I’m going to have to preface this post by saying: sorry if you don’t like spring blossom- this post is full of it, oodles of photos and all! Besides, London in spring is really a sight to see, especially all of the cherry blossom. A little earlier than normal this year, the spring cherry blossom is finally here. In the past few days alone, London has come to life and I attribute this to the sudden influx of rain!
However, I’ve spent the past few days hiding out in my room with that cold/ flu thing that everyone seems to be coming down with lately! Drinking copious amounts of tea, and feeling rather sorry for myself As such, I’ve not had a chance to go out photographing all of the lovely spring bloom that has appeared, as if by magic, over the past few days.
5 reasons to Visit London in Spring:
#1 There are Fewer Tourists
It goes without saying that there are fewer tourists in London in spring than in the Summer. This is good for a number of reasons; including less queuing time to visit museums and there’s a greater chance of securing tickets to your favourite shows. If you love photography, then there are also fewer people in pictures!
#2 All of the Spring Blossom
Of course, if you only need one reason to visit London in spring, then make it: ‘cherry blossom season’. Although London may not be the first location that springs to mind when you think of spring blossom, this doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. From all of the parks and green spaces, to the cute little cottages around Notting Hill, London really is awash with blossom around this time of the year.
#3 The Weather is Better!
Ironically, the term ‘spring showers’ doesn’t really apply to London. Contrary to popular belief that the most showers in London occur in April (ie April/ Spring Showers), the wettest month in the Big Smoke is actually in December! Who knew? While it does rain a fair bit (so come prepared with a rain coat), the only time you’ll find better weather is in the Summer months!
#4 London is Cheaper in the spring
London is notoriously expensive to visit! Although there are activities to be found in London on a budget, it has to be said that they are often few and far between. Visiting London in a shoulder season (spring or autumn) will ensure better hotel/ hostel room rates. The most expensive month to visit London is August. (As the month with the warmest weather and when most people are on holiday, including schools, this isn’t at all surprising). Although it’s marginally cheaper to visit London in October and November, visiting in March/ April time will be cheaper than the summer but should still ensure some good weather.
The most expensive month to visit London is August. (As the month with the warmest weather and when most people are on holiday, including schools, this isn’t at all surprising). Although it’s marginally cheaper to visit London in October and November, visiting in March/ April time will be cheaper than the summer but should still ensure some good weather.
#5 There are more activities on offer!
After the dull and dreary months of Winter, that seem to drag on for months, London once again comes to life with the promise of a new year. As such, there are plenty of activities to participate in, particularly outdoor ones. Parks and green spaces are once again teeming with life, and are the perfect place to picnic on a Sunday afternoon.
You can also rent boats in the larger parks, like Hyde Park and swimming pools open up once again. This time of the year is also the perfect time to take day trips out of the city and explore the surrounding countryside, without the tourists. Some of my favourite places to visit include Richmond and the nearby historical mansion of Ham House.