Things to do in London Spring 2017


Although summer is the best time of year to get warm weather in London, the spring season is still sure to guarantee clear skies and bright days that make it pleasant to be out and about exploring the city.

Naturally, early to mid May can still be somewhat peppered with light showers of rain, but it shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying yourself when you’re in the Big Smoke. We do recommend that you carry an umbrella or a light and fashionable mac, just in case you do get caught in a little skiff of rain.

There are lots of great outdoor activities that you can take advantage of at this time of year that are harder to enjoy in winter months, but if you aren’t sure what to do in London this spring, we can certainly help you out with this.

Hop aboard a bus tour

London bus tour

If this is going to be your first visit to London then we highly recommend that you jump aboard one of the many bus tours.

Not only will you get to see lots of the city but you’ll also get to learn a lot about the context and history of the buildings and landmarks that help to make London’s skyline and architecture so iconic.

There are several routes to choose from, so you should be able to find one that you like, whether you’re interesting in getting to know the underground history of Camden or are keen for photo opportunities of the likes of Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

Due to there being so many options for bus touring around the city, you’ll find that there are also a range of prices, so you ought to find something to suit your budget.

London Zoo

London zoo

Not only is this a great way to spend the day outside if the weather is fine but going to London Zoo is a fun activity for you to enjoy with the animal lover in your life.

The space itself is huge and will take the best part of a day to roam around; it features 700 unique species of animals and a total of more than 18,000 individual creatures. Not only will you get to see some of the world’s most exciting and beautiful animals up close but you can learn a lot about their habitats and heritage.

Other things to look forward to include seeing animals feeding, talks given by keepers and more to help make your experience truly interactive. Due to the learning possibilities and fun factor, this makes a great activity for the whole family.

Bike tours

Bike tour in london

If you fancy taking a tour but the bus doesn’t really appeal to you, then we recommend that you take to one of the organised bike tours.

Of course, you can hire a bike from any stand in the city and find your own way around but it can be really nice to be led around by an expert, who knows all the best ways to cycle around London.

Best of all, you’ll get some exercise and fresh air and you won’t have to worry about wrestling with maps or your smartphone’s navigation app because someone else will be your compass for the day.

There are several different choices available for cycling enthusiasts, each one with its insider tips and trivia about the city.

Take a cruise

cruise along the River Thames

If the weather is looking particularly good then you can’t go wrong with enjoying a cruise down the River Thames – the famous river running through London.

Once, the Thames was little more than a massive eel pond but now, it’s the setting for many a commuter and even a festival now and again. It’s also perfect for cruising along to gain a unique perspective of some of the city’s more famous landmarks, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Westminster Abbey.

Perfect for photo opportunities, this can also be a very romantic way to view the city – as long as you enjoy being on boats of course! Don’t forget to wrap up, even in summer, the breezes can be fairly strong so we advise you at least bring a coat.

For somewhere great to stay when you’re in London, look no further than the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel, which is in a great location for all the main attractions you’ll want to see in the city.

There are also two Tube stations that are just a few minutes walk in either direction from the hotel, which are Queensway and Bayswater. These stations run Central line and District and Circle lines respectively, which should get you anywhere you need to go in London.

For more information on the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel, including rooms and rates, contact The Shaftesbury now.