Sakura Season, London

I’ve always wanted to visit Japan for Cherry Blossom Season.

I thought that this spring was going to be the year, I’d done all the research and was set to book… when I found out that a couple of months is not enough notice.

You really need to plan about a year in advance it seems.

Hotels get booked up months in advance as the whole world flocks to the island of Sakura.

I can hardly get my head around planning my wedding a year in advance, never mind a holiday!

Thankfully my disappointment was short lived, as London seems to be treating us to our very own sakura festival!

Petals fall from trees fit to bust in blizzards, showering passers by in confetti.

Much to their delight!

Wearing my lucky Silver May Constellation.

Striped eyelet top // Skinny jeans

And a new basket from Portugal.

I discovered this shop online and agonised over which to choose.

God knows why, we both knew I’d go for stripes in the end!

Embroidered shoes

I find streets shaded by waving cotton candy trees utterly irresistible.

Our very own little taste of what Japanese cherry blossom must be like.

Without the jet lag!

And no taste of Japan would be complete without sushi for lunch.

Outside, beneath the trees at Engawa.

Where they just so happen to be serving up what I think might be some of the prettiest lunches in London.

Bento style.

A mixed bag for me (on the left) and the veggie option for T.

Delightful little squares, filled with individual dishes – fabulous in their own rights, a true dream when brought together.

Little Wagyu stews.

Some of the best sushi you’ll try in London.

Exceptionally well balanced and decidedly… clean. With no sign of soy sauce for dunking.

Spicy tuna.

Tempura.

Sashimi.

More sashimi.

And all manner of other surprises.

The perfect al fresco lunch in Central London, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Soho in Ham Yard.

Book a table in advance, take a date or one of your favourite – most snap-happy friends! This place is an Instagram goldmine.

Oh, and Gelupo’s just across the road too.

Treat yourself to some cherry gelato and stroll arm in arm beneath the blossom.

After all, we have some pretty special architecture too.

And it’s fun to play tourist in your own home once in a while.

It makes you appreciate it all the more.

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