One sure way to tell that brighter days are on the way is seeing London’s parks and street burst into life with beautiful cherry blossom.
Top places to see cherry blossom in central London
After storms Ciara and Dennis, plus plenty of other wet and windy weather, you might be feeling the need of some signs of spring. One sure way to tell that brighter days are on the way is seeing London’s parks and street burst into life with beautiful cherry blossom.
The arrival of cherry blossom, or sakura, is a big deal in Japan, with people travelling the globe to witness this glorious spectacle. But when the blooms are out, central London looks pretty good too, so soak up the splendour in these top blossom-spotting parks and gardens - and have your camera at the ready.
Take the Chester Road entrance for an avenue of tall white Sunset Boulevard-variety cherry blossoms or head to the south end of Avenue Gardens, for a spectacular pink cluster.
If you can’t make it to Japan, Holland Park’s Kyoto Gardens are a beautiful and peaceful substitute. You’ll find koi carp, a waterfall and a little bridge plus plenty of cherry blossom – it’s unmissable in spring.
St James' Park
For maximum blossom opportunities, take a circular stroll round the park, but be quick as these are among the first to flower. You’ll find pink blossoms at Storey’s Gate, and around the lake on the Buckingham Palace side.
Catch the blooms at Lancaster Gate then walk to the Albert Memorial where you’ll spot six gorgeous pink trees.
Further afield, head to Greenwich Park for its famous arch of magenta blossoms or Kew Gardens with its own cherry walk. If it’s a perfect London springtime photo you’re after, pop to St Paul’s Cathedral for a view of the dome framed in cherry blossom.
Read more about London’s blossom hotspots in this Time Out