Floral venues don’t fall into that category of either love ’em or hate ’em like marmite, because let’s face it, everyone is a sucker for a bit of flora and fauna. In fact, if you haven’t seen a photo of some brightly clad influencer candidly stood by a lilac-filled Aubaine or drinking a coffee by an EL&N flower wall then do you even gram?! Floral embellishments are blooming marvellous and are, quite noticeably, something that Londoners cannot get enough of. Here’s just a few places sprouting with blooms:
Élan: it means style, flair and exuberance. It also means smashing it on your socials, because Élan Café (confusingly rebranded as EL&N) is arguably the most Instagrammable place in town, perhaps due to its insatiable flower and love heart walls. Élan started out on Park Lane and quickly became the influencers’ hangout of choice thanks to more pink than you’ll find in Elton John’s walk-in wardrobe. Seriously. The walls: pink, the floors: pink, the ceiling, yep, slime green. Only kidding. They’re pink too. And they quickly took over spots in Selfridges, Oxford Street, The Knightsbridge Estate and, as of February, Belgravia.
Where: 48 Park Lane, W1K 1PR
To gin or not to gin? That is the question. However it is also a question that should always return the answer yes, especially when it involves ginning in somewhere like this new Enchanted Garden, courtesy of South Place Hotel. In a nod to the change of seasons the bar opened up on the 11th of February equipped with all sorts of flora, fauna, blossoms and blooms simply asking for your Instagram to be updated with snaps of the colourful offering.
The blooming awesome floral display takes inspo from the botanicals used in Martin Miller’s gin, which is a pretty funky idea! You can sit in cosy cushion comfort and watch as ingredients are picked by hand from the garden’s living wall, with flavours such as juniper, nutmeg, grapefruit and basil on the cards – or the wall, should we say.
The bar will now be open until April due to popular demand
Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Founded in 1963, Annabel’s is arguably one of the most elegant private clubs in London. Its guests have included royalty, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor and Leonardo DiCaprio. Yet, in the age of the influencer, celebs are being put to one side as the focus shifts to the floral embellishments found inside the incredibly Instagrammable venue. Suffice to say, your bathroom selfies are about to get a whole lot sexier.
Where: 46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 5AT
With its hanging plants, monochrome floors and navy velvet chairs, Sushi Samba in Covent Garden is a millennial magnet. The interior flows throughout the restaurant, dividing up the different areas without there being any physical barriers. Look out for the gold shimmering ceiling and the statement lights.
Where: 35 The Market Building, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF
Dim lighting is ideal for date night anyway but add in the fact that you’re dining under a canopy of blossom and the romance factor just went through the roof. It’s worth noting that the famous conservatory makes up a small section of the restaurant so you’ll be pushed to get it under lock for special occasions but we totally recommend trying. Staff are polished, tablecloths are crisp and the wine list extensive.
Where: 33 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JD
So if this isn’t floral enough for you then we’re not sure what is! The Churchill Arms is another of those famous venues you’ve probably seen dozens of times and not necessarily noted the name of – mainly because it’s hidden behind a dense array of flowers in hanging baskets, replaced by mini Christmas trees for the festive period. Technically you don’t even need to go inside to get the perfect shot but the Thai food is worth a sit down, as are the proper ales.
Where: 119 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, W8 7LN
Hay fever sufferers will want to head to Aubaine in Selfridges for a very convincing canopy of lilac wisteria, covetable tiles and a tempting French-inspired menu. Don some sexy shoes too as we’ve heard great things about the tiles – blimey, looks like your outfit is going to have to be as on point as this lilac-filled room!
Where: 2nd floor, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB
The Instagrammable flower venue QUEEN! Peggy Porschen has been a stalwart feature on Instagram since day dot due to its exterior always looking so darn beautiful, seeing many an influencer adorn its exterior to pose for a quick insta-snap. The enticing location has an outside as pink as the icing on the cakes, and a vibrancy like no other that goes hand in hand with chilled Champagne and a slice of something sugary. For the flower lovers, this is perhaps one of the most floral venues in London with ever-changing bouquets hanging outside in pastel colours.
Where: 219 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EJ
Inspired by the beauty of their Nanas’ floral garden, Michela and Lois Wilson have mastered the art of sexy window displays and are available for interior hire as a result. From flowers bursting with colour to slithers of lavender and more, the noteworthy Saint Aymes is a real beauty.
Where: 59 Connaught Street, W2 2BB
20 Fenchurch Street was beautifully designed by renowned architect Rafael Viñoly. The building spans 37 storeys and rhubarb occupies the top three levels alongside the public space known as Sky Garden, which provides 45,000 sq ft of high level amenity space. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens with 360 degree panoramic views of London and all of the flora and fauna they need!
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
A picture speaks a thousand words and, in Drunch’s case, a thousand flowers too. The location is an ideal place for a cocktail, a bit of the old al fresco and a snazzy snap of blooms.
Where: Drunch, Regent’s Park, 38 St John’s Wood Terrace
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