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Best Places to Spot Magnolia Blossoms in London

Updated: Mar 9

Symbolizing dignity, spirituality, peace and adored for their large star or tulip-shaped flowers that come in shades of pink, purple, white, and even yellow, magnolia trees are a joy to have around at springtime. Their flowering season starts in early March and could last until late summer, turning London into a sublime oasis of colourful visual joy and fresh, evocative perfumes. 🌸


Magnolia trees are diverse and boast different floral scents, all lightly fruity, from spicy verbena, sweet candy, dusty violets, or citrus-honey. The refreshing yet tranquil scent makes them a popular aromatherapy staple. If you're tired of "trying to beat the crowds" and you've had enough of seeing the same magnolia photos replicated everywhere on Instagram, here are some not-so-popular places around London where you can admire Magnolias in their sublime beauty, and dare I say, in peace. Enjoy! 🌸


Gunnersbury Park

Gunnersbury Park
Gunnersbury, West London: Gunnersbury Park

South Kensington


Every spring, South Kensington attracts photographers and flower enthusiasts with its variety of magnolia sights. Almost everywhere you turn, there's a pretty magnolia tree. Remember to be respectful of the area and the people who live there while capturing this beauty, especially on Sumner Pl., Neville Terrace, The Boltons, Redcliffe Gardens, Launceston Pl., Vicarage Gate, The Phillimores, Scarsdale Villas, Abingdon Road, Campden Hill Road or Edwardes Square. 🌸


Magnolia tree on Exhibition Road, near the Royal Geographical Society
South Kensington: Magnolia tree on Exhibition Road, near the Royal Geographical Society.

The most Instagrammable magnolia trees in London
Kensington United Reformed Church, Allen Street, South Kensington

Green Park & St. James' Park

St. James's Park, located near Buckingham Palace, and Green Park feature a variety of flowering trees, including magnolias. The picturesque setting with the lake and iconic London landmarks in the background adds to the charm. 🌸


St. James's: Spencer House, view from the Green Park
Spencer House, view from the Green Park

South Ealing

South Ealing, West London: South Ealing Cemetery
South Ealing, West London: South Ealing Cemetery

Earl's Court

Bramham Gardens, Kensington
Bramham Gardens, Kensington

Gloucester Road

West Ealing

West London, West Ealing: St. John's Church
West London, West Ealing: St. John's Church

The Little Boltons, Brompton

Chelsea

The lovely borough of Chelsea is a year-round feast of color. When spring arrives, it adds another layer of beauty. Imagine magenta cherry trees, purple wisteria, and pink magnolias coming to life. The charming houses in pastel hues create a stunning contrast with the blossoms. 🌸

Egerton Gardens, Chelsea
Egerton Gardens, Chelsea

Chelsea is a top neighborhood for viewing spring blooms in London. My favourite spots are St. Leonard's Terrace, Glebe Pl., Bramerton St., Egerton Gardens, Cheyne Walk, Redcliffe Square, Oakley Street, Sydney Street, Royal Hospital Road, Tite Street, and Carlyle Square. 🌸

Egerton Gardens, Chelsea
Egerton Gardens, Chelsea

Egerton Gardens, Chelsea
Egerton Gardens, Chelsea

Little Venice

Park Place Villas, Warwick Avenue
Park Place Villas, Warwick Avenue

Lancaster Gate

Stanhope Terrace, Hyde Park estate
Stanhope Terrace, Hyde Park estate
Stanhope Terrace, Hyde Park estate
Stanhope Terrace, Hyde Park estate (Sir Winston Churchill lived in the building on the left between 1921-1924)

Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens

Hyde Park
Hyde Park view over Bayswater Road

A superb magnolia tree right at the border between Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, next to the Serpentine Bridge

Notting Hill

This trendy part of London, with its brightly colored houses, provides a perfect backdrop for magnolias. Seek them out on these streets: Arundel Gardens, Elgin Crescent, Lansdowne Crescent, Kensington Park Gardens, Stanley Gardens, Pembridge Square, Talbot Road, and Kensington Place. 🌸

Kensington Place, Notting Hill
Kensington Place, Notting Hill

Talbot Road, Notting Hill
Talbot Road, Notting Hill

Kew Gardens


St Paul's Cathedral

Paxton Road, Chiswick
St. Paul's Cathedral

Chiswick

Paxton Road, Chiswick
Paxton Road, Chiswick
Hadley Gardens; Chiswick
Hadley Gardens, Chiswick

When planning a photography outing to capture magnolias in bloom, it's essential to check the specific bloom times, as they can vary based on weather conditions and the specific type of magnolia. Additionally, early mornings or late afternoons often provide the best lighting conditions for stunning photographs.🌸

Check out the Within London Magnolia Map

Spring in London is a riot of colors, and magnolias play a starring role. If you’re planning a visit, download my London Magnolia Blossom Guide for exact locations and maps. Happy blossom hunting! 🌸📸 Zoom in to see the best popular AND secret places in London where you can get your visual fix of Magnolia Blossoms at your own pace :).



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