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Things to do in London today

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By Time Out London editors
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What is there to do today in London? For a while now, the answer to that question has been fairly limited. By now you’ve probably exhausted all your walking routes, and could pinpoint the chewing gum spots on your street blindfolded. But going for another walk doesn’t feel quite as repetitive now you’re allowed to bring five friends along for the stroll.

While we wait for the next phase, use the next few days to explore the city’s gardens and hidden green spaces, or make the most of upmarket food deliveries before all the fancy restaurants pivot back to outdoor dining. Better yet, order all your snacks straight to the park

However dull your day is looking, there is always a way to make it look brighter in London, especially with this mini heatwave that’s apparently coming to the city next week.  

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Cherry blossom St James's Park
Cherry blossom St James's Park
Photograph: Andy Parsons

1. Go and gawk at some cherry blossom

Things to do Walks and tours

Cherry blossom season in Japan is a major event, drawing visitors from around the globe to witness the petals in full bloom. Well, we can’t make it for this year’s sakura season. But London has plenty of places to see the flowers, if you’re lucky, you might even see them on your street. If not, you can find candyfloss arches of blossom in Greenwich Park, St James’s Park and Kew Gardens.

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Photograph: Nic Crilly-Hargrave
Photograph: Nic Crilly-Hargrave
Photograph: Nic Crilly-Hargrave

2. Try one of London’s most hyped meal kits

Restaurants

Looking for something to do on a cold, dark winter’s evening? Why not have a go at making a dish from one of your favourite London restaurants? It’s been a year of struggle and innovation for London’s restaurants and many had to be creative about how to get food to stans around the city. From Dishoom’s kit helping you recreate its famous bacon naan to Patty & Bun’s burger boxes: here are some of the best. 

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Hampstead Hill Pergola
Hampstead Hill Pergola
Photograph: Wei Huang/Shutterstock.com

3. Visit a not-so-obvious London garden

Things to do

Sick of walking around the same old London parks? Sick of the sight of other Londoners in their nice coats? Yeah, arent we all. Luckily, the green heads on Time Outs team have spilled the beans on the good tree-filled, grass-filled, flower-filled spots around town that the crowds haven't swarmed to yet.

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Park picnic food delivery
Park picnic food delivery
Illustration: Bryan Mayes

5. Order food and drink straight to the park

News Eating

Now, there are a lot of places that do great hampers. Hampers you have to order to your home. Boring! 2021 is the year we act like debauched emperors. 2021 is the year we have all of our food and drink sent to the park. Here are our top picks for green-space groceries. 

Find the best restaurants doing home delivery in London right now.

Jin Angdoo, ‘Blue Green Dots Border’
Jin Angdoo, ‘Blue Green Dots Border’
Jin Angdoo, ‘Blue Green Dots Border’. Image: Saatchi Yates

6. Check out some cool French painters in a shop window

News Art

Lots of London’s art galleries have announced they’re reopening, which is great and all, but plenty have also seen their spring 2021 plans thrown in the bin. ‘Allez la France’ is a group show of four of Gaul’s most promising young painters – Jin Angdoo, Mathieu Julien, Hams Klemens and Kevin Pinsembert. It was meant to have gone on display at Saatchi Yates’s Cork Street gallery on March 3. Obviously, that wasn’t going to happen, so you can view them in a window instead. Allez hop!

 

Works from ‘Allez la France’ are on display in Burlington Arcade until May 15. More info on the gallery show here.

 

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Hampton Pool
Hampton Pool
Photo: Hampton Pool

7. Book yourself in for an outdoor swim

Things to do

London has some great outdoor swimming options. They look particularly appetising after a whole year of not being allowed near them. As of March 29, London’s outdoor swimming pools are officially open, and our desire to paddle around under a sunny sky has never been so strong. The thing is, a lot of Londoners feel that way, and it’s important to keep numbers under control, so you’ll need to pre-book a swim slot. No ‘rocking up to try your luck’. We don't do that anymore. 

 

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