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Cherry Blossom in London

Beautiful pink sign of spring arrival

Best time: April–early May

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April is all about cherry blossom in London. The beloved flowering tree of Japan is quite widespread in UK capital's parks and gardens. The flowering time usually begins in late March and peaks in mid-April. Petals are falling off the trees in early May covering the ground with beautiful pink carpet.

The most famous cherry blossom destination is Kew Gardens with its Cherry Walk, beginning at the Rose Garden at the back of Palm House.

No less known is the stunning tunnel of pink trees in Greenwich Park. Its cherry alley starts beyond the cricket pitch and ends at Ranger’s House.

There are also a lot a few beautiful trees outside St Paul’s Cathedral and Redcliffe Road in Chelsea.

When you enter Regent's Park through the Chester Road entrance, you'll see a fabulous alley lined by Sunset Boulevard-variety cherry trees. The southern part of Avenue Gardens also boasts a cluster of pink blossoms. St James's Park features an abundance of lush blooms at Storey’s Gate. When walking to the Buckingham Palace, you can spot a few beautiful cherries by the lake—a perfect spot for a picture!

Practical info

When do cherry blossom trees typically bloom in London and where can I see them?

Cherry blossom trees usually bloom in London from late March to early May, and mid-April is the peak time to see them. Blooming forecast should be checked before planning your trip. You can go to many parks or gardens that have cherry blossom trees, such as Greenwich Park and Kew Gardens's Cherry Walk. London has many locations for visitors to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossom blooms. Show more

Which parks have the most stunning cherry blossom tunnels in London?

Greenwich Park has one of the most stunning cherry blossom tunnels in London. The cherry alley runs from beyond the cricket pitch to Ranger's House. Kew Gardens also has a beautiful Cherry Walk that leads from the Rose Garden to the Palm House. But visitors can find plenty more picturesque cherry blossom tunnels throughout London's many parks and gardens. Show more

What is the most well-known cherry blossom spot in London?

Kew Gardens is arguably London's most famous cherry blossom spot, and its Cherry Walk is particularly breathtaking with hundreds of cherry blossom trees in bloom. As well as enjoying the beautiful cherry blossoms, visitors can explore the world-renowned botanical gardens. However, London has many other locations for visitors to experience stunning cherry blossom displays. Show more

What are some of the lesser-known cherry blossom viewing locations in London?

Apart from famous locations like Kew Gardens and Greenwich Park, there are many lesser-known places to see cherry blossoms in London. St James's Park is one such place, with an abundance of vibrant blooms at Storey’s Gate. The southern part of Avenue Gardens in Regent's Park also offers a cluster of pink blossoms. Cherry blossom displays can also be viewed at Redcliffe Road in Chelsea and outside St Paul’s Cathedral. Show more

What other tourist attractions are nearby popular cherry blossom viewing locations in London?

London has many other attractions to visit while viewing cherry blossoms. For example, visitors can walk around St James's Park and check out Buckingham Palace, or visit Holland Park to see its beautiful tulip displays. Another option is to take a stroll along the Thames while appreciating the city. Cherry blossom season is the perfect time to explore London's parks, gardens, and tourist hotspots. Show more

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