Plan your trip but be flexible as well
The size of London and the sheer number of attractions you’re likely to want to see will mean that a large degree of pre-planning is imperative. Knowing, for example, which Tube trains to catch, where you can get something delicious but affordable to eat just around the corner from the attraction you’re visiting, and exactly what the opening times of your favoured attractions are, will mean that you get to spend the maximum amount of time actually enjoying yourself. If you plan every single second of your trip down to the smallest detail, however, then you’ll rob yourself of the chance of the kind of surprise discoveries that can make a trip extra special. One of the most rewarding and satisfying ways of exploring London is simply to wander the streets and see what you find – no matter which part of the city you’re in, it’s inevitable that you’ll stumble across a fascinating building, a quiet, hidden garden or an interesting landmark. The way to get the most out of a trip, then, is to divide the days between well organised, pre-planned trips to specially chosen attractions and a couple of hours spent simply wandering at will.
Parks and Gardens
If you’re visiting London in the spring then there’s a chance that you’ll get to enjoy some sunshine and if you do then it’s imperative that you take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy some of the city’s green spaces. The common conception of London is of a large and bustling concrete jungle, the skyline peppered with ever more spectacular skyscrapers, and this is what large parts of the city are indeed like, but it is also a place with more than its’ fair share of parks and gardens, offering a sense of tranquillity and a break from the relentless pace of city life. Parks such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are pretty hard to miss, thanks to their size and central location, but it’s also well worth taking the time to experience smaller, more intimate spaces such as Holland park in West London, which has its’ own Kyoto Japanese garden, Victoria Park in Hackney, which is the oldest purpose built park in the city and Barnes Green, to the south west of the city, which has all
Lunch in Style
London contains some of the world’s finest restaurants, many of them with one or two Michelin stars. An evening meal at a place like this may be beyond the budget of most people, but a good tip is to look out for the special lunchtime deals many restaurants run, with set two or three course menus available at a much reduced price.
Pack for the Weather
Even though you’re visiting during the spring, it would be a mistake to assume that you’re going to be enjoying warm and sunny weather. The British weather is notoriously changeable, so it would be wise to pack items such as a lightweight waterproof jacket.