Fun and affordable activities this spring

Thereโ€™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. ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿƒ

Pretty parks

If anyone knows how to do a park right, itโ€™s London: from stunning views at Greenwich and Ally Pally, prehistoric delights at Crystal Palace Park, to city favourites like Hyde Park โ€“ youโ€™re spoilt for choice! ๐Ÿคฉ

If you want to get active, 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. ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿƒ

Pedal power

Two wheel travel is one of the most fun, affordable and healthy ways to explore the Capital! ๐Ÿšด

Uncover hidden gems like the best sporting sights, secret gardens, shops, markets and more with our cycleways and inspirational cycling stories from people just like you! ๐Ÿ’ž

The best part? With Santander Cycles, you can hire a bike from as little as ยฃ2. ๐Ÿ‘›

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, youโ€™ll cover 78 miles when youโ€™re done! ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

Add stunning sights like Eltham Palace, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The Great North Wood to your checklist. Did we mention thereโ€™s a completion certificate? ๐Ÿ†

Once youโ€™ve checked that off your list, try the Jubilee Greenway, Regentโ€™s Park Route, South Bank Stroll, and the Thames Path. Tell us your favourite urban walks in the comments. ๐Ÿ‘‡

Funny farm

Get up and close with nature at Londonโ€™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? ๐Ÿ‘

A few favourites include the Hackney City Farm, Kentish Town City Farm and Deen City Farm and Riding School. ๐Ÿšœ

Shop local

If youโ€™re up for an urban stroll and a spot of bargain hunting, you can browse some of Londonโ€™s world famous markets. Everything from food, flowers and fashion markets can be found all around the Capital. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Once youโ€™ve checked some of the more well-known markets off your list such as Portobello Road,ย Camden Lock, Old Spitalfields and Borough Market, be sure to venture further afield to the Greenwich, Brockley, Walthamstow Twilight, and Columbia Road Flower markets. ๐Ÿ›๏ธ

Wet weather

Mother and child at London Transport Museum

When the rain comes, take advantage of Londonโ€™s incredible year-round and free museum collections. ๐Ÿ›๏ธ

Be sure to check out special exhibitions at the British Museum, Natural History Museum or whatโ€™s on at London Transport Museum. ๐ŸŒง๏ธ

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.

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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