After living almost 5 years in London, Nick and I finally jumped on the Instagram-bandwagon and travelled to West London to find out where to see Wisteria in London in Spring.
I think that out of all the seasons, Spring in London is definitely one of the best to plan your visit, as you’ll have a good chance on some sunshine and all the flowers, from the cherry blossom to the wisteria, are out for you to enjoy!
In this post, I’ll share the route through beautiful West London that we walked last weekend and also give you the locations of other streets to snap some pretty wisteria pictures in and around London:
Where to See Wisteria in London in Spring?
Most of the wisteria flowers actually don’t bloom for too long, so as soon as the pinks and purples hit the streets, all of the local Instagrammers go mental and leave on a mission with their flower dresses and Instagram husbands to get the perfect (but casual, of course) shot.
You can expect the most popular of the London flowers, the purple and very fragrant wisteria, to bloom from about late April to early May, but this changes a bit every year. They grow all around the city, but because the houses in the West are simply more pretty than anywhere else, they form the best backdrop for your photos.
We decided to head out to the neighbourhood of Notting Hill, then walk towards Kensington, hit Holland Park and just discover what we could find on our own. We manage to spot quite a few of the more ‘famous’ locations, but also discovered some spots that I haven’t seen on other websites, such as the lovely Horbury Mews that you can see below:
After this great first find, we walked around a bit over Ladbroke Square, Landsdown Walk and Landsdowne Cres (not sure exactly where we ended up walking, but somewhere in this area) and found a couple of nice spots (and a fair share of colourful doors at the same time as well!)
Yes, there was also a door with a face
At the end of the Lansdowne Crescent, we spotted this beauty:
The buildings itself were so beautiful as well!
Then we headed via Ladbroke Grove all the way down to Holland Park Avenue, where we had a quick peek at the cute row of houses (and some surprise wisteria) on Ladbroke Walk, before we crossed the busy road over to Holland Park.
Holland Park was of course mega-busy during these incredible warm days, but it was lovely as ever. Don’t miss the ‘Kyoto Garden’ Japanese Garden and check the pretty tulips in the Dutch Garden:
The Dutch Garden
There are some wisteria right when you enter the park from Holland Walk on the East and over the arches going from the Dutch Garden to the garden with the fountain and the café area:
After the park, which at the moment doesn’t have a great café, we decided to head out at the Design Museum side and go for some sushi at Yo Sushi on Kensington High Street. After that, we walked in to Abingdon Road for some nice photos:
At the end of the street, I believe we turned into Abingdon Villas, continuing on to Wrights Lane to pass Kensington High Street station, going into one of the streets ending in Gordon Place for some nice photo moments and a well-deserved drink at the Elephant and Castle pub.
We kept walking via Gordon Place towards Campden Grove, then chose the main road Kensington Church Street…
…to finally end up at one of the highlights: Bedford Gardens:
From here, we walked back to the Notting Hill Gate underground station, passing The Churchill Arms pub, which is also a place with flowers you can’t miss:
We ended our long walk here, but of course there are plenty of places that we haven’t seen yet. I’ve browsed through many blogs and Instagram accounts, and here are some wisteria spots in London that you might want to have a little peek:
WISTERIA IN KENSINGTON
- Abingdon Road (tube: High Street Kensington)
- Bedford Gardens (tube: Notting Hill Gate)
- Elm Place (South Kensington)
- Ensor Mews (tube: South Kensington)
- Gordon Place (tube: High Street Kensington)
- Holland Park Gardens (tube: High Street Kensington)
- Horbury Mews (tube: Notting Hill Gate)
- Kynance Mews (tube: Gloucester Road)
- Ladbroke Walk (tube: Notting Hill Gate)
- Landsdowne Crescent (tube: Notting Hill Gate)
- Launceston Place (tube: Gloucester Road / High Street Kensington)
- Sumner Place (tube: South Kensington)
WISTERIA IN CHELSEA
- Astell Street (tube: Sloane Square)
- Chelsea Manor Street (tube: Sloane Square)
- Cheyne Place (tube: Sloane Square)
- Cheyne Walk (tube: Sloane Square)
- Christchurch Street (tube: Sloane Square)
- Dorset Street (tube: Baker Street)
- Durham Cottage (tube: Sloane Square)
- Elystan Place (tube: Sloane Square)
- Gertrude Street (tube: South Kensington / Gloucester Road)
- Langton Street (tube: South Kensington / Gloucester Road)
- Lamont Road (tube: South Kensington / Gloucester Road)
- Park Walk (tube: South Kensington / Gloucester Road)
- Redburn Street (tube: Sloane Square)
- Radnor Walk (tube: Sloane Square)
- St. Leonard’s Terrace (tube: Sloane Square)
OTHER PLACES TO SEE WISTERIA IN LONDON AND BEYOND
- Junction between Clapham Common Northside & Rookery Road (tube: Clapham Common)
- Dorset Street (tube: Baker Street)
- Inner Court Garden at Eltham Palace (Greenwich, London)
- Knole Estate (Kent)
- Sissinghurst Garden (Kent)
- Stoke Poges Memorial Garden (Buckinghamshire)
- Waterperry Gardens (Oxfordshire)
- Wrest Park (Bedfordshire)
- Audley End House (Essex)
- Wickham Place Farm (Essex)
- Nymans Home and Garden (Sussex)
- Wisteria Tearoom at RHS Rosemoor (Devon)
I was surprised to find that in most spots that we mentioned above, there weren’t really a lot of people around (apart from Holland Park, which was super crowded). I guess I expected long lines of girls with hats having their boyfriends take 100 pictures of them in front of most of the houses, but we only really came across one of them, so I’d say that’s a pretty good wisteria-crazy-Instagrammer ratio. I can highly suggest to walk around Kensington on a sunny day, even if you’re not there to take pictures, because it’s a lovely neighbourhood and there are lots of nice things to see here! With the map below, you should be able to locate some gorgeous wisteria spots. Enjoy!
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I’ve also put together this handy map for you below, so you can locate all the best places to spot wisteria in London and the rest of England.
Please note that some of these places, I haven’t been to myself and found on other websites, blogs and Instagram accounts, so if you spot any mistakes (or have places to add), then let me know!
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