The prettiest parts of Town!
Wednesday 23rd Aug 2017 – It's a Flowerful Life
The best flower spots in London
Come with me and I’ll show you the best flower spots in London!
”Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” – Samuel Johnson
You are wise Sam, I couldn’t agree more. I love London. It’s my city, born and bred. When walking around London, especially in the Summer, I really do believe it is the best city in the world. And my goodness, do we know how to make things look good.
The Churchill Arms
Lets start with a good, old and famous drinking dive. One of my personal faves too. (You may remember it from this blog.) The Churchill Arms in Notting Hill. If you’ve walked past it, you would know about it. Its pretty hard to miss as it looks like a giant hanging basket turned upside down. Imagine how fantastic the world would look if all buildings looked like this! With 100 tubs of flowers, 42 floral baskets and 48 window boxes this is a pub to be marvelled at. I mean, if you were a tourist and walked past The Churchill you would probably just explode from pure touristy-London joy!
It’s a labour of love (and cash) though, word on the street is that it costs about £25,000 a year to maintain the magnificence. Probably worth it though, eh?
It is rumoured that Churchill delivered a radio broadcast from here during the war. But that’s actually a fib. The real reason it is called The Churchill Arms is because his parents, Lord randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome used it as their local watering hole when they were in London. Quite the regulars. I’d definitely recommend stopping off for a pint!
A slice of heaven
You’ll find the next in our best flower spots in London if you waltz on down to the worlds prettiest cake shop in Belgravia. Peggy Porschen’s beautiful cake shop exterior looks good enough to eat – and inside you’ll find the actual edible works of art. It’s something straight out of a fairy tale. With its beautiful floral arch spilling out roses, phlox and ivy and little signs leading you to a gluttonous haven. Peggy even made Kate Moss’s wedding cake and Elton John’s white tie and tiara ball sweets.
In an English country (city) garden
Wonder a bit further down and you can sit and have a drink in amongst hundreds of flowers at The Terrace, Lowndes Bar & Kitchen. My actual dream! Food, drinks and flowers! Relax in a corner of the quaint English countryside in the heart of Belgravia and feel distant from the hustle and bustle down below.
A riot of colour
Neal’s yard in Covent Garden reminds me of a little Victorian Amsterdam. The colourful painted windows and doors, and the cascading flower boxes make it the most inspiring place to have a smoothie. It’s named after its 17th Century developer and is now the healthiest little square in London with its herbal shops, remedy stores and lots of lovely cheeeessseee.
Back to Nature
Last on my list of the best flowery spots in London is less urban and more nature. We are unbelievably lucky to have so many beautiful parks here in London and every Londoner has their favourite. I know mine should be Wandsworth Common as it’s where I’ve grown up but Battersea Park is my real favourite. It has everything. Beautiful landscaped flower beds, wild flowers, a pond where you can sit on the rocks on a nice hot day. A tree covered path that makes you think you’re in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. It even has a Japanese Peace Temple!
So if you find yourself with nothing to do one day, I suggest you get up and go and explore the best flower spots in London – and add to this list by finding your own hidden gems! And if you’re tired from all that walking and fancy a flowery cocktail to end the perfect day, pick up some recommendations and recipes in this blog.