London has long been a popular destination for a weekend getaway, for Brits and foreign travellers alike – and it’s easy to understand why. The UK’s capital boosts a whole host of activities to suit every bucket list. Spring is one of the best times to visit London; the weather is warming up and nights are lighter but you can avoid the sticky heat that comes with summer. Spring is therefore ideal for sightseeing, allowing you to take in as much of London as you can.
These are but a few of the activities that make London an enticing prospect for a spring minibreak.
Warner Bros Studio Tour London, The Making of Harry Potter
The Harry Potter studio tour is a fabulous experience for JK Rowling fans everywhere, an immersive journey that takes you behind the making of the films. The Harry Potter studios are located slightly out of the city centre, in Watford, but they can easily be reached by train thanks to a roughly 20-minute journey from London Euston to Watford Junction.
It’s travel time that you can comfortably fill by reading a book, wizarding or otherwise! As it’s a breezier journey, of course, you might simply prefer playing games on a phone or tablet – just be sure not to drain the battery, as you will want to take plenty of photos once you arrive! Visit the studios before 1 May to experience a new feature, Magical Mischief.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
London may be a busy city but it still provides visitors with an abundance of green spaces – including, perhaps, the most famous gardens in the UK. After a cold winter, watching nature come alive again is a magical time. Kew Gardens provides the perfect place to marvel at spring in bloom and is easy to reach, too – just hop on a District Line Tube from central London to Kew Gardens station. Look ahead to see special events that take place in the gardens, such as the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition which is running there until 6 March.
Emirates Air Line Cable Car
Looking for a different way to explore the city? Head over to Greenwich Peninsula and look out for the cable car above you. The Emirates Air Line is a cable car that connects the O2 Arena to the ExCeL exhibition centre at the Royal Victoria Dock. Take a ride on it, 90 metres into the air, for an incredible view of London from the sky. You’ll be able to spot famous landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, the Olympic Parkand the Thames Barrier.
Which activities will you choose on a thrilling jaunt to the capital this spring?