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57 Charming Spots for Cherry Blossoms in London (2024)

If you want to see cherry blossoms, where in the world comes to mind? Japan, surely… and maybe Washington D.C. in America. Does London come to mind, too? If not, it should! There are cherry blossoms in London, and they add a lovely hue (and aroma) to the springtime patchwork that blooms across the city each March and April.

You might be surprised at how many places you can find cherry blossoms in London, too. While primarily in West London where blooming trees abound (magnolias are also quite common), you can spot cherry trees in many of the city’s most popular parks, and even at my favorite spot in London, St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Cherry Blossoms in London - St. Paul's

Whether you’re seeking cherry blossoms for a photo session or just because you love the sight and smell of them, this guide covers several dozen areas I know that you can find them each spring in London. Of course, you might find them elsewhere too – and those special unique discoveries are part of why I enjoy visiting and exploring London so much.

This post was originally published in January 2022 and was updated in January 2024 for the spring season.

Where to Find Cherry Blossoms Across London

Before delving into the list, I’d like to show you a map to give you a visual overview of the spots where you can find cherry blossoms in the city. This list is not exhaustive, but it’s a good start if you want to plan a photo shoot with these beautiful blooming trees during your London trip.

Cherry Blossoms in London Map
Click to interact with the map.

As you’ll see in this post, there are lots of great places to see cherry blossoms in London; most are located in West London, but you can find some in other parts of the city too.

Okay, let’s dive into the list – get your camera ready, as these places will be in bloom before you know it!

Alexandra Palace

Magnolias & Cherry Blossoms in London - Alexander Palace
Photo Credit: Tom Page via Flickr

Located in North London, Alexandra Palace is famous for providing stunning views across London. The Victorian building sits among 196 acres of parkland. While it might not have the biggest collection of cherry blossoms in London, the ones it has are gorgeous and conjure up picture-perfect images with the backdrop of the city and manicured lawns. As a heads up, the Alexandra Palace cherry trees blossom relatively early during the first week of April.

Alexandra Palace is in the London Borough of Haringey, and the closest train station is the Alexandra Palace Station. 

Chelsea

Cherry Blossoms in London - Chelsea

Chelsea is a lovely borough no matter what time you visit. You just can’t beat the charming houses bursting in pastel and rainbow hues. However, things get even more colorful when spring arrives in the city. Magenta cherry trees, purple wisteria, and pink magnolias come into bloom, letting travelers and locals that the warm days are arriving in London. The stunning color palette the houses and trees create has made Chelsea one of the top neighborhoods for viewing spring blooms in London. 

Just stroll down the neighborhood, and you’ll find cherry blossoms on every corner.  However, to save you some time, here are the best spots to see those cherries in full bloom:

  • Bramerton Street
  • Dovehouse Street
  • Gilston Road
  • Glebe Place
  • Harcourt Terrace
  • Mallord Street
  • Redcliffe Road
  • Ropers Gardens
  • Sloane Square
  • St. Leonard’s Terrace
  • The Boltons
  • The Little Boltons

Greenwich Park

Cherry Blossoms in London - Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park is arguably the spot to see cherry blossoms in London. Inside the park is Blackheath Avenue, a lovely road leading to Ranger’s House with stunning cherry blossoms on each side. The avenue is a favorite of influencers and bloggers chasing the perfect shot of the pink-petaled flowers – so expect lots of people here.

The park also has a magnificent rose garden and a flower garden overflowing with Victorian-style flower beds. 

Holland Park

Holland Park is only 54 acres, yet it has one of the biggest concentrations of cherry blossoms in London simply because it houses the Kyoto Garden inside. Designed by Japanese garden designer Shoji Nakahara, the Kyoto Garden was a gift from Japan to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain. The garden follows a traditional Japanese style, with koi ponds, cascades, and the unmistakably Japanese sakura tree. While not as abundant as cherry blossoms, Holland Park also has jacarandas and white magnolias. 

The Kyoto Garden is free, but if you’d like to explore the park, here are other areas where you’ll find cherry blossoms in Holland Park: 

  • Addison Avenue
  • Holland Park Avenue
  • Kyoto Garden
  • Oakwood Court
  • Portland Road

Herne Hill

Herne Hill doesn’t have great appeal for tourists or locals. However, that changes from March to early April, when people flock to the suburbs to witness the beautiful sights of spring blossoms. The tiny suburb located in Lambeth has an impressive array of trees, including the Yoshino cherry trees. The perk of visiting Herne Hill is that it isn’t as crowded as other places to see cherry blossoms and magnolias in London. Winterbrook Road and Stradella Road are the best places to spot the pretty trees.

You’ll find the Herne Hill Station, which is a few sets away from Winterbrook Road, and the blooms when it comes to transportation. 

Kensington

Cherry Blossoms in London - Kensington

As a heavily wooded area in London, Kensington is a haven for beautiful spring flowers in London. From mid-February to March, the neighborhood transforms into a delightful spectacle with an array of pink and white trees, adding a touch of joy to the residential streets.

Beyond the blossoming trees adorning the upscale avenues, Kensington boasts numerous green spaces where various flowers and trees rejuvenate after long winter days. Some bloggers argue that South Kensington is home to one of London’s most famous cherry blossom trees, right outside South Kensington tube station. 

So you don’t miss any picture-perfect spots, here are the best places for viewing pink blossoms in Kensington:

  • Albert Place
  • Argyll Road
  • Blithfield Street
  • Campden Hill Road
  • Chesson Road
  • Earls Court Gardens
  • Eldon Road
  • Exhibition Street
  • Hornton Street
  • Hyde Park
  • Kensington Gardens
  • Kensington High Street
  • Launceston Place
  • Phillimore Gardens
  • Scarsdale Villas
  • St. Albans Grove
  • Stanford Road
  • Upper Phillimore Gardens
  • Victoria Road

Kew Gardens

Kew Garden is London’s biggest botanical garden. Not only does it have exotic plants from all over the world, but it also has its own cherry blossom section with species from Japan and Southeast Asia. The section has some of the most beautiful cherry trees in London.

First, head to the rose garden behind the famous Palm House. You’ll find the “Cherry Walk” here, with lovely cherry blossom trees lining the path.

Kew Garden is in Richmond, and the closest station is the Kew Gardens Rail Station.

Mount Street Gardens (Mayfair)

Opt for Mount Street Gardens if you prefer a setting without the hustle and bustle of crowds. Nestled in the heart of Mayfair, this compact garden serves as a serene retreat for locals seeking a quiet lunchtime escape. The majority of trees and flowers adorn the area in front of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

In addition to cherry blossoms, Mount Street Gardens boasts a variety of “exotic” trees – they thrive due to their sheltered conditions (it’s warmer than average climate). Look out for the London Plane tree, Australian silver wattles, and the striking Canary Island Date Palm, enhancing the garden’s unique charm.

Notting Hill

As if it were possible, Notting Hill becomes even more beautiful and charming during spring, when the colorful streets are teeming with the prettiest wisterias, cherry blossoms, and magnolias in London. The pastel hues of the petals invade the colorful fronts, creating some stunning spring visuals. Notting Hill magnolias and cherry blossoms are some of the first to bloom in the year. However, the floral magic doesn’t end by April. Come summer, the purple flowers of the wisteria take the spotlight and charm everyone with their flowering performance.

Since Notting Hill is highly popular, there’s a high chance you won’t be the only one trying to capture them, so here’s a complete list of all the Notting Hill areas that the pastel flowers invade: 

  • Colville Gardens
  • Denbigh Road
  • Elgin Crescent
  • Farm Place
  • Hillgate Street
  • Kensington Park Gardens
  • Lancaster Road
  • Lansdowne Road
  • Pembridge Square
  • Portobello Road
  • Stanley Crescent
  • Sunderland Terrace
  • Westbourne Grove

Regent’s Park

Magnolias in London - Regent's Park
Photo credit: Phil Sheard via Flickr

One of London’s royal parks, Regent’s Park is famous for its stunning floral display– Queen Mary’s Rose Garden is London’s most extensive collection of roses (approximately 12,000 roses). You can also find white and pink cherry blossoms scattered around the park’s 410 acres; in the Avenue Gardens, close to the Broad Walk, you’ll find a lovely display of spring bulbs and cherry blossoms.

Located in Marylebone, you can take the Bakerloo line to take you to Regent’s Park tube station. 

Richmond Riverside Park

When the sun’s out in the English Capital, Richmond Riverside Park is where you’ll find Londoners whiling away on a sunny afternoon.

The park overlooks the River Thames and is close to trendy pubs and eateries. In early spring, the riverfront park bursts with color, thanks to the cherry blossoms that dot the river. While it might not be among your first options, I guarantee a stroll down Richmond Riverside Park will give you some of the best spring images.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Just when you thought St. Paul’s Cathedral couldn’t be more beautiful, you see it has two spectacular sakura trees framing its entrance. If you can, take your time to photograph the sakura trees with the cathedral’s dome rising at the back. While there aren’t many other trees or a wide diversity of them, St. Paul’s Churchyard on the south side of the building has a nice collection of ginkgo, maple, lime, ash, mulberry, and eucalyptus.  

St Paul’s Cathedral is on the Central Line, and St Paul’s Station is the nearest tube station, which is only four minutes away from the cathedral. 

Vallance Road (Whitechapel)

Vallance Road is an unassuming street running between Bethnal Green and Whitechapel. However, it is one of the unknown places where you’ll find beautiful cherry blossoms in London. There’s a congregation of Japanese trees opposite the junction with Durward Street. By the way, very few people know of the rows of cherry blossoms on Vallance Road. So you can take as many photographs as you like. 

The nearest stations are Whitechapel Station, which is three minutes away from Vallance Road,  and Aldgate East Tube Station, which is nine minutes away.

Have any questions about these spots to see cherry blossoms in London? Let me know in the comments below.

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