If you’re planning a London spring holiday then a self-drive itinerary is the way to go. Between March and May, the dreary winter comes to an end, leaving the city’s parks and sidewalks blooming in a sensational London spring.
Browse DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Heathrow Airport to begin your self-drive holiday. With a hire car you’ll have the freedom to embark on day trips outside the city and admire the beautiful countryside.
Here are some of London’s best attractions and things to do in the springtime.
Get inspired by London’s exquisite parks
Spring is the best time of year to visit London’s famous parks, where you can admire a variety of colourful flowers in full bloom. Make sure you take a walk through the tranquil Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. Incredibly, you’ll discover more than 30,000 types of plants in the one place, with a 250-year history to go with it!
Rent a rowing boat at Hyde Park
From Easter until late October, members of the public are welcome to hire a pedalo or rowing boat on the Serpentine Lake. It’s Hyde Park’s famous recreational lake, spanning 40 hectares. Spending a peaceful afternoon on the water and you’ll leave feeling completely at ease.
Get up close with the city’s roaming wildlife
Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve that’s famous for its roaming deer. The 1,000 hectare park is home to about 650 of them and they’ve all been roaming freely since 1637. Photographers love to spend some time here capturing the Red and Fallow deer and learning about the areas history. From May the young are born and can be spotted keeping close to their mothers.
Jump on board a Thames River boat cruise
One of the quintessential London experiences is a Thames River boat ride. The famous Thames River flows right through the heart of London. This makes it a perfect vantage point to admire the city’s skyline and major landmarks. You’ll pass the Tower of London, Big Ben and the spectacular London Bridge, to name a few.
Take a day trip to Hastings and 1066 Country
Hastings, a charming old town on England’s southeast coast, is just a two hour drive from London. Delve into local history as you visit the site of the famous Battle of Hastings and explore the stunning castles of Bodiam and Herstmonceux. Use any spare time to simple wander through 1066 country, where the beautiful landscape has inspired artists for generations.