London Flower Shops

Last week I wrote about the street markets I visited while in London recently. This week I'm taking you inside some of the flower shops—so get ready for some serious eye candy. I'll start with a shop in Broadway Market, Rebel Rebel, which you may remember from my previous post about their vintage handbag arrangements. The chalkboard sign with the quote by Iris Murdoch was set up just outside their door on the Saturday morning that I visited.

If you go to their site, be sure and check out the image on the portfolio page—those are the coolest boutonnieres ever—or "buttonholes" as they are called in Britain.

The next shop, Bloomsbury Flowers, is one that I stumbled into one day on my way to the tube station. I was greeted by Mark Welford, who could not have been nicer and allowed me to snap a few pics. (The first is actually from their site.)

After encouraging me to follow them on twitter and facebook, Mark also sent me over to The Covent Garden Hotel to see the arrangements they supply each week. This arrangement of alstroemeria had just been delivered, so the blooms are not quite open, but you can imagine that the effect will be amazing.

The final two shops are ones that are actually flower stalls at the entrance to department stores. The first is Paula Pryke's Wild at Heart Flowers just outside Liberty of London which I try to visit whenever I'm in London. Paula is the author of several books I keep on hand, most notably Wedding Flowers.

And then one of my personal favorites, The Conran Shop, a wonderful store located in the fabulous art deco Michelin House in Chelsea.

I didn't get to many of the shops in the villages outside of London, but have recently come across a wonderful resource, Flower Shops & Friends by Sally Page, in which she documents a year's journey around the flower shops of England. With beautiful photography and the stories behind the people that make each shop unique, it is the perfect book to curl up with a nice cup of English tea—or as she would probably suggest, a nice glass of red wine. Enjoy!