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Enjoy The Turn Of Spring In London

  • Holiday -20-Apr-2018

Spring is in the air! You can tell because it's raining more than snowing. Plus the daffodils. Unlike other cities around the world, London is much greener than you'd think.

47% of London is lovely green space. It's home to 8 million trees, 3,000 parks, 8 Royal Parks and more than 13,000 species of wildlife. In London, you'll find red deer, foxes, pole cats, bats, owls and many more species of birds, fish, bugs and animals.

So now that Spring has sprung, where can you go to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer in London?

Zoos

London Zoo

London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. Opened in 1828, it was originally built as a collection for scientific study, but was opened to the public in 1847. Today it is home to 698 species of animal, and over its history, London Zoo has been at the forefront of many innovations including world's first international co-operative breeding programme. Today, London Zoo works around the world to conserve wild animals and their habitats.

 

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Langham Court Hotel

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Battersea Park Children's Zoo maybe smaller than London Zoo, but has a charm all of its own, keeping many of the cuter animals from around the world and focusing on educating children about wildlife and the benefits of conservation.

Gardens

Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden is London's oldest botanic garden and houses of 5,000 different varieties of plant. Located in perfect growing conditions close to the Thames, the Physic Garden is home to a variety of botanic wonders, including the UK's largest fruiting olive tree!

With its rustic style and village-like sensibilities, you'll be fooled into thinking you've left the busy city for a rural garden as you wander the wonderful grounds.

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Rochester Hotel

Chiswick House

Chiswick House is a marvel of 18th century architecture, but when its gardens are in bloom, they become the stars of the show. Rolling over 65 acres and encompassing grand vistas, hidden architectural delights, water features and rural wilderness, exploring the gardens is a treat all year round.

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Strathmore Hotel

Kensington Gardens

Once part of London's great Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens blends new and old to create a totally unique green space. Get your fix of contemporary art and architecture at the Serpentine Galleries, marvel at the history and heritage of Kensington Palace or admire the Victorian splendour of the Albert Memorial.

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Strathmore Hotel

Nature Centres & Parks

The London Wetland Centre

The London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people, just 10 minutes from Hammersmith.  Stroll among the lakes, ponds and gardens and discover the water fowl and birds that inhabit this pretty wetland space. If you're lucky, you might even catch the resident otters foraging, playing and swimming!

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Strathmore Hotel

The Mudchute

Set in 32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London, the Mudchute is a community charity, with a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of education activities.

Be sure to visit some of the newest arrivals, a pair of Tamworth Piglets, causing mischief in the Spring sunshine and loving the mud when it rains! At Mudchute, families can spend a day learning so much about rural life without leaving the city.

Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is four acres of urban freshwater habitat and home to a fascinating array of wildlife. First opened in 2002, the Ecology Park is one of the newer parks to London's variety of public greenery, but is a tranquil wetland that is home to birds, frogs, insects and all manner of plants.

As well as the natural beauty, you can take part in a variety of events throughout Spring and Summer for adults and children of all ages. Most recently, they hosted SLIMEFEST, a celebration of their slimiest critters and the goo they live in!

 

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Tower Bridge Hotel

London’s Royal Parks

London's Royal Parks include Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, St James' Park Green Park, Regent's Park and Greenwich Park. Covering 5,000 acres of historic parkland, the parks provide beautiful green spaces right in the heart of the capital where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Carefully maintained by a veritable army of volunteers and friends, the Royal Parks are a delight in all weathers.

But in our opinion, nothing beats the majesty of Richmond Park.

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Strathmore Hotel

No matter how, or where, you’re planning on spending the turn of Spring in London there’s no better place to stay than one of our affordable luxury, central London hotels. Book early and save up to 12% with our advanced purchase package.

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