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Enjoy spring at London's outdoor attractions

Published: Thursday 24th of March 2011

With the clocks going forward by an hour this weekend (March 27th), it marks the arrival of British Summer Time. And if this week's weather is anything to go by, spring may finally be here.

There are plenty of things to do in London that can take advantage of warm and sunny weather. While many people might think of the city's main attractions as being landmark buildings such as St Paul's Cathedral - which is definitely worth a visit - there are plenty of others that allow tourists to enjoy the outdoors and the sights of London.

One such attraction is the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, which consists of 121 hectares of plants, wildlife, greenery and flowers for individuals to enjoy. The gardens have the status of being a Unesco World Heritage Site and enjoying a springtime stroll around the different houses and walkways can be the perfect way to pass the day.

Until the end of April, there is a special Blossom and Bloom guided walking tour at the gardens. One of Kew's 65 guides will show you flowers and bulbs from both the UK and across the world and explain a little bit about them.

The London Zoo is another one of the best-loved things to do in the capital and can provide an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the centre. Established in 1828, today's zoo is home to more than 720 different species of animal and can be found in the north-east of Regent's Park.

When walking around the 36-acre site you will come across birds such as the blackfooted penguin and greater flamingos, while you can also get the chance to discover Asian lions, giraffes, zebras and different species of monkeys. Tortoises, fish and cobras can also be spotted at London Zoo, along with more unusual invertebrates such as moon jellyfish and bird-eating spiders.

With the royal wedding taking place on April 29th between Kate Middleton and Prince William, a trip to London this spring may not be complete without taking in a regal attraction.

Windsor Castle in the royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and has a history that dates back almost 1,000 years. Furthermore, the castle is the official residency of Her Majesty the Queen.

The five-hectare site has things to do indoors and outdoors. The challenge of climbing up the Round Tower could prove too much to resist for some of you - although you will have to tackle 200 steps.

But once you get up to the top you can enjoy beautiful views of the castle and surrounding London. If you spot the Royal Standard flying above the tower, it means the Queen is at home. If it is a Union Jack, she is staying elsewhere.

After taking in the sights and exhibitions of Windsor Castle, you can top off your spring break in London by relaxing in Windsor Great Park. If your feet are aching from all that walking, you may decide to treat yourself to an Ascot carriage ride.

There are plenty of things to do in London whatever the weather, but when the sun is shining, it might encourage you to discover its outdoor attractions. The city has plenty of green space for people to escape to, leaving the noise of the traffic behind for some peace and quiet. 

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