Whether in your bubble or with friends when restrictions allow, here are five experiences to enjoy in Victoria and Westminster this spring

By Sophia Charalambous

Studio Pottery

While it’s probably not suitable to recreate the pottery scene from Ghost in your first group session at Studio Pottery, there are always the one-to- one tuition classes with your partner. The group classes will teach you how to wedge (prepare the clay), centre (secure the clay) and throw the clay while pulling up into a cylinder – incredibly therapeutic. The pots are glazed and sent to the kiln in the rear of the studio, which completes the satisfying process.

29 Eccleston Place, beginners start at £130

Jiva Spa

Europe’s first Jiva Spa at the Taj, has a range of special fusion therapies – combining Indian wellness principles with luxury British innovation. With such an array to choose from – there are body rituals, facials, ayurveda – it’s hard to know where to start.

However, it’s probably true that you and your partner will be in need of some down time right now. Soma is the couples-only therapy that involves an Indian aromatherapy massage, a rose petal bath and a bottle of sparkling wine.

51 Buckingham Gate, 120 mins for £300

Christchurch Gardens

The 13th century Christchurch Gardens, at the junction of Victoria Street and Broadway, has been given a new lease of life by the Victoria BID and Westminster City Council. A much-needed space in the heart of Victoria, residents and workers alike can enjoy the newly-regenerated seating areas for lunch or after-work meet-ups, while nature enthusiasts will be able to admire the new bird and bat boxes, planting palette as well as a jasmine climber wall. There’s even a new drinking fountain to refill your water bottles.

Flight Club

Reinventing darts for the 21st Century, Flight Club has developed fast multiplayer games for groups of friends to compete against each other. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, it really doesn’t matter as the game is not meant to be played like the World Championships. The boards are spaced out around a large venue room and bespoke cocktails and sharing boards are served to you at your booth while you play.

6 Sir Simon Milton Square, £40/hour peak or £20/hour off peak. Up to 12 players subject to Covid guidelines

Queen’s Gallery

Old Master paintings usually displayed in the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are brought together for the first time in a landmark gallery exhibition, Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace. Highlights among the 65 treasured paintings include works by Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Canaletto. Enjoy these iconic works with a couple of art buff friends to make the experience even more memorable.

Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Adults £16