Magnolias in London: A Complete Guide

Magnolias in London: A Complete Guide

Seeing the magnolias in London in Spring is one of the many joys of the season. Magnolia are one of London’s most beloved trees, and it’s no wonder why with their beautiful, and abundant flowers. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there are plenty of places in London where you can enjoy the stunning blooms of magnolias. Our guide will tell you the best places to go to spot magnolia in London, and we provide a handy map for you to follow!

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What are Magnolias?

Magnolias are a type of flowering tree that features beautiful buoyant blooms in a range of pinks, purples, whites, and yellows. In total there are about 225 species of magnolia, and originally they were native to North and South America, East Asia, and the Himalayas. 

pretty red door with magnolia tree situated in front

When is Magnolia Season in London?

The best time to see magnolias in London tends to be early to mid March, however it differs from tree to tree and you may see some in April too. If you’re planning a spring trip to London we definitely do recommend coming in March as this is the time you’re most likely to see all of the floral blooms. 

Magnolia Blossom Map of London

We’ve put together a map of where to find the best magnolia trees in London to make your blossom hunting that little bit easier. Find our magnolia in London Google map here.

old fashioned post box with magnolia peeping into shot

Best 3 Parks to See Magnolias in London

London’s Royal Parks, and non-Royal parks alike, offer a wealth of stunning blooms in the springtime – including magnolia. Here are our top parks to check out to find some pretty magnolia flowers:

  • Kew Gardens
  • Regent’s Park
  • Holland Park

If you’ve chosen to watch the magnolia in a London park, we highly recommend taking a picnic blanket, a chilled bottle of wine, and some snacks to really take in the atmosphere!

Where to Find Magnolia Flowers in Chelsea

Chelsea is one of our most beloved floral London neighbourhoods, being a hotspot for both magnolia and cherry blossom in London! Here are our top streets to visit for pretty blooms:

  • Cheyne Walk 
  • Redcliffe Square 
  • Oakley Street 
  • Sydney Street
  • Glebe Place 
  • St. Leonard’s Terrace 
  • Royal Hospital Road
  • Tite Street

Magnolia Trees in Kensington

pink and white magnolia flowers

Kensington is one of London’s most elegant neighbourhoods and magnolia trees are the perfect fit. These are the magnolia spots in Kensington you should be hunting down:

  • Egerton Terrace 
  • Campden Hill Road
  • Abingdon Road
  • Scarsdale Villas
  • The Phillimores 
  • Vicarage Gate
  • Edwardes Square

Magnolias in London’s Notting Hill

Notting Hill is a trendy part of London, complete with brightly coloured houses – which make the perfect backdrop for magnolias! Here’s where to find them:

  • Arundel Gardens
  • Elgin Crescent 
  • Lansdowne Crescent 
  • Kensington Park Gardens 
  • Stanley Gardens 
  • Pembridge Square

Tips for Photographing Magnolias in London

If you’re a photography enthusiast, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to capture London’s beautiful magnolias on film. To get the best photos, try to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the light is soft and golden – this way you can also avoid unwanted people in your backgrounds!

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