Fun and affordable things to do in spring

It’s that long-awaited time of the year when Londoners emerge from fleecy blankets and oversized knits to enjoy milder weather and longer days 🌞

There’s so much to see and do this colourful time of year. From beautiful outdoor spaces, glorious flowers in bloom to cuddly animals, here are our top picks for fun and affordable things to do in London this spring 💐

Parks and playgrounds 🍃

If anyone knows how to do a park right, it’s us Londoners: from stunning views at Greenwich and Ally Pally, prehistoric delights 🦖at Crystal Palace Park, to city favourites like Hyde Park – if anything you’re spoilt for choice!

Stuck for ideas? Take a dip at the Hampstead Heath ponds 🏊, kick a footy around with mates ⚽, walk the dog 🐕, host a picnic 🧺 or dust off that yoga mat and join a free exercise class 🏃There’s loads on Meetup and Facebook.

Did we mention April is cherry blossom season? 🌸

Can you handle-bar it? 🚴

Did you know the number of cyclists has more than doubled in the past decade? Clearly word has spread about two wheel travel being one of the most fun, affordable and healthy ways to explore the Capital!

With Santander Cycles 🚲, you can hire a bike from as little as £2.

We’ve uncovered the best sporting sights, secret gardens, shops, markets and more to get you started. Discover London’s hidden gems 💎with our cycle leisure routes.

Take a hike 🥾

If walking is more your style, why not challenge yourself to take on the Capital Ring Walk this spring? Divided into 15 easy sections, you’ll cover 78 miles when you’re done!

Add stunning sights like Eltham Palace, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The Great North Wood to your checklist. Did we mention there’s a completion certificate?

Done already? The Jubilee Greenway, Regent’s Park Route, South Bank Stroll, and the Thames Path won’t disappoint. Tell us your favourite urban walks in the comments 👇

Funny farm 🚜

Get up and close with nature at London’s fun city farms 👩‍🌾. If you love cute animals, fresh produce and beautiful gardens, why not consider getting your hands dirty and join a volunteer programme? 🙌

A few favourites include the Hackney City Farm, Kentish Town City Farm and Deen City Farm and Riding School🐷

Go local 🥬👒🌼

If you’re up for an urban stroll and a spot of bargain hunting, you can browse some of London’s world famous markets. Everything from food, flowers and fashion markets can be found all around the Capital.

Once you’ve checked some of the more well-known markets off your list such as Portobello RoadCamden Lock, Old Spitalfields and Borough Market, be sure to venture out to the Greenwich, Brockley, Walthamstow Twilight, and Columbia Road Flower markets.

Wet weekends ☔

Okay so let’s be real – not every day will be sunny clear skies in spring, so it’s best to be prepared and have a few options up your sleeve. London’s array of stunning galleries and museums will keep you occupied until it’s safe to put the brolly down.

With free entry for kids aged 17 and under, a visit to London Transport Museum is a great way to have fun with the family. Check out our top picks:

Poster Prize for Illustration London Stories 🖼️ This exhibition features a collection of remarkable personal illustrations that capture a different story inspired by life in London. Kids go free!

‘Love Your Line’ Acton Depot Open Weekend 💕 What’s your favourite Tube line and why? With a focus on celebrating the District, Victoria, Jubilee and Overground lines, discover another side to your journey at this colourful Open Weekend on 27 & 28 April 2019. Kids go free!

Need more inspiration?

Explore more than 500 museums, galleries, street art sites and more, all within a short walk or bus ride from each Underground station with our interactive Cultural TfL Map.

Keen to explore the District line? We’ve got you sorted with our Journey Planner. Plus, you can get off-peak fares from £1.50 for adult pay as you go journeys on Tube and Overground.

Kids aged 5-10 travel free on all Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services with a valid 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard. All kids under 11 travel free on buses and trams.

Go and discover London off-peak this spring at Time Out.

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