Having lived in London this past semester, I can say it’s a quite nice place to live, albeit the freezing-cold-and-often-rainy weather nearly every day. London in the spring, however, is fabulous. The city blossoms with cherry blossoms and daffodils, the parks fill up with jolly picnic-ers, and the locals whip out their floral ensembles justifying London’s title as one of the fashion capitals. If you’re lucky enough to experience London in the spring, here are my suggestions for the best ways to spend it.
Picnic in the Park
London is park country when spring hits. Hyde Park and Regents Park are the most popular picnic spots, but Hamstead Heath (if you’re up for something a bit wilder) and Green Park are also fab options. If you want to go all-out with your picnic, take the tube over to Kew Botanical Gardens for a straight-out-of-Alice-in-Wonderland experience. Their greenhouses shut earlier than the general park, so make sure to head over early, and book student tickets in advance to save money.
Snack at a Food Market
No reason to hide inside a restaurant on a sunny day when you can be out and about at a food market! Borough Market, Camden Market, and Greenwich Market are some of the most popular, but there are many more scattered throughout the city. Come on an empty stomach and don’t be afraid to sample some wacky dishes—they’re all delicious.
Browse Through an Art Gallery
London is full of fabulous free art galleries. If you like modern art, Tate Modern is the go-to. They also host Late Nights on the last Friday of every month, which are vibrant hipster parties. The Saatchi Gallery and Serpentine Gallery also showcase fantastic modern and contemporary art. The National Gallery and attached National Portrait Gallery are the go-to if you like historic art, but The Wallace Collection is another, more intimate, alternative.
Have an Ad-Lib Photoshoot Throughout the City
There are few big cities that are more photogenic than London. Whip out your favorite Topshop ensemble, your camera, and hit the streets. Some of the prettiest neighborhoods are Little Venice, Notting Hill, Kensington, and Chelsea. Finish off the glamorous day with afternoon tea at one of the many venues scattered throughout the city!
Spend a Night Out at the Theatre
This semester I took an Introduction to Theatre course, sort of as a joke since I’m a dreadful actress, but it ended up being my favorite class. Our professor is also a director, so she knows all the best underground venues, many of which we visited. Some great smaller venues we checked out were The Gate Theatre, The Vaults, and The Yard Theatre. No better way to end the evening than at an artsy show.