It is that time of year! At the end of April and for the first few days of May there is an amazing amount of Wisteria in London. Last year around this time I was traveling in Asia (Qatar, Bali, and Singapore) so I missed these gorgeous flowers in bloom and was determined not to miss them this year, even with the current state of the world.
Thus, I did quite a bit of research and planned out a walking tour of Kensington and Chelsea to see some of the hot spots. The only things I found quite different with many of the Where to See Wisteria in London articles I came across is gorgeous photos only had neighbourhoods or those that had streets did not give a specific number and were many blocks long and was quite difficult to find. Thus, I have highlighted the best spots we came across with the exact addresses and they are not in order of quality of wisteria but rather in a chronological map that you can plug in and walk, camera in hand:
Bedford Gardens – This famous pink door in Kensington is featured in almost every write up and on the gorgeous Saturday we visited the door was actually slightly ajar as the home owners were sitting on their front steps, enjoying the sunshine. The blooms are gorgeous and make sure you also check out door number 6 with it’s red door.
Campden Grove – Two blocks down Kensington Church Street from the first stop is number 1 Campden Grove with wisteria blooms across the front of the house and the garden wall. And while there check out the house across the street, the home of author James Joyce.
Gordon Place – On this road houses number 27 and 46 are worth a visit and they just two blocks South of Campden Grove towards the High Street Kensington tube stop. The second house is on an adorable dead end road and must be quite a house to live in! I
Holland Park – Even when the wisteria is not in bloom, Holland Park is worth a visit – an oasis in the middle of the city. But if you are looking for pops of purle there are gorgeous blooms just outside the which stems across a number of arches outside the gallery.
Abingdon Road – Of all of the places we visited there were probably the most blooms on this street. Make sure you walk the entire road, through both roundabouts as I found great blooms at 32, both 48-50, and 109 that are not to miss!
Kynance Mews – This is a gorgeous Mews in Kensington and during late April and early May putting 13 Kynance Mews will get you to this gorgeous green house with purple blooms spanning more than two stories. As the street is narrow it is hard to get show the full grandeur but hopefully these will give you a sense!
Sumner Place – Walking between the Mews and this spot via Gloucester Road is the longest stretch on this list – almost a mile – but it is worth it! I loved the blooms at number 27 and 32 are the definition of why the wisteria in London is sometimes called wisteria hysteria!
Elm Place – From the last stop a five minute walk West on Fulham Road brings you to Elm Place and though the street is only one block long houses number four and ten are worth checking out!
Selwood place – And the last official place we checked out was right around the corner form elm place – another dead end in South Kensington with gorgeous wisteria particularly around the door of house number 12a.
Walton Street – And last but not least. This was not on any official list I had found but as we had finished our wisteria walk and were on our way to back to our bikes we came across number 88 Walton Streeet and I loved the shape of them.
And if you have gotten to this point , you must agree with me and think these purple flowers are oh so pretty. Yes, 27 photos is a bit much but I wanted to feature how different these plants have grown across gorgeous homes in Kensington and South Kensington.
Do you know any other spots to see Wisteria in London?