London’s great springtime walks

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Many picture London as one giant mess of buildings, however, you might be surprised to hear there’s a huge amount of green tucked away around the brick and concrete vistas of London. The passing of winter solstice means the days are getting longer and we can look forward to the arrival of spring in a few months’ time.

Springtime in London arrives a little more timely when compared with the rest of the country. If you’ve had enough of sitting indoors and watching the telly, you can escape the grey and take a walk around some of these favourite places that allow you to get back in touch with nature.

Kew gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew offer some of the most impressive springtime displays in London. It’s a firm favourite for lovers of plants throughout the year and the UNESCO-protected gardens boasts breathtaking landscapes, iconic glasshouses, historic buildings, and fields of colour to bask in from late winter onwards.

Its impressive range of rare and beautiful plants provide some much needed relief from the winter blues. Don’t forget to check out the special springtime guided tours on offer, which point out particular highlights at the time of your visit, with a particular favourite being the Cherry Walk.

Spring Time Walk

Tickets are around £9.50 for an adult and children under the age of 16 get to enter for free.

Richmond park

Holding the titles of London’s largest royal park and the biggest enclosed space in London, this National Nature Reserve has a variety of reasons to visit. Perhaps most famous for its populations of Red and Fallow deer, it also holds delights like the Isabella Plantation, a 40-acre woodland garden. It’s an ornamental woodland garden and packed to the brim with exotic plants, which make it an exciting venue year round.

When visiting in the springtime, you can expect an array of early bloomers to add a splash of colour to the landscape’s palette, as you stroll through the plantation’s fantastic displays. If you time it right, be sure to take a walk through the forest and check out the UK’s bluebells in action, surrounding the trees in a dreamy carpet of blue.

It costs nothing except transport charges to visit and take advantage of the free guided walks available at Isabella Plantation.

Eltham palace gardens

Found nestled away in Greenwich, this hidden treat offers a quiet nook away from the busy city. Inspired owners revived Eltham palace in the 1930s, creating an enchanting attraction of Art Deco decadence.

The medieval royal estate was fashioned into a variety of themed gardens, filled with carefully designed plots containing the heady scents of blossoms and flowering shrubs, while the open areas are dotted with early, colourful signs of the offerings of summer.

It costs a little over ten pounds for adults and a bit more than six pounds for children aged five to 15.

Chiswick house and gardens

Holding credentials such as the birthplace of the English Landscape movement and having inspired countless gardens, including New York’s Central Park, the restored gardens of Chiswick House are a must see. It combines sweeping grand vistas with secluded, windy pathways to create a unique oasis of architectural delights and dazzling arrays of flowers in London.

Seeing the magnificent neo-Palladian villa of Chiswick House should be high on the list of things to do. It was built in 1729 to showcase the Earl of Burlington’s art collection and continues to enthral visitors today.

There is no charge for visiting Chiswick House Gardens and the conservatory, however, ticket prices for going inside Chiswick House are £6.10 for adults and £3.70 for children aged five to 15.

If you need a place to stay for any of these attractions, be sure to consider the Shaftsbury hotels.

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