This spring’s cherry blossom season has finally arrived in London parks - and I, for one, am cock-a-hoop. Sure, I’d probably be even happier if the pubs were open too, but the idea of heading round the city of London to see our version of sakura season always lifts my heart and my spirits.
While it’s true that I find a lot of my inspiration in nature, there’s something about seeing these stunning pink blossoms in all their short-lived glory that’s genuinely uplifting, and reminds us to stay present, be appreciative and cherish every day.
So if you fancy a different kind of mindful walk this weekend (and also see what inspired my Cherry Blossom Collection), here are my top 5 places to see flowering cherry blossom trees in London.
1. Greenwich Park Cherry Blossom SE10 8QY
For one of the best examples of a Japanese cherry blossom tunnel, head beyond Blackheath Avenue till you see a footpath branch off towards Rangers House and the rose garden. It’s bliss, even if it does get quite busy – and you might want to wait til April to view this in all it’s splendour.
2. St Paul’s Cathedral Cherry Blossom EC4M 8AD
I might be a bit biased as this one’s near my Hatton Garden studio, but I love looking up to see St Paul’s through a frame of pink petals. In fact, it was here a few years ago that the idea of a recycled silver cherry blossom ring first popped into my head.
3. Regent’s Park Cherry Blossom NW1 4NR
If you fancy the full-on Regent’s Park blossom tree experience, head to Chester Road and the south end of Avenue Gardens. And if you spot someone sketching while trying to control a Labradoodle called Ted, that’ll be me.
4. Alexandra Palace Cherry Blossom N22 7AY
Me and the pooch love our mindful nature walks in Ally Pally, so throw in a chance to see their cloud-like pink Japanese blossom on a little hanami tour, and we’re there.
5. Kyoto Garden Cherry Blossom W11 4UA
If I ever need a little quiet reflection during the week, I'll head to Kyoto Park. These gardens have the lot: waterfalls, ponds, koi, a few peacocks and plenty of traditional sakura trees.
If I’ve missed out your favourite cherry blossom spot, please add it the comments below. Who knows - you might inspire a new collection.