London is a beautiful city to visit any time of year, but spring is a particularly special time to go. Although the weather is often rainy, the temperature is milder than in winter months. In addition, the flowers are in bloom and the city comes alive with festivals and events such as the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla.
Things to Do
Here are a few ideas for things to do in London in the spring:
- Visit one of the city’s many parks, such as Hyde Park, Greenwich Park, or St. James’s Park. These parks are beautiful in the spring, and they’re a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
- Take a walk along the Southbank. This riverside area is full of shops, restaurants, and bars, and it’s a great place to people-watch.
- Visit one of London’s many museums, such as the British Museum, the National Gallery, or the Tate Modern. These museums are world-renowned for their collections, and they’re a great way to learn about history, art, and culture.
- See a show in the West End. London’s theater district is home to some of the best shows in the world. We saw Matilda and it was wonderful.
- Go shopping on Jermyn Street or Regent Street. These streets are lined with high-end stores and boutiques, and they’re a great place to find souvenirs or gifts.
- Eat your way through Seven Dials Market. This food market is a great place to try a variety of different cuisines. There is also a full bar if you fancy a pint.
- Take a boat trip on the River Thames. This is a great way to see the city from a different perspective.
What to Pack
Here are a few tips for traveling to London in the spring:
- The weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers.
- Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
- Bring a packable raincoat, as it can rain quite often in London.
What to Buy
You will want to buy souvenirs from your trip and maybe some gifts for friends and family. Remember luggage space is at a premium and if you are travelling to other cities, you may not want to haul your purchases with you everywhere. I recommend tea towels because they fold up and take up little space. With the Coronation happening, I was able to purchase some gifts from Fortnum and Mason that were really special. I also like to make photo books when I return.
How to Plan
No matter what you’re interested in, you’re sure to find something to enjoy in London in the spring. So start planning your trip today! For my husband and I, planning is half of the fun of travel. We started planning about eight months before our trip. We bought a few books such as Fodor’s and watched some vlogs such as Love and London and Free Tours by Foot on You Tube.
- Be prepared for crowds, especially at popular tourist attractions.
- Book your accommodations and activities in advance, especially if you’re traveling during peak season.
- Don’t forget to try some of the local food! London is home to a wide variety of cuisines, so you’re sure to find something you like.
- Make a budget
- Plot our your transportation. The tube is not hard to use once you figure it out. But walking is a great way to get from place to place and Ubers are plentiful.