Springtime in the capital can only mean one thing... wisteria hysteria. With the city bursting into colour, every street corner becomes a photo opportunity. Whether you're looking for an Instagrammable café for a spot of afternoon tea, a picture-perfect mews or a sun-soaked beer garden complete with flower-adorned pergolas, we've created a guide to the best places to see wisteria in London.
Not sure where to find wisteria in London? The Linnaean Cafe is a popular choice. Located in the heart of Battersea, this photogenic venue is decked out with hanging pastel coloured flowers, floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant French-style furnishings. The ideal location for a self care Sunday, the photo-ready spot includes an on-site hair salon and a menu of healthy brunch dishes.
Bedford Gardens, Notting Hill
The sort of house you would expect to see Mary Poppins or Paddington Bear strolling out of, Bedford Gardens is the stuff of real estate dreams. Boasting a perfect pink door, gorgeous white walls and some oh-so-gorgeous blooms, it’s the perfect place to see wisteria in London. Jump on the tube to Notting Hill Gate and you'll find this stunning spot just a five minute stroll away.
Known for its extravagant installations, the Secret Garden Bar at South Place Hotel is a gorgeous spot for sipping on cocktails and chowing down on gourmet cuisine. While winter sees this place decked out with deep red hues and cosy fire pits, spring brings with it a wonderland of wisteria. Sit under the ceiling of dangling plants while taking advantage of the five-star service and roster of events.
Located in Chiswick, Fuller’s Griffin Brewery is home to the UK’s oldest wisteria. Originally planted in 1816, the saplings were brought over from China (where the bloom originates). Over two hundred years later, the purple petals still bloom every spring, and you can see it up close by booking onto one of their behind the scenes tours, which come complete with plenty of beer samples too.
The Albion, Angel
The Albion is a beautiful restaurant for wisteria in bloom. This Islington pub fronts a sprawling beer garden which comes alive with colour in May, when the low hanging plant springs into action and Aperol spritzes become the tipple of choice. With the sun peeking through the green canopy, and quaint pot plants at every corner, this hidden gem looks to be straight out of a fairytale.
Serving French cuisine in the most beautiful of settings, Aubaine is a firm favourite amongst the city's influencer crowd. Boasting a gorgeous ceiling decked out with the lilac springtime favourite, this is the perfect spot to enjoy flaky pastries and free-flowing coffee before heading through to Selfridges' luxury shoe gallery for some window shopping.
Located in the heart of the City, this gorgeous all-day restaurant and bar is a great spot to enjoy a glass of rosé. Grab a seat by one of the many floral installations and sip on ice-cold drinks to a backdrop of purple petals and sweet smelling roses. And if you’re after something a little less refined? The Folly also plays host to regular drag brunch events, complete with hours of free-flowing booze and a whole lotta sass.
Kynance Mews, Kensington
Never too far from an Instagram feed, Kynance Mews has become a mecca of #OOTDs and #weekendstrolls. Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, properties on this charming street are known to go for millions. Luckily, you don’t have to pay a penny to take in the gorgeous wisteria which climbs up the historical carriage houses. If you want our advice? Head there early to grab a snap before the crowds descend.
The stunning terrace at Coq D'Argent is best known for its awe-inspiring display of lilac hanging plants. Located in the heart of the City, this urban oasis is the perfect place to enjoy a boozy lunch in the sun or keep cosy next to a heater as dusk falls. Be sure to call ahead to grab a spot by the oh-so-pretty wall of wisteria.
Holland Park, Kensington
Another fancy AF West London neighbourhood (apparently wisteria is attracted to the finer things in life), Holland Park in Kensington is another hotspot for tracking down the Instagrammable lilac bloom. Start off in the park itself, where you'll find a charming Dutch Garden along with ancient stone arches decked out with wisteria, before heading down the road to ogle the million-pound mansions in all their blooming glory.
Head on over to Brixton's Hope & Anchor for their swoon-worthy wisteria adorned beer garden. Not only does this gorgeous pub offer the perfect lilac backdrop for stunning snapshots to update that boring ol' Insta feed, but they also have a top-notch food and drinks menu. Be sure to sip on a mojito or a crisp glass of pinot grigio while enjoying their fantastic floral display.
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