Where to find cherry blossom in London this spring
The excitement surrounding cherry blossoms never seems to diminish. Crowds flock to Japan to engage in hanami – appreciation of the flowers, usually during a picnic. The country even has a highly scientific cherry blossom forecast, to track when particular regions are expected to bloom. And the importance of the flowers in Japanese culture is deeply embedded in their symbolic value – the blossom is considered representative of the transience of human life.
But you don't have to fly to Japan to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossom season. We've rounded up the best places to spot the blossom in London this spring. Depending on weather, the season generally spans from March until May.
Kew Gardens is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in all their glory.
It boasts a great range of cherry tree varieties, so there is invariably an abundance of both white and pink blossom during Sakura season. We particularly recommend strolling down 'Cherry Walk', which begins behind the Palm House and leads towards Temperate House.