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.
Mayfair's Japanese restaurant and sake bar Sakagura has been transformed into a spring wonderland, with a canopy of candy-pink blossoms. Engage in the ancient tradition of hanami by eating and socialising while appreciating the beauty of the cherry blossoms.
Sakagura have created a bespoke list of limited-edition cherry blossom cocktails, using Gekkeikan sake – one of the world's oldest companies and the chosen sake of Japan’s Royal Family.
If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, buy any cherry blossom cocktail during Sakagura’s 50% off happy hour every Monday – Thursday from 5-7pm and receive a complimentary mini L'Occitane cherry blossom hand cream (While stocks last*)