A Londoner’s Guide to Spring

“Spring. A lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.”

– Unknown

There’s something so special about the first signs of spring.

The ethereal pops of pink blossoming between bare branches, suffused with their softly-sweet scent… The days gradually getting longer and evenings lighter… That wonderful breath of fresh air, accompanied by the unshakeable feeling that life is beginning a-new…

… And truly, there’s a lot to look forward to.

From sakura season and the floral metamorphosis of our favourite cafés, to unmissable events and exhibits – here’s how to make the most of spring in London.


London in Bloom

It’s sakura season which officially signals the start of spring. For the prettiest-in-pink sightings, head to Kew Garden or Greenwich Park, where a canopied tunnel of cherry blossom trees is set to take centre-stage…

Walk in fields of gold  in St James Park and Green Park, where you’ll find the majority of the one million daffodil bulbs planted by the Royal Parks each year. Tulips add a regal touch to Hampton Court Palace and Buckingham Palace, while cobalt-hued bluebells enliven different pockets of London.

Is it officially Tulip season then? #thisislondon

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And if you’re looking for a reason to potter around Chelsea, Kensington and Notting Hill, you’ve found it in the picturesque pendants of wisteria draping the eminently-Instagrammable homes of these neighbourhoods. Just look up #WisteriaHysteria on Instagram for the intel on the most breathtaking spots!


Spring Installations

Many of the our favourite cafés, restaurants and even bars, are embracing a floral makeover this spring, to bring the outdoors in. Aside from boosting our Instagram game, it’s definitely a pragmatic way of experiencing the beauty of the season, given the lengthy cold snap and showers expected through April…

Top picks from the spring installations this year include the striking sakura blossom displays at Shochu (the buzz worthy basement lounge below Roka Charlotte Street) and at Sake No Hana in St James. Meanwhile over at Dalloway Terrace in Bloomsbury, a plethora of wild English flowers have created a cornucopia of colours, attracting a bevy of oversized bees… It’s truly a bee-autiful setting for brunch or afternoon tea!

Also on my list to visit, is the picture-perfect Saint Aymes in Connaught Village. The prospect of that unicorn latte aside, just look at the fabulously floral interiors…

Have you guys been to @saintaymeschocolates yet? The lovely Duyku of @eatnlondon organised brunch there a few weeks ago, and the coffee and pancakes really helped perk me up after the night shift I had done the night before! And I don't think I need to tell you guys how gorgeous the interiors are in there! 😍Thanks to @eatnlondon, @mformorena, @angiesilverspoon and @jennifer.earle for the best company! 💗🌸🌸🌸 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #cntraveler, #iamatraveler, #TLPics, #traveldeeper , #ukpotd, #topeuropephoto, #postcardplaces, #bbctravel, #beautifuldestinations, #photosofengland, #passionpassport, #theprettycities, #guardiancities, #instabritain #lovegreatbritain, #hello_worldpics, #mytinyatlas, #living_europe, #thelondonlifeinc, #igerslondon, #londoncitylife, #timeoutlondon, #thisislondon, #london_enthusiast, #visitlondon, #toplondonphoto, #prettylittlelondon, #prettycitylondon, #travelerinlondon, #londoncityworld

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Spring Specials

As though that’s not enough, the season’s most elusive flowers are also adding a lift to dishes, desserts and even drinks. The most beguiling of these is undoubtedly the raindrop cake at Yamagoya in Chinatown, which cocoons a cherry blossom flower at its centre. The result is not unlike a work of art…


Must See Exhibits

On the subject of art, “Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy” at Tate Modern is absolutely unmissable.

The blockbuster line-up features over a hundred transformative works from this most pivotal year in Picasso’s career, in which he blurred the boundaries between themes of beauty and terror, juxtaposing ecstasy against hysteria, abandon against agony… It all culminates in an experience which is as wildly provocative as it is chillingly-evocative (8 March – 9 September 2018).

Another must-visit is the upcoming Monet exhibit at The National Gallery, which will shine a never-before-seen light on how Monet painted the architecture of his time – from simple homes along coastal villages, to the striking grandeur of landmark European monuments (Monet & Architecture: 9 April – 29 July 2018, National Gallery).

Fast-forwarding to May, I’m also keenly anticipating “Future Starts Here” at the V&A. The avant-garde show will explore the designs and innovations shaping the world of tomorrow. Expect genetic experiments, wearable technologies, sea-faring drones and more…


More Dates For Your Diary

The next couple of months are set to keep London’s bon vivants firmly on their toes, with a string of new restaurant openings, pop-ups and festivals in the works.

The Espresso Martini Society’s  speakeasy in Soho, promises the world’s largest espresso martini menu (20 April – 27 May). Made with Oubu coffee, coffee liqueur and vodka, the concoctions will feature flavours from The Coco Loco to The Big Cheese(cake) , with coffee-inspired beers in the offing too.

Coffee connoisseurs can also get involved with London Coffee Festival, which returns to Old Truman Brewery between 12 – 15 April with a stellar line-up of latte art and home barista workshops; a series of ‘lab’ seminars for those fiendish about knowing their beans; live music; sensory and immersive experiences and more!


I’ll be updating this section with more noteworthy dates and events, so do be sure to check back when you can!

In the meanwhile, you can explore more things to do in London, here

Author: The Foodie Diaries

A food travel & lifestyle journal, chronicling my culinary and other adventures around town.

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