The days are lighter and warmer, and the trees are speckled pink and white with blossom – spring is officially here! From baby animals to brightly coloured bulbs, we’ve picked some of our favourite places to enjoy the season in and around London. If you have any suggestions of your own, feel free to add them below.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, Adults £16
Kew is beautiful whatever the season but during spring it suddenly bursts into colour. Stroll through a blue sea of crocuses as you enter at Victoria Gate, and along Broad Walk’s golden carpet of daffodils, or promenade down Cherry Walk for a colourful dose of blossom.
Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT, Adult £12.35 (with Gift Aid)
For a bit of the ‘aww’ factor make your way down to the London Wetland Centre in Barnes to see lots of baby ducklings and cygnets. Plus you can get up close to the otters at feeding time.
But for a bit of spring colour, be sure to take a long meandering walk through the Cricklade Meadow or through the swaying bloom of the Slate Garden.
See here for a map of walk entrance points, free
This hidden gem in the heart of North London was formally a railway line, which was reclaimed by the community after the line closed in the 1970s. Stretching from Finsbury Park in the south to Alexandra Palace in the north it is now a peaceful nature reserve, home to squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes and the odd deer (but if you don’t spot any deer on the walk you can also find them in a pen in the grounds of Ally Pally). Lined with dense flora, you can often forget you’re in London and not in the countryside.