A sunny weekend in London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of my favourite florists, and, as a photographer, flower shops are one of my favourite things to shoot. Now that Chelsea Flower Show is on this week, it’s time to start filling your weekend with all things floral! I’ve rounded up five of my favourite flower shops to visit in London this summer. I mean, what better way to brighten your day than to pick up a beautiful bunch of blooms and spruce up your front room? Grabbing some on my way home from a shoot is a weekly habit, so below you can find some of the best spots to pick up a bunch yourselves:
Moyses Stevens has been around since 1876, so no wonder they have mastered the bouquet! They really do put together the most exquisite bunches. You can choose one of their ready made arrangements or hand pick your bouquet and watch them work their magic (my favourite option!). They provide wonderful floral smells in candle form too!
They have a few florists in London, Regent Street, Kings Cross St Pancras station, Sloane Square, you name it. My personal favourite is the little store in Belgravia, on Elizabeth Street. When you walk in it doesn’t feel like a chain of florists, it feels like an independent florist in a quaint little village. The staff are super friendly and it seems to be full of locals. I haven’t even mentioned how gorgeous their floral facades always are – each season they brighten up their doorway with something special and instagrammable! You can go to Moyses if you need flowers for a party, a wedding or just desire something to brighten up your coffee table.
I discovered Neill Strain whilst I was passing through the confectionary department at Harrods. That’s right, they’re right next to the chocolates! So this is the perfect place to treat yourself over the weekend. Honestly, their prices are a little steep, but you’ll understand why once you see how impeccably perfect their flowers are.
They also have some pretty rare and unique species that you won’t find in most florists in London, so Neill Strain is definitely the one to go to if you’re looking for something special. If, on the other hand, you’re strolling through Belgravia, don’t miss out their boutique located on West Halkin Street – they too boast some of the best seasonal shopfront displays in the city!
You’ll know when it’s open, the street will be over flowing with plants, flowers and cacti. ‘That Flower Shop’is GREAT for succulents and house plants, basically anything that you could possibly need to add a bit of nature to your home! The sign on the door says ‘welcome to the jungle’ which is very fitting, the inside is incredibly lush and overflowing with beautifully large leafed plants.
PS – it’s part of the Ace Hotel so make sure you have a cocktail in their rooftop bar first before you pick up your new garden additions!
It wouldn’t be a round up of my favourite florists without mentioning Petersham Nurseries. If you haven’t been to this floral wonderland in Richmond then you should absolutely set aside a day to go! You can make a day of it, go for coffee then have a stroll around the garden centre before stopping for lunch.
They’re celebrating their 15th anniversary this year so they have a tonne of events coming up during the summer months. If you can’t make it all the way out to Richmond, get a taste of Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden. When you’re doing perusing their shop they have a delicatessen, a la carte restaurant, and bar, all connected by a floral court which I guarantee will be one of the nicest places to unwind during the summer.
In the mix of my top florists in London is of course Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart. You know the iconic entrance at Liberty? Courtesy of Wild at Heart! The original Wild at Heart florist is part of the Turquoise Island in Notting Hill and there’s another in Pimlico… So you really have no excuse not to visit! One thing that I LOVE about Nikki Tibblesis that not only does she bring amazing floral designs into our lives, she has also used her platform to set up the Wild At Heart Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping stray dogs around the world (you can follow her updates on instagram).
I hope you’ve enjoyed my round up of fabulous florists in London. If you’re visiting my London town this season please do let me know which spots you head to by connecting on Instagram @VictoriaMetaxas! You can also shop all my photography work on www.victorias-stories.com.