The Japanese call it hanami, but you don’t have to be in Japan to practice the age old custom of “flower viewing”. When cherry blossoms bloom, the festival is known as sakura: a celebration of Springtime complete with picnics and tea ceremonies.
If you can’t make it to Japan for the festivities, then you may just find a little spot right here in London for your own hanami…
You can count on London’s world famous botanical gardens to have an impressive display of cherry blossom come Spring. “Cherry Walk” begins just behind the iconic glass Palm House and runs down to the Temperate House. With so many varieties, each blooming at different stages, you’re guaranteed to see blossoms throughout the season.
Just North of London’s West End is the royal Regents Park. Nestled in one of London’s smartest neighbourhoods, you’ll find lots of blossoms here, the most impressive of which are just off the southern most part of the Broad Walk.
The park in Greenwich has a number of white Apple Blossoms just beside the tennis courts and rose gardens. Head to the top of the hill for the most impressive view of Canary Wharf and City of London.
Out and About
You’re likely to see the pink-hues of Cherry Blossom just mooching through London during spring – be it amongst the residential streets of Notting Hill and Primrose Hill, or surrounding gardens at St Pauls cathedral.
Sake No Hana
Dine under a canopy of blossoms. Part of the Michelin-adorned Hakkasan restaurant group, Sake No Hana, just off London’s Piccadilly, blooms every spring with the arrival of Sakura. The food, as you might expect, is an exceptional contemporary take on Japanese favourites.
Sakura at Sake No Hana runs until 18th June.
If you haven’t yet visited London Grace, its a must for a quick polish and coffee (or bubbles, if you prefer!). They’ve just opened up a second branch on Clapham High Street (hurrah!) and launched a number of new nail colours too. “Blossom” is new for spring.
The stationery masters at Quill London are hosting a Cherry Blossom paper flower workshop on 21st April for those more creatively inclined. Other workshops run throughout the year but it’s worth adding yourself to the wait list as they tend to sell out fast.
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