Family Tips for Spring in London

Spring sunshine and April showers - make the most of your family trip to London this spring.

Once spring arrives, you can get out and about in London's parks and gardens, meet some new animal arrivals and celebrate special events including Easter and St Patrick's Day. Expect anything from clouds and rain to glorious sunshine in London in the spring – often in the same day! When getting dressed, layers are the key, so make sure you take a light coat. It will keep you warm but won't weigh you down if you need to carry it.

Take an umbrella with you even if the weather looks nice – you never know when an April shower might occur. It's a good idea to plan both indoor and outdoor activities so you can make the most of your day in London whatever the weather.

Kew Gardens is beautiful at any time of year, but don't miss it in the spring months. You'll see a stunning carpet of more than two million crocuses, as well as daffodils, bluebells and lots more. There's plenty for kids to do including nature trails, an interactive play zone and even the chance to crawl through a giant badger sett! If it does start to rain, you can duck into one of Kew's glasshouses.

For a more active day out, take a boat out on The Serpentine lake at Hyde Park, or hire bikes in Richmond Park or Lee Valley.

You'll find cute baby animals all over London in the spring! The London Wetland Centre will be welcoming a new batch of duckings, goslings and cygnets. Get closer with tours and other special spring events.

Visit one of London's city farms where you can meet newborn lambs, chicks, piglets and lots more animals. For some riverside wildlife, walk the Thames Path – it's the best time of year for nature-spotting.

Spring is the perfect time to take a tour of London – the weather isn't too hot or cold, and the days are getting longer. 

If little feet are getting a bit tired, why not hop onto a bus tour? The Original London Sightseeing Tour offers hop-on hop-off tours in a traditional red open-top bus. Children can also enjoy special commentary for kids and an activity pack.

For something different, take a Duck Tour. The kids will be amazed by the yellow DUKW crafts which travel both in and out of the water.

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