While London’s not short on green spaces, gardens are a luxury in the capital. Living in a garden-less one-bed, my window box just doesn’t suffice. This means that if I pay a visit to one of my favourite London plant shops, I can rarely bear to leave empty handed! In true #JungalowStyle, I’m on a mission to fill my home with greenery and satisfy my passion (addiction) for botanical-inspired interiors. Although a few have been sacrificed along the way, I’m slowly getting better at caring for my plant family and can identify the needy ones.

As the trend for cacti, succulents, ferns and pretty much anything else that looks mildly exotic, is going nowhere fast, I’d thought I’d share some of my favourite spots to buy houseplants in London. They’re also well worth a trip if you’re feeling a bit fed-up with the urban jungle.

Forest London

Best for: unusual plants

Buying Houseplants in London at Forest London in Deptford

Shelves of plant pots at Forest London in Deptford

I’d been waiting to tick Forest London off my botanical bucket list for a while. Their Instagram posts promise a haven of greenery with plants trailing from the ceiling, but, as a West Londoner, I was a little put off by the locations in East Dulwich or Deptford. I eventually made it to the Deptford shop and it was exactly what I’d hoped for. Packed with unusual plants and an incredible range of beautiful pots, Forest London is an affordable choice for houseplant fans. The team is friendly, knowledgeable and will also pot up your plant in your chosen pot, before carefully wrapping it. Although smaller than some of the other spots on this list, nearly every surface is covered in green. In other words, you’re spoilt for choice and will struggle to know what to choose (given the trek, buy as much as you can carry, I’d say).

How to get to Forest London in Deptford

Forest London is right outside/underneath Deptford station, in Deptford Yard Market, a development of shops and restaurants under the railway arches. It’s just one stop, or a six minute overground train journey, from London Bridge, making it the perfect location to visit before or after browsing Borough Market. I dare you to leave Forest London or even Borough Market empty handed – it’s nearly impossible!

Opening hours: 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm on Sundays

Address: 137, Deptford Market Yard, Deptford High St, SE8 3NU

Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden

Best for: gifts, pots and accessories

Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden

I’ve already dedicated a post to Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden as I loved it that much. The younger sibling to the original Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, their Convent Garden lifestyle store is the perfect pit-stop for plants in central London. Filled with a vast array of foliage, furniture and homewares, Petersham Nurseries is a great choice for gifts and treating yourself. The shop is immaculately laid out and offers plenty of pots, baskets and rustic garden-style accessories to complement your plant babies.

How to get to Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries is in central London, a short walk from tube stations Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line) and Leicester Square (Northern Line and Piccadilly Line).

Opening hours: 10am-8pm Monday-Friday, 12pm-6pm on Sundays

Address: 27-31 King St, WC2E 8JB

Columbia Road Flower Market

Best for: getting the most plant for your pennies and enjoying a truly London experience

House plants at Columbia Road

Succulents at Columbia Road Flower Market

Next is one of East London’s most popular markets, Columbia Road. It’s blooming with flowers and plants come Sunday morning. If you don’t like tight spaces, be warned, it gets very, very busy. To me, this adds to the charm, but it can get quite intense if you visit during peak times (10.30am-1pm).

Aside from the immense choice – there’s everything at Columbia Road, the incredible prices will keep dragging you back (and out of bed) on a Sunday morning. Three bunches of tulips for £10? Yes, that’s right. A huge, sturdy succulent for £4 and a young cheese plant for £8? You’re not dreaming, you can find bargain houseplants in London. There are also permanent shops selling pots, lifestyle accessories and tea and coffee, so you’ve got the makings of a great Sunday morning. And if London’s drizzle is getting you down, the market’s colours will brighten your entire being (and your home). That’s my kind of self-care.

Tips for visiting Columbia Road

  • Take plenty of cash (if you’re weak like me, you’ll buy a lot and it’s fair walk back to the cash points along Bethnal Green Road)
  • Bring sturdy flat-bottomed bags. The traders will often give you a plastic carrier bag which means your beautiful plants will face a perilous journey home on the tube
  • Check out all the stalls to compare prices and quality before buying
  • Arrive around 9am and you’ll be able to browse the sea of cut flowers and plants more freely

How to get Columbia Road Flower Market

Take the tube to Bethnal Green (Central Line) or Old Street (Northern Line) and follow your phone’s map (and the many other visitors) to the market – roughly 10-15 minutes from Bethnal Green station. To those who don’t know the area well (myself included), Columbia Road seems to appear magically among residential buildings – follow the flowers and you’ll find it!

Address: Columbia Road, E2 7RG

Trading hours: around 8am-3pm on Sundays

Kew Gardens

Best for: escaping the city and getting inspired

Spiral Staircase at the Palm House at Kew Gardens

If you fancy a day trip without leaving London, Kew is a great way to spend a relaxing Saturday or Sunday. After wandering around the park, you can escape into one of the many glasshouses. The iconic Palm House is the ultimate #jungalow, complete with spiral staircases that look down on the canopy below. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for Insta snaps. And if you love cacti, don’t skip a visit to the impressive Princess of Wales Conservatory. After you’re feeling inspired, you’ll struggle to leave without a purchase from the Victoria Plaza shop. They’ve also got plenty of plant food to help you keep any needy plants going.

How to get to Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens tube station is on the District Line, or you can arrive by train to Kew Bridge. If you’re driving, there’s a large car park (paid). Though, it’s best to arrive early at the weekend for a space. You can also catch the 65 bus.

Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE

Opening hours: 10am-5.45pm

Wheeler’s of Turnham Green

Best for: urban gardening

Nestled alongisde Turnham Green tube station is one of London’s urban garden centres, Wheeler’s of Turnham Green. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or want to do some potting up, head to this W4 treasure trove of pots, plants and everything in between.

How to get to Wheeler’s of Turnham Green

The clue’s in the name. Exit Turnham Green tube station (District Line and Piccadilly Line) and you’ll find Wheeler’s on your right. You can also get the 94 bus. If you turn left and follow Turnham Green Terrace towards Chiswick High Road, you’ll find great independent boutiques and food shops. Cassius & Coco is a firm favourite and also stocks beautiful houseplants, like calatheas and ferns.

Address: Cato’s Yard, Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, W4 1LR

Opening Hours: 9am-6pm

We might be living in the city, but there are plenty of places to stock up on greenery and enjoy some urban gardening at every budget. Have I missed a hidden gem? I’m always on the look out for new London plant shops to discover, so feel free to get in touch!





19 Greek Street is an event and pop-up space, or rather, a four-floor townhouse that’s had more makeovers than you’d dare believe was possible. A few months ago, I headed here for the IKEA House Party to celebrate the brand’s 30th birthday. Each floor was designed to reflect a decade of IKEA collections and interior styling. This time, I returned to visit home renovation site Houzz’s takeover and it was hard to believe it was the same space!

Design agency Run For The Hills were tasked with transforming the townhouse into a shoppable experience (all items were available on Houzz) that reflected 2018’s biggest trends and what users were looking for on the Houzz site. Oh, and they had just three days to install it all. I imagine it felt like a home makeover TV show when you’re up against the clock, except the outcome was a lot more chic, and lot less MDF. Thankfully.

2018’s Biggest Trends depicted by Houzz

The townhouse, wedged snuggly into position on a busy Soho street, is a true escape from city life below. Modeled as a family home, 19 Greek Street welcomed a kitchen-dining room, master bedroom and bathroom and child’s bedroom. Here are some of 2018’s anticipated interiors trends that were captured in the styling of each floor:

Warmer colours

The event was in collaboration with Dulux, so their chosen colour of the year for 2018 featured heavily. It’s a warm pinky colour called Heart Wood – it’s a more adult tone than the recently popular millennial pink. Overall, colours were richer and warmer than we’ve seen in recent years, but didn’t feel heavy.

Houzz of 2018 Living Room

2018 Bedroom Decor - Houzz of 2018

Modern artisan-boho style

Tassels, fringing and layers galore. I’m really enjoying this style and the use of woven textiles and modern crafts for blankets, baskets, rugs and cushions. Taking rugs from the floor to display on the walls instead, also looks like a trend to watch this year. The designers contrasted the boho-inspired materials with plush velvets.

Spa bathrooms

The space dedicated to the bathroom was large (well, enormous compared to what you can expect in your average London flat) and featured two basins, a freestanding tub and huge walk-in shower. This area had more of an industrial vibe – metals mixed with marble and dark woods. It builds on the trend of lavish spa bathrooms and a desire to break the mold of classic all-white tiling and walls.

Terrazzo Bathroom Decor - Houzz

Houzz Industrial Style Bathroom

Houzz of 2018 Bathroom

Plants aplenty

There were plenty of houseplants dotted around the townhouse – so don’t worry if you’ve fallen for succulents, terrariums and montseras, this trend looks like it’s staying (thank goodness.)


Pinterest predicts terrazzo to be big in 2018 and I spotted a few accents around 19 Greek Street. Jesmonite (a mix of cement, plaster and water-based plastic resin) can also create a similar flecked look. It’s also said to be on the rise.

Creative bedrooms for kids

The child’s bedroom was creative, playful and imaginative, encouraging out-of-the-box design and decor. The feature wall was one of my highlights of the entire townhouse. Statement frames and relaxed gallery walls were also a fun feature of the pop-up, even if some of these prints are more grown-up. And how great is the geometric mirror?


I left the pop-up feeling inspired (and wishing I could paint my rented flat!) I’m looking forward to sharing more on the year’s biggest trends and how I incorporate them into my little slice of London. What trends are you most excited about this year?

with love, b.xo

London is magical at Christmas. Everyone says it and now I believe it – from glittering window displays to lights and festive pop-ups, there’s so much going on in the capital in the lead up to December 25th. Whether you’re a fan of Winterville over Winter Wonderland, the Natural History Museum’s ice rink over Somerset House’s or Harrod’s windows over Selfridges’, there’s one spot in London that everyone can’t help but fall in love with… And take copious amounts of photos of. That place is Peggy Porschen. A beautiful pastel pink bakery a short stroll from Victoria station, that is without a doubt, one of London’s most Instagrammed spots.

Peggy Porschen Best Cupcakes in London

Christmas at Peggy Porschen Cakes in London

Festive Inspiration at Peggy Porschen

This Belgravia blogger hotspot is known for switching up its window displays and decor to match the seasons. After visiting the department stores, markets and ice rinks to get into the festive spirit, exploring Peggy Porschen’s winter wonderland should be on your list in London. Despite all the Insta hype and the queue, the atmosphere inside is calm and relaxing. A welcome break from Christmas shopping madness around the city. It’s pastel heaven with mini houses, fairy lights and wreathes, not to mention heaps of beautifully iced gingerbread to buy as gifts. The rare snowy London day and steamed up windows only added to the magical feel. It’s like stepping into Frozen, only if you’d spilled a bottle of pink food colouring along the way.

Festive windows at Peggy Porschen

Christmas Wreath at Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen – the Best Cupcakes in London?

Wait, how were the cupcakes? I love to bake, but I admit that sometimes cupcakes look better than they taste. Too frequently they suffer from dry sponge and bland icing. At £4.50 for takeaway (we gave up queuing in the snow), I was definitely hoping it was an out-of-this world cupcake. And actually, I was pleasantly surprised. A secret salted caramel centre oozed from inside the very moist chocolate sponge, which was topped with salted caramel pieces and creamy icing. Peggy Porschen absolutely deserves the accolade of home of some of the best cupcakes in London.

I can’t wait to visit in the new year and see how they’ve changed the window displays. This place has been on my London bucket list for some time, and to really tick it off I think it needs to be seen in every season. A worthy feature on my list of Beautiful Spaces in London and beyond. Have you been? What did you think?

with love, b.xo





This weekend, I’ve swapped the Big Smoke for the rolling valleys of West Wales – the perfect antidote to the city. It’s easy to feel anonymous in London, so jumping back into local life is a refreshing pick-me-up for someone who was raised in the countryside. It’s also a great reminder that while I love exploring the capital, there are always new places to discover further afield. Pembrokeshire may be better known for its beaches, but there’s another gem to discover: Narberth. And you’d be missing out to overlook this quirky town – ideal for foodies and interiors enthusiasts alike. After a great tapas lunch at Ultracomida (their Spanish-sourced deli is also extensive), we meandered through the colourful streets. And in truth, the antique shops and interiors havens we visited surpassed my expectations.

Twine, botanical prints and wrap at House by Betty, Narberth

House by Betty, Narberth

I loved the antique shops – it was painted furniture galore, so I’ve made a mental note to return when I move somewhere larger than a one-bed in London dimensions. But, for me, the real favourite was House by Betty – a home/garden emporium with impeccable visual merchandising. The owner, Lauren, uses everything from vintage ladders to crates and metal shopping baskets to display her products. There’s also a big focus on wood and natural materials with a charming retro twist and slight nod to the botanical trend. The brand’s aim is to offer items that are useful and not over-the-top, yet still beautiful. Despite how well their products marry together in the shop, House by Betty sees personal style as something fluid, not limited to one period, theme or colour. I really like this concept and their pursuit of timeless, useful design that does what it says on the tin. Case in point are the many utensils and stylish, wooden brushes on display.

House by Betty, Narberth

Interiors shopping in Narberth - House by Betty

If you’re ever in the area, make a trip to House by Betty and the other interesting shops and boutiques in Narberth. For endless gift inspiration and prints, visit The Golden Sheaf Gallery. Or, for furniture and unique finds, visit the sprawling Malthouse Antiques. They’re all worth a browse!

with love, b.xo






I haven’t quite got my head around London’s paradoxes. This morning, I enjoyed a walk through the trees in Holland Park, only to emerge and be greeted by the modern facade of The Design Museum. Different areas of the city sit back-to-back in geography, but feel completely different as you pass through them. It’s what makes the capital so exciting as a new resident, and something I hope I never take for granted.

Coloured wall at London Design Museum

Designer Maker User Exhibition at The Design Museum

Rather than put the spotlight on a particular brand or stylish cafe, this Beautiful Space focuses on the development of design itself (though, we did have a great lunch at Cafe Phillies, just around the corner). The Design Museum is home to a permanent exhibition called Designer Maker User – a collection of almost 1,000 objects of 20th and 21st century design from the perspective of designers, makers (manufacturers) and users (consumers). The exhibition allows visitors to consider how these roles are interlinked; how designers respond to users’ and makers’ needs and how users or consumers influence the design process. And how all are affected by technological progress.

Everyday objects - Designer Maker User Exhibition

The crowdsourced wall at The Design Museum – a collection of everyday designs that mean something special – they’re either functional, beautiful or hold personal memories.

Choice as a ‘user’

The collection of objects ranged from road signs to Olivetti typewriters and Apple products – a wonderful mishmash of the evolution of the design of everyday objects. The things we use frequently, but rarely give a second thought. The exhibition encourages you to step back and reflect on your role as a user in the design process. How our choices impact the success of designers, how we come to make these decisions and how what we buy determines our identity – who we are, or choose to be. Some choices are purely practical, born out of cost, efficiency, comfort or requirement. While others are made for different, less conscious reasons; for example, when we are influenced by advertising or an emotional response from a certain object.

Olivetti Collection at London Design Museum

What is good design?

While Designer Maker User encourages us to consider how we view and make decisions around design, it also asks visitors to reflect on the meaning of good design. Ultimately, it’s something that is very personal to each of us. While Modernists considered good design to be synonymous with function and usefulness, others feel good design creates an emotional response from the user or consumer. Some also see good design as something that does good. They recognise the moral responsibilities of designers and their ability to produce something that can improve our lives.

Although this may seem fairly straightforward, it’s a refreshing step back from consumer behaviour. The exhibition encourages us to think about why we make the decisions we do, as well as celebrate designs that have forever changed how we live in the 21st century. If you feel like being inspired, Designer Maker User is worth a meander, it’s very Instagram-worthy, and even better, it’s free!

with love, b.xo