Blue skies, daffodils in the park, happy people… London in spring is truly magical. Unfortunately, up until this week, it hasn’t felt like spring at all, thanks to loads of rain and record-breaking snow. But now the clocks have gone back and there’s a magical sense of promise in the air – sunny days are coming! And with that, my mind has turned to my favourite ways to celebrate springtime in this wonderful city.
Peace Out in the Parks
I still remember when I arrived in London how amazed I was at all the green spaces. From teeny pockets at the corner of an intersection to the huge fields of Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath, London has a huge number of parks. And they certainly celebrate spring, with snowdrops first, followed by teeny purple crocuses and then the celebrated daffodils. When there’s a splash of sunshine or even if I just need a breath of fresh air, I love to go for a wander or a run in my local park – it never fails to put me in a good mood.
When the clocks go back, there’s a brief period where getting up for the sunrise is possible – provided you’re a morning person. And what better way to celebrate it than with breakfast up high to admire the day breaking over the city? My favourite spots are the classics – Duck and Waffle, and Aqua Shard. Delicious food and stunning panoramas, they’re the perfect place to treat someone – and that someone can be you! Check out more of my favourite brunches here.
Hit the Streets
Now that the evenings are a little longer, make the most of them with a walking tour after work! Whether it’s official or self-guided, street art or iconic sights, getting out and learning a little more about this great city is a fantastic way to celebrate spring.
To Market, to Market
Let’s face it, street food markets aren’t much fun in winter, with rain dropping down your collar as you try to protect that delicious doughnut or steaming hot pad thai. And in summer, they can be even more packed than Southbank Centre above. But in spring, even on a beautiful sunny day, you’re liable to be able to walk straight up to your favourites – or at least not be queuing around the block. I’ve picked my favourite of London’s street food markets here.
London in Bloom
It’s not just the parks – London’s streets, not to be outdone, sport various beautiful blooms throughout spring. Instagram is currently flooded with the florals of shops in Covent Garden and Marylebone heralding spring, while #wisteriahysteria cannot be far away. And cherry blossoms against a blue sky are one of my favourite sights! While some of London’s iconic mews streets in Notting Hill or historic sights such as Buckingham Palace go all out with beautiful blooms, bonus points if you can spot a floral frenzy just by wandering your local area.
What’s your favourite way to celebrate spring in your home?