London in Spring – when and where to see the top 5 spring flowers

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London in Spring is quite simply, awesome!

London in Spring is quite simply, awesome! I love the mild weather between March to May and the longer daylight hours as we move from winter. We have beautiful days with “summer” sunshine and some spring showers as well which means best to take a small umbrella wherever I go. Typical spring temperature averages between 11° to 15°C (52 to 59°F) and it is a perfect time to visit London. For up to date weather information and forecast on London, check AccuWeather.

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Although spring is a lovely time to visit, London is a perfect destination at any time of the year. There are activities and events planned throughout the year and of significance in 2020 is the UEFA finals scheduled for 12th June to 12th July.

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London in Spring

For me, spring is a beautiful time of the year as snowdrops rises from the earth and the white and purple delicate colours of the crocuses carpet the damp ground. With the onset of spring, March brings in the beautiful cheerful vibrant yellow and subtle white daffodils to cheer up any dull moment that one may feel. These darling buds of sunshine can be found at almost everywhere in London, especially in London parks. In addition, cherry blossoms are also symbolic flowers of the spring.

Cherry blossoms,are a big thing in Japan. They are affectionately known as “sakura” and is unofficially considered the national flower of the country. Sakura is symbolic to the Japanese because it signifies a time of renewal and the fleeting nature of life. Their beauty peak for about two weeks, after which they start to fall. The somewhat sharp deep pink buds with snow like white petals seems uplifting and make people merry. In Japan, people celebrate this season by meeting-up with family and friends for drinks and meals. They call this tradition, “hanami”. Hanami means “watching blossoms”.

London in Spring at the Royal Parks

There are so many beautiful parks in London for me to enjoy the colours of spring. Besides being one of the world’s largest and busiest metropolises, London is home to large areas of green spaces that is a sanctuary to diverse wildlife. There are eight beautifully manicured, well maintained royal parks that offer a paradise of zen for any visitor to London. Hyde Park in London is no doubt the most popular and every visitor’s favourite but I would suggest that you may change your mind once you visit Regent’s Park. In any case, London’s Royal Parks make a great destination if you want to experience the spring colours.

As the parks and trees burst into life with all manner of colours and pretty petals, there are five spring flowers that top my list. Here, I would like to share them with you and the spots where you can find them.

1 | Daffodils – London in Spring

The Royal Parks is said to plant one million daffodil bulbs across their gardens each year. Come the longer days and the sunshine in March and April, you will see swathes of daffodils raise their trumpets to the sky in a sea of yellow hues.

The best places to see them is St James’ Park, which gets the majority of bulbs. You can find them also in Green Park, Hampton Court PalaceKensington Gardens, and, Kew Gardens.

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Sea of daffodils in St James’ Park – Courtesy The Royal Parks FB page

2 | Crocuses – London in Spring

The crocuses are also my favourite. With 5 million bulbs planted each year, the “Crocus carpet” at Kew Gardens holds the largest display of crocuses in the UK They are at their fullest bloom from late February through March.

Kew Gardens

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Crocuses at Kew Gardens. Photo courtesy of Kew Gardens FB page

3 | Cherry blossoms – London in Spring

For beautiful sights of this pink buds, head over to the following places – but remember that they don’t last long! Late April to early May.

Regent’s Park (Chester Road entrance);

St. James’ Park (near Storey’s Gate and around the lake on the Buckingham Palace side);

Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden

Kew Gardens has it’s own cherry walk;

and the most impressive one and my favourite is at Greenwich Park

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Greenwich Park by Shadman Chowdhury | timeout.com

4 | Wisteria – London in Spring

I fell in love with Wisterias when I visited Japan. The Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara was surrounded by 200 wisteria trees and they were in full glory when I visited in early May. It was truly a spectacular sight. They bloom between April and June.

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Wisteria at Kasuga Taisha, Nara
The Kasuga Taisha shrine in Nara is surrounded by these lovely wisteria trees
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The Kasuga Taisha shrine in Nara is surrounded by these lovely wisteria trees

In London, you can catch the Wisteria hysteria in specific areas in Chelsea, Kensington, and Notting Hill. In particular, check out houses along Kynance MewsAbingdon RoadGordon Place, and Cheyne Walk

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Picture by Shutterstock courtesy of Londonist.

5 | Tulips – London in Spring

Tulips in London are pretty much everywhere you go – the royal parks boasts a hugely varied amount. You can find them at Hampton Court Palace, Buckingham Palace, St James’ Park and Regent’s Park. They bloom late March to mid May. Mid April is said to be at their finest.

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@piccoloexplorer | Tulips at Buckingham Palace

If you are in London this spring, do visit one of the Royal Parks. On the other hand, if you want to getaway from the City for a day and experience the splendour of spring colours, enjoy a day at the park, take a walk through a quintessential English town or visit a castle – you can do any or all easily on a short train ride from London.


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28 Responses

  1. Georgina
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    Yes, I’m missing all the flowers London has this year so far. There’s nothing quite like London Parks. Like you, I have also been enjoying the garden but restless these last few days.

  2. Jay Artale
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    I used to love living in London during Springtime … the first whiff of a warm day and everyone would flood into the parks and claim a bit of grass to soak up the rays. It’s a shame we’ve been having such good weather and can’t take advantage of the parks at the moment, but I’ve been making the most of the garden. The flowers are blooming, and the birds are busy building their nests.

  3. Georgina
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    London looks forward to welcoming you with a sea of tulips next spring – tulips are everywhere and they are so pretty! I am sure you will have a splendid time when here exploring the gardens.

  4. Georgina
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    London is absolutely so beautiful in spring. I could’t go out to capture them this spring because of out lockdown – hopefully we will be able to experience some summer flowers instead.

  5. Georgina
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    Thank you so much! London certainly has so much more to offer and absolutely the place to be.

  6. Jan Banerjee
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    Enjoyed this blog post! I cancelled my plan to visit London this spring due to the current situation. Hopefully next year, when I visit London I will visit all these gardens. I never knew London had tulips! Thanks for your tips.:-)

  7. Yukti
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    I love flowers then I would love to see London in spring as there are so many beautiful flowers to admire for. Crocuses at Kew Gardens looks very photogenic. Sea of daffodils in St James’ Park looks amazing too.

  8. The Holidaymaker | Renee
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    Oh my, this is the city to visit in the spring isn’t it? The fields of daffodils, crocus, tulips- how beautiful. And, all to frame some of the best monuments and architecture London has to offer.

  9. Karthika
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    These are so beautiful. I cannot wait for our trees to bloom. London is spring looks like such a fantastic place to see all the colors of spring.

  10. Georgina
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    You have no idea how disappointed I am that I cannot do a follow-up to this blog with my planned visit to these places! It will still be useful for next spring, which will be a beautiful time when London gets back to normal.

  11. Angela
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    A nice guide for visitors to London on when and where to see the beatiful Spring flowers. If only we could get out and see them right now.

  12. Georgina
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    Absolutely! Taking time to appreciate is something I encourage and do in my life very much. Hope you get to see the wisterias.

  13. nickymacke
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    I love watching the spring bulbs poke their way up through the ground too, it’s a wonderful sight and definitely brightens any city, London included! I’d love to see the wisteria though especially…sometimes you just need to pay attention to the beauty that surrounds you. I know I do.

  14. Georgina
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    Kyoto Garden is nice and you are sure to enjoy. I can imagine pretty cherry blossoms everywhere. Have a great time when you do.

  15. Angie
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    Kyoto Garden is on my list to visit to see the Cherry Blossom. Nearest I’m going to get to Japan!

  16. Georgina
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    Absolutely, you will so enjoy London with her colours springing up here, there and everywhere. Daffodils are here and cherry blossoms in a few weeks.

  17. Georgina
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    I love all seasons as each is unique and offer its own beauty. Spring brings freshness and colours to the season that I look forward to after the damp and cold of the winter. Glad to know you like spring too.

  18. Georgina
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    You will absolutely love London in spring. So many colours and so many places to see them, you will definitely be able to strike wisteria off your list when you visit in spring 🙂

  19. Ann
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    Oh this is clearly a reason so see London during the spring, I would love to walk around and smell the Wisteria. They dont grow in Sweden, so I actually have not seen them with my own eyes.
    That could be a cool version of a bucketlist, plants to see in a year 😀

  20. Chelsea Messina
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    Your photos are so lovely! I can only imagine how amazing the flowers smelt as you walked through them 😍 I can’t wait for spring!

  21. Slavka
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    I never associate London with blooms, but now I will. Gorgeous! I would totally enjoy the daffodils and cherry blossom walks.

  22. Carrie Ann | Should Be Cruising
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    London is so beautiful in spring! I used to live close to Kew Gardens so I was spoiled for flowers, but the parks and neighborhoods you mentioned have such gorgeous displays. I’m a fan of the wisteria as well – so lovely and fragrant.

  23. Sarah
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    Yes, London in the spring is gorgeous. I do miss daffodils, never seem to see them in other countries. To me, daffodils means springtime.

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  25. Georgina
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    Thank you – London is lovely in spring. So glad you will experience it.

  26. Georgina
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    Thank you so much Ade. Indeed, there’s more to our City than the norm tourist attractions. I hope this blog will encourage visitors and Londoners alike to just give a little attention to what’s around us than the main attractions. I value your feedback, thank you again.

  27. adewyatt
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    You always find a way to make London knew again. O have never ever considered it a destination for flowers and alike sort from the obvious flower shows which are not my thing. This is a wonderful blog for anyone on London or who is coming that wants to see more of what our wonderful capital city has to offer.

  28. Daisy Daniel
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    Wow! its really beautiful. Hope to see all that soon.

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