London garden centres offer an oasis of greenery, fresh air and quiet for stressed out city-dwellers. We search out the five best for keen gardeners or those who just need to detox from the concrete jungle and chill in a leafy café.
Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
Petersham Nurseries in Richmond is so much more than a garden centre. Although built around the nursery that owners Gael and Francesco Boglione bought back in 1999, Petersham has evolved into a small empire, including restaurants, antiques, interiors, farming and even theatre. Set in the grounds of Petersham House, the original Richmond location is a glorious place for exploring and relaxing throughout the year.
Property nearby: Cardigan Road, Richmond Hill - £649,950
The Palace Gardener, Fulham
Recently refurbished by the owners of The Chelsea Gardener, The Palace Gardener aims to meet the specific horticultural needs of local Fulham residents. As well as a beautiful selection of indoor and outdoor plants and all the accessories you'll need, the café serves a mean latte and provides a bright, relaxing space whatever the weather.
Property nearby: Colehill Gardens, Fulham - £600,000
W6 Garden Centre
Created by the founder of the successful N1 Garden Centre, W6 carries the same values into the heart of Hammersmith. Aiming to supply urban gardeners with the best plants, design elements and expert advice possible, W6 has become a Mecca for interior design fanatics and plant lovers alike.
Property nearby: Distillery Wharf - £1,250,000
Clifton Nurseries, Maida Vale
London's oldest garden centre, Clifton Nurseries has been supplying quality plants and plenty of inspiration to London's gardeners since 1851. Tucked away behind the beautiful streets of Little venice, Clifton delights visitors with its Palm House glasshouse and the elegant Quince Tree Café.
Property nearby: Warwick Avenue, Maida Vale - £825,000
The Chelsea Gardener, Sydney St
Established by the renowned Fenwick family, The Chelsea Gardener is an opulent garden centre just off fashionable Kings Road. The well-stocked gardens and displays are matched by the stylish café and orangery, often used for prestigious parties and events.