Spring has sprung


Currently, the bright, spring, sun, shines through my windows  in London. The wonderful mornings make me want to be outside and enjoying the fantastic weather. Spring brings a whole host of activities to get involved with. While during the winter the dark mornings and evenings encourage us to curl up with a cup of tea, spring brings us opportunity.  Flowers blossom, the trees regain their leaves and life is born.

Check out my list of spring activities in London:

Walking and outdoor swimming

Starting in Regents Park check out the rose garden with over 400 different plant species. The perfectly cultivated gardens are a wonder to the eye. There are sometimes events going on in the park too. So it is worth checking out the website before hand.

From Regents park you can glimpse into London Zoo. Watch the camels chew on grass and the birds flutter around the aviary. If you so desire buy a ticket and enter London Zoo.

From here walk to Primrose Hill – where you can get spectacular views across London. Roam around the posh charity and book shops.

After all this walking you will be working up a sweat. Walk along the canal making your way over to Hampstead Heath where you will be greeted with more stunning parks and also a quiet spot for a splash. Check out the opening times for the outdoor ponds. Believe it or not the environment agency has deemed them to be fit for heath. I dread to think about the rating some of the murky waters in Mexico I bathed in were awarded.

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Open air film or theater

There are plenty of open air showing of fantastic films and plays.

Check out the Scoope for free plays during August. These are brilliant and completely free. I watched Oedipus here one year. The small amphitheater provided an intimate atmosphere. While the acting was outstanding (see picture below).

Alternatively, you can pay to watch some spectacular performances at Regents Park Open air theater. Their Shakespeare plays are very well done.

As for films, soak up the atmosphere at one of Luna’s film showings across London.

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Cycling:

The Santander bike hires in London are great fun. Check out some suggested routes on the TFL website.

You can download the app on your phone to see where the docking stations are located.

When I had a whirl on the bikes we went through Hyde Park, St James Park, Holland Park and all across town. Make sure to check if you are allowed to cycle in the parks.

You need to bring your own helmet as these are not included with the hire.

Cycling is a great way to see lots of London and make yourself familiar with the area.

Alternatively check out the obike scheme. These are dockless bikes. You can download the application to find out if there are any near you. Using your phone to locate the bike and unlock it, is super easy. When you are done you can leave the bike anywhere. No need to plan your route to end in a certain place. As soon as you are tired you can ditch the bike.

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Please share what you like doing in the spring?

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