Petersham Nurseries – a Richmond restaurant, teahouse and garden centre – has brought its blooms to central London, opening a greenery-filled destination in Covent Garden.
A shop, delicatessen, wine cellar and florist has already opened inside the Grade II-listed building on King Street, and a pair of restaurants, a bar and courtyard are set to follow. Flowers and foliage fill the building’s three Victorian atriums, recreating some of the atmosphere of the Richmond glasshouses.
Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden is masterminded by Lara Boglione, the daughter of Gael and Francesco Baglione who bought the original Richmond garden centre in the 1990s and transformed it into a dining and shopping destination. The new space takes design cues from Petersham House – their 17th-century home adjoining the garden centre – echoing its vintage crystal chandeliers and lime-washed walls.
Visitors will find antique furniture, handmade homewares, gardening tools and specialist indoor plants in the shop, while the delicatessen takes inspiration from traditional Italian grocery stores. It will stock products from artisanal suppliers, many of which have never been sold in the UK before, as well as seasonal fruit and vegetables, and freshly made pasta.
Two restaurants – The Petersham and La Goccia – will open soon at Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden, with the Bogliones hoping to recreate the success of their original restaurant (Petersham Nurseries Café), which earned a Michelin star in 2011 and 2012 while under the helm of Skye Gyngell.
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