One of the cities I will always go back to with an open heart and soul is of course London. I’ve visited this beautiful European capital last Spring for the 3rd time and I can promise that won’t be the last visit for sure.
Let’s say one thing is clear, I am not exactly a fan of British food or beer, but man I love those houses, colors, and parks!
And what has come up to me you might ask yourself. Why is she thinking about London all of a sudden? Oh well, last week, on one of those very (very) cold nights here in Bucharest, home alone, I was looking for some feel-good movies to watch. And somehow I ended up watching 3 British movies, 2 of them located in London.
Ok, I am guilty as charged, one of them was Love Actually. No, it was not the first time. Yes, I know it is not Christmas time (even though the weather outside looks like it should be). Yes, I like Colin Firth way better than Hugh Grant. What else?
And talking about London and movies, if you ever get there, don’t leave without following the footprints of Harry Potter!
Oh yes, London baby! And not anytime, but London in Spring! That’s the BEST. The colors of flowers blending in so perfectly with the colorful bright buildings, the green wide parks in the middle of town, the sunny warm days.
Just scroll through my visual diary of London Spring pictures and tell me you wouldn’t want to visit the city if only for 2 days in London. I won’t believe you! Not only because I am very biased when it comes to this place, but because I know you will be too once you see all the colorful gems just sitting there waiting to be discovered.
But let’s see what is there to do in London in spring and where you should go in search of those amazing colors and spring vibes the city displays so well!
Places to see in London in spring
When to visit London for its spring season?
Make sure to plan your trip for anywhere between March, April, and May. However, I think that April might be the perfect month, especially in its second part.
That’s when my mother and I visited and took full advantage of the many blooms showing up around town.
Where to stay in London?
We chose to stay close to the Paddington train station because it was a more affordable area while offering easy access to most of the places we wanted to get to.
It was within walking distance to Hyde Park, and we also saw a lot of the places that were on our list simply by walking. However, if you prefer getting around by public transportation, the area is well linked to most places on this list.
Here are 3 great options in the area:
- Radisson Blu Edwardian Sussex Hotel – steps away from Hyde Park, in between Marble Arch and Bond Street MTR stations, you can easily access the most important Spring attractions from here. The hotel is decorated with fine artwork and designer furniture. See availability and prices here!
- Native Hyde Park – a really affordable option with incredibly instagrammable interiors, set only 2 minutes away from Hyde Park. See availability and prices here!
- Signature Townhouse London Hyde Park – a beautifully restored 19th-century townhouse overlooking Hyde Park that will set you minutes away from famous attractions, charming parks, and shopping streets. See availability and price here!
Where to go in London in spring?
I’ve seen the city during spring, summer, and fall, and even though autumn colors are amazing, my all-time favorite is still the string season.
If you plan your trip during one of these months, make sure not to miss any of the below.
London parks and gardens
Rightfully the most famous park in London, a stroll through its streets will introduce you to many trees in bloom, colorful parrots munching on cherry flowers, ducks minding their own business, swans looking royal on the lake, and much more.
A park discovered by my mother, once we set foot inside we felt like we were in the middle of a forest, in the heart of London.
Vivid peacocks were wandering around, a squirrel wanted to steal my camera, and we took so many pictures with the marvelous flowers. Definitely one of the most beautiful botanical gardens worth visiting in London.
The palace and the streets surrounding it are gems for those looking to find picturesque spots in London.
Stroll through the Palace’s garden, sip a coffee at the cafe next to the majestic magnolia in bloom, and look for purple wisteria crawling on the houses in the Kensington area.
When you travel during late April, head to Kynance Mews or Abingdon Road and capture that precious moment of spring.
If you are like me and love color, you would come to Notting Hill either way. However, during spring, flowers and trees make the area so much more charming, almost torn out of a painting or a very romantic movie.
Simply stroll through the streets and let yourself seduced by all these rainbow-like houses, with their beautiful doors and fences, magnolia trees, or cherry blooms.
As the name says it, it is a garden in the sky – in one of the tallest buildings in London. You will not only get a stunning view of the city from above, but you will also drink a coffee and eat a piece of cake in a garden.
Sure, this is not a destination in London but if you have more time to spare here, I strongly encourage you to go on a day trip to the Cotswolds from London.
You can read all about it in my post from above but just take a second and imagine the small picturesque villages you see in movies, cobblestone streets, and stone houses covered in wisteria and surrounded by trees in bloom.
Another charming area of London that is absolutely stunning during any season but even more so during spring.
Come here on a Sunday prepared for some shopping at the flea market, or simply stroll on the streets on any given day.
London coffee places
With so many instagrammable cafes in London, it might be hard to choose only a few to visit during your trip.
Once spring comes all of them transform and become the perfect destination for charming pictures.
Try going to:
- Peggy Porschen
- Saint Aymes
- Aubaine Selfridges
For the magnolia lovers, this will be your paradise!
Magnolias are some of my favorite flowers (if I could ever choose, I’m obsessed with flowers!) and are also very photogenic.
Try Bramerton Street or Gillston Road and simply stroll around the area in search of blooming magnolias.
Other UK Travel Resources
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