Top Five: Florists
Spring is almost in the air and, as we draw to the end of those cold winter days and bitter blasts of wind, we can see the start of Spring bringing about some colour and adding a little more joy to London. It’s time to bring some blooms back into your houses or give someone that special bunch as a sign of appreciation, as we see crocus, tulips and other spring flowers popping up around the city parks. With Mothers’ Day coming up at the end of the month too, we’ve got you covered for some of London’s best spots to amuse your floristry dreams.
Image: Chez Michèle
2 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA
At the heart of Borough Market lies a charming and decorative florist. Chez Michele is a cabinet bursting full of flowers which are placed meticulously amongst antiques, streaming out of the shop and into the street. This place is full of soul with a rustic, countryside feel. Their services include wedding and corporate event flower displays and they also have ready to go bunches which have been tastefully chosen for a variety of occasions. Handmade bunches and wreaths vary from £23-£130, check them out here. They also do same-day delivery if you’re in a hurry!
Image: Rebel Rebel
64-66 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DA
Broadway Market (Stall every Saturday)
Unit 1, Regent’s Studios, E8 4QN (by appointment only)
This East London florist has made their own mark in the industry; their reputation for originality, creativity and quality doesn’t go unnoticed in their beautiful displays of flowers. Just call them the McQueen of floristry. The team at Rebel Rebel scour the Covent Garden Flower Market each morning to bring you Britain’s finest of grows, from Cornish Widow Iris to roses from Hampshire and Narcissi from the Scillies. You are sure to get them fresh and organic. So, if you want more than just a bouquet – a bosom of creativity, colour and taste – then head straight over to this place. Their bunches start from £60 to infinity and beyond. To find out more on Rebel Rebel and their weddings, events, styling and workshops take a look here.
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Serendipity Botanist LTD.
Churchyard, St Mary of Eton, 95 Eastway,
Tel: 0745 348 6775
This tranquil spot for flower foraging in Hackey Wick offers tasteful and elegant floral designs for weddings, events and everyday flower displays. They source only from local UK farmers and are proud of their holistic approach to buying from only within our island, minimising the excessive use of pesticides, unregulated labour and unnecessary air-miles. For their everyday flowers, prices range from £45-£150. Check out their Instagram from some wonderful inspiration and lovely floral arrangements here.
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Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Sunday’s only, 8am- 3pm’ish
If a day out is on the cards, whether it’s your usual Sunday stroll or you’re taking your guests out for a taste of London, then be sure to head to Columbia Road Flower Market. The stretch of road is filled with market stalls abundant with flowers, plants and, best of all, the dynamic array of stall sellers. There is nothing peaceful about this place with the yells and selling tactics from the market sellers, and it’s certainly what makes it so charming. You can find the finest cut flowers, herbs, seasonal bedding, perennial plants, lilies, roses, shrubs, cactus and alpines amongst the stalls. This market has it all, and more.
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Hayford & Rhodes
5 Morocco St, Bermondsey, SE1 3HB
Mon- Fri, 8am- 6pm
Hayford & Rhodes is an award-winning luxury florist, now run by three sisters with a passion for floristry who overtook William Hayford’s long reign in 2007. The timeless design and modern classics have continued throughout this time and the inspiration hails from its heritage. They offer wedding, corporate and event floral design and, with their team of 15 talented flower experts, they are on hand to whip you up a selection of their finest cuts. Their perfectly primed arrangements start from £65 to £155, you an take a look at their beautiful selection here.
Where do you buy your blossoming flowers? Care to share? Let us know and comment below!