I have an admission to make, I love this time of year, spring has well and truly sprung and the blossoms are in full bloom. From the incredible display of colours in the parks to the unexpected delight of wandering into a side road to be greeted by rows of pink and white beautiful petals cascading down from blossom laden branches, London has never looked more beautiful.
These incredible signs of spring are of course not limited to the UK but seen all over the world, most famously in Japan where Sakura or cherry blossoms are celebrated with abandon. From Sakura festivals (Hanami) in the street to every type of blossom flavoured items from pastries to tea, Sakura fever takes over. The blossoms are symbolic of fleeting beauty as they only bloom for such a limited time, this acknowledgement that nothing lasts forever has been celebrated for thousands of years and London is now also in the grip of Sakura fever. So if you are a cherry blossom lover, give these limited edition events a try this spring.
Chotto Matte, Soho
Already well known for its delicious light Nikkei cuisine boasting a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavours, Chotto Matte is effortlessly cool and has upped its game this cherry blossom season with an incredible floral menu. Blossom brunching has never been easier with Ebi Blossom Tempura, Hiroshima Spring Maki and even Raindrop Jelly complete with edible flowers and Cherry Ripple Ice Cream. Available from 31st March 2019 – www.chotto-matte.com
Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch
Get outside and make the most of spring with Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch. Head for the terrace and dine under a canopy of pink blossoms. Nobu has something for every cherry blossom lover and has partnered with The House of Suntory to create a selection of cocktails, afternoon tea and an a la carte menu. From Samurai California Roll to Sushi Rice Pudding with Pecan Candies, these delicious bespoke dishes can be enjoyed with exclusive cocktails. Try a Kinto cocktail which features Old Java Kinto Brew Coffee to put an additional spring in your step! Available from 5th April 2019 – www.nobuhotelshoreditch.com
Zuma Restaurant, Knightsbridge
For a bar fit to burst with blooms try Zuma in Knightsbridge which has transformed its already fabulous sake bar to celebrate the Sakura season. The speciality cocktails feature spring botanicals such as the Kyushu Fizz and Frozen Hana with plum sake. Artist Ivvo Zerou has created a beautiful real blossom tree for the central attraction which sets the scene perfectly. Available from 31st March 2019 – www.zumarestaurant.com