by Ailis Brennan

Spring in London is in full swing – but while us Brits love the flower-filled season, the Japanese dedicate a whole festival to it.

Sakura is the Japanese term for the cherry blossoms that flood the Asian country in April, turning whole vistas pale pink.

Fans of the phenomenon often engage in Hanami, the practice of enjoying the transient beauty of the flowers, which is frequently celebrated with parties packed with special food and drink.

While we don’t have anything to compete with that over here, those with floral FOMO should head to London’s Japanese-inspired restaurants, which are bringing a little bit of sakura season to the capital. From decadent decorations to very Instagrammable desserts, here’s where to go cherry blossom crazy…

Reblogged from Evening Standard