Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to shrug off the dark days of winter and get out and about making the most of the milder weather. Here are 7 things to do for free this spring in London.
Stretch your legs
Blow off the cobwebs of winter hibernation with a walk in London’s enchanting greenery. Staying in central accommodation such as the Park Grand Hotel Paddington Court puts you within easy access of Hampstead Heath’s rugged trails through ancient woodland.
Marvel at cherry blossoms
Less famous than the Japanese cherry blossom season, but still undeniably beautiful – London is blessed with a sprinkling of blossom trees which bloom during April. The streets of Notting Hill, the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Regent’s Park are some of the prettiest parks to practice your hanami (blossom viewing).
Check out London’s street art
London is bursting with statement street art which is free to explore on foot and won’t cost you a penny! Head to the 300-metre long Leake Street Tunnel where it is legal to spray and the artwork changes on an almost daily basis. If you have more time, take a few hours to navigate the graffitied streets of Shoreditch and Brick Lane.
Discover the mosaic house
Tucked away in residential Chiswick you’ll find a single building covered from tip to toe with mosaic tiles. After being rebuffed from galleries, the artist and homeowner, Carrie Reichardt, used her house to express her art. Messages vary from climate change to miscarriages of justice to well-known characters. Find the house at 4-6 Fairlawn Grove, Chiswick, W4 5EL.
Get active outdoors
If you want to keep on top of your fitness whilst you’re in London, go for a run in one of the expansive parks in the centre of the city. Throughout the city, you can find a number of outdoor gyms that are free to use. Don’t expect state of the art equipment, but it will still give your muscles a workout. Do this early, then tuck into a free English breakfast at The Grand Restaurant Paddington – included in your overnight stay.
Peek into the floating communities
As the population of London grows, more and more residents are finding dwellings on the waterways of the city. You can peek at the boats at the Hermitage Community Moorings (16 Wapping High Street, E1W 1NG) and get a sense of this unique urban lifestyle. Note that access to the mooring is for residents only don’t go ‘barging’ in but you can peer at the vessels from the path.
Find the Seven Noses
Back in the late 90s, artist Rick Buckley turned his nose up at mass CCTV cameras appearing throughout the city by fixing seven sculptures of noses in Soho. There are 7 noses in total – but blink and you’ll miss them. If you do manage to find them all, rumour has it that you will become rich!