Holland Park is a must, and within it the Kyoto Gardens, where visitors can see the koi carp, watching from the calm by the waterfall. If this all sounds a little too peaceful for you, brave the world famous Portobello Road market. Made famous by Paddington Bear, loved it all those years ago and it still has the same lively charm.
Richmond is the perfect spot on the river to take advantage of some outside activity. There are plenty of places offering boat hire, If you are feeling all lord of the manor, try the West London Shooting School in Northolt.
If you’ve not been to Osterley Park and House, it’s worth the journey way out west, especially as the weather picks up. The stunning Georgian estate has just got its ow Jurassic Park, complete with 35 motorised dinosaurs, including a 16-metre tall and 18-metre long diplodocus. If you’re looking to laugh, head to the Crack Comedy Club in Kingston, which always boasts a mix of up-and-coming acts and established performers such as Tony Law, who’s performing on 22 April. In May, it hosts Edinburgh Fringe previews.
Fancy something extra special? the Ledbury in Notting Hill is hard to beat. It held onto both its Michelin stars this year with good reason. If that’s not up your street, try Kerbisher and Malt on Shepherds Bush Road, who do some of the best fish n’ chips in town.
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