An hidden paradise in Little Venice : Clifton Nurseries.

If you are visiting Little Venice and its somptuous surrondings, please don’t miss my favourite hidden gem in London: Clifton Nurseries , the oldest nursery in London. Built in the middle of beautiful white stuco villas, it’s the paradise for any gardener if you want to indulge yourself with some plants, flowers, furniture or even barbecue but also for the traveller in need for a peaceful and colorful break. You will find a cute little café : The Quince Tree Cafe with a very good food and pastries, and you could even book it for a wedding or a private party. You won’t be able to leave without buying a little souvenir for your home, your balcony or your garden, believe me!

Little Venice, London
Little Venice, London

Je suis sur le point de vous dévoiler ma petite adresse coup de cœur de Londres: Clifton Nurseries . Si vous vous baladez vers Little Venice, osez pénétrer dans le somptueux quartier qui entoure le canal. Non loin de la station de métro Warwick Avenue se cache la plus ancienne pépinière de Londres (1851), construite au milieu de majestueuses villas en stuc blanc typiques du quartier.

The Clifton Nurseries
Clifton Nurseries

L’entrée sur Clifton Villas n’est pas très visible mais une fois entré dans cet espace hors du temps et de la ville, un sentiment de quiétude vous envahira. Vous trouverez tout ce qu’il faut pour le jardin, bien sûr et bien plus : des meubles d’extérieur, des barbecues, un boutique de décoration et même un pop-up store, et tout ca dans plusieurs bâtiments.

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Clifton Nurseries, London

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Mais parlons d’abord des plantes, fleurs, cactus et autres végétaux . Que vous ayez un jardin à paysager, un petit balcon à égayer ou un intérieur à fleurir, vous n’aurez que l’embarras du choix et il sera très difficile de repartir les mains vides. Je vous laisse découvrir un petit échantillon.

The Clifton Nurseries, London
Clifton Nurseries, London
The Clifton Nurseries, London
Clifton Nurseries, London

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The Clifton Nurseries, London
Clifton Nurseries, London

Mais la cerise sur le gâteau, c’est le petit café trop mignon et sa terrasse au milieu des fleurs, The Quince Tree Cafe qui propose petit-déjeuner, brunch, afternoon tea avec de délicieuses pâtisseries entre autre. Vous pourrez même le réserver pour des soirées privées ou même pour un mariage bucolique.

The Quince Tree Cafe, Clifton Nurseries, London
The Quince Tree Cafe, Clifton Nurseries, London

En gros si vous êtes dans le coin c’est LA petite adresse à découvrir.                               Clifton Nurseries, 5A Clifton Villas, W9 2PH London. Plan

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A day at Chelsea

Chelsea, Pink Love Door, London

On a sunny Monday (it’s always better when it’s a workday), we headed with Charlotte to the Chelsea Harbour, a tiny marina, close to the Imperial Wharf station. To enjoy the view, choose the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, whose interest lies in its terrace. After that, pop in the Design Center, a building as interesting as the stores dedicated to the decoration and refurbishment it houses. Walking along the Thames (or trying to – unfortunately you have a lot of buildings in progress), you will reconnect with the famous Chelsea spirit, these small colored houses. Did I mention the famous painter Turner set his sights on the 119 Cheyne Walk? By chance, just in front of the famous river…sunset admirer forever. If you are a plant-savvy, push the doors of the Chelsea Physic Garden (as usual, all the links to the websites are in the main text), the 2nd oldest botanical garden in GB created in 1673. Then, leave for the Saatchi Gallery, the famous contemporary art Gallery where I always prefer the temporary exhibition rather than the permanent collection. For those who are fancy to do some trendy shopping, the King’s road should be the answer to the stores you look for. Have a nice Chelsea day!

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Happy Easter in London!

Easter chocolate, spotted in Chelsea, London

Easter weekend is coming this weekend and with it, a lot of bunnies and eggs will invade all the pretty little gardens. And because England does it better, here are some inspirations that we found all around the city to please your loved ones with chocolate. So please indulge yourself this weekend! Happy hunting and happy Easter!

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Christmas 2016: dress up your tree and your house! 

For all Christmas addicts, London is the essential city to do your shopping. Either for your tree or for your house, in a flat share or in a victorian house, you will find everything you were dreaming about. At Oliver Bonas for the scandinave lovers or at John Lewis for the most traditional ones, discover in pictures our selection. Merry Christmas!

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