Spring in London: A Complete Guide

Spring in London: A Complete Guide

Spring in London is one of the most wonderful times of the year. With flowers in full bloom, the sun shining, and the start of outdoor events as the months turn warmer, spring is a great time to visit the city. Our guide to Spring in London tells you everything you need to see, do, and eat during this period.

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Why Visit London in Springtime?

If you’re planning a trip to London, we’d highly recommend visiting our city in the Spring. The weather starts to get warmer during this period, and you’ll be able to wander around the city, looking at London’s landmarks without having to be bundled up!

Take a stroll in Hyde Park during Spring

London is at its prettiest in Spring, with so many flowers in bloom. London’s royal parks and streets will be covered in a blanket of petals, whilst you can enjoy the bright blue skies. You’ll adore sipping on a coffee whilst sitting outside at one of the city’s independent cafes. During the Spring, London is also home to many fabulous events that truly bring the Big Smoke to life.

When is Spring in the UK? 

Spring in London runs from mid-March to mid-June. Officially in 2024 this is from the 20th March 2024 to 20th June 2024.

Best Places to See Spring Blooms in London

During Spring, London comes to life with blooms. We have a detailed guide to floral London to help you discover the best places to see Cherry Blossom, Magnolia, and Cherry Blossom in the city. Here are some of our top picks for seeing beautiful flowers on your Spring trip to London:

  • Chelsea – The area of Chelsea in London is full of pretty blooms. Many of the stunning houses have wisteria climbing the outside, or cherry blossom trees outside their doorstep.
  • Kensington – Kensington is another area of London that is full of Magnolia blooms and Cherry Blossom. We’d highly recommend just taking an afternoon to wander around the streets to see what they have to offer.
  • Kew Gardens – A place where you’ll always get a stunning view of London’s natural side is Kew Gardens. Located outside of central, this UNESCO world heritage site is a great place to spend a relaxing day enjoying the flowers and plants.
  • Columbia Road Flower Market – If you’re looking for a Spring in London experience that you can take with you, then a trip to Columbia Road Flower Market is certainly on the cards. Here you’ll find stalls selling beautiful tulips, roses, and many other blooms for you to take home with you.
  • Hyde Park – Hyde Park is one of London’s most popular, and you’ll find a stunning range of flowers dotted throughout this area. From daffodils to cherry blossoms, we adore a spring stroll around Hyde Park.
  • St. James’s Park – Located right by Buckingham Palace, St James’s Park has a beautiful lake (complete with resident pelicans), that is surrounded by delightful cherry blossoms.
  • Chelsea Flower Show – For the real horticulture lovers among us, Chelsea Flower Show will be your best place to see flowers and plants. It could also inspire you for what to do with your own garden this year!
the best places to see spring flowers in London

Must-Visit Outdoor Spring Events in London

Events unique to Spring in London are plentiful. From food festivals, to large celebrations, here are some of our top picks:

  • Belgravia and Chelsea in Bloom – Alongside the flower show, you’ll find the largest free flower festival in Chelsea in Bloom and Belgravia in Bloom during the Spring. The local shops and florists pair together to create spectacular floral displays to each year’s theme.
  • Open Garden Squares Weekend – Each year in Spring London’s exclusive garden squares open for the public. This is your chance to live out your London rom-com dreams in the style of Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts!
  • St Patrick’s Day – St Patrick’s Day falls in spring, and London does not disappoint with its celebrations of the Irish celebration. There is usually a parade, often an event in Trafalgar Square, as well as individual events at Irish pubs across the city.
  • Foodie Fun – Spring in London sees the reopening of many of our favourite rooftop bars, restaurants, and more people taking to our fabulous food outdoor food markets – such as Camden.
  • Boat races – Spring also sees the return of the historic Oxford Cambridge boat race that takes place on the River Thames in West London. 
  • Picnics in the park – There’s nothing better than spending time with friends and loved ones outside. Why not take a picnic blanket, your favourite snacks, and drinks  to your local park (which might even be one of the most romantic places in London) to enjoy the improving weather surrounded by friends.
Belgravia in Bloom is one of London's must see Spring events!

Delicious London Food & Drink Options for Spring

We might be biassed, but we think London is one of the best places in the world for foodies. During Spring in London you’re sure to see lots of specials pop up in our restaurants and cafes. Here are a few from previous years that we’ve enjoyed:

Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen Belgravia decorated with florals and a crown

Peggy Porschen is not one to disappoint when it comes to themed food, and during Spring you can expect to see lots of Easter inspired cakes and biscuits to tickle your tastebuds.

Tesco Hot Cross Bun Cafe

London doesn’t shy away from a good pop up and in the past we’ve seen Tesco do a hot cross bun pop up in Shoreditch where you could dine on a full meal centred around hot cross buns. Or take a civilised afternoon tea also centred on the Easter treat!

Spring is full of Easter treats in London

We’re sure you’ll see lots of London’s top restaurants lean into the season with limited-time menus! Just keep your eyes peeled on your favourite spots!

Planning Tips for a Spring Visit to London

If you’ve been won round to taking a trip to London in the Spring, then these are some of our top tips for planning your visit.

  • Best time to visit – Whilst the weather may be getting better and warmer in the Spring – do watch out for those April showers. We personally adore London in late spring, so May is an ideal time to come. For those visiting from around the UK, you can also take advantage of the many bank holidays in May!
  • Accommodation options – London is home to some of the best hotels in the world, but if you’re not looking to spend a fortune on accommodation. There are plenty of cheaper options. A good area that’s central and full of hotels on the lower end of the price scale is Victoria London.
  • Budgeting tips – If you’re on a budget Spring is a great time to visit London, as there’s so much to do for free! From enjoying the blooms in the parks and pretty streets, to taking relaxed picnics. Our top tip for saving money in London is to walk everywhere! You’ll be surprised how close everything is together when you walk instead of tubing!
  • Transportation and getting around – If you cannot walk to the areas you wish to, then public transport in London is some of the best in the world. The tube will take you almost anywhere you need to go, and the buses are also regular and go everywhere in the city. We recommend downloading the app Citymapper to help you make your way around the city!

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