If you can’t quite afford your own house in the capital with a huge garden, at least you can kit out your one-bed flat with cacti and plants to pretend you have your own little green space in the city, right?
Head to east London to check out these pretty, insta-worthy plant shops for botanical inspiration galore.
Good for... affordable large plants: Geo-Fleur, Walthamstow
This spot is a plant lover’s dream. Geo-Fleur prides itself on selling weird and unusual house plants with a focus on cacti, succulents and large architectural plants (for around £30) – all sold alongside homeware essentials such as candles and pretty notebooks. 15 Penny Brookes St, E20 1BN (or find them at Wood Street Indoor Market, 98-100 Wood St, E17 3HX)
Good for... pretty pots: Botany, Clapton
Botany on Chatsworth Road in Lower Clapton prides itself on being #notanotherplantshop. It’s filled with a curated selection of homeware, skincare and plants – and a brilliant selection of objects to put them in, from terracotta pots to ceramic ones. Many of their products are available online too. 5 Chatsworth Rd, E5 0LH
Good for... unusual gifts: Botanique, Stoke Newington & Clerkenwell
With sites in both Stoke Newington’s Church Street and Clerkenwell’s Exmouth Market, you'll find Botanique – home to plants, many flower workshops and knick-knacks you’ll want to gift your green-fingered friends and family. It’s also where you’ll find Goose – their very own shop dog. 166 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0JL and 31 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL
Good for... hanging plants: Conservatory Archives, Bethnal Green
This tropical haven sells a really huge selection of picture-perfect plants. They’re sourced from Holland, Denmark and Belgium and the whole shop is a little city jungle with greenery bursting from every corner. Stop off for some coffee at next door’s Hackney Coffee House to reward yourself after your plant shop. 493-495 Hackney Rd, E2 9ED
Good for... cheap small plants: The Flower Warehouse, Bethnal Green
This vast warehouse of plants on Cambridge Heath Road has a really great selection of flowers, indoor plants, hanging terrariums and multiple cacti. It’s also a cheaper alternative to the pricier nearby plant shops, with some great local advice from the friendly owners. 517A Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9BU
Good for... all things cacti: Prick, Dalston
Owner Gynelle Leon quit flower arranging to focus on prickly plants when she launched London’s first cacti and succulent boutique. Now visitors flock to Dalston to pick up one of her weird and wonderful treasures. The shop also stocks specialist books for that empty spot on your coffee table. 492 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AE
Good for.... fancy flowers: Grace and Thorn, Hackney & Brick Lane
With two east London locations in Hackney and Brick Lane, Grace and Thorn is the perfect pit stop to pick up little pleasures for the home. A new house plant or fresh bouquet of flowers? A new hand wash or a pretty little notebook? You can pick up all these things and more at this popular spot. They also offer flower arranging and terrarium-making workshops. 338 Hackney Rd, E2 7AX and 91 Brick Lane, E1 8QL