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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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.
Photo courtesy of 'Sequins and Cherry Blossom', https://sequinsandcherryblossom.com