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VISIT LONDON IN IT’S SPRING TIME GLORY AND SHAKE OFF THOSE WINTER BLUES

Ah, spring! Much as we love all the seasons in our delightful capital city, there is something about this time of year. Spring brings the light and warmth everyone has been longing for and a wonderful urge to banish the last bits of winter gloom by getting out and about and smelling the daffodils.  London’s parks, garden squares and avenues are bursting with buds and blooms and all her attractions, sights and cultural delights are waiting to be visited and explored in the sunshine and balmy air. Visit London now and put a spring in your step.

OPEN AIR THEATRE

It’s a new and exciting season for the open air theatres in the capital.  These marvellous outdoor venues are as popular as ever with visitors and locals alike and are a good choice if you visit London this time of year.  Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the Southbank starts it’s Summer of Love season on April 22, in tribute to San Francisco’s famous summer of love of ’67.  Fittingly, those ever tragic, star crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet, will be declaring their undying love on this historic stage for all to see.  Not to be outdone, Regent’s Park open air theatre will be delighting the crowds with their production of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. It’s hard to think of a nicer spot to sit and take in the cultured air than this very fine central London park.

DAFFODILS IN THE PARK

What announces spring’s presence in a nicer way than the carpets of gorgeous, golden daffodils that adorn many of London’s parks round about now? They are a beautiful sight to see and bring tangible evidence that summer is on the way.  Green Park and St James’s Park are two of the most lovely parks to admire them in. We recommend all of the capital’s green open spaces when you visit London now, be they big or small, prettily perfect or wild and rambling.  It’s a joy to stroll through any of them in the warm breeze, listening to the birds, watching the squirrels and joining local Londoners, out to take the air. See The London Agent’s guide to London’s Parks for more information.

THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

The annual Chelsea Flower Show is unique, charming and very English.  This garden show and exhibition is held each May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It is the most famous of it’s kind in the UK and probably the world, attracting visitors from all over the planet who visit London in May for this show alone. The exhibitors win medals for their garden and floral designs and each and every year they manage to come up with new and innovative displays. This is inspirational, fun and worth a visit, even for non-horticulture fans. Chelsea itself is always delightful to walk around in and there are plenty of cafes, pubs and bistros here with outdoor seating.

PUPPET SHOWS AND MORE IN COVENT GARDEN

Talking of excellent neighbourhoods to be outside in when you visit London, Covent Garden is a must, with it’s markets, boutiques and shops and pubs, cafes and restaurants.  The Piazza’s street performers and musicians are out in force, enjoying being al fresco as much as everyone else.  On 14 May, the annual May Fayre and Puppet Festival takes place around the local St Paul’s Church here (the famous actor’s church). Enjoy these traditional Punch & Judy puppet shows which kids of all ages adore, and not only the younger visitors, it seems.  The great diarist Samuel Pepys enjoyed watching one of these little theatricals so much in Covent Garden in 1662, that he wrote with much enthusiasm about it later.

THOSE FAMOUS APRIL SHOWERS

English nursery rhymes warn us of April showers (rainfall) – and it’s worth paying attention.  Spring time here can be blustery with some bouts of rain, so if you’re smart you’ll take your umbrella and a light coat when you visit London now. There may be good stretches of calm and steadily warmer days but, as everyone knows, the English weather is unpredictable. Perhaps that’s why we all talk about it so much!  Duck into one of the many free museums or galleries of the capital to wait out a shower of rain, or into a cafe for a nice cuppa and a few biscuits.  Remember that “April showers bring May flowers,” so its worth being rained on, just a little bit.

See The London Agent’s guide to the free museums and galleries of London – there are quite a few.

 

 

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PLENTY OF WARMING WINTER FOOD TO BE ENJOYED CLOSE TO OUR HOLIDAY SHORT LETS LONDON

It’s a happy thought that so much of the best and most traditional English food and drink suits the winter months so well! Lovely summer trifles with strawberries and Victoria sponge cake with jam and cream all have their place in our hearts, but winter is when English food shines and satisfies.  What you need this time of year are pies, puddings, spiced biscuits, roasts with gravy & all the trimmings and some good cheese.

Staying in one of our holiday short lets London this winter? Come with us on a culinary tour of the capital and find out who is offering the best seasonal fare in town.

TWO GOOD WINTER FOOD MARKETS

The Real Food Market close to King’s Cross Station is especially festive and friendly now and you will find many stalls offering the very best seasonal wares such as pies, hampers, a wide selection of cheeses, puddings and cured meats. The justifiably famous and always wonderful Borough Market is another one that delights and temps you even more than usual in the winter. This year we are told that the mulled English cider, hot gingerbread and nutmeg jam are not to be missed. We have plenty of holiday short lets London close to both of these central neighbourhoods.

CHOCOLATES AND TEA AT FORTNUM’S

Fortnum and Mason’s Department Store on Piccadilly has plenty of old world charm and sophistication. You will be amazed at the range and variety of the beautiful chocolates and tea on sale here, in fact, this beautiful store is world famous for both! The Champagne Truffle Drum (a beautiful grey and green container rather like a small hat-box!) is their best seller.  Come and peruse the hampers, large and small, the champagne & wine, the teas and coffees, spiced and flavoured or otherwise, plus some lovely liquors and preserves.

SOME EXCELLENT GASTRO PUBS IN CENTRAL LONDON

London’s pubs have come a long way, especially those serving food.  There are some truly amazing public houses serving traditional English food of the highest quality now in London Town, with plenty of flair and style!

Smokehouse in Islington is the gastro pub to choose for traditional roasts and other lovely meat dishes, grilled over charcoal and locally sourced. There will be some proper English puddings on offer here too, served with custard or cream. The selection of beer and ale is outstanding and the wine comes from small, family run vineyards.
The Harwood Arms in friendly Fulham has a Michelin star and it’s own vegetable roof garden – what’s not to like about that?  Wander down the pretty side streets of this popular and pleasant neighbourhood and pop into the Harwood – it is likely to be the best pub lunch you have ever had in central London.  Fulham is one of the most popular choices in our holiday short lets London repertoire.

A GREASY SPOON CAFE

There aren’t many real greasy spoon caff’s left.  These are the old fashioned, traditional cafes where the tea is served strong and in large mugs, (it’s known as builders tea.)  You can get your full English breakfast (eggs, sausage, baked beans, tomato, mushrooms and toast) here, served the way it should be!
The Regency Cafe in Westminster is a very popular greasy spoon which has been voted one of London’s best and most charming. Westminster is, of course, one of the most cultured and historically interesting parts of London to choose a holiday short lets London to stay in.