London's best florists
Need some flower power? Try one of the capital's independent florists and flower shops
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Whether it's Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, a friend's birthday, or simply because you're in the doghouse, put a smile on someone's face with a fresh bouquet of flowers. No, we don't mean one from the local corner shop, get the pick of the bunch at one of London's best florist and independent flower shops instead.
The best of the bunch: top florists in London
Tucked away on Bloomsbury’s Lamb’s Conduit Street – a hotspot for indie shopping – Dawson Flowers inspires a loyal fanbase. Spontaneous romantics can rely on same-day London delivery as well as the option of adding Champagne and handmade truffles to their bouquet.
- Dawson Flowers, 43 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1 3NG
This is the joint retail venture of a team of highly creative international florists, hailing from Holland and Scandinavia. As well as very stylish sprigs for boutique hotels and weddings, they do small bouquets which, unusually for independents, can be delivered same day (in London as well as Helsinki, should that be of use).
- Flor Unikon, 44 Amwell Street, EC1R 1XS
Tardy wooers attempting a post-work dash will be pleased to hear this nifty Marylebone florist is open 24/7 (its Islington branch stays open until 9pm). Blooms don’t come cheap, but they’re good quality, and delivery to any London postcode is free on Valentine’s Day.
- The Flower Station, Rossmore Court, (Park Road), NW1 6XU
Graydon Carter might have forgotten to invite you to the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party this year, but pop along to McQueens and you can at least see the sort of designs that Hollywood’s power elite had as their backdrop. Drop-dead gorgeous arrangements are prepared on site by impossibly glamorous students studying at this floristry school. The shop and school is very Old Street industrial chic, softened with exquisite window displays. There’s usually an enormous range of stems that can be hand tied into a bunch, with the glamourpusses – strelitzia, protea et al – alongside the more stolid natives, such as molucella (bells of Ireland) and hydrangea. Basically, for glamorous flowers, this is the place to call. Well regarded for showstopping event and wedding floristry (as well as for its adjoining school), McQueens is perfect for a polished, smart bouquet for your discerning loved one.
- 70-72 Old Street, EC1V 9AN
This exquisite flower shop takes your breath away the moment you walk in the door. An abundance of flowers are displayed casually in old jugs, buckets, glass jars and even milk bottles. The artless containers serve in fact to draw the eye to the extraordinary artistry displayed in the bunches made up in the very personal style of the owner, Victoria Brotherson (at her happiest when arranging flowers for parties in people’s houses). Old-fashioned and traditional country garden flowers are plentiful, including nodding peonies, and tall sticks of hollyhocks and delphiniums. Highly recommended
- 76 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3JJ
The Ledbury Road Wild shop sells homewares, clothing and gifts with a floral theme. Pop around the corner to Westbourne Grove for the florist: in the middle of the street stands Turquoise Island, with a designer public loo on one side and Wild at Heart on the other. It’s vibrant with peonies, delphiniums, hydrangeas and sweet peas in summer, daffs, tulips and anemones in spring. Traditional English blooms are close to the Wild heart, so it’s a seasonal look you’ll find in its fragrant tied bunches.
- Turquoise Island, 222 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH
If only roses will do, then head directly to Vive La Rose. The Central London shop is a homage to the classic flower and manages to arrange the familiar stems in brilliantly inventive ways, from roses in vintage tins to stunning arrangements in pretty trugs and jugs.
- 26 Royal Opera Arcade, SW1Y 4UY
This Covent Garden establishment is an expert in its field and you can expect precision arranged bouquets that come with creative flare. There's a shop upstairs stocking pretty gifts from vases to ornaments as well as a floral design academy on the lower level. Courses here range from relaxed and social evening sessions (complete with wine) to more heavyweight options in floral design.
- 9 Slingsby Place, (St Martin's Courtyard), WC2E 9AB
If roses make you squirm, try their characterful counterpart: the orchid. Orchidya is the only florist in the UK dedicated to the exotic blooms and most of its stock is grown in England. If you can’t afford a grand bouquet, plump for a single potted plant in a striking colour.
- 42 Store Street, WC1E 7DB
The variety is huge at this indie florist: from delicate, petite bouquets to grand and bold arrangements, it offers a bit of floral chic for every budget. For those who really want to get their money’s worth, there’s also a strong selection of potted plants at both this branch and the St John’s Wood outpost.
- St Mary's Church, Upper Street, N1 2TX