As the days grow warmer and nights longer, make a date to remember this season in London. Whether you’re after something relaxing, energetic or indulging – we’ve shared 10 date ideas in London perfect for spring that are bound to impress.
1) Hire a rowing boat
As London begins to wake up, all those beautiful lakes and ponds you stumble upon come to life in spring with rental boats. Head to the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, moments away from your Marble Arch Hotel London, and take your pick from pedalos and rowing boats. Alternatively, you can head to the equally picturesque ponds of Regent’s Park or Battersea Park. For the even more adventurous – if you’ve always dreamed of kayaking along the River Thames, you can! Join a night tour with the London Kayak Company and experience a paddle beneath a quilt of stars.
2) Indulge yourselves in a spa day
The thing about springtime in London is that rain can sometimes threaten those blue skies; we don’t call them April Showers for nothing! Don’t let a downpour dampen your romance. Check yourself in for a couples massage in London and let a professional masseuse banish any worries and tensions with a treatment of your choice. As well as relaxing the body and soothing the mind, you can take the opportunity to clink a couple of glasses of bubbles after the spa. If you need any further convincing, read these 7 reasons why you should get a couples massage!
3) Sip swanky cocktails at a rooftop bar
With such an elegant, mesmerising skyline, it’s no wonder that taking your date out to share a birds-eye view of the city is one of the most romantic things to do in London. Even better when you can treat yourselves to some cocktails or a bottle of wine out on the terrace on a mild spring evening! Sushi Samba City or Covent Garden each provide a view worth making a toast over, as do Yauatcha or Madison.
4) Challenge yourselves to go on a run
Exercise might not sound like the most romantic way to spend your date in London but bear with us! Taking a run is a surefire way to boost your mood – it is known to aid relaxation and release endorphins. And being among nature is another way to increase your wellness. Going on a gentle jog around one of London’s parks is a creative way to sightsee and soak up the city ambience. It’s also a terrific excuse to check into a luxury spa in London afterwards, to combat any aches and pains!
5) Look for cherry blossoms
Our Eastern neighbours in Japan certainly have the monopoly on cherry blossoms, however London certainly does her best to put on a show. There are a couple of places in London where you can wander hand-in-hand through candy floss-coloured wonderlands. Head to the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, the lakeside of St James’s Park and Avenue Gardens in Regent’s Park for the most photo-worthy spots. Meanwhile, over the east Greenwich Park has a full tunnel of blossoms running alongside Ranger’s House and the rose garden.
6) Spend an afternoon picnicking
Londoners love a picnic. It’s part of the culture of the capital, so once the weather warms up and evenings draw longer – the parks become populated with picnickers. Pack up a delicious hamper of seasonal fruit, artisanal breads, fragrant dips and a bottle of rosè and spend a lazy afternoon soaking up the sunshine and sharing some quality time in a peaceful spot! You could team this with searching for London’s blossoms, the cherry on top of the perfect picnic!.
7) Pick up the freshest blooms at the flower market
If all this cherry blossom watching and relaxing in London’s parks has inspired you to bring more flora into your life, then this one is for you! Every Sunday, Bethnal Green’s Colombia Road is transformed into an oasis of flowers. Choose from bouquets, houseplants, shrubs and herbs and enjoy a stroll breathing in all the scents. Take your date, and treat them to their favourite flora – they’ll spruce up your room in your Marble Arch Hotel. The market is open 8am – 3pm every Sunday. Be sure to arrive as early as you can to get the freshest pick of the crop.
8) Meet the spring lambs
Spring means baby animals, and even a big city like London gives you plenty of opportunities to spot some fluffy little lambs. Pay a visit to Vauxhall, Spitalfields or Mudchute city farm and spend your visit meeting various friendly animals ranging from playful goats to curious ponies and newborn chicks. Most of the city farms have wonderful cafes on site, where you can treat yourselves to a free-range brunch or pick up some homemade cake. Check with the farms via social media or give them a call to see if they have bundles of joy to coo over first.
9) See in the Vaisakhi Festival
In such a multi-cultural city as London, we get to experience New Year not only once but multiple times. Vaisakhi Festival celebrates the Sikh New Year and sees Trafalgar Square alight with Sikh and Punjabi musical performances, artworks, food and cultural pop-ups. You can try your hands at some crafts or perfect your turban-tying skills. It’s something a little out of the box, and you’re guaranteed to have a fun day!
Trafalgar Square, 25 Apr 12pm – 6pm
10) Eat global fare at Goods Way
No date can be complete without food, so make a dinner date with Goods Way.
This brand new food, drink and music space has popped up in King’s Cross just time for spring and gives you the chance to experiment with gourmet street food from all around the world. Nibble on tacos, share some sushi and wash it all down with an artisanal cocktail from one of the bars such as Sweetwater before catching the performance at Lafayette.