Nothing marks the start of a London spring quite like delicate pink blossoms bursting into life in our streets and parks.
The arrival of cherry blossom, or sakura, is a big deal in Japan, with people travelling the globe to witness this glorious spectacle.
But when the blossoms are out, central London looks pretty, blooming marvellous too. Just wander around the stunning terraces of Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair, and you’ll find the blossoms make a pleasing addition to the white stucco buildings and garden squares.
Or make a day of it by soaking up the splendour of central London’s springtime parks. Read on for five Instagram-worthy blossom spots within easy reach of Belgravia.
But remember, cherry blossoms don’t hang around for long, and February’s heatwave means they could be arriving early this year!
Take the Chester Road entrance for an avenue of tall white Sunset Boulevard-variety cherry blossoms or head to the south end of Avenue Gardens, for a spectacular pink cluster.
St James’ Park
For maximum blossom opportunities, take a circular stroll round the park, but be quick as these are among the first to flower. You’ll find pink blossoms at Storey’s Gate, and around the lake on the Buckingham Palace side.
If you can’t make it to Japan, Holland Park’s Kyoto Gardens are a beautiful and peaceful substitute. You’ll find koi carp, a waterfall and a little bridge plus plenty of cherry blossom – it’s unmissable in spring.
Catch the blooms at Lancaster Gate then walk to the Albert Memorial where you’ll spot six gorgeous pink trees.
Further afield, head to Greenwich Park for its famous arch of magenta blossoms or Kew Gardens with its own cherry walk. If it’s a perfect London springtime photo you’re after, pop to St Paul’s Cathedral for a view of the dome framed in cherry blossom.
Read more about London’s blossom hotspots in this Time Out story.