This summer The Boglione family are going to bring Petersham Nurseries to central London as they bring the garden back to Covent Garden (because yes, it did really use to be a garden way back when.)
Centred around a courtyard with evergreen walls, aptly named the Floral Court, the 16,000 sq ft space will be home to two restaurants, a lifestyle, home and garden shop and a delicatessen with a wine cellar and florist – filled with plants, it’ll be an escape from arguably one of London’s busiest areas. It’ll follow the family’s ethos of everything being organic, thoughtful, respectful, natural, nurturing and visionary.
An abundant green space, The Shop finds its home in a Grade II listed building, beneath three majestic Victorian atriums and surrounded by trees – it’s here you’ll be able to buy handpicked items, including Venetian glassware and unique items from Indonesia. You’ll also find The Potting Bench where Head of Horticulture at Urban School of Garden Inspirations, Thomas Broom-Hughes, will regularly hold demonstrations and workshops and you can put your creativity to work creating posies, containers and kokedama.
Unlike Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, this Petersham Nurseries will have a deli, The Delicatessen, which will be inspired by a traditional Italian shop and will sell produce that hasn’t been sold in the UK before, they’re also going to have their own line of hams, honey, muesli, tea and coffee. If you don’t have time to visit the restaurants then you’ll be able to pick up sandwiches, coffee and cold-pressed juices here too.
The two restaurants, which will open later this year are The Petersham and La Goccia. The Petersham will be overseen by Executive Chef Simon Whitley who is following the Slow Food Philosophy and will create a menu of simple, seasonal dishes which will be available for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and pre/post theatre. The restaurant itself is inspired by the Boglione family’s home, Petersham House and in the warmer months there’ll be alfresco dining.
La Goccia, named after Francesco Boglione’s mother’s interior shop which means ‘the drop’ and is inspired by the ripple effect that happens when a drop hits a lake of water. It’ll serve up small, sharing plates whilst in the La Goccia Bar they’ll be creating nature – inspired cocktails.
It’s time to bring the garden back to where it belongs.
Petersham Nurseries: Opens Summer 2017, Petersham Nurseries, Floral Court, Covent Garden, WC2E 9FB, www.petershamnurseries.com