Springtime across 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 touting flower-adorned pergolas, we've created a guide to the best places to see wisteria in London.
Restaurant Ours, Knightsbridge
If you're wondering where to see wisteria in London, Restaurant Ours is sure to impress. Step inside this plant paradise and you'll be able to look at pretty displays, with everything from fairy light-covered trees to flowers galore. Thought this spot couldn't get any better? There are also bottomless brunch events and live entertainment.
Hope & Anchor, Brixton
Head on over to Brixton's Hope & Anchor for its swoon-worthy wisteria-adorned beer garden. Not only does this beautiful pub offer a lilac backdrop that's ideal for updating the Insta feed, but there's also a top-notch food and drinks menu. Be sure to sip on a mojito or a crisp glass of pinot grigio while enjoying the fantastic floral display.
The Folly, Moorgate
Nestled in the heart of the City, this pretty all-day restaurant and bar is a great venue to enjoy a glass of rosé. Grab a seat by one of the many floral installations, sipping 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.
The Linnaean Cafe, Battersea
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 hub includes an on-site hair salon and a menu of healthy brunch dishes.
South Place Hotel, Moorgate
Known for its extravagant installations, the Secret Garden Bar at South Place Hotel is a beaut drinking den for sipping cocktails and chowing down on gourmet cuisine. While winter sees this hub fronting 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.
Fuller's Brewery, Chiswick
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 come through every spring, and you can see it up close by booking one of their behind-the-scenes tours, which come complete with plenty of beer samples too.
Coq D’Argent, Bank
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 an ideal destination 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.
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. To top it off, you'll also catch the sun peeking through the green canopy and quaint pot plants at every corner, so the hidden looks to be straight out of a fairytale.
Serving French cuisine in the most beautiful of settings, Aubaine is a firm favourite among the city's influencer crowd. Boasting a beautiful ceiling decked out with the lilac springtime favourite, this is a first-class dining destination to enjoy flaky pastries and free-flowing coffee before heading through to Selfridges' luxury shoe gallery for some window shopping.
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 fancy a bevvy nearby, opt for an ice-cold brew at The Builders Arms.
Holland Park, Kensington
Another fancy AF West London neighbourhood, Holland Park in Kensington is a hotspot for tracking down the Instagrammable lilac flowers. Start off in the park itself, where you'll find a charming Dutch Garden alongside ancient stone arches boasting wisteria, before venturing down the road to ogle the million-pound mansions in all their blooming glory. When you want to kick back nearby, check out The Scarsdale Tavern for hearty grub and gin muddles.
Peckham Rye Park
A real South London gem, Peckham Rye Park touts a wisteria-adorned haven and some of the city's most treasured wildlife. If you're not blown away by the stunning lilac gardens, you'll certainly be in awe of the 113 acres of surrounding land, which is perfect for spring walks. On the hunt for a thirst-quenching pour afterwards? The Clock House is just a stone's throw away.
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. Flaunting a pink door, white walls and some oh-so-gorgeous blooms, it’s a great venue for wisteria season in London. Jump on the tube to Notting Hill Gate and you'll find this stunning area just a five-minute stroll away. Thirsty? Grab a pint at The Mall Tavern.
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