Planning a trip to London? I can’t think of a prettier time to visit when the cherry blossoms are out in bloom. It’s no wonder it’s my favorite time of year in London.
So, when can you see cherry blossoms and where should you go to get the best shots of these lovely pink blooms? Here’s my guide.
London has several common varieties of cherry blossom, with the earliest blooming in mid-February.
If you can believe it, I think this may be one of most famous trees on instagram! It might have something to do with the gorgeous pink door framed by the blossom. This house is instagram gold anyway, but when this tree is in bloom, it is literally swarmed by people wanting a photograph! You can find it on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. I snapped this photo last year on February 12.
I love this instafamous cherry tree (yes, trees really are instafamous, i know, isn’t life grand!) in South Kensington. It always blooms mid-late February, and can be found just off Thurloe Square.
This tree is one of my favorites in London! It’s a different variety to the other types you typically find around London, but I adore it’s gorgeous delicate flowers, and the color pop in the colder winter months. You can find this one in Holland Park, close to St. James Gardens, and it blooms end of Feb/early March.
The fluffier variety of cherry blossom bloom in mid-April, and do they ever stop people in their tracks!
They are so pretty, like little pink popcorn blossoms dotting the city. It’s my absolute favorite thing to see.
A few trees can be found around Hillgate Place in Notting Hill, and the famous blossoms near St. Pauls Cathedral that perfectly frame the famous blue dome. Walking around some of my favorite colorful neighborhoods (Notting Hill, Chelsea, Holland Park), you’ll find some gorgeous blossoming trees.
Of course, all blooming seasons are dependent on the weather, but if you can catch the elusive cherry blossom season, you’ll be glad you did!