Spring flowers in London. Best places for spring blooms

The first signs of spring flowers in London are a welcome sight after the grey, dreary days of winter. The bright colors and beautiful flower displays in London’s parks and gardens are definitely springtime in the city. In this post I will share the best places to see spring flowers in London.

Spring flowers in London

Spring flowers in London

From March, London’s parks and gardens come alive with bright carpets of daffodils and daffodils.

Daffodils in London

St James’s Park, Green Park and Bush Park are some of the best places to see daffodils in London.

Daffodils London St James's Park

Depending on the weather, April is when the cherry blossoms, magnolias and tulips bloom in London.

Magnolia Kew Gardens Spring in London

One of London’s spring highlights is the spectacular Hampton Court Palace Tulip Festival, which will take place from 14 April to 1 May 2023.

Tulip Festival Hampton Court Palace

From late April or early May, azaleas, rhododendrons, wisteria and bluebells bloom in several London parks. Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park is one of the most spectacular places to see azaleas and rhododendrons in full bloom in London.

Related: Spring at Isabella Plantations in Richmond Park

Visit Isabella Plantation in May 2021

Spring is a beautiful time of year to visit London and explore the city’s many parks and gardens. Here’s a list of our favorite places to see London’s spring flowers, along with tips to help you plan your day, whether you’re a local or visiting on holiday.

Wisteria in London

St. James’s Park

Daffodils in St James’s Park

Daffodils are one of the first signs of spring and you can usually start seeing spring flowers in London’s parks from early March. St. James’s Garden receives most of the bulbs planted by the Royal Parks, and when in bloom, its thousands of daffodils create a vibrant display of yellow.

Daffodils St James's Park, London

Hint. If you’re visiting with children, there’s a playground on the other side of Wellington Barracks with a large sandpit, play equipment and a slide-climbing area.

Read more. What to do in London’s St James’s Park with kids?

Cherry Blossoms in St James’s Park

St. James’s Park is also a beautiful place to see the cherry blossoms. One of the best places to see the flowers is by the lake by Buckingham Palace, where you can see the Blue Bridge and Horse Guards Parade on the other side.

Cherry Blossoms St James's Park London

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a pleasure to visit all year round and one of the best places to see spring flowers in London. There are over 300 acres to explore, with highlights including the Children’s Garden, Palm House, Princess of Wales Conservatory and Nature Area.

Cherry Blossoms Kew Gardens

Snowdrops at Kew Gardens

In late winter and early spring, look for snowdrops in the Natural Area along the Woodland Walk. From late February to early March, you’ll also start to see carpets of crocuses and daffodils around the gardens.

Snowdrops Kew Gardens London

Magnolia Grove at Kew Gardens

Visit Magnolia Grove in March and April for a spectacular display of blooming magnolia trees.

Magnolia Trees at Kew Gardens, London

Cherry Blossoms in Kew Gardens

From April, there are a number of places in Kew Gardens to see the beautiful cherry blossoms, including the Cherry Walk between Palm House and Temperate House, the Japanese Garden by the Pagoda and the Palm House Pond.

Spring at Kew Gardens, London

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Cherry Walk Kew Gardens

Bluebell Woods at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is also one of the best places in London to see the bluebell woods in April and early May. Head to the Natural Area to see the blue woods of Queen Charlotte’s Cottage.

Spring at Kew Gardens, London

The natural area is also a fantastic place for picnics and outdoor fun with a log trail to explore.

Interesting fact. Some of the blue woods at Kew Gardens are over 300 years old

Rhododendron Dell at Kew Gardens

Another highlight at Kew is seeing the colorful rhododendrons in bloom at Rhododendron Dell in spring. Sir Joseph Hooker brought back many new rhododendron specimens from his travels to the Himalayas in the mid-19th century, and several were planted here, including some unique hybrids not found elsewhere in the world.

Rhododendron Dell at Kew Gardens

Read more about our previous visits to Kew Gardens seasons. Spring at Kew Gardens Wandering around Kew Gardens; Autumn foliage at Kew Gardens

Hampton Court Palace

Tulip Festival at Hampton Court Palace

In 2021, Hampton Court Palace held its inaugural Tulip Festival, with a stunning display of over 100,000 tulips in the palace gardens. The tulip displays were absolutely beautiful.

Spring 2023 Hampton Court Palace Tulip Festival

This year, the Hampton Court Palace Tulip Festival will be held from April 14 to May 1, 2023.

Tulip Festival Hampton Court Palace London

I also created an Instagram reel showing the different tulip displays in the gardens. My favorite spot was in the Kitchen Garden, lined with rows of vibrant tulips of all colors.

Wisteria at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is also one of the best places in London to see wisteria. At the back of the Palace Gardens near the Great Vine (which is the longest vine in the world), you’ll find a wall covered in a spectacular wisteria that was planted around 1840.

Wisteria London Hampton Court Palace

Richmond Park

Spring Azaleas and Rhododendrons at Isabella Plantation Richmond Park

Visiting Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park when its azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom (around late April to early May) is one of the most spectacular spring flower viewing experiences in London. In spring, the woodland garden explodes with bright colors, varying shades of pink and red.

Azaleas at Still Pond

I use the location tag on Instagram to check out the latest photos of Isabella Plantation, as the window to see this beautiful forest in bloom at the park is quite short and varies from year to year depending on the weather.

Spring at Isabella Plantation

Related: Spring at Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

Chiswick House and Gardens

Camellia Flower Show at Chiswick House and Gardens

The annual Camellia Flower Show at Chiswick House features a display of 33 different camellias in its conservatory. This is one of the oldest collections in Britain, with many camellias dating back to the original planting in 1828.

Camellia Flower Show at Chiswick House

Wisteria at Chiswick House and Gardens

The conservatory at Chiswick House is also a great place to see wisteria in May.

Wisteria at Chiswick House, London

Rhododendrons at Chiswick House and Gardens

Head to Chiswick House woodland in April and May to see the beautiful rhododendrons in bloom.

Chiswick House Rhododendrons

Fuller’s Brewery, Chiswick

One of the best places to see wisteria in London is Fuller’s Griffin Brewery in Chiswick. This magnificent wisteria covers a huge wall and is also the oldest wisteria in England, having been brought here from China in 1816.

Wisteria Fullers Brewery Chiswick London

Note that since this is a work site with trucks coming in and out with deliveries, posing and taking pictures is not allowed during the week. You are welcome to visit the wisteria when the brewery is closed on weekends.

Wisteria in London

Kensington Gardens

Cherry Blossoms in Kensington Gardens

There is a grove of flowering trees and at least one magnolia near the Lancaster gates of Kensington Gardens and near the Italian Gardens, which are beautiful to see when they are in bloom. You’ll also find some pink flowering trees near the Albert Memorial on the East Albert Lawn.

Blossom Tree in Kensington Gardens, London

Related: Day Out Exploring Kensington Gardens

Hyde Park

And across the Serpentine, near the Knightsbridge side of Hyde Park, is this beautiful, quiet place with a magnolia tree.

Magnolia in Hyde Park, London

Buckingham Palace

Flower beds at Buckingham Palace

One of the best places to see a display of tulips and other flowers in London in spring is Buckingham Palace.

Tulips at Buckingham Palace, London

One of the most stunning displays I saw at Buckingham Palace was a few years ago when around 28,000 tulips were planted in the Gardens of Remembrance, creating a riot of beautiful colour.

Spring tulips at Buckingham Palace, London

Regent’s Park

Another popular spot for spring flowers is Regent’s Park, where you’ll find beautiful displays of tulips (Avenue Gardens) and cherry blossom trees (Chester Road).

Regent's Park London

It’s the perfect place for a picnic, a walk in the gardens, one of the four playgrounds or the outdoor sports area, the largest in London.

Hint. The wonderful Marylebone Green playground is located in Regent’s Park and has a nature trail and climbing area, a high slide and huge sand pits.

Ravenscourt Park

Cherry Blossoms in Ravenscourt Park

One of the best places to see the cherry blossoms in London is Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith. In the garden (near the basketball court) there are rows of cherry blossoms that create a beautiful pink tunnel when they bloom.

Cherry Blossom Ravenscourt Park

If you’re visiting with children, there are two great playgrounds: an adventure playground right next door where you’ll see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, and a children’s playground with a paddling pool on the other side of the park. summer

Ravenscourt Park Cherry Blossoms

This post was updated on 13 March 2023 with updated photos and tips for London’s upcoming spring season.

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