Where to find cherry blossom in London this spring
The excitement surrounding cherry blossoms never seems to diminish.
Japan has undoubtedly led this trend, attracting huge crowds every year 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. Although also aesthetic, 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.
It's difficult to predict when cherry trees will flower – but the season generally begins at the end of March, and lasts until the end of May.
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A hidden sophisticated gem, Mei Ume, within the ultra-glam new Four Seasons Trinity Square. To celebrate Sakura, cherry blossom dramatically adorns the bar and there's a cherry blossom menu similar to those found in Japan.
Whilst admiring the Art Nouveau splendour of the former Port of London grand HQ, snack on gold leaf topped eel sushi and tuna tatataki with a dramatic cherry blossom and yuzu cocktail. Star dish is miso and honey glazed seabass on plump, new season asparagus cooked on charcoal and brought to the table on a very covetable mini burner. Squid ink and scallop udon noodles are highly delicious too if not ideal date night dish.
Jasmine mousse with cherry sorbet is a beautifully presented dessert. Service is courteous, fun and delightful.
Price: Cherry blossom menu £120.00 for two including drinks