London is home to some of the finest cafes and nurseries you can ever imagine. A short train ride from London, away from hustle and bustle is Petersham Nurseries and Cafe. A true hidden gems and one of the Most Instagrammable cafe in London you can visit.

About Petersham Nurseries and Cafe.

It is one of the most popular nurseries near London. Owned by the Boglione family who moved from Central London to Richmond in 1997. Their new home, Petersham House, overlooked a local plant nursery and this how it all started. A little slice of the English countryside where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Petersham Nurseries and Cafe
Petersham Nurseries and Cafe

It is a family run affair with the eldest daughter Lara Boglione being the creative visionary and bringing Petersham Nurseries to Covent Garden. There are 2 locations now the mother-ship at Richmond and the new location at Covent Garden.

Petersham Nurseries and Cafe.
Petersham Nurseries and Cafe.
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How to get to Petersham Nurseries and Cafe.

Based in the historic town of Richmond – Petersham Nurseries and Cafe as regular trains from London Waterloo. If you are looking to drive, it is roughly a 45 minute drive from Central London and yes traffic permitting.

Is there parking near Petersham Nurseries and Cafe?

There is limited parking space near the cafe itself. You can always park at the Pembroke Lodge at Richmond Park. A rather pleasant walk down hill from here and you reach the cafe. Visit the historic town of Richmond which has a great high street. It is a beautiful town with the Thames running through and an abundance of green space.

You can combine your visit to the cafe with a picnic at the Richmond Park or a visit to the famous Kew Gardens.

Things to do in Petersham Nurseries and Cafe.

I love the way they sum up what this place is all about – A place of beauty, an emporium of goods, a celebration of the seasons.

Petersham Nurseries is the ideal place for nature lovers. Their greenhouses are filled with beautiful plants and flowers,home ware and bespoke gardening equipment. Anyone looking to jazz up their living room should make a beeline for this place. It is the perfect place to spend a beautiful bright summers day.

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Can you buy plants at Petersham Nurseries and Cafe? The Nursery sells everything you could ever need for your beautiful garden. There are some antique artefacts to decorate your house and some bohemian lifestyle decorations.

The Teahouse.

The highlight of this place has to be the Teahouse. Located in the glasshouse surrounded by some of the most beautiful flowers and plants it offers seasonal food, complimented with fresh salads and homemade cakes. Perfect place to enjoy your English Afternoon Tea.

Petersham Nurseries and Cafe
A hot chocolate and homemade cake @ Teahouse.

There is something peaceful and relaxing about this place, even though it is always bustling with locals and tourists. We usually visit the cafe with the children on a summer’s day and yes it is one of the most picturesque cafes you will ever visit.

Petersham Nurseries and Cafe.
Tea House @ Petersham Cafe

The tables are beautifully decorated with flowers, grown on site and a mismatch of vintage tables and chairs.

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Petersham Cafe.

For a more formal dining experience you can book a table at the award wining restaurant. The cafe is also popular for hosting a candlelight supper club on a handful of evenings throughout the year.

Petersham Nurseries and Cafe.
Petersham Cafe

The Shop

It is always a treat to visit Petersham Cafe. If you have not had enough of this place you can always visit the Shop and take a piece of the Nursery and cafe home. The shop offers a selective collection of home-ware and is renowned for it’s selection of chandeliers, glassware, mirrors and antique furniture. A great place to buy a unique gift for your special one.

Petersham Nurseries and Cafe.
Antiques @ The Petersham Shop

Is the Petersham Nurseries and Cafe child friendly? This is one of the most child friendly places you can visit. Great place to get your kids involved with nature and gardening. The cafe is also dog friendly.

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Petersham Nurseries and Cafe.
Little Trravellers @Petersham Nurseries and Cafe

A must visit if you are a tourist or a local as there is always something magical about this place that makes me leave with a smile.

Petersham Nurseries and Cafe
Petersham Nurseries and Cafe
Petersham Nurseries and Cafe.
Petersham Nurseries and Cafe

Petersham Nurseries and Cafe

Richmond – Church Lane, Richmond, TW10 7AB. Nearest station is Richmond. 

Covent Garden – 27-31 King Street, WC2E 8JB. Nearest tube station – Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

Why not combine your trip with a visit to Richmond Park next door. One the most popular parks in London.

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Richmond Park
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29 COMMENTS

  1. I always like to read about hidden places in a city, reason is it’s less touristy and once can really enjoy it, this place really looks beautiful, Thanks for sharing

  2. I love this article. I’m so obsessed with the idea of an eccentric bohemian lifestyle so I’d love to visit this nursery and grab some stuff from there.

  3. What a beautiful garden! I love finding places that are popular with the locals as well as tourists. I think that the mismatched tables add to the whimsy of the cafe!

  4. I’ve been to London a few times, but haven’t heard of Petersham Nursuries before. It looks like a beautiful place to spend a few hours and get out of the city. I can never seem to keep plants alive, but I do love walking through gardens and nurseries to see different flowers and plants.

  5. I have a green thumb, though I hardly get time to tend to gardening! Though I do love visiting well maintained nurseries and botanical gardens. The café is indeed gorgeous! What a wonderful idea. I would love to dine in a place surrounded by plants and flowers. As you said, it’s so calming an peaceful!

  6. I love flowers, so this place is for me as you have mentioned that Petersham nursery has prettiest flowers. Also a small train ride from busy city life of London to Richmond must be fun and relaxing. I love those antique doors and furnitures as this places. Michelin starred cafe sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing hidden gem near London.

  7. Given a choice between a city and countryside, I would always go for countryside. I love those peaceful environment, friendly people and the culture outside city. The Richmond looks perfect to me. The Cafe is undoubtedly one of the picturesque one with floral decoration in each corner. There are so much to cover whenever I land in London.

  8. What a beautiful and shabby-looking restaurant! Its unique with many florals and lemons 😀 I bet dining here is such an awesome experience and smelling those natural scents.

  9. Wow! Petersham Nurseries is indeed a hidden gem. The place looks like a piece of paradise for nature lovers like me. I love its rustic and nature friendly decor. Everything around looks so beautiful, fresh and magical – definitely a must-visit place.

  10. This is really a hidden gem! It muse be such a beautiful experience to spend your day in the nursery among these plants. My uncle who lives in Hull is an ardent gardener and I will definitely tell him about this if he doesn’t know already.

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