Spring has sprung and April is well and truly established. It’s a month where the weather is as changeable as the days. Showers, wind and sunshine chase each other through the hours. Trees get greener, more blossom laden by the minute.
It’s a time of hope, of new life, and London stirs like a great beast and stretches towards summer.
Tomorrow, Sunday 17th April, I am leading a walk around Denmark Hill and Camberwell. It’s an area close to the centre of London, but greener and leafier than you might expect. In the past it was called South London’s answer to Belgravia. It was also the home to many German families who had migrated to London, including some of my own family. Indeed my grandparents were married there, and it is where my father was born.
So it has a special meaning for me.
Greenwich, where I’ll be on Monday morning, is beautiful at all times of year, but in spring it is particularly attractive. How could anyone resist lazy walks in sunshine through the park, the delights of the National Maritime Museum or the Royal Observatory? And if it rains, well Greenwich has more snug pubs than you’d have time to visit.
Denmark Hill and Camberwell, 2.30 17th April at Denmark Hill railway station.
Greenwich, 10.30 18th April, Tower Hill tube.
£10 per adult, plus £5.50 for the boat to Greenwich.