Tulip season is upon us – and that means some of London’s loveliest green spaces are bursting with color this spring. Best known for their candy-colored petals, the popular plants usually bloom towards the end of April and May, so now is the perfect time to go hunting for them.
Lucky for Londoners, a garden in the heart of the city boasts an impressive bed of tulips. But if you want to see them you’ll have to be quick as they will most likely be gone in about two weeks.
Victoria Embankment Gardens is a green space in the City of Westminster divided into three sections that run along the north bank of the River Thames and, amazingly, is home to one of the most spectacular and beautifully manicured public tulip gardens in all of London – although for many city dwellers it’s entirely has disappeared under the radar.
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The garden opens at 7:30am all year round but closes at varying times between 4:30pm in the winter months and 9:30pm in the height of summer. The The nearest tube station is Embankment, which serves the Circle and District, Bakerloo and Northern lines – no matter which corner of the city you’re traveling from, you should be able to find a route to the beautiful greenbelt fairly easily.
Unlike other types of flowers, tulips come in a variety of colors including purple, red, cream, yellow, salmon, pink, white, violet, lilac, orange, brown – even colors you wouldn’t normally expect to find on a tulip flower, like Maroon, dark purple, dark red and even black. Each area of Victoria Embankment Gardens has a different color scheme. Therefore, for the best experience, it is recommended to visit each place.