What you must see during your spring visit to the capital

With brighter mornings, longer evenings and warmer temperatures on the horizon, now is the perfect time for a trip to the capital.

Head outdoors in London this spring and make the most of the mild weather. Spring is the perfect season to explore London’s best parks, gardens, city farms and nature reserves before enjoying a drink al fresco.

Plus, London is awash with some brilliant springtime events.

The famous boat race

Oxford or Cambridge? Pick a side and cheer on the rowers at the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. This prestigious sporting event is one of the world’s oldest and one of the capital’s most popular.

The London Marathon

There seems to be a bit of a theme here; enjoying yourself while watching other people exercise? Sounds good, right? Sit back and soak up the sun, cheering on the runners of this year’s London Marathon. The feel good factor of the 26.2-mile race is contagious – and you’ll soon feel part of London’s sporting institution.

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The Chelsea Flower Show

One of the later spring events in London this year is the Chelsea flower show. Channel your inner Alan Titchmarsh and be amazed by the spectacular garden designs complete with dazzling flower displays and stunning horticultural exhibits.

Much like the Marathon and Boat Race, the Flower Show is prestigious in the capital and sports a fantastic atmosphere.

A view from The Shard

Rise above the hustle and bustle of London to visit ‘The View’ – the awe-inspiring observation deck on The Shard’s highest floors. The viewing area offers visitors stunning views of each district of the capital. The blossom and daffodils of spring will be in full view and you can marvel in awe whilst sipping some well-deserved bubbles.

Visit one of the many markets

The markets of London are truly amazing. Camden Lock Market offers everything from hand-made jewellery and artwork to vintage clothing and music.

Over at Broadway Market, you can shop for delicious ingredients, ready-made food, unusual clothing and unique gifts.

Simnel cake, Easter bread, hot cross buns and roast lamb are strongly associated with Easter – and what better place to sample them than Southbank Centre Market? Each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday, the market offers an array of tasty treats. Catch the market all of Easter weekend and treat yourself to some delicious, yet sustainably and ethically sourced food and drink.

Celebrate the Queen’s birthday

How awesome would it be to have two birthdays? The Queen is lucky enough to celebrate twice, every year. She officially celebrates her birthday in June but her actual birth date is April 21st. Show your patriotic side and listen out for the gun salutes being fired in central London to mark the occasion; one salute generally takes place at the Tower of London and another at Hyde Park.

There are a variety of places to eat and drink in London from five-star dining to quaint cafes and relaxed takeaways. There are also a fantastic number of City of London hotels; whether you’re after a romantic spa break for two, a family getaway or a room for one.

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