Where To Buy Plants London – 10 Best Plant Shops Near London

Not only are houseplants the best way to liven up your home they are also proven to reduce stress, improve your mood and boost wellbeing.

This is because house plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. They make your house prettier and healthier! It’s a win, win. So, where are the best plant shops in London?

London is a big place! It’s difficult to find the hidden gems in a megacity. I’m a newbie to London, so last weekend I explored the city looking for the plant shops to help fill my empty, East-End flat.

Now, I come to you with sore feet and… the definitive list of London’s best plant shops!

1. Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Rd, London, E2 7RG, United Kingdom

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Okay so it’s not technically a shop… but we’ll let that slide. Columbia Road Flower Market is THE place to get beautiful, affordable plants and flowers.

Columbia Road comes alive (literally) on Sunday with vendors selling wholesale greenery. This makes the product less expensive and means there are way more options for the consumer.

It gets busy, but my oh my, it’s worth it. Columbia Road Market is a London institution. It was established in 1869 as a covered food market.

The flower market was on a Saturday but eventually moved to Sunday by petition from Jewish residents who observe the Sabbath. Traders soon realized it was a great opportunity to get rid of leftover stock from the week gone.

EastEnders couldn’t get enough of seasonal flowers and plants for cheap prices, and it quickly became a London institution.

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Traders begin setting up their stalls at 4 am, but the market only opens at 8 am. That should give you a good indication of how much stock they bring to sell! There are enough flowers for everybody, but you still need to get there early.

Columbia Road isn’t a tourist trap, but it’s definitely not a secret anymore. Fight the hangover and head over to Bethnal Green!

Don’t be deceived by the name, there are as many plants as there are flowers. In fact, Columbia Road sells; bulbs, dried flowers, bedding plants, freshly cut flowers, shrubs, leaves, food, Nik-naks, and most importantly, houseplants.

2. Conservatory Archives

493-495 Hackney Rd, Cambridge Heath, London, E2 9ED.

Phone: +447444 760607.

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I pass this gorgeous shop on my bike to work every day. I have been dying to pop in, but couldn’t risk a beating from the boss.

Conservatory Archives has three locations; one on Hackney Road, Lower Clapton Road, and Middleton Mews. The first was in Hackney, which also happens to be my favourite and most frequented.

The shop was established in 2015 and it quickly turned into a self-confessed “miniature jungle”. The Middleton Mews location has the most extensive and exotic selection. However, you are spoiled for choice wherever you go.

Conservatory Archives is at the top of its game. It’s hard to beat the selection and the vibes in these stores. My paycheck knows it and now so do you.

3. Botanique

31 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL.

Phone: 020 7833 2811

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Botanique is an artisanal plant store. The shop is curated by the owner and founder, Alice. Alice made her dream of creating a beautiful environment for customers to find the perfect gift a reality.

When you visit Botanique you’ll see the amazing team creating elaborate bouquets and crafting the product range on the shop floor.

The Botanique brand encompasses pressed flowers, terrariums, cards, and seed packets. Whether you want a present for yourself or another lucky person, Botanique is the place to go.

Trust me, you can go in looking for a new Monstera and leave with a handcrafted ceramic pot, a soy candle, and maybe even a whole new skincare regime.

4. Prick

Unit 14 Palmers Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 0SY.

Phone: +447465 416143.

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Another East-End recommendation… It seems I may be a little bit biased. Prick is London’s first plant boutique dedicated entirely to cacti. There are cacti of all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Gynelle, the founder of Prick says they are a “beautiful and sustainable way to transform any interior.” Gynelle was first captivated by cacti when she visited Yvette Saint Laurent’s “Jardin Majorelle” in Marrakech.

She loved their strange, unusual shapes that could complement the interior design. She also loved their amazing ability to survive in extreme climates.

Cacti are notoriously low maintenance and hardy. Gynelle says this makes them ideal for “modern city living”.

Prick is the best place in London to find a stylish and carefree new addition to your home. Succulents can live for a number of years which means a large statement piece could be a great investment for your home.

While you’re visiting Prick you can also choose a “Prick Pot” for your new friend. These pots are made by hand in terracotta by local artists.

5. Forest

43 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22 8EW.

Phone: 020 8691 5888.

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Forest is a family-run business in south London. Fran, the matriarch of the family, started Forest alongside her daughters, Alice and Maddie.

Fran fell in love with plants through her father, who opened a nursery in York after immigrating from the Netherlands in 1952.

Horticulture runs in the family so they definitely know their stuff! Fran studied at the Welsh College of Horticulture, then started the London-based Fresh Flower Company in 1988. Alice and Maddie were soon persuaded to come along.

Alice and Maddie both have backgrounds in floristry. It really is a family affair at Forest! Forest was born in 2013 after the mother and daughter trio joined forces.

The family loves to share their passion for plants by teaching workshops and hosting events.

Workshops at Forest teach calligraphy, potting, candle making, and floral arrangements. You should visit for the large selection of unique houseplants, but stay to pick the brains of these amazing women.

6. Cornercopia

63 Streatham Hill, London SW2 4TX,

Phone: +447803 528739.

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Cornercopia sells beautiful plants and homewares in the heart of Brixton Village. It is a humble store that prides itself on stocking useful and curious things for the home. Hanging plants, pet-safe plants, and seeds are all offered at reasonable prices.

There are also more traditional plants like Ceropegia Woodie and Alocasia Silver Dragon available.

Cornercopia also stocks a range of helpful gardening tools for growing your houseplants. It’s a one-stop shop for all your planting needs.

Cornercopia ran into some trouble in 2021, after a dispute with its landlords.

They had to move out of Brixton Village after their rent increased by 40%. It was untenable to stay, but thankfully they found their way back after successful online sales during the pandemic. Next time you’re on the Victoria line, why not head down south?

7. Clifton Nursery London

5A Clifton Villas,  London W9 2PH.

Phone: +44 20 7289 6851.

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Amongst these uber-trendy boutiques, it is easy to forget about the old faithful garden center. The Clifton Nursery in Maida Vale is a hidden oasis of tranquility.

It boasts an extensive range of outdoor and indoor plants, as well as on-trend garden accessories and gifts. Clifton Nursery is a magical place to spend an afternoon.

It is an extraordinary emporium located inside a historic glasshouse. Plants, trees, and shrubs line the walls, and light streams through the skylights.

Clifton Nursery is London’s oldest garden center. It has been inspiring people for 170 years. Clifton Nursery began in 1851 after a plot of land was converted into an “ornamental garden and nursery ground”. Johannes Krupp bought the lease to the land.

Krupp’s entrepreneurial spirit turned the nursery into a successful business. Krupp sold plants to London’s elite hotels, theatres and film studios.

In 1944 the business passed from the Krupp family to the businessman Sydney Cohen. The reputation of the nursery continued to skyrocket.

Lord Rothschild cemented the legacy of Clifton Nursery when he spearheaded innovative changes, including a shop and a palm house. Clifton Nursery is an integral part of London’s culture and is well worth a visit.

8. Alexandra Nurseries #

Estate House, Parish Ln, London SE20 7LJ.

Phone: 020 8778 4145.

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Alexandra Nurseries is an independent garden center, café, and vintage shop in Penge. Sustainability and community are the core values of this gorgeously quaint nursery.

Locally roasted coffee and sweet treats are available at the café after a stroll through the eclectic mix of plants.

Alexandra Nurseries is cute, chic, and a little bit scruffy. It’s authentic and affordable – a rare combination in London these days.

The antique and vintage shop is a special addition to a very special garden shop. It’s not as posh as Clifton Nursery, but it’s just as nice.

9. Battersea Flower Station

320 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 3BX.

Phone: 020 7978 4253.

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Battersea Flower Station – named after its neighbour, the Battersea Power Station – is absolutely incredible. The Flower Station is a paradise for a plant lover. Hundreds of plants are housed in overflowing greenhouses.

Compost, pots, gardening tools, seeds, and gifts are available as well. Clifton Nursery may be the oldest garden center, but Battersea Flower Station is the longest. The site has had many different hats over the years.

It’s been a stable for the Battersea Park horses, the barrows from the Battersea market and in 1900 it was even a flower shop!

Now, it is an award-winning – and very impressive – garden center. It’s located on a long, thin plot of land that runs parallel to a railway track.

Even if you can’t find what you’re looking for – which is unlikely – just marveling at the magnitude of the space will be worth your while.

10. Camden Garden Centre

2 Barker Dr, London NW1 0JW.

Phone: 020 7387 7080.

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Camden Garden Centre describes itself as “unusual”. Behind the pots and the plants, is an amazing charity. Camden Garden Centre offers employment, training, and education to vulnerable people.

The center helps to support people through homelessness, poverty, and addiction while employed in the training scheme.

People leave the training program with a solid employment record, experience, and good references.

Camden Garden Centre was started in 1983 by a group of local men and women who were concerned about youth homelessness.

They wanted to start a business that allowed struggling people to find long-term employment, thus making positive changes to their life. Camden Garden Centre was the United Kingdom’s first social enterprise.

To date, more than 300 trainees have completed the training program. Purchasing plants and gardening products from Camden Garden Centre is a great way to show your support.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. I can help my community and get a new plant out of it? I’m in!

Conclusion

So that’s it! The best plant shops in London. We’re spoilt for choice in London. It was no easy task whittling down the top contenders. These are my top picks, but I’m still interested in what you think!

Do you agree? Have you already visited some of these places? Do you think some are overrated? Do you have a favorite that should have made the cut? Let me know. I’m always up for reevaluating and refining my list.

For now, I’m going to enjoy all the new plant babies I accumulated last the week. Remember, science tells us that plants make you happy so it’s guilt-free shopping. Don’t listen to anyone that tells you you have an urban jungle in your room.

There is always room for one more. And anyway, how could you deny a visit to these beautiful, diverse independent retailers. Get out there and explore all the plants London has to offer – you deserve it!

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