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22 brilliant places Londoners love in spring

See you later, winter: it's time for shiny, happy days outdoors. We asked the capital’s biggest fans to share their favourite springtime hangouts

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Matilda Egere-Cooper
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Battersea Park
Flickr / Herry Lawford

1. Battersea Park

'A walk in Battersea Park to see the blend of old and new colours is absolutely stunning. A nice Sunday for me is usually meeting a mate at the King’s Road and doing an hour-long stroll through the park to Clapham where we reward ourselves with a well-deserved roast.'

Anureet Randhawa, @anureetrandhawa26

Columbia Road Flower Market
Michelle Grant

2. Columbia Road Flower Market

'Spring is the best season for spending Sundays at Columbia Road Flower Market – for obvious reasons. Plus it’s warm enough to hang around and enjoy the vibe, the people and the street musicians, preferably with a pint in hand.'

Ioanna Laskari, @ioanna_la_
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Epping Forest
Flickr / chiron3636

3. Epping Forest

'Epping Forest can feel a bit Blair Witch Project in winter, but come spring it's perfect for a bluebell-spotting trip. Wild rabbits run through the undergrowth and the snap of twigs underfoot will get you feeling all Beatrix Potter again - that's what we are all aiming for right?'

Samantha Baines, @samanthabaines
Greenwich Park
© Alan Stanton

4. Greenwich Park

'I love heading over to Greenwich Park to spend the day or early evening with a picnic and a beer.'

Haydn Squibb, SquibbVicious.com
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Hackney Marshes
Flickr / Matt Brown

5. Hackney Marshes

'Hackney Marshes is my favourite place in spring because you feel like you're in the countryside despite being in zone 2. All the trees and plants are waking up again and it's good for the soul after winter.'

Sophie Kay, thefitologyway.com
Hampstead Ponds

6. Hampstead Ponds

'The beginning of spring means going for the first exhilarating dip of the year in the chemical-free Hampstead Ponds. After powering through the cold with a few yelps before that awkward shuffle to the nearest towel, I'm ready to take on the day.'

Alex Foch, @whatsford0ner
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Holland Park

7. Holland Park

'I like venturing to the beautiful, tranquil Japanese gardens in Holland Park to see the frogspawn and tadpoles. There are majestic peacocks roaming free, too.'

Sima Sthanakiya, thecuriouspixie.co.uk
Hyde Park
Michelle Grant / Time Out

8. Hyde Park

'That first bright morning of the year, I always grab myself a coffee and walk into work through Hyde Park. There is something truly magic about the smell of dewy grass and feeling like you’re actually in a Richard Curtis film.'

Jo Irwin, theladylondon.com
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Kew Gardens
© vgallova

9. Kew Gardens

'I like going to the park and seeing the flowers in full bloom. My favourite is Kew Gardens and one day I might be to afford a F&M picnic hamper to complete the whole experience. For now, Sainsbury's Taste the Difference sandwiches will suffice.'

Alexis von Pfefer, @fire_and_meat
Lambeth Palace Gardens
Josh Ward

10. Lambeth Palace Gardens

'Once it's sunny and the flowers are out you have to explore London's hidden green spaces. My fave is Lambeth Palace Gardens, owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who lets the public in for a fiver every first Friday of the month (April 7 until September 1).'

Katie Wignall, lookup.london
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Peckham Rye Park
Matthew Black

11. Peckham Rye Park

'I love to take my dog to Peckham Rye as its Japanese Gardens start to bloom again. This beautiful park is the best kept secret in Peckham! I'll then have a coffee in the dog-friendly Clock House pub nearby.'

Becky Danks, @BeckyD123

12. Regent's Canal

'I don't think you can spend a spring morning in London any better way than taking a stroll down Regent's Canal. It's lined with hidden gems: barges selling books and vintage clothes stalls pinned to the railings of Victoria Park. Best of all, if you finish up in Broadway Market you can treat yourself to some delicious food.'

Milly Edgerley, brokelondonblog.com
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Regent’s Park
© The Royal Parks

13. Regent’s Park

'I love walking through Regent’s Park in spring, when the trees are in full blossom and it has that fairytale feel about it. if you notice a woman skipping and spinning around it’s probably me.'

Meena Latchman, @meena007
Rooftop Bars
Thomas Alexander

14. Rooftop Bars

'Hello again to rooftop bars! London has so many and often they provide lovely, snuggly blankets when the chill comes in later in the evening. My firm favourite is at Madison. You overlook St Paul’s but you get a great view of the ever-changing London skyline. When it’s cold you can pop inside.'

Kat Winfield, @kat0709
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Richmond

15. Richmond

'I love hiring a bike from inside Richmond station with two or three friends and cycling along the river all the way to Hampton Court Palace. We might stop along the way for a picnic on the banks of the Thames and treat ourselves to an ice cream or hot chocolate (weather depending!).To celebrate our return to Richmond, we’ll stop off at one of the pubs near Richmond Bridge.'

Lily Crompton, @lilyeco
Seven Dials

16. Seven Dials

'Seven Dials in Covent Garden manages to portray every single season's magic, beautifully. I like to walk in the cute little streets there and stop by all the delicious restaurants that buzz with so many options to offer.'

Sheri Mehryar, @miymlondon
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South Bank
© Belinda Lawley & Southbank Centre

17. South Bank

‘I love to walk along the South Bank. I start at Borough Market where I get a coffee and snack and then walk all the way down to the London Eye. There is always so much going on, with great views across the Thames and the opportunity to see some great London landmarks. My dog Ted also loves this walk.’

Tash Thomas, thebottomstep.com
St James’s Park
Jenn Leung

18. St James’s Park

'Coming from Canada I'm always amazed by how early the flowers bloom in London. I love seeing the daffodils dotted around London in early spring and the field of them in St James’s Park is particularly beautiful.'

Bonnie Willson, @bonnie_willson
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Street markets in Bermondsey

19. Street markets in Bermondsey

'Spring is a great time to be outside – despite TS Eliot's verdict that "April is the cruelest month"! So I love hitting all the street markets and craft fairs in London, such as Maltby and Druid Street.'

Zen Zhou, Hapinesswherever.com
Stoke Newington Church Street
Flickr / Lucy Fisher

20. Stoke Newington Church Street

'I assemble a picnic basket while strolling down Stoke Newington Church Street – cheese from Whole Foods, wine at Clissold Wines, a fresh loaf at The Spence Bakery. I then head to Clissold Park for a grand picnic and a bit of swan, deer, people and puppy-watching.'

Nancy Xu, @nancyyxu
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Tooting Common
Henry Lawford

21. Tooting Common

'I'm a regular at Tooting Common, and not only are the spring flowers in bloom, but the trees are blossoming. Also, it's lovely to hear the birds!'

Megan Morgan, trulymadlykids.co.uk
Victoria Memorial
Flickr / Bill Smith

22. Victoria Memorial

'I love sitting on the grass near the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace with a good book and some music. Every so often I look up from my book to people-watch, take in the atmosphere and feel in absolute awe about what a fab city London is.'

Paula Kanesanathan, @Paula_ToT_

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