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33 Charming Spots for Magnolias in London (2024)

Is pink your favorite color? Do you love flowering trees? Does the sight of blossoms at the beginning of Spring make your heart sing? London is the city for you! Every spring between mid-March and early May, parts of London erupt in a riot of colors – mostly pink, but also white, purple, and almost red. This is when you can see magnolias in London.

Spring is my favorite season in London because, after a long grey and oft-rainy winter, the city transforms into a rainbow; in addition to magnolias in London, you can also see daffodils, tulips, cherry blossoms, wisteria, and many more flowers and plants in bloom.

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So, if you’re planning a trip to London in the spring and heart set on seeing magnolia trees in bloom, there are certainly plenty of options. Read on to discover some of my favorites and where to find them.

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

Where to Find Magnolias Across London

Before delving into the list, I’d like to show you a map to give you a visual overview of the spots you can find Magnolias in the city. Of course, 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.

Magnolia in London Map
Click to interact with the map.

As you’ll see in this post, there are lots of great places to see magnolias 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!

Chelsea

Magnolias in London

No matter the season, the lovely borough of Chelsea is a feast of color, with its lines of charming houses bursting in pastel and rainbow hues. Yet when spring arrives in the city, the splendid neighborhood adds another dash of color to its landscape. Magenta cherry trees, purple wisteria, and pink magnolias come to life, signaling warmer and longer days are just around the corner. The stunning contrast of colors 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 or magnolias on every corner.  However, to save you some time, here are the best spots to see those cherries and magnolias 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

Holland Park

Holland Park is where you go for cherry blossoms – makes sense when you learn it houses the Kyoto Garden inside. However, the 54-acre park also has a couple of jacarandas and white magnolias sprinkled here and there.

Kensington

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Kensington is an extremely wooded area of London, so it makes sense you’ll spot some of the beautiful spring flowers in London here. From mid-February until March, Kensington becomes a swarm of pink and white trees that bring joy to the neighborhood’s residential homes. 

Besides the blossoming trees decorating the upscale streets, Kensington is also home to many green areas, where you can see all kinds of flowers and trees come back to life after a long winter.

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens stands out as London’s largest botanical haven, boasting an impressive collection of exotic plants from across the globe. Among its standout features are the gorgeous magnolias.

You might come across various types, including the Magnolia ‘Galaxy,’ Magnolia denudata, and Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ – it even has the rares yellow magnolias! Since you’re already here, stop y the rose garden nestled behind the iconic Palm House.

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

Mount Street Gardens (Mayfair)

Mount Street Gardens is a safe bet for those who want to ensure they don’t have to fight against crowds to get a decent shot of the pink trees. This tiny garden sits right in the heart of Mayfair and serves as a tranquil refuge for locals during lunchtime.

You’ll find most trees and flowers in front of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Besides magnolias, the garden has many “exotic” trees due to its sheltered condition (it’s warmer than average climate), such as the London Plane tree, Australian silver wattles, and the Canary Island Date Palm. 

Notting Hill

Magnolias in London

Just when you thought Notting Hill couldn’t be more beautiful, spring comes and the iconic neighborhood becomes a feast of color. Wherever you look there’s wisterias, cherry blossoms, and, yes, magnolias. Notting Hill magnolias are some of the first to bloom in the year, with the pastel hues invading the colorful fronts. Lucky for us, the floral spectacle extends well into 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

Ravenscourt Park

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Located in Hammersmith, Ravenscourt Park is another London park where the pink flowers come out and play. The park is home to over 600 trees, but you’ll find the magnolias along the side of the Bowling Green and outside the park’s café. The magnolias at Ravenscourt Park are Grandiflora, which means dark green leaves and large white flowers.

Ravenscourt Park is within Zone 2, and you can take the Piccadilly line to drop you at Ravenscourt Park Underground Station.

Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park has quite a reputation for its stunning floral display – Queen Mary’s Rose Garden is London’s most extensive collection of roses (approximately 12,000 roses). If you’re up for a challenge, climb up the hill to find a lovely magnolia tree sitting in the middle of the lush green lawns. 

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

Richmond Riverside Park

Magnolias in London - Kew Gardens
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Richmond Riverside Park is one of Londoners’ top spots to unwind on a sunny afternoon. The park overlooks the River Thames and is close to trendy pubs and eateries. The riverfront park bursts with color in early spring, thanks to the magnolias that flank 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. James’s Park

St James’s Park doesn’t have many magnolias. However, the park is a good option if you don’t want to deviate from your itinerary as it is in central London and is a must-stop for all travelers. You’ll find a few white and pink blooms spread near the lake. There’s also a lovely crabapple tree near Buckingham Palace. 

St. James’s Park Station is the nearest tube station to the park, and you can take the District and Circle lines depending on where you are staying in London.

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

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Valerie fell in love with London on her first trip to the city way back in 2011. Since then, she spent a year living in London and visits as often as she can (you can find her recent trip recaps here!). She launched LOMM in 2021 to help other travelers fall in love with her favorite city on earth.

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  • Pauline Mongarny

    Hello Valerie,
    I can see you are using my picture to illustrate the Kew Garden paragraph. You probably found it on Pixabay where you could also found my name. I’m happy to see people using it but please, at least, mention the name of the creator. Even better mention their website.
    Thank you

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      Valerie

      Thanks for letting me know, Pauline. I did find it there, and while credit isn’t required per the terms of using photos on Pixabay, I’m happy to add your link since you found me!

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