on the magic carpet at the National Gallery
Every Sunday the National Gallery opens its doors to children under five to sit on the magic carpet and listen to a story inspired by a painting. There are always plenty of fun children’s events on the National Gallery’s event calendar. For more information visit what’s on.
However you spend your spring and Easter holidays, we hope you have a fantastic time.
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