The last time I visited London was the mid-winter, just before the New Year. It was cold, and grey, and colorless, punctuated only by their signature red telephone booths and double decker buses. It even snowed the last few days I was there.
I don’t mind visiting big cities and doing urban trips in less than perfect weather. You can still see so much beauty in cities in inclement weather. Adventurous outdoors, hiking and beach trips get first preference for optimal weather.
Nevertheless, I was excited to visit London in the spring. One of my favorite things to do is visit big cities with a strong dedication to protecting and maintaining public space. And London is one of the most exciting. The city is blanketed with open space, monuments, and beautifully landscaped parks and public squares. These places are busy all year, but they are at their best when the sun finally peeks through the clouds. As a local friend told us, “the city wakes up and people are nicer to each other” in the springtime.
We had one morning that was quite overcast, but it cleared up in early afternoon. The rest of the time was vibrant, sunny, and wonderful week to explore the city’s beautiful parks and public spaces, without the crowds you get later in the summer. We found that late April/ springtime in London is a great time to visit the city.
Here are some photos of the stunning parks and public places spaces we visited in London: