If you ask anyone West of the city about the perfect way to spend a weekend, the majority will clasp their hands and declare with a rapturous expression that it simply has to be a visit to the now iconic Petersham Nurseries in Richmond (it opened in 2004). Like something sprung from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Nurseries take the form of rambling Victorian Greenhouses bursting with plants for purchase, a Michelin Star seasonal cafe and the most glorious home emporium of exquisite finds that span items you might find in a National Trust property and those in the home of a modern Maharaja. However, anyone East of the city will certainly say ‘I’ve heard it’s an incredible place, i’ve been meaning to visit for years but it’s just too far!”
To the relief of everyone with a penchant for the enchanting, Petersham Nurseries have opened their long awaited second venture in a more conveniently located Covent Garden.
Nestled on King Street just off the main cobbled thoroughfare the cavernous store is a dream. With everything from mercurial mirrors, artisan ceramics, soaps, candles, grand chandeliers and of course the perfect cacti and fledgling palm trees I’m going to find it hard to resist visiting every week till Christmas.
With the shop, a delicatessen, a wine cellar and a florist already open, two restaurants are due to follow in early 2018 boasting a buzzy little Italian tapas bar and and a refined a la carte restaurant inspired by the understated grandeur of the owner’s homes in Richmond. What are you waiting for?
27-31 King St, London WC2E 8JB
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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