WHERE TO SEE MAGNOLIA AND CHERRY BLOSSOM IN LONDON (PRINTABLE GUIDE AND MAP)

London in Bloom brings out magnolias and cherry blossom in London

London has a reputation of being a grey and rainy city, but in reality it is awash with colour. Particularly in the spring and summer, the city comes alive with flowering trees and gardens wherever you look. Starting out in the early spring with early blossoms and magnolia trees, London bursts with colour. This is then followed by the arrival of cherry blossom in London, a true feast for the senses and one of the best places in the world to see cherry blossoms. As a side note, if you also love flowers outside urban spaces, here are some of the most most instagrammable flower fields in the world

Going back to London, with so many pretty blossom trees, the city turns pink and white, and you could spend months hunting them down. So I’ve made it really easy for you to find the prettiest magnolia and cherry blossoms in London. So here is a list of where to find the best.

And if you make it to the end of this long post, you can download my printable LONDON BLOSSOM GUIDE, with exact locations and maps of the best magnolia and sakura in London.

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Early blossoms in London 

From mid-February

London has a few varieties of cherry blossom, and the early blooming ones start making an appearance in mid-February. Here’s where you can see the first blossoms in London.

South Kensington

Early cherry blossom in South Kensington
Early cherry blossom in South Kensington

Right outside South Kensington tube station you will find an insta-famous cherry blossom tree in London. It may be because it’s incredibly pretty with its deep pink flowers or because it’s one of the first ones to tell us spring is here, so everyone who’s been looking forward to the blooming season flocks to the area to take photos of it.

 

Notting Hill

Pink cherry blossoms in front of a purple house and a pink door
Pink cherry blossoms in Portobello Road

Another insta-famous tree (yes, really!) can be found on Portobello Road. This tree is one of the most photogenic ones and being so close to the Portobello Market in Notting Hill, it’s really popular with tourists. The pink door behind it and the purple house next door really makes this tree pop when in bloom. This is an obligatory photo stop if you’re taking a girls trip to London.

PLEASE BE MINDFUL AND RESPECTFUL
I have seen people sitting on the railings of this particular house to take a photo with this tree. Remember that real people live in these houses. Please be mindful and respectful of people’s properties and keep your voice down to avoid disrupting when taking photos outside this or any other house.

 

The cherry blossom on the corner of Jameson Street and Kensington Place is not the most spectacular you’ll find in London, but how cute does it look against this colour houses?

Very thin pink blossom inside the black railing of a pink house with a shite door and ivy going above the door. You can see a green house in the background with a victorian street lamp outside

 

Richmond Riverside

Richmond Riverside is really beautiful all year round, particularly at sunrise and sunset. My good friend @veevs is well known for capturing the beautiful Richmond light as the sun rises and sets over the Thames. She captured this beautiful early blossom tree here in the first hours of the day and it’s just magical!

Sunrise in Richmond Riverside
Sunrise in Richmond Riverside. Photo Credit: @veevs

Magnolia in London

From March

Magnolias are possibly the most spectacular blossoms in London, but as pretty as they are, they only last a couple of weeks. They get easily damaged by wind and cold spells, which are common at this time of the year, so try and catch them as soon as they are out. There’s a big concentration of big magnolias trees in London, particularly in West London, so here are the most spectacular ones.

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Chelsea

 

Magnolia in full bloom against a white house with brown door
Magnolia in full bloom in Bramerton Street
Magnolias outside a red bricked building with a Dutch gable
Magnolias in Mallord Street
Big magnolia tree in bloom outside a big white house
Lovely magnolia tree in Gilston Road
Branches of blooming magnolias over a white building with a black door
The Boltons is a lovely street to spot magnolias in bloom
Branches of blooming magnolia and camellia in front of a white house
There are plenty of magnolias and camellias in The Boltons
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. Please be mindful and respectful of their properties and keep your voice down to avoid disrupting when taking photos outside any of these houses.
White magnolia flowers in front of a black door
Lovely white star magnolia in The Little Boltons
Magnolia flowers with street in the background
Beautiful blooms in Harcourt Terrace
Magnolia blooms with row of townhouses in the background
The magnolias look great against the white columns of Harcourt Terrace

Earls Court

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Magnolia in bloom in front of a grey building with navy blue door
Earls Court Gardens looking blooming wonderful
Big magnolia tree in bloom outside a grey townhouse
Magnificent magnolia in bloom

Kensington

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Flowering magnolia tree outside of blue house with black door
Victoria Road is another street with plenty of blooming magnolias
Big magnolia in bloom outside a blue two storey house
The pink magnolias look great against this blue house
Magnolia in bloom outside a brown brick house with wooden door and planters with flowers
A sunny spot in Eldon Road
Big pink magnolia flowers arching over a black door in a white house
Pretty in pink in Launceston Place
Pink magnolia flowers with white house in the background
March is magnolia madness time in London
Pink magnolias in front of a white house with a black door
Lovely pink magnolias
Flowering magnolias with row of white houses in the background
Beautiful magnolias in one of London’s most prestigious addresses
White house steps leading to a black door surrounded by a pink flowering camellia and a pink flowering magnolia
Surrounded by pink blooms
Big magnolia tree with abundant pink flowers outside a white house
The most beautiful magnolia tree in London?
Magnolia trees in bloom with ivy growing on the trunk with white house in the background
Magnolias and ivy
Big flowering magnolia outside a large white house
Another magnificent magnolia in bloom in Argyll Road
Vibrant pink magnolias flowers in front of a black door with two big black planters either side
Vibrant pink magnolias
Large pink magnolia tree in bloom in front of a two storey white residential building, with a green hedge next to it
Another magnificent magnolia tree in London
Flowering magnolia tree in a garden with brick house with balcony
It may look like the countryside but this is London
Magnolia tree framing a white lattice balcony on a brick house
Magnolias and lattice balconies
Magnolia tree outside cream coloured house with blue door and terracotta pots
Pink and blue
Magnolia tree in flower outside cream house with blue door
Big light pink blooms

Notting Hill

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Magnolia tree in bloom outside a house with a yellow door

 

Branches of deep pink blooming magnolia in the foreground and a town of colourful terraced houses in the background
Quintessential Notting Hill in bloom

Holland Park

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Canopy of magnolia branches in bloom in the foreground and a line of three storey townhouses in the background
This is one of the most beautiful roads for magnolias and cherry blossoms in London

 

Cherry Blossom in London

From April

Thanks to cherry blossom, London is a lovely place to be in the spring. Granted, sakura in London is not as famous as in Tokyo or South Korea, but it is a reminder to everyone that spring is most definitely here and it’s not long before summer arrives too. It brings a smile to people’s faces.

Kensington, Chelsea and Notting Hill in West London are very leafy neighbourhoods, so you will pretty much find that from mid-February the streets are starting to bloom with some of the most beautiful cherry blossom trees in London. If you keep going back over the following couple of months, you will see the blossoms change from early cherry blossom, to magnolia, back to cherry blossom and the last wave of colour is another spectacular bloom about which I’ll write a separate post.

Here is where to see cherry blossoms in London.

JUST ANOTHER REMINDER*
Real people live in these streets
. Please be mindful and respectful of their properties and keep your voice down to avoid disrupting when taking photos outside any of these houses.

Chelsea

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London Black Cab parked on a road framed by pink cherry blossom branches
A typical London spring scene
Traditional Victorian street light surrounded by branches of very light pink cherry blossom
Fluffy cherry blossom in Bramerton Street

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Street lined up with large light pink cherry blossom trees on one side and two storey red brick buildings on the other
An avenue of cherry blossom in Dovehouse Street

 

 

Garden with pink cherry blossom tree on the right and a two storey white building and a church spire on the left
Yes, this cherry blossom beauty is in the middle of London

Kensington

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Small red vintage car parked next to a pink cherry blossom tree outside two terraced houses, one mint green and the other light yellow with a blue door and blue window shutters
Cherry blossom cuteness in Blithfield Street
Large pink cherry blossom tree outside two white two storey townhouses. There is a victorian street lamp to the left of the tree.
Another lovely cherry blossom tree in Scarsdale Villas
Grey door with number 8 next to it framed by pink cherry blossom branches from the top and two round hedges from the bottom
Wispy cherry blossom in St Albans Grove

Notting Hill

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Today I took the most blossom filled two hour walk around Notting Hill while my little one slept in the buggy – she’s had a fever and cough that’s going around, poor thing. It felt like old times, back when it was just me and her all day long while big brother was in school. Back before Instagram; when I really was just falling in love with this gorgeous city. And guess what, the love is still going strong! . . . #chasingfacades #mycityloves #londoninbloom #passionpassport #darlingescapes #wonderful_places #living_destinations #travelanddestinations #mytinyatlas  #guardiantravelsnaps #suitcasetravels #tlpicks #iamatraveler #roomwithaview #wheretofindme #inspiremyinstagram #exploretocreate #fromwhereistand #agameoftones #streetsdreamsmag #ongooglemaps #mysecretlondon #toplondonphoto #prettycitylondon #prettylittlelondon #mylondon #thisislondon #timeoutlondon #travelerinlondon

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Ravenscourt Park

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If you’re looking for avenues of cherry blossoms, London is not short of them. Ravenscourt Park in West London has a lovely one that create a tunnel of pink magic. Definitely worth a visit!

 

On your way to Ravenscourt Park, pay a visit to Bradmore Park Road for this little beauty (I’m talking about the tree!).

Woman standing outside a white picket fence looking up at a small pink cherry blossom tree
This small but mighty cherry blossom tree in Bradmore Park Road is a delight
Gothic arched window with the name of a school, framed in the foreground by a pink cherry blossom tree and green leafy plants
A beautiful cherry blossom frame in Paddenswick Road

The City

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There are a couple of cherry blossom trees by St Paul’s Cathedral that are great to frame the building’s impressive dome. Just stand under the tree and look up!

 

Mayfair

Mount Street Gardens is a true hidden gem in the middle of Mayfair, and despite it being a small park, it is one of the most spectacular cherry blossom park in London – well, at least in Central London. It has possibly the ‘fullest’ and ‘fluffiest’ cherry blossoms I’ve seen in the city.

 

Herne Hill

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This neighbourhood in South London has become a bit of a cherry blossom destination. Stradella Road and Winterbrook Road are two residential streets that are lined up with pale pink sakura and it’s a lovely sight.

Cherry blossom tree with row of red brick houses in the background
Cherry blossom in Herne Hill

Alexandra Palace

You will find plenty of cherry blossom trees just outside the Alexandra Palace building. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy some cherry blossom spotting and the views of the city. They tend to flower to flower in early April here.

View of the skyscrapers in the horizon framed by pink cherry blossoms
Spectacular view of London from Alexandra Palace surrounded by cherry blossoms

Cherry blossom in London parks

Greenwich Park

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The avenue of cherry blossoms here will have you fooled and make you think that you are somewhere in Japan. Greenwich Park is beautiful all year round, but it really comes alive when the cherry blossoms put on a show. Find the avenue behind Ranger’s House towards the end of April.

Avenue lined up with cherry blossom trees with benches along the path

 

St James’ Park

Right next to Buckingham Palace, this is one of my favourite parks in London. Full of wildlife and with flower displays pretty much all year round, but the spring here is a real explosion of colour with the addition of some cherry blossom trees near Storey’s Gate. Try to visit during the first half of April.

 

Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park is a great place to go if you want guaranteed cherry blossom no matter whether you go in early, mid or late April. You will find sakura in the Avenue Gardens, the English Gardens, Queen Mary’s Garden and at Jubilee Gate.

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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is the idea of heaven for flower lovers. It has, after all, the largest and most diverse botanical collection in the world. Find the Cherry Walk behind the Palm House and for even more cherry blossoms between the Palm House and the Temperate House.

 

FLOWERING TIMES
Bear in mind that weather patterns may make trees flower early or late, so keep an eye out on places like Instagram to find out what the blooms in London are doing.

Have I left out any good spots to see the blooms in London?
Let me know in the comments!

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Where to See Magnolia and Cherry Blossom in London

Where to See Magnolia and Cherry Blossom in London

Where to See Magnolia and Cherry Blossom in London

Where to See Magnolia and Cherry Blossom in London

Where to See Magnolia and Cherry Blossom in London

Where to See Magnolia and Cherry Blossom in London


A big thank you to my friends – @veevs for her patience while I hunted down the blooming trees in London, and @sparrowinlondon for acting as my ‘London in Bloom Consultant’.

 

8 thoughts on “WHERE TO SEE MAGNOLIA AND CHERRY BLOSSOM IN LONDON (PRINTABLE GUIDE AND MAP)

  1. Jen says:

    This looks like heaven! We see magnolias here in upstate NY but this is just magical. Added to my flower bucket list!

  2. Ferne Arfin says:

    Great post but you missed one of the best. Redcliffe Road off the Fulham Road in Chelsea is completely lined with Cherry trees and should be a sea of pink with a carpet of pink soon after. Usually happen end of April or beginning of May but with the weather so weird, who knows.

  3. Greta says:

    Ok I need to get out of the house more and actually go see some of these blooms! They’re all so pretty and your pictures are awesome!

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