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Things to Do in London: Spring 2019

  • Holiday -25-Mar-2019

Spring has sprung! It’s time to get out and enjoy all that London has to offer. Did you know, 47% of London is 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 also find red deer, foxes, pole cats, bats, owls and many more species of birds, fish, bugs and animals.

So, there’s no better place to organise a day out and enjoy all that London nature has to offer! Here are some of our top picks to give you some inspiration.

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.

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Rochester Hotel

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Maryon Wilson Animal Park

Home to 15 types of animal, Maryon Wilson Animal Park is part of the former Maryon Wilson family estate. This stunning park has an array of animals for children to feed, pet and handle - from ducks and geese to goats and deer!

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Festivals

Underbelly Festival

The annual Underbelly Festival is back for 2019 from 5th April to the 29th September, serving up a host of live entertainment and alfresco food and drink! Ideal if you’re looking for something a bit different, you can catch comedy, circus and family shows on the Southbank, all whilst enjoying street food in the sunshine.

 

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange St.Paul's Hotel

Jam on the Rye Festival

Monday the 27th May sees KERB’s Jam on the Rye Festival arrive back in London for its second year, focusing on London’s emerging music, food, and arts talent. Expect great music, great tastes, warm weather (fingers crossed) and plenty of family activities including a kids disco, slime factory and big bubble games.

 

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange City Hotel

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

Kyoto Garden

Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden offers a scenic, relaxing Japanese landscape to explore with the whole family (or by yourself if you’re in need of quiet reflection.) You’ll find tiered waterfalls, beautiful koi carp, lanterns and colourful maple trees. If you’re lucky, you might even spot one of the majestic peacocks wandering the grounds…

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

Centre For Wildlife Gardening

Pop down to Peckham to find an idyllic wildlife garden at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening. The centre’s demonstration wildlife garden has a range of mini-habitats including four ponds, chalk bank, wildflower meadow, woodland copse, herb garden, stag beetle sanctuaries, insect hotels, and raised beds demonstrating permaculture. An ideal trip for the whole family, you can enjoy the plants and wildlife as they bloom and learn more about the things that grow in your own back garden.

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Rochester 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!

Newt tadpole or eft caught in inner lake survey today pic.twitter.com/Fw2DTTvXeB

— GreenwichEcologyPark (@greenwicheco) July 27, 2016

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.

Boating

Thames Boat Trips

What could be better than cruising down the Thames on a sunny spring day? Take in the sights of the capital by cruise or speedboat (much more exciting than a bus). There’s a boat tour for everyone, whether you want a relaxed lunch or an adrenaline-filled whiz down the river!


 

Nearest Grange Hotel:  Various Locations

Rowing and Pedal Boats – Serpentine Lake

Boating at Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake opens just in time for spring, from April through to September. With a selection of rowing boats, pedal boats and a Solarshuttle, there’s no better place to get out on the water. Grab a boat and relax under the Spring sun as you glide out onto the glistening water… just watch out for the swans.

 

Nearest Grange Hotel: Grange Strathmore Hotel

 

Don’t Forget Accommodation

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% when you book in advance.

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