5 reasons to visit London in Spring 2015.
There isn’t a dull time of year to visit London, but Spring is easily our favourite. Imagine walking those hallowed streets and parks and inhaling the fresh scents of spring, seeing daffodils and tulips blooming in their millions – the colours a stark contrast to the blue of the sky and the regal façades of monuments like the Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. There are hundreds of reasons to visit London in the Spring, but we’ve whittled it down to our favourite 5.
5. The Chelsea Flower Show – The flowers are in bloom everywhere in the Spring – from Canary Wharf to the flower beds of Notting Hill – but perhaps the best place to see them is The Chelsea Flower Show. In 2015 the show will run for five days between the 19th and 23rd of May. The show draws over 150,000 visitors each year, and features roughly 20 exhibition gardens. Many shops in Chelsea decorate their already impressive facades with elaborate blooms of all species and the air is filled with the most intoxicating of springtime scents. As a final touch of colour – you’ll find all kinds of restaurants and champagne lounges catering to the show too and there’s usually a picnic area as well as farmers market selling everything from freshly brewed coffee to the sweetest of strawberry cakes.
You can find out more information on the Chelsea Flower Show and by tickets here.
4. River & Canal Cruising – It’s great in the summer as the weather is perfect but it’s also a little too full for our liking. In the Spring, the weather is mild and often interspersed with days of glorious sunshine and occasional spring showers – but then rain is half the fun in London. Taking a cruise down the River Thames is a good option for those of you that like to see the sites from afar as you’ll be floated past everything from the likes of Big Ben and Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf and the London Eye. Better still you can jump off in Greenwich for a scenic al fresco lunch in one of the villages’ pub gardens. Another option is to take a canal boat from Camden to pretty Little Venice – you’ll go past London Zoo and through a lovely collection of canals or narrow passes before arriving, and once you do arrive you’ll be able to take a break in a charming canal side cafe or simply stroll around the area to your hearts content – which in Spring is especially beautiful. If you’re lucky enough to visit London during the Canalway Cavalcade at the beginning of May then please do – as you’ll be greeted by a veritable army of canal boats parading the waterways of Little Venice along with an illuminated boat pageant, boat trips and stalls.
For Camden Canal Boat tours please visit the London Waterbus Company.
Please visit Canal way Cavalcade 2015 for further information on the canal boat parade, we will be there!
3. Borough Market - OK. There are plenty of markets to get lost in, in London, but one of our favourites, especially in the springtime, is Borough Market by London Bridge. It’s a special market the year round – with sellers actively selling everything from French mountain cheeses to Russian breads – but after a bit of a lull in the winter, the market really comes to life again. Take a stroll there on the weekend – try a few cheeses, some meats and perhaps a specialty like Russian Borodinsky bread from the exquisite Karaway Bakery or Olives from Borough Olives. There’s a few hot food stalls too – our favourites are the French Raclette and the German Bratwurst! When you’re done you’ll find that you’re just a short walk from the River and from there you can easily reach Tower Bridge and the Tower of London to the east or Shakespears globe and Tate Modern to the West. Stop of at a number of riverside bars – all with outdoor seating and fabulous when the weather’s right.
For information on Borough Market, including news and events please visit: http://boroughmarket.org.uk/
2. THE Boat Race - The Boat Race between Oxford University Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club is legendary and something of a British institution. The race is held annually at the beginning of April and the four and a quarter mile course that runs from Putney to Mortlake is littered with great places to watch from, whether on the riverside or in rowdy pubs like the The Dove Pub or the Old Ship which have a delightful mix of wonderful views of the race and delicious refreshments. It doesn’t matter if you have no particular allegiance to either team – as this is a social event as much as anything – though Cambridge are ahead in the stats! The weather is generally great too and this is a fantastic way to get involved in a very British and extremely friendly bit of local fun.
Please visit Boat Races for more information.
1. Museums at Night - Scattered around London’s museums – the Museum at Night events take place on the weekend in the middle of May and offer up a series of after-hours events at some of the capital’s best museums and intriguing attractions. In the past, activities have included discovering the Handel House by candlelight, 60’s nights and even watching sci-fi movies under the stars. Though there are events everywhere from allotments to Greenwich’s Royal Observatory. If you’re in England but not in London – then take a look at the website as last years event saw some 200 towns across the country take part.
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