Best Places to See Spring Flowers in London

Magnolia at Hyde Park, London

The first signs of spring flowers in London are a welcome sight after the grey, dreary days of winter. Seeing the vibrant colours and beautiful flower displays in the parks and gardens of London is definitely a highlight of springtime in the city. In this post, I’ll be sharing the best places to see spring flowers in London.

Spring Flowers in London

Spring Flowers in London

From March, the parks and gardens in London come to life with vibrant carpets of crocuses and daffodils.

Daffodils in London

St James’s Park, Green Park and Bushy 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 cherry blossoms, magnolia and tulips are in bloom around London.

Magnolia Kew Gardens Spring in London

One of the highlights during spring in London is the spectacular Hampton Court Palace Tulip Festival, which will be on from 15 April – 6 May 2024.

Tulip Festival Hampton Court Palace

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

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Visit Isabella Plantation in May 2021

Spring is a beautiful time of year to visit London and enjoy exploring the city’s many parks and gardens. Here is a list of our favourite places to see the spring flowers in London, along with tips to help plan a day out whether you live locally or are 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 usually from early March, you can start to see the spring flowers in London parks. St James’s Park receives the majority of bulbs planted by the Royal Parks, and when in bloom, its thousands of daffodils create a vibrant display of yellow.

Daffodils at St James's Park, London

Tip: If you’re visiting with children, there’s a playground located across the Wellington Barracks with a large sand pit, play equipment and a climbing area with a slide.

Read more: Things to do in St James’s Park London with kids

Cherry Blossoms in St James’s Park

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

Cherry Blossoms St James's Park London

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a pleasure to visit 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 the Natural Area.

Cherry Blossoms Kew Gardens

Snowdrops in Kew Gardens

In late winter and early spring, look out for the snowdrops along the Woodland Walk in the Natural Area. You will also start to see carpets of crocuses and daffodils around the gardens from late February to early March.

Snowdrops Kew Gardens London

Magnolia Grove in Kew Gardens

In March and April, visit the Magnolia Grove for a spectacular display of magnolia trees in bloom.

Magnolia Trees at Kew Gardens, London

Cherry Blossoms in Kew Gardens

From April, there are a number of spots to see the beautiful cherry blossoms at Kew Gardens, including the Cherry Walk between the Palm House and Temperate House, the Japanese Garden near 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 bluebell woods in April and early May. Head to the Natural Area to see the bluebell woods by Queen Charlotte’s Cottage.

Spring at Kew Gardens London

The Natural Area is also a fantastic spot for picnics and outdoor fun with a log trail to explore.

Interesting fact: Part of the bluebell woods at Kew Gardens is over 300 years old

Rhododendron Dell in Kew Gardens

Another highlight during spring at Kew is seeing the colourful rhododendrons in bloom at the Rhododendron Dell. Sir Joseph Hooker brought back many new specimens of rhododendron from his travels to the Himalaya 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 through the 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 stunning displays of over 100,000 tulips across 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 running from 15 April – 6 May 2024.

Tulip Festival Hampton Court Palace London

I also created an Instagram reel showing the various tulip displays around the gardens. My favourite spot was at the Kitchen Garden where there were rows upon rows of vibrant tulips of all colours.

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 grapevine in the world), you’ll find a wall covered in a spectacular wisteria that was planted in around 1840.

Wisteria London Hampton Court Palace

Richmond Park

Spring Azaleas and Rhododendrons in Isabella Plantation Richmond Park

Visiting the 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 experiences to see spring flowers in London. During spring, the woodland garden is bursting with vibrant colors, various shades of pink and red.

Azaleas at Still Pond

I use the location tag on Instagram to check the most recent photos of Isabella Plantation, since the window to see this beautiful woodland in garden in full bloom is fairly short and varies from year to year depending on the weather.

Spring in Isabella Plantation

Related: Spring in Isabella Plantation Richmond Park 

Chiswick House and Gardens

Camellia Flower Show at Chiswick House and Gardens

The annual Camellia Flower Show at Chiswick House features 33 different displays of camellias at its conservatory. It’s one of the oldest collections in Britain with many of the camellias descended from 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 wonderful spot to see wisteria in May.

Wisteria at Chiswick House London

Rhododendrons at Chiswick House and Gardens

In April and May, head to the woodland area of Chiswick House 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 at Fuller’s Griffin Brewery in Chiswick. This magnificent wisteria covers a huge wall and it is also the oldest wisteria in England, brought here from China in 1816.

Wisteria Fullers Brewery Chiswick London

Note that because this is a working place where trucks are coming in and out making deliveries, it is not permitted to show up and take photos during the week. You are welcome to come see the wisteria when the brewery is closed during the weekend.

Wisteria in London

Kensington Gardens

Cherry Blossoms at Kensington Gardens

On the Lancaster Gate side of Kensington Gardens, and near the Italian Gardens, there are is a grove of blossom trees and at least one magnolia tree which are beautiful to see when they’re in bloom. You’ll also find several pink blossoming 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, close to the Knightsbridge side of Hyde Park, there’s this beautiful, tranquil spot with a magnolia tree.

Magnolia at Hyde Park, London

Buckingham Palace

Flower Beds at Buckingham Palace

One of the best places to see tulips and other flower displays during spring in London is at Buckingham Palace.

Tulips at Buckingham Palace, London

One of the most stunning displays I’ve seen at Buckingham Palace was a few years back, when around 28,000 tulips were planted in the Memorial Gardens, creating a beautiful riot of colour.

Spring in London Buckingham Palace Tulips

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 stroll through its gardens, a visit to one of its four playgrounds or its outdoor sports area – the largest in London.

Tip: The fab Marylebone Green playground is located within Regent’s Park and features a natural trail and climbing area, tall slide and huge sandpit.

Ravenscourt Park

Cherry Blossoms in Ravenscourt Park

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

Cherry Blossom Ravenscourt Park

If you’re visiting with children, there are two great playgrounds here – an adventure playground which is right next to where you’ll see the cherry blossoms, and at the other side of the park, a toddler playground with a paddling pool during the summer.

Ravenscourt park Cherry Blossoms

This post was updated on 24 February 2024  with the updated photos and tips for the upcoming London spring season.

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