As winter settles in for the next 4 to 5 months (it’s a long winter in Minnesota) everyone looks forward to going to some place warm for spring break (typically the month of March). When we first moved to Minnesota, we quickly realized why so many Minnesotans flock to Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is so cold here and for so long. It’s a peaceful time of year and there is plenty to keep busy during the winter months, but the cold is just COLD! It’s just nice to be able to get away.
The first few years we did what everyone else does, we took trips to Florida, Dominican Republic, Arizona, Texas and Mexico. It was always so weird to us, at first anyhow, when people would ask where we were from and we said “we live in Minnesota”, they did too or Wisconsin. After a few trips to warmer climates and our return home to Minnesota, it would put me in a particularly foul mood because it is still really cold here in Minnesota and March is typically a very snowy month. I miss very much the temperate climate of Seattle and the Rhododendrons, crocuses, daffodils and the lush green – it’s like a Technicolor explosion against the grey sky. In Minnesota, the starkness of winter is still embracing us.
I thought we should try a temperate climate, but not a beach climate, so we chose to visit London. We figured it would be grey and rain soaked, but we lucked out. It was cool and required a jacket, but no rain during our stay. Even if it had rained, we were expecting it, so we would have loved it just the same. And to my surprise, I wasn’t in a foul mood when we returned and last winter was a record breaking cold year – the year of the polar vortex that just wouldn’t let up. So here are 10 reasons to visit London in Spring.
1. Spring has sprung – new buds on trees, daffodils, camellias and the grass is green.
2. The sites – The Parliament, Big Ben, London Eye, etc. There is so much to see and do.
3. An off chance of seeing The Queen. We did! Strangely it was very exciting.
4. Pub Food – I really should have taken more food photos! I didn’t even get one of the obvious fish and chips!
5. Harrods – one must go and see for oneself. There is everything you can imagine at Harrods, groceries, restaurants, designer clothing, luxurious jewelry, etc.
6. Public Transportation – it is so easy to get around on The Tube and you will never forget “Mind the Gap” as you exit the trains.
7. The parks – we spend a good portion of an afternoon at Hyde Park. I could have spent all day photographing the water fowl.
8. Quick jaunts to the countryside – we visited Greenwich and it was like stepping into a George Seurat painting.
9. High Tea – anything with rose petals for me and my son had fish and chips! He of course had some pastries too.
10. The theatre district – see a show when in London. We finally saw The Lion King.
We had the loveliest of stays while we were in London. We stayed at the St. Ermins Hotel in Central London. It is a well appointed hotel with easy access to the Tube and we would stay there again.
I hope you enjoyed my post about our first impressions of London. We look forward to visiting again, at some point in the future.
All the best,