Spring is in the air and as the sun begins to shine, we’re rediscovering our desire to step outside and explore a few of London’s hidden gems, hand-picked from the ‘Our London’ section of Anya’s 2013 Diary.

Maltby Street Market

This up-and-coming market is discreetly hidden beneath the arches of Bermondsey and often referred to as Borough Market’s (better) little sister. If the weather doesn’t co-operate, seek shelter at 40 Maltby Street, a wine bar nestled in the arches with an incredible food menu on offer from Wednesday to Saturday.

 

Opera in Holland Park

Booking has now opened for London’s favourite open air pop-up Summer Opera, an annual tradition in West London’s beautiful Holland Park. Beginning in June, productions scheduled include Madame Butterfly and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

 

Dock Kitchen

Located in a converted Victorian Wharf building overlooking the Portobello Dock canal, this contemporary restaurant has an experimental kitchen with an ever-changing menu depending on the season. Foodies can follow the chefs’ travels around the world as they collect inspirations for new dishes on the kitchen’s blog

 

Hay Festival

If you’re looking to escape London for a little while, the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts is just a few hours drive away. Once described as ‘the Woodstock of the mind’, the festival begins on May 23rd right at the foot of the Brecon Beacons with 100s of inspirational speakers such as illustrator Quentin Blake, Google's Eric Schmidt and surprise special guests.