The best way to approach Petersham Nurseries – an actual place to buy plants, have tea, browse wonderfully curated household objets and eat a delicious lunch – is along the river from Richmond-upon-Thames.
We were treated to the typical British experience, i.e. bloody awful weather – or as the saying goes “nice weather for ducks”. And said ducks certainly seemed to be enjoying the newly-formed lakes in the pastures alongside the stormy muddy Thames.
Barbour wax jackets and Hunter wellies are de rigeur between the months of November to April n the U.K.. Fortunately we had the foresight to pack our own.
Having stuffed our faces with a super delicious three course meal in the wonderful Petersham Nurseries Cafe – you can read all about it here -we browsed around the gorgeous shop next door.
Located in a humid glasshouse with hard mud flloors, and lit surprisingly by crystal chandeliers and string lights, this is a veritable treasure trove. From beautiful glassware, to pretty porcelain dishes and earthenware pottery. Cashmere rugs adorn the walls and pretty violets are in bloom.
The Shop is well worth the visit, and you can walk just a few hundred more yards to visit the impressive Ham House from here.
Petersham Nurseries is at Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AB