London in Bloom
It’s that time of year again: winter coats are thrown to the back of the wardrobe, the days get longer and the birds seem to start chirping before you’ve even crawled into bed after a night out. Spring has officially sprung – and here are my favourite places to chill as the weather starts warming up…
Barbican, Central London
Most, if not all Londoners, have visited the Barbican at least once. A literal ‘concrete jungle’, Barbican complex features brutalist architecture draped in evergreen leaves and bright petals. The best place for pictures is undoubtedly The Conservatory inside the centre itself, but on days when it’s closed for private functions there are plenty of pretty snaps to be taken out by the ‘lake’ and around the grounds of the apartments.
Holland Park, Chelsea
Just down the road from Notting Hill and nestled amongst beautiful townhouses, Holland Park is a landmark in one of the capital’s prettiest boroughs. Highlights include a giant chess set, abandoned ruins and unique sculptures.The Japanese gardens are the perfect place for a bit of peace and quiet and it’s waterfalls make it undeniably instagram-worthy.
If you’re planning to meditate, bring headphones – the peacocks who live here are surprisingly loud. Also, Holland Park tube station is closed until August this year, so take the central line to Notting Hill Gate and walk down.
Even on a rainy April afternoon, Kensington Gardens still manages to attract dozens of visitors. Lush greenery and dewy grass surround a huge lake – home to the most swans you’ve ever seen in one place. Worth a trip if you fancy a proper ‘outdoor experience’ without leaving central London.
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