Getting Outside in London

Spring is here once again, and if you’ve endured rather than enjoyed the long winter, it’s the time to get outdoors, enjoying the rising temperatures and lengthening days. The time for al fresco dining, post-work runs and long walks in the countryside is back – or at least the time to enjoy all these things without being encroached upon by the darkness and sub-zero temperatures of winter. Today we’re taking a look at how you can make the most of the spring weather in the capital!

A City of Parks

London is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with some of the most beautiful and plentiful parks. Whether you’re working in the middle of the city or living on the suburban edges, now is a great time to explore the parks near you in lunch break, after work and at the weekend.

Some of the biggest parks and open areas in the city are, understandably, away from the centre but you might be surprised at how close at hand you’ll find them. You don’t have to leave Zone 3 to access the huge expanse that is Hampstead Heath, and the similarly vast Richmond Park is only a short train journey from Waterloo station.

If you’re looking for more structure to your springtime adventures, then there are some options that are worth considering. If you out a scavenger hunt London comes alive in a new way – the history and architecture of the city become the canvas for clues and puzzles that make an afternoon’s walk into an adventure for the whole family.

You could also pick a particular feature of the capital and check all its examples off your list. London’s churches, tube stations, or Great Trees all give you a new slant on springtime explorations of the capital that’ll take you into (or give you access to) some of its most beautiful parks and green spaces.

Eating Al Fresco

Another way to enjoy the spring, with its improved weather and the longer daylight hours is to dine out on it – or rather, in it!

Look around for some excellent pub gardens, and enjoy a meet-up with friends in the sunshine – with Covid numbers once again on the rise this is also a good way to socialise while minimising risk. One of the best pub gardens in London comes complete with its own steam train!

If you’d rather get off the beaten track, why not make this the year to get into picnics. Whether you purchase a classic, Wind in the Willows style picnic hamper and fill it with champagne and strawberries or just put a ham sandwich in your pack and head to the park, it’s a great way to spend more time relaxing outdoors and smelling the flowers – rather than only experiencing your local parks at a brisk walk or run.

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