From flower filled walls to wisteria covered exteriors, London isn’t short of floral focused restaurants and cafes. And as it’s Chelsea Flower Show this week, it only seemed right that we take a look at the best ones to book in for right now.
These floral havens have become the backdrop of every London influencers Instagram feeds, and you guys can’t seem to get enough of them too so we’ve rounded up 16 of London’s very best posy paradises for you to explore next time you’re in need of a spot of brunch.
The term ‘Instagrammable’ gets thrown around from every corner of the internet, including The Handbook, but hear us out when we discuss our love for Linnaean, the wellness and lifestyle concept store in Embassy Gardens.
Still relatively new on the block, Linnaean ticks all of the boxes on interior goals, healthy wellness spots and a restaurant that’s almost entirely plant based.
When you arrive at the restaurant expect to be surrounded by pastel colours, florals galore and mirrored walls. It’s beautiful and it’s definitely worth snapping one for the ‘gram. The menu is heavily health focused, so you know you’ll be in safe hands if you’re looking to keep on top of your healthy lockdown regime.
The hair and beauty salon is also a must-visit if you fancy revamping your lockdown hair or to pamper yourself. The treatments and medi-spa uses the finest technology and skincare products on the market.
2 NEW UNION SQUARE, EMBASSY GARDENS, SW11 7AX
EL&N is known city wide for being a pink haven. Boasting several locations across London, EL&N is the go-to spot for wannabe influencers and interiors lovers alike. Their interiors have become infamous and you’ve probably seen them adorn your Instagram homepage multiple occasions. Expect flower walls, pink interiors and latte art that’s next level.
Expect flower walls, pink interiors and latte art that’s next level.
The Big Mamma Group has taken London by storm, with our favourite hideout being Circolo Popolare.
The Fitzrovia restaurant came onto the scene just last year but brought with it 20,000 bottles of spirits lining the walls, as well as floral vines draped from corner to corner and a whopping 280 covers, so it’s fair to say it’s a pretty mega restaurant. In true Big Mamma Group style, it’s got that sense of a traditional Italian trattoria, much like it’s sister restaurant Gloria, and the atmospherics don’t stop at the interiors. The food is simply divine too.
40-41 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1HX
The Ivy Chelsea Garden always has some exciting takeovers and this Chelsea Flower Show is no different. In celebration of the flower show, they’ve teamed up with Perrier-Jouët Champagne to create a magical floral installation and bespoke seasonal cocktails.
Available from 14th September, the popular Chelsea restaurant will be transformed into an autumnal ‘Enchanted Escape’, paying homage to the occasion. Expect the restaurant to be adorned with autumn blooms, a wishing well, moon sculpture seat and plenty of photo opportunities dotted about.
Just look at their beautiful outside installation, perfect for snapping a photo for the ‘gram before you head in for a light lunch or dinner, or just enjoying while you roam the local area.
195 – 197 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EQ
You’ve seen us declare our love for South Place Hotel’s beautiful mystical garden on numerous occasions so it’s no surprise that we’re here chatting about it once more.
Every year their outdoor terrace gets a floral revamp and this year, the Secret Garden has been transformed into an oasis of floral dreams, abrim with posies hanging from the ceiling. Alongside the florals, expect exquisite cocktails on offer, including The Garden Club, a mix of Chambord, elderflower liquor, white grapefruit, lemon and egg white.
3 SOUTH PLACE, THE CITY, EC2M 2AF
One place that knows how to put on quite the show is Soho’s 100 Wardour Street. Expect live music from rising stars in the industry to be performing on stage in their basement every Thursday through to Sunday.
But they also serve up killer floral vibes in their brunching area. Tuck into dishes such as eggs Benedict with cured ham and hollandaise sauce; smashed avo on grilled sourdough; and ‘London cure’ smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and chives.
Expect live music from rising stars in the industry to be performing on stage in their basement every Thursday through to Sunday.
100 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TN
Another day, another floral cafe… Feya, located on Bond Street and Knightsbridge, is renowned for its Instagrammable scenes. You can expect all of the ‘gram cliches to be here, from hanging flowers to pastel rainbow smoothie bowls.
You can expect all of the ‘gram cliches to be here, from hanging flowers to pastel rainbow smoothie bowls.
Bond Street & Knightsbridge
Changing with the seasons, Dalloway Terrace is always our first indicator that we’ve moved into a new season. But this September-October is a little different as they transform in line with London Fashion Week.
Running until 7th October, the popular Bloomsbury restaurant has partnered with designer du jour Olivia Rubin and French aperitif Lillet, transforming the space into a colourful oasis. Expect ruched tulle, bold flowers and charming ombre effects scattered throughout, alongside a fun colourful afternoon tea designed by head pastry chef Chris Dodd.
If you’re a lover of wisteria you’re going to want to head to one of Aubaine’s gloriously lilac-filled outposts scattered across London.
The French restaurant franchise is known city wide for its culinary creativity and beautiful interiors. Whether you’re are a fibre-fuelled breakfast or you’re on the search of something new, like their ‘katsu breakfast’ (albeit not exactly the epitome of French cuisine), Aubaine is the best spot to head for breakfast with a side of florals.
Peggy Porschen is beautiful inside and out. From its rose adorn exteriors to its pretty in pink pastries and cupcakes, we can’t get enough of their two London outposts.
Right now they’ve just launched their summer special cupcakes, a sweet, sweet take on the eton mess. It’s elegant vanilla sponge is filled with strawberry jam and crowned with vanilla buttercream, strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries, meringue kiss and petal confetti. Totally adorable. They’ve also just relaunched their afternoon tea series in collaboration with The Lanesborough which you can sample for yourself in-house at The Lanesborough hotel.
116 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9QQ | 219 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EJ
One cafe that knows how to vamp up their window display is Saint Aymes, the Connaught Street cafe serving up beautiful sweet treats and fresh roast coffee.
Founded by two sisters, Michela and Lois Wilson, Saint Aymes is known for its luxury confectionery seen at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Fenwick, and now boasts a glorious outpost on Connaught Street. Escape the hustle and bustle of London’s city streets and check in for a coffee and cake with a beautiful floral background.
59 Connaught Street, St George’s Fields, W2 2BB
Step up your brunch game with a visit to Drunch, the neighbourhood restaurant famed for its shisha, delicious food and floral exteriors. On the menu for brunch, you’ll find yourself tucking into avo toast, Nutella and toffee filled doughnuts, and berry, banana, ricotta and pistachio topped French toast.
They’ve recently had a revamp too so head down to check that out – it’ll no doubt be truly Instagrammable.
The neighbourhood restaurant famed for its shisha, delicious food and floral exteriors.
1 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, W1C 2AA | 38 St John’s Wood Terrace, St John’s Wood, NW8 6LS
ROKA Charlotte Street has become renowned for its overtly pink cherry blossom display nestled downstairs in the underground cocktail bar, Shochu.
Upon arrival expect a whole lot of pink action, Japanese whisky a’plenty and traditional robatayaki cuisine. Delicious.
37 CHARLOTTE STREET, FITZROVIA, W1T 1RR
More of a jungle than a floral haven, but Sushisamba’s landmark restaurant in Covent Garden is breathtaking. As soon as you step inside you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a rainforest jungle rather than being tucked in the centre of London.
The restaurant menu combines Peruvian, Brazilian and Japanese flavours in a rather unusual way but the result is effortless. We can’t wait to return to this little jungle haven.
35 The Market, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF
Mr Fogg’s is never short of beautiful floral installations – we always adore the Fitrovia’s House of Botanicals’ installation lining their entrance way. Once you’ve finished gawking at the doorway, enter and you’ll be transported to a magical space filled with flora and fauna.
For those who aren’t familiar with Mr Fogg’s, these guys specialise in gin and botanical inspired cocktails.
48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1QQ
Canary Wharf’s The Sipping Room has been given a sparkling new makeover and you guess it, florals are involved. Created in collaboration with Tanqueray Gin’s new Blackcurrant Royale, the terrace boasts cascading purple blooms, strings of fairy lights and sheltered tables.
On the menu, expect a nod to the new gin too with sharing cocktails available. Try The Aviation, a blend of Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale, Violette liqueur, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice and Prosecco.