Five of the Best Things to Do in London in the Spring Sunshine

Sometimes a lazy day pottering about the capital is just what the doctor ordered. So, why not ditch the glitz and glamour and get out and about with our pick of the best things to do in London in the spring sunshine?

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Canal Boat from Little Venice to Camden

Few things are better than messing about in boats on a sun-filled day in the capital - and we’ve found the perfect place to do just that. The waterbus company start their trips near the lovely Paddington Basin, at Browning’s Pool in Little Venice. Taking in Maida Vale’s Regency architecture, you stream up the canal past the leafy fringes of Regent’s Park, before making your final stop in Camden Town. Here you can hop out and either saunter around Camden and the markets (before strolling along to the pub garden at the Engineer in Primrose Hill) or make the return trip for some alfresco dining in Little Venice. Perfect.

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Single trips start from £6.50 for 50 minutes; Londonwaterbus.com.

Bike Ride along Regent’s Canal

Regent’s Canal in the streaming sunshine is nothing short of glorious, and if you’re up for something a little less sedate than sitting on a canal boat, then you could always get on your bike. If you’ve got the whole day to play with, there are plenty of options for stop-offs along the way. We’d count our favourites as nipping in for brunch (and a bloody mary) at the uber-trendy Towpath Cafe (36 De Beauvoir Crescent, Hackney) in Dalston before hitting the Columbia Road markets. Then finish the day off nicely with a barbecue in Victoria Park or a well-deserved drink at the Royal Oak (73 Columbia Road).

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Picnic in London Fields

We love a good British picnic here at ELLEuk and we can vouch for the fact that London Fields ranks as probably the trendiest picnicking venue in town. Here you’ll be in fashionable company, and you’ll certainly be able to spot more than a few onesies, brothel creepers and rucksacks from your checked picnic blanket vantage point. For the very brave (read crazy) amongst you, there’s even the recently refurbished Lido to tip a toe in. We’re not entirely convinced it’s warm enough, but then again if the mercury tips 24 degrees as it has lately, we could be tempted...

Lost in Vintage Pop-Up Fair

If that all sounds a bit too energetic then there’s always the Old Queen’s Head in Islington, who are opening their doors over the Easter weekend to host their annual Lost in Vintage pop-up fair. In addition to the rails and rails of vintage gems, there’ll be an eclectic selection of jewellery, accessories, all manner of curiosities and some super-cute handmade prints to get your hands on. And once you’ve got your prohibition outfit down to a tee, you can head outside to enjoy a prohibition cocktail or two, to the sounds of Sugar Pie Simone’s DJ sets.

Starting from 12pm on Saturday 7th April. 44 Essex Road Islington, London N1 8LN

Rowing in Regent’s Park

For a bit more boat action in the capital and for a chance to revert back to your childhood years (although this one requires a little more effort on your part...) there’s the time-honoured tradition of rowing in Regent’s Park. You can take out a pedal boat or a rowing boat for an hour or so and splash about on the water while the nesting herons look on with suspicion. Plus, if you’re set for a stroll around Regent’s Park afterwards, then don’t forget to stop at the Boathouse Cafe for ice creams along the way... How old are we again?

Looking for more spring ideas in the capital? Check out our pick of things to do in London at Easter. And if you're struggling with what to wear in these (prematurely) warm days, check out our street style gallery for springtime in London...

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