It’s always a good time for flowers – and London has a wealth of florists, so there’s no reason for your bouquet-buying to be limited to a Sunday stroll down Columbia Road. There are loads of shops all around the capital offering lush floral arrangements, as well as an abundance of flower and foliage varieties, if you fancy making your own bunches.
Whether you’re after an extravagant display of affection for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or a special occasion, or simply something to brighten up your day, don’t make do with a load of limp stems from your corner shop. Instead, here’s our pick of some of London’s best florists and flower shops.
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The best florists and flower shops in London
With pretty premises in both Stoke Newington, Brixton and on Exmouth market, plus naming its bouquets after parts of the Lake District, this florist just screams “lovely”. A cute selection of delicate jewellery, handmade cards and botanical beauty products also make it a good spot to pick up last-minute presents that look oh-so-thoughtful.
Surely one of the glossiest florists in the capital, this east London outfit has styled flowers for the great and good of the fashion industry and has a client list that includes Stella McCartney and photographer Miles Aldridge. Inventive and incredibly eye-catching, Rebel Rebel’s bunches come packed with a punch.
The very talented Augustus Cavanagh has made it his mission to spread the floral joy. And with that in mind, he's created showstopper installations for the huge Topman at Oxford Circus, plus a living still life for the Art for Youth exhibition. Happily, you can also get some of his floral magic in your home, as he also turns his hand to creating beautiful bouquets with some more unusual flowers.
The Allotment Florist
With a much more organic approach to floristry, Helena – aka The Allotment Florist – grows as many of the flowers that go into her bouquets as she can. Her green-fingered approach means that the bunches of seasonal flowers look wonderfully wild and freshly-picked. She hosts workshops throughout the year, so you can learn to build your own bouquet.
Grace & Thorn
This east London florist has grown her business from a tiny studio on the Kingsland Road to a shop on Hackney Road and another in Epping. Focusing on interesting textures and drawing inspiration from art and fashion mean that these flowers are always beautiful. DIY classes and the launch of online wedding packages will see this florist continue to grow.
That Flower Shop
Its bouquets are named after rom-coms – ‘Never Been Kissed’, anyone? – and its plant pots come with puns; so this is the florist for you if you like your flowers with a side of funny. Using seasonal flowers, That Flower Shop creates beautifully unruly, sprawling bouquets.
Kensal Rise locals would probably rather this deliciously pretty florist was a secret. Alas, Kate Moss ordered her wedding flowers here, effectively letting the cat out of the bag. Despite its newfound fame, it remains an ideal stop if you’re after natural-looking arrangements in vintage pots.
Ever wandered past the front of Liberty and admired the farmhouse-chic bouquets outside? They’re the work of Wild at Heart. Set up by Nikki Tibbles some 20 years ago, the original Westbourne Grove florist is a long-running local favourite, spreading the floral love with a second branch on Pimlico Road.
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If roses make you squirm, try their characterful counterpart: the orchid. Orchidya is the only florist in the UK dedicated to the exotic blooms, but that doesn’t mean that it’s been racking up the air miles, as 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.orchidya.com
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General Eyewear Camden
This well-established optical showroom provides vintage eyewear for the film industry, fashion editors and regular spec-wearers alike. It's a great place to see classic shapes and styles from decades gone by, especially the '60s, '70s and '80s, featuring brands such as Moschino, Christian Lacroix and Versace. As featured in the 100 best shops in London Check out more vintage and retro shops in the capital