The South London park so pretty Instagram influencers bring extra clothes for photoshoots with cherry blossom

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There's a South London park so picturesque that Instagram enthusiasts flock to it every spring, suitcases filled with outfits in tow, just to snap photos under its famed cherry blossom walkway.

This floral spectacle, which blooms in late March or early April, draws crowds from all over the capital.

While not as renowned as Hyde Park or St James's Park, Battersea Park is equally breathtaking. Nestled on the south bank of the River Thames, this park boasts a state-of-the-art children's playground, Putt in the Park, Go Ape course, a pond complete with pedalos, and a cafe/bar that becomes a hotspot for young professionals at the first hint of sunshine.

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A view of Battersea Park in London with the old power station in the background.
Battersea Park has an incredible amount to offer -Credit:Getty

This vast green oasis, spanning 200 acres, was constructed between 1854 and 1870. It still features a stunning riverside promenade, remarkable trees, ecological areas, a children's zoo, and the Pumphouse Gallery.

Film crews often choose Battersea Park as a cost-effective alternative to London's Royal parks. Just last year, Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek were spotted filming Magic Mike's Last Dance here.

However, this park also harbours a darker past. On May 30, 1972, a tragic accident occurred when the Battersea Big Dipper, carrying 31 riders, crashed, resulting in the death of five children and injuring 16 others.

The site of the former amusement park is now occupied by Battersea Evolution.

Before it was transformed into a park, the area now known as Battersea Park was once referred to as Battersea Fields, a popular duelling spot. The fertile marshland was home to an array of produce including carrots, melons, lavender and the renowned 'Battersea Bunches' of asparagus.

You can easily get to Battersea Park by taking the Northern Line on the London Underground to Battersea Park Station, followed by a brief stroll.

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