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.
If you fancy an amble, go and explore St James's Park when its blossoms are in full bloom. The park is dotted with groves of white and pink cherry trees, with a particular spot worth visiting near Storey's Gate in front of the treasury building.