Petersham Nurseries and Café in Richmond is an already well-established destination. Not only is it a charming place, but it has a very charming story behind it - in 1997 Gael and Francseco Boglione moved with their family from Central London to Richmond, buying Petersham House which had a small garden nursery attached to it. After not knowing initially what to do with it, and to save it from developers, they renovated it and reopened in 2004. To the more traditional nursery they added furniture, antiques and gifts, transformed the wooden teahouse into a small cafe, and in the summer opened Petersham Nurseries Café, with Skye Gyngell as Head Chef. Over the years Petersham has grown and grown and now even their children are involved in running the business.
For us Petersham is quite a significant business as its ethos and driving spirit is much more akin to life in the countryside than London (though many would argue that Richmond is practically countryside) and we love when bohemian businesses can be relevant anywhere. And to our further delight, they have just opened another branch in Covent Garden, and what a delight it is. So delightful that we forgot to take pictures, but managed to find lots of beautiful images online.
When you first walk in, you can hardly believe you are in central London but rather in a beautiful white-washed Aladdin's cave full of treasure. Every surface is covered in gorgeous objets, from sensual Cire Trudon candles to uniquely sourced glassware and cutlery, all gleaming and glittering from the many hanging chandeliers. And in and amongst everything, fabulous plants from succulents to orchids to ferns, many of them huge and tropical. Their buying is just exquisite and it would be virtually impossible to go in there and not find anything to buy. And it doesn't stop there...there's also a very tasty cocktail bar and restaurant, delicatessen, wine cellar and florist. We would highly recommend a visit there, for self-shopping, gift-shopping or when your spirits just need a lift.