Visit London Blog » flowers Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On This Weekend: 9-11 August 2013 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 09:31:07 +0000

There are lots of fun activities on this weekend for both children and adults – why not learn about science, make your own ice cream or see some stunning press photography?

Icy Activity Day at the London Canal Museum

Cool down with this fun day of children’s activities at the London Canal Museum, which brings the story of the Victorian ice trade to life. Between 10am and 4pm kids can learn how ice forms, help create an ice-based artwork, and make – and sample! – authentic ice-cream with the help of Victorian cook Agnes Marshall. Entry to the museum is £4 for adults or £2 for children. 10 Aug

Treasures from a Hidden Garden at the Chelsea Physic Garden

In the 18th century, celebrated botanical artists such as Georg Dionysius Ehret worked in the Chelsea Physic Garden to study, sketch and paint the plants within. This tradition is still alive today, and members of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society meet every month. This exhibition provides a rare chance to see their wonderful paintings and drawings – don’t miss out! Entry is £9 for adults. Until 30 Aug

Free Theatre Performances at The Scoop, More London

Part of the More London Free Festival, these back-to-back theatrical perfomances provide a perfect evening of free entertainment by the Thames. Every Wednesday to Saturday in August you can see a family performances of The Prince of Thebes at 6pm, followed by Oedipus and Antigone for older audiences from 8pm to 10pm. To see these two great Thebes-based plays, simply turn up and bag a seat; you’re also welcome to bring your own food and drink, as long as it’s not in glass containers. Until 1 Sep

Day of the Mind Fete, Mile End

The Shuffle Film Festival, curated by Danny Boyle, runs between 8 and 18 August and features the London Olympic opening ceremony director’s films as well as local shorts, dance and music. One of its highlights will be the Day of the Mind fete, run in conjunction with the Wellcome Collection. The free event takes place from 11am to 11pm on Sunday and includes talks, workshops and science-based fun for both children and adults. 11 Aug

The Press Photographer’s Year Exhibition at the National Theatre

Relive the events of 2012 at this consistently stunning exhibition, which showcases the best press photographs used in the UK media. More than 12,000 photographs were entered for consideration, and the competition’s judges have selected the best 150 for recognition and public display. You’ll see incredible shots in categories such as news, royalty, entertainment and the Olympics, which can’t fail to inspire you to make the most of your own camera. Entry to the exhibition is free. Until 30 Aug

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An IncrEdible Day Out at Kew Gardens Fri, 24 May 2013 11:49:13 +0000 Sam Bompas – Co-Creator of the Tutti Frutti boating lake. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Walkway to Pineapple Island. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Pineapple Island. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Boating lake from Pineapple Island. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Tutti Frutti boating lake. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Entering the banana grotto. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Touch, smell and taste at The Rose Garden Tea Party. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Kirsti Davies - designer of The Rose Garden Tea Party. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Not everything is what it seems at the tea party. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Learn where your favourite food products come from at the tea party with a twist. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Find out plants origins at the Global Kitchen Garden. Photo by Ellie Roddy. Find out what plants originate in South America at the Global Kitchen Garden. Photo by Ellie Roddy.

Always fancied rowing a slice of papaya through an interactive floating pineapple or entering a secret banana grotto? Of course you have, and this summer at Kew Gardens you can!

The gardens are opening their lake to the public for pleasure boating this year, for the first time ever. This comes as part of the IncrEdibles festival, which celebrates all the weird and wonderful food we eat that originates from plants. Not knowing an awful lot about plants myself, I went to Kew to find out more.

We were met by Sam Bompas of the famous food architects Bompas and Parr, who created the Tutti Frutti boating lake. He told us that the pineapple is “a symbol of welcome to the city.”  In the 18th and 19th century the pineapple was seen as a representation of hospitality, and therefore is now used by many buildings in London as decoration.

A definite highlight of the day was rowing the fruit inspired boats around the “Mediterranean” blue water, under the pineapple and through the banana grotto; wear 3D glasses for a psychedelic experience complete with the scent of banana! Don’t fancy rowing? Then take a stroll down the walkway out over the water to the island and watch the boats go by whilst communicating with the plants! Sounds mad, but touch them and see what happens…

Next take a tour of the Palm House, a tropical rainforest which is home to 60 edible plants. Then step outside and visit the tea party with a twist, a dining table on which edible plants grow out of plates, dishes, jugs and platters. Move from seat to seat and learn about where your favourite food products come from, for example Bakewell Tart and Earl Grey Tea. Kirsti Davies who designed the table tells us “not everything is as it seems” – the table is full of riddles and clues which encourage you to touch, smell and taste if you dare!

Go past the bouncy carrot tops to the Global Kitchen Garden – each bed geographically arranged in continents, from Europe to Asia, telling the story of the plants often surprising origins. For example, did you know that the carrot, which is grown all over the world today, originally came from Afghanistan? No, me neither!

The festival, which opens this weekend, will feed your imagination, inviting you to reconsider the way you look at plants, broadening your relationship with what you eat.

I had an incrEdibly good time and guarantee you will too!

IncrEdibles at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 25 May to 3 Nov. More information


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In Pictures: Chelsea Flower Show 2012 Thu, 24 May 2012 14:42:20 +0000 Resplendent in the glorious weather, the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show is an enchanting, multi-sensory feast.

The Great Pavillion contains a diverse mix of exemplary gardens: we particularly enjoyed the Trinidad and Tobago Horticulture Society’s garden, the Willams F1 display and David Austin’s spectacular roses.

Outside, vying with the temptations of Pimm’s, champagne and other delights from the catering stands, is an inspirational variety of gardens.  Much media attention has been focused on Diarmuid Gavin’s pyramid, which dominates the skyline, but we were haunted by the poignant beauty of the DMZ Forbidden Garden.

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Lady Gaga Shoe Comes to St Christopher’s Place Thu, 26 May 2011 16:00:00 +0000

Pop into St Christopher’s Place this weekend, and you’ll be lucky enough to see this fantastic floral shoe sculpture.

It’s a replica of the skyscraper heels that Lady Gaga bought from Lungta de Fancy, who have a boutique in St Christopher’s Place.

The shoe has been lowered into the square to mark the start of “The Season” – a week of special events in the gorgeous boutiquey shopping streets in the space behind Oxford Street. There’ll be new store launches, late night openings, special offers, makeovers, champagne and sweet treats for shoppers to enjoy.

Make sure you’re there: The Season runs from 27 May to 3 June

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London Photo of the Week: The Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park Sat, 07 May 2011 08:00:00 +0000

The Isabella Plantation is an enchanting ornamental woodland in Richmond Park.

Laura Nolte shared this beautiful photo of the flowers in blume with the Visit London Flickr group. Don’t forget to add your photos of London looking pretty to the group.

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Photo of the Week: Waterlow Park Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:00:36 +0000

It’s nearly the first day of spring! To celebrate, this week’s photo by camdenphotos features the crocuses blooming in Waterlow Park.

Seen any spring flowers or easter ducklings yet? Share your London photos in the Visit London Flickr pool.

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Cat Deely Helps Launch Flowe(red) in Covent Garden Tue, 02 Feb 2010 18:28:22 +0000 As Valentine’s Day comes around again, the issue of giving ethical, eco-friendly flowers to your friends and loved ones rears its complicated head.

Yes, getting a bouquet is a lovely part of Valentine’s Day. But all too often, there’s a worry that those very flowers have done more harm than good before arriving to adorn your living room.

Today, Cat Deely was in London’s original flower market, Covent Garden, looking like a modern-day Eliza Doolittle, helping launch FLOWE(RED), a new online flower service from (RED). Ethically sourced flowers? You bet. And all the profits from the sale of the bouquets (which cost between £20 and £65) go towards saving lives in Africa.

As Cat says, “FLOWE(RED) is a truly inspiring new service from (RED).  I can now purchase stunning flowers for someone I care about, or as a treat for myself, in the knowledge that the profits reach those who need it the most.  It costs as little as 20p a day to buy the vital medication needed to keep someone who is HIV positive in Africa alive. Thanks to (RED), just one bouquet of flowers can now make a real difference and help save lives.”

Order online at Give a good gift this Valentine’s Day.

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Learn to Crochet in London with Tea and Crafting Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:56:31 +0000 Crochet Flower CorsageLearn to make a crochet flower at one of Tea and Crafting’s taster courses.

These new Central London evening classes have just launched and they’re the perfect way to try something new.

Each class lasts for one evening and you’ll take home something you made and the instructions to make more. I learnt how to make a crochet flower corsage which I finished off at home with a shiny button.

As there are only eight students to a class, it’s perfect for beginners. Tutor Jane was very patient, spending extra time with complete novices and suggesting advanced techniques for those of us with a little experience.

If, like me, you’ve been trying to teach yourself to crochet from a book, failed, thrown your knotty mess on the floor and then stamped on it, you need this class. I now know where my rows begin and end, how to hold the yarn and can read a basic pattern.

Classes lined up for September in London include beginners’ knitting, basic jewellery, crochet granny squares and crochet flowers. Find out more at

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