London is beautiful place to visit at any time of the year, there’s always something new to see and do regardless of the weather. However, there’s something quite refreshing about the city in spring. One thing that makes London stand out as a city is that it does have plenty of green open spaces and in springtime these areas are bursting into life!
The Melita is ideally placed for you to capture all the wonders of spring in London. A townhouse, situated in a quiet and leafy suburban street in Pimlico, you could be forgiven for forgetting just how close to the city sights you are when you see the blossoming trees outside your room window.
You are, in fact, walking distance away from some of London’s most iconic parks, St James’s, Green and Hyde Parks are minutes away from your comfy room. These are the places to really appreciate spring kicking into action in the capital.
But what exactly is London like in the Springtime? England is of course famous worldwide for its inclement weather, but what are the best things to bring along with you to survive? What do you need to know to escape the likely monsoon and the freezing temperatures? What is going to make your life easier on your trip? Read on for some top tips.
Water Repellant Coats and Clothes (And Umbrellas!)
OK, let’s tackle the weather thing straight away. In London it is unusual for it to be very hot which I’m sure you know? But what you may not know is that it is also unusual for it to be very cold either. You may disagree if you come from a particularly hot climate of course, but the truth is temperature wise on most days it is neither one thing or another.
On very rare occasions in springtime you may get a particularly hot day. In these cases remember that air conditioning on public transport in England is still a rarity and that overdressing when travelling may make you very uncomfortable. In fact, central London tubes are warm all year round.
It is unlikely you will get any extremely cold days in London in springtime, the only exception may be at the very beginning of March. The coldest days are seen between December and February, with the latter being a particularly cold month. It’s true to say that you won’t find many Londoners dressing for the cold during springtime.
What you will need however, is something to keep the rain off. In England it rains, a lot. Ever heard of the ‘April Showers’? Well, you’ll definitely know them by the time you leave! Every Londoner carries an umbrella and most will have a raincoat on or stashed about their person in springtime.
Bring plenty of waterproof clothing to London in the spring, like the fairground rides state, “You Will Get Wet!’.
Bring a Smartphone or Camera with Plenty of Memory
London is apparently the selfie capital of the world. One survey found that 14% of all selfies across social media channels had London as a back drop. That’s not surprising considering how much there is to see here. Using the Melita Hotel as your base you are ideally placed for fantastic photo opportunities at all of the great London landmarks.
Buckingham Palace is just a walk away and Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge and many more are just minutes away on the tube.
With all of these fantastic things to take pictures of you’re going to need plenty of memory. Springtime is a lovely time to take some amazing pictures of London, don’t leave anything to chance!
UK Plug adaptors
If you’re coming from out of the country, here’s a tip for all year round. The UK has different plug sockets to what you’d find in the US, Europe, Australia, South Africa and a great deal of Asia. The solid three pin system is fairly unique, make sure you don’t get caught out.
Street and Tube Map
Gone are the days of having to lug around a cumbersome A-Z and trying to figure out where to go on the tube using a map on the back of a small ticket wallet. This is great, as in London your A-Z could end up getting distinctly soggy in springtime. Now you have no excuses getting lost as they are all available on your smartphone.
The tube map will be of fantastic use during your stay at the Melita. You are minutes away from Victoria underground station and from there you can reach just about any sight you want to see in London.
Two Pairs of Shoes – Comfortable & Smart
I’m sure some ladies will ignore this advice and you are more than welcome to bring as many shoes as you desire of course. Our advice would be to bring one pair of comfy shoes to walk about in and one pair of smart shoes for going out in.
Although the Melita Hotel is ideally placed for all public transport in London, you do have to be prepared to do a lot of walking around, as you would on any city adventure. Make sure you have shoes that are not only comfortable to have on all day, but that are also waterproof. Did I mention that it sometimes rains in London? Trainers may or may not be suitable, depending on the type.
London has some beautiful restaurants and clubs that your walking boots may look out of place in. If you plan on going somewhere a bit posh, packing smart shoes may also be a good idea.
London is an appealing destination at any time of year. Warm summers spent lying in the numerous parks, autumn evenings wondering around London’s plentiful pubs and bars, holiday time with it’s traditional Christmas celebrations and finally spring, where London comes to life after its long drawn out winter.
There is no better place to appreciate Springtime in London than in the surroundings of the comfortable, family run Melita Hotel.