Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden

First a garden for Westminster Abbey, Covent Garden was transformed into a market square by the Earl of Bedford in 1670, laying the foundations for its status as a crossroads of the city. While its legendary flower market has now moved to Nine Elms, Petersham Nurseries are bringing the garden back into the city with their new premises on King Street—which open this week. As well as a new lifestyle, home and garden shop, there’s also a delicatessen, wine cellar and florist, all curated by the Boglione family who took over the original nurseries at the turn of the millennium. Packed full of one-off, handcrafted and antique pieces, their first shop outside of Richmond will also offer chandeliers, Murano glassware and hand-painted Italian linens. The deli, meanwhile, will serve as a recreation of the traditional Italian grocery store. Ask about the delicious regional produce not previously available in the UK and the wine cellar’s collection of Mediterranean wines. Two restaurants and a courtyard space will follow in due course, so watch this space.

Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden, 27-31 King Street, London WC2E 8JD (020 7305 7676); @petershamnurseries

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