By Lauren Harmes
Spring is upon us and it really is a wonderful time of year. Our beautiful capital is awash with beautiful flowers, greenery and sunlight.
But where can you check out London is all its blooming glory? Check out these 15 spots to enjoy
1. Columbia Road Flower Market
No bucket list of places to see London in bloom would be complete without the famous Columbia Road Flower Market. Selling flowers, houseplants and much more in-between every Sunday from 8am to 3pm, this East London beauty haven is the perfect spot to indulge in some springtime retail therapy.
2. Morden Hall Park
Morden Hall Park is a real jewel in South London’s crown, and a National Trust site.
Covering over 50 hectares of parkland, it’s home to a well-tended rose garden that hosts over 2,000 roses coming into bloom in the spring, and a collection of ornamental trees, including one of the oldest Yew trees in England.
3. Queen Mary’s Garden – Regent’s Park
Home to the largest rose garden in London, it is named after the wife of King George V and has around 12,000 roses planted within, as well as 85 single variety beds.
4. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Housing the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world, there are more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, many flower displays, greenhouses and a stunning cherry blossom walk lined with cherry blossom trees that are super impressive at spring time.
5. Kensington Gardens
The famous Kensington Gardens is home to one of the most beautiful cherry blossom tree collections in the country. Covering a huge 265 acres, the gardens are the perfect place to enjoy a sunny spring afternoon and is also home to the Sunken Garden, a memorial garden for Princess Diana which is home to more than 12,000 bulbs including the Tulipa Diana.
6. Greenwich Park
One of the Royal Parks of London, Greenwich Park is another place you can visit those beautiful cherry blossom trees, as here there is a full road of the blush-coloured delights you can take a stroll down. On the upper level, you can find a huge flower garden with a large duck pond, rose garden and 17thcentury sweet chestnut trees - an absolute delight for any horticulturist.
7. Wild at Heart at Liberty of London
Back to a bit of retail therapy now, and London’s most insta-worthy florist has made it onto our spring in bloom list. Situated at the entrance of Liberty of London, Wild at Heart sells everything from huge arrangements to single flower bouquets and is one of the capital’s busiest stores for good reason.
8. Isabella Plantation
This garden is situated within Richmond Park, and while it’s known for its evergreen azaleas, the peak time to visit the plantation is definitely late April and early May. Paths are lined with camellias and other flowers, plus many other rare and unusual trees and shrubs. There’s also an added bonus of extensive wildlife within the gardens.
9. Chelsea Gardener
A natural oasis within the heart of Chelsea, this is the garden centre that puts all other garden centres to shame. Situated within Chelsea Farmers Market, this gardening destination in West London is full of incredible flowers, plants and trees and is the perfect destination for a spring stroll.
10. RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Taking place from 21st to 25th May, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most important dates in any green-fingered Brit’s calendar. This world-renowned, glamorous festival of flowers is the most famous show in the world, showcasing avant-garde gardens and stunning flower collections. Add in this year’s theme perhaps
11. RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Staying in the flower show theme, the largest flower show in the world takes place from 2nd to 7th July at Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames. Featuring show gardens, flower marquees and pavilions alongside talks and demonstrations, this haven of gardening and floristry really is London at its best.
12. Notting Hill
One of the leafiest neighbourhoods in London, Notting Hill’s stunning streets are awash with cherry blossoms, magnolia and flower wreaths encasing multi-million-pound town houses’ doors during those fantastic spring months.
13. St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most recognisable tourist spots, and it’s also the place to check out some of the capital’s stunning cherry blossom trees. Not only is this a great place to enjoy the view and scenery, it’s also a fantastic photo opportunity – get your Insta feeds ready!
14. Kyoto Garden, Holland Park
Built to celebrate the Japan Festival in 1991, Kyoto Garden is a charming little garden hidden inside Holland Park. This haven of zen is home to cherry blossom trees, koi carp and even several peacocks.