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A Spring Weekend in London

Spring is upon us – warmth is creeping back into the sun’s light; many-hued flowers are in bloom, and we feel like celebrating! London is lively year-round, but warmer days seem to bring something special out in the streets of the capital, making spring the perfect time for a weekend break.

If London is on your list this spring, you’ll be pleased to discover there are plenty of great things to see and do around the city. Whether you’re visiting with friends, family or a partner, there’s something for everyone if you know where to look. Whether you visit Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, or the London Eye with the tourist crowd, or head a little further from the beaten track, a weekend break in London is the perfect way to kick off the spring.

Here you can find a few of our favourite ways to spend spring days in London:

Discover rooftop bars in the city

London has the most dazzling array of rooftop bars in all the UK, meaning you can enjoy a drink in the warmer weather no matter what vibe you’re going for. We know the English springtime doesn’t necessarily mean hot weather, but the lighter evenings and sprinkles of sunshine are a welcome break nonetheless. 

Eating brunch in the sun

Going out for delicious brunch is a favourite pastime for Londoners, and if you’re visiting the city for a weekend, it’s something we absolutely recommend you get involved with. Whether you fancy a sweet stack of pancakes, a creative egg dish, or you’re happy to eat anything if there’s a bloody Mary around, London has been blessed with a deluge of fantastic brunch spots in recent years, so there’s something for everyone. 
Here are ten of our favourite places to eat brunch in London – we’ve tried to include spots across the city so you can grab brunch no matter where you’re staying:
1. Babette, Nunhead
2. Balthazar, Covent Garden
3. Bellanger, Islington
4. Blanchette, Brick Lane
5. Brother Marcus, Balham
6. Caravan Bankside, Southwark
7. Coal Rooms, Peckham
8. Duck & Waffle, Moorgate
9. Pachamama, Marleybone
10.  Andina, Shoreditch
Some of these eateries even offer a bottomless brunch option, which means as many mimosas, blinis, or espresso martinis as you like!

On a riverboat, on the Thames

If you have an adventurous side, make memories during your time in London by hiring a boat on the Thames. There are loads of places to rent boats and book trips both online and in the city, so do a little research and set sail on the most famous stretch of water in the UK.
Whether you board a glamourous cruiser and enjoy afternoon tea with a view, climb into a speedboat and fly beneath the city’s iconic bridges, or rent your own canoe or kayak and enjoy a more personal experience, there are ways for everyone to enjoy the Thames this spring.
If you decide to head to London this spring, you’ll want to stay somewhere stylish, comfortable and conveniently situated. 
Try the Novotel London Blackfriars, the ibis Styles London Southwark or the Mercure London Hyde Park for everything you need to make your trip special. 

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