The pandemic has not been kind on the economy, especially small companies who rely on footfall to survive.
There’s never been a more important time to support local businesses; buying everything from your groceries to plants from independent shops.
With that mind, we have put together a list of the top five places to pick up greenery in the capital, and you’ve probably never heard of them, unless you are a plant shopping aficionado.
From affordable blooms in the south of to quirky cacti in the east, London has much to offer when it comes to plants.
Blossom & Threads, Brixton
Brixton is a haven for plant obsessives, especially Acre Lane – where you can find a range of shops selling shrubs and flowers at very reasonable prices.
One such store is Blossom & Threads, which specialises in creating arrangements for special events like weddings.
But it has a decent amount of plants and ceramic pots up for grabs, too.
The business owner also offers a collection of natural wax candles from Batch One, a company owned by a fellow local, based in Clapham.
If you don’t find what you need in here, pop over to Cornercopia, another plant gem in Brixton.
Stepping into Forest is perhaps unsurprisingly like stepping into a, well, forest.
Prepare yourself for an avalanche of gorgeous green easy-to-care-for plants and succulents, and a free potting service so you can simply take your product home without any muss or fuss.
This is a distinctly hipster shop, with greenery complemented by a range of products like candles from L:A Bruket (lovely but expensive), luxury skincare from Aesop and homeware from Nkuku, plus more.
Insta-worthy? Absolutely. Pricier than some of the other options on our list? That too.
Forest, which has two stores, also hosts sessions each month at its place in Deptford on things like how to build a terrarium and wreath-making, but check online for availability during the pandemic.
Next time you swing by Brick Lane for some street food, pop into Cuemars.
This delightful boutique shop features a curated selection of plants, pots and other lifestyle goods.
It is usually fairly busy and pricer are a bit higher than you might find in more obscure areas (this is Shoreditch, after all) but the designs are beautiful.
And if you ask nicely, and buy a pot from the store, they will repot your plant for free.
Check out the cute jewellery and random interior prints as well.
If cacti is your jam, Prick is the place to go.
As the name might hint, the shop is solely dedicated to providing plant lovers with cacti of all shapes and sizes, as well as other succulents.
Peruse the euphorbia obsea, pick up a ferocactus emoryi or get yourself a melocactus conoideus (yeah we don’t know what they are either, but thankfully the experts will be able to show you around).
Or have a look online before you head down.
You can also get cheap yet cute pots, starting from £5, as well as books on all things greenery.
Botanique Workshop, Clerkenwell
Up-and-coming Clerkenwell has a plethora of independent shops, like Botanique Workshop.
It’s a very cute venue with dried and fresh flowers, plants and pots, all you need to create your own indoor jungle.
And the shop is located on Exmouth market, home to 32 stalls selling quirky knick-knacks, so there’s plenty else to explore.
If you go online instead, you can bag yourself a discount with a ‘bargain plant hamper’ from £37.50, which consists of stock that the company needs to get rid off to make way for new items.
Originally, Botanique also had a shop in Stoke Newington but it sadly permanently closed during the pandemic.
Maison Curate, Clapham
We’re kind of cheating with this one, because Maison Curate is more of a homeware store than a plant mecca.
But it has a small corner in the shop dedicated to botanicals that is well-worth exploring if you’re in the area, including gorgeous stands.
The homeware collection is not to be sniffed at, with everything from fluffy (and overpriced) pillows to kitchenware, the odd furniture item and more.
There is minimal stock of each product, and the shop gets deliveries of new goods every week.
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