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Cherry blossom St James's Park
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The best places to see cherry blossom in London

Check out these bloomin’ brilliant spots to catch London’s cherry blossom season in 2020

By Things To Do Editors and Katie McCabe
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The 2020 cherry blossom season is drawing closer, and people in London are gearing up for a colourful spectacle that signals warmer days are on the way. Cherry blossom season in Japan is a major event, drawing visitors from around the globe to witness the petals in full bloom – London might not match Japan for sakura action, but there are plenty of bloomin’ marvellous places to see the flowers. You can find cherry blossom in some of London’s best parks or lining pretty suburban streets. From the candyfloss arches of Greenwich Park, to the Cherry Walk in Kew Gardens, London folk are spoilt for choice. Get your cameras at the ready and track down these top places to see cherry blossom in London.

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Where to find cherry blossom in London

Greenwich Park cherry blossom
Greenwich Park cherry blossom
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Greenwich Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Greenwich

Just beyond the cricket pitch in Greenwich Park is a road of bursting cherry trees that leads you straight to a Georgian villa called Ranger’s House. The tangled branches create a candyfloss arch that makes every pic look like the backdrop of a Lawrence Alma-Tadema painting. Careful not to slip on the magenta carpet of mushed petals.

Regent's Park cherry blossom
Regent's Park cherry blossom
Photograph: Andy Parsons

Regent’s Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Regent’s Park

Walk through the Chester Road entrance and (if you’re lucky enough to catch them) you’ll find an avenue belted by tall white Sunset Boulevard-variety cherry blossoms. When the light hits, they’re all ‘Mr DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up’. For more cherry-chasing, hit the south end of Avenue Gardens, where a cluster of pink trees hang over the path like a big bubblegum cloud.

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St James's Park cherry blossom
St James's Park cherry blossom
Photograph: Andy Parsons

St James’s Park

Attractions Sightseeing Westminster

The best way to see the ostentatious blooms of St James’s Park is to travel in full circle. At Storey’s Gate, you’ll meet a clique of eight or so pink trees; keep walking to the Buckingham Palace side to find elegant cherries leaning over the lake. They are among the first to flower most years, so go as soon as the season gets underway to see the petals before they fall.

Kew gardens cherry blossom
Kew gardens cherry blossom
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Kew Gardens

Attractions Parks and gardens Kew

London’s botany HQ should be booming with blooms by mid to late April. Kew’s hunt is less of a challenge: it has its own Cherry Walk, starting at the Rose Garden at the back of Palm House, which is home to Japanese cherries. Two parallel rows with 15 trees apiece form a blushing runway to Temperate House. 

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cherry blossom kensington park
cherry blossom kensington park
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Kensington Gardens

Attractions Parks and gardens Kensington

West London is steeped in sakura during cherry-blossom season. Many of the fancy pastel homes of Notting Hill Gate are fronted by branches covered in flamingo florets. But you’ll get grumpy looks for draping yourself over the gable end of a mansion for photo ops. Instead, try Kensington Gardens. Start at Lancaster Gate where you’ll be greeted by blooms and walk to the Albert Memorial, which has six big, blowsy pink trees nearby.

St Paul's Cathedral cherry blossom
St Paul's Cathedral cherry blossom
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St Paul’s Cathedral

Attractions Religious buildings and sites St Paul’s

How do you know it’s spring in London? When the pale rosy pom-poms on the tree outside St Paul’s Cathedral make an appearance. They popped early in 2018, so to be on the safe side visit soon if you’re after a petal-framed picture of the dome. 

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Kyoto Garden, Holland Park cherry blossom
Kyoto Garden, Holland Park cherry blossom
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Kyoto Garden, Holland Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Holland Park

The Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park was built to celebrate the Japan Festival held in London and across the UK in 1991. It’s home to koi carp, a little bridge at the foot of a waterfall and, you guessed it – cherry blossom. Its no Hirosaki Park, but its a beautiful, unusually tranquil pocket of London that's always at its best in spring. 

alexandra palace blossom
alexandra palace blossom
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Alexandra Palace

Things to do Cultural centres Alexandra Palace

A line of skinny cherry trees point straight towards Ally Pally. It’s not the most abundant collection of blossoms in the city, but there are plenty of green patches where you can settle in for a hanami (flower viewing) picnic.

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Crouch End

The arborealness of N8 is too often overlooked, but the area usually has some healthy blossoms to offer come April. Just around the corner from Hornsey Town Hall (and Flashback Records, fyi) is Cecile Park, a road lined with pink prunus ‘kanzan’. The billowing trees transform it into one of London’s prettiest streets. 

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Nip inside for a cocktail

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Bars and pubs

London bars are channelling the spirit of hanami, Japan’s cherry blossom (sakura) season, with pop-up floral installations. Drink beneath the glow of pretty pink flowers, sip on blossom-infused cocktails and sake or simply raise a glass of fizz to London's most elegant spring trend. Move fast, though: some of these bloomin’ gorgeous pop-ups are as fleeting as the season.   

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