There is no better feeling than those first spring days in London, when the air is no longer icy and you can just about feel the sun. The birds seem to be singing louder than they were the week before and everything looks spectacularly bright – the emerald grass, sparkling water and blooming flowers. Yes, it is that time of year again, and as you walk around London, you will see plenty of smiling faces as the bitterness of winter melts away. At Strand Palace Hotel, we love seeing the spring arrive, and we know the best places to get outside and enjoy all the colours of the season.
Picture waterfalls and streams with blankets of pink, purple and white alpine flowers, and robust Mediterranean shrubs covering the ground. That is what you will find at the beautiful botanic gardens at Kew, half-an-hour from London city centre and Strand Palace Hotel. From the sunny glow of the spring daffodils to the bright pink and red camellias, and from the calming lilac fields of crocuses to the silky white snowdrops dotting the grass, spring is in full bloom at the 300-acre gardens. The fleeting flowers on the cherry blossoms are another highlight of the season, along with the woodland garden and newly emerging bluebells in the conservation area. It is a beautiful area to walk around any time of the year, but the magic of spring turns it into a fairy-tale haven. Kew Gardens are open daily from 9.30am until 6.30pm, and there is an entry free, but children are free.
Syon House Gardens
Spring comes alive at Syon House as millions of bulbs burst into bloom, creating carpets of colour across the grounds. The extravagant house, belonging to the Duke of Northumberland, was built in the 16th century and includes a great hall inspired by a Roman basilica. The Grade I listed gardens include a collection of rare trees and plants, a colourful and fragrant rose garden, a circular lakeside walk, and a Great Conservatory. There is an entry fee with discounts for concessions, children and families.
St James’ Park
Just a 15-minute stroll from Strand Palace Hotel, St James’s Park is the perfect place to enjoy acres of daffodils. The vibrant yellow flowers don’t last long, but when they are in bloom, the brightened parkland rivals the sun. St James’s is the oldest of London’s Royal Parks, and has the majority of the one million daffodil bulbs planted each year across the eight parks. As well as the blazing golden flowers, St James’s also has a beautiful lakeside walk, perfect for a springtime stroll. If you have the kids with you, they will love seeing the ducks, swans and pelicans on the water, and there is a children’s playground to rid them of some energy. And best of all, the park is free to visit.
If you’re looking for hotels near St James’s Park, Kew Gardens and Syon House, head to Strand Palace Hotel. Right in the heart of London, we can help you organise your spring city escape.
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