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Dating in the Springtime!

There are wonderful things about dating at all times of the year, but spring when the buds are blooming and the sun is shining again is a great time for lovers. What better time to plan some outings & go for a drive in the country or a walk in the park…

London's royal parks can be even more beautiful at this time of year with the spring flowers, what better way to spend time with a new date, a boyfriend or even your friends? Enjoy the daffodils in St James Park, the oldest Royal Park in London; it has the lion's share of the one million bulbs planted across the parks annually. As well as enjoying the opportunity to amble and chat, a well-chosen park also provides opportunities for activities that range from the thought provoking to the strenuous.

Richmond Park, the largest enclosed space in London, is perfect for leisurely cycling and impromptu deer sightings; a walk along Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park should provide the catalyst for healthy discussion with your companion – particularly useful if you're still assessing compatibility with a potential long-term partner. Or if you are both feeling energetic, take to the water and hire a rowboat along the Serpentine…

Or after a stroll through Regents Park taking in the tulips and cherry blossom, watch a play under the stars. Grab a glass of Pimms from the bar and take a seat at the award-winning Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Open from May https://openairtheatre.com/

Check out the views: There's nothing like a beautiful view to inspire romance, and the one from the top of Greenwich Park is unrivalled in London. Heading up the hill with a date to soak up the sprawling green lawn and elegant architecture of Greenwich will put stars even in the eyes of the most jaded Londoner. You can even take a picnic if it's a warm day.

If you going for a date after work, why not enjoy a breath-taking view of the dome of St Paul's cathedral, with a drink on the Roof terrace restaurant Madison, One New Change

Or go for cocktails & soak up London's sexy skyline from Aqua Shard. You can see nearly all of London's major landmarks from up here. If you are feeling in the mood for something different, visit the Rooftop Gardens. It has flamingos, fruit trees, and fish in a stream... on a rooftop! Seven floors up from the crowds of Kensington High Street, this hidden oasis has not one but three incredible gardens. Visit for free or admire while sipping a delicious cocktail on the terrace of the Babylon restaurant.

Feeling like some culture? Visit the National Portrait gallery and have afternoon tea at the Portrait Restaurant on the 3rd floor. Or browse the flowers and shops on Columbia Road (Open Sundays only) the Columbia Road Flower Market in East London is the perfect spot to wander the colourful flower stalls before shopping for antiques or art at one of the street's many boutiques and galleries. Then share some cakes at Lily Vanilli (lilyvanilli.com) in a little courtyard off Ezra Street columbiaroad.info

Chocolate lover? With the chocolate-lover lover in your life, stop at the flagship store of William Curley in Belgravia and partake of all the sweet trimmings your heart could desire (including a weekend-only Dessert Bar). From there, it's not too long a walk (if you just ate a pound of chocolate; the exercise will do you good) to the Victoria & Albert Museum on Cromwell Road, which has been voted Britain's most romantic museum. http://www.williamcurley.com/page/Boutiques

Happy Spring dating!