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Nothing cheers you up quite like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Whether offered as a token of congratulations, affection or for a special occasion, blooming bunches are certainly the way to win a heart.
If you’re intent on getting the freshest bouquets, or have your sights set on crafting more elaborate arrangements, nothing can compete with a dedicated flower market. With a range of options available in London, and a myriad of independent florists across the South West, you won’t be able to resist filling your home with tumbling bouquets of the best blooms!
So, if you’re looking to add some colour to your home, or if you simply wish to brighten up someone’s day, get stuck into our list of the best flower markets across the south west.
Best flower markets in London
Do you have dreams about frolicking through flower-filled fields? Well, the flower markets of London should help you realise them! With flower stalls lining the streets, bursting with cascading bouquets as far as the eye can see, you’ll be spoilt for choice at some of London’s best flower markets.
Columbia Road Flower Market
With its beautiful arrangements spotted on the likes of Instagram and TikTok, this legendary flower market is famed countrywide for its stunning selection of blooms. Be sure to get there bright and early if you’re after the bigger, most impressive bouquets.
Don’t fret if you’re not an early riser though, as it’s a trade secret that the best bargains are often to be found after 3pm (just before the market shuts for the day!)
To grab yourself a bouquet, simply hop on a train to London Waterloo, followed by a 30-minute journey on the 26 bus.
New Covent Garden Market
Don’t let the name confuse you, as this iconic London flower market has relocated to more spacious pastures and can now be found between Battersea and Vauxhall.
Be aware that you can only buy wholesale here – so unless you wish to make some sizable bouquets by yourself – bring your friends in tow to grab the best bargains.
If this sounds like the perfect Sunday activity for you and your group, grab a train to Vauxhall station, before switching to the 156 bus for an eight-minute journey.
Berwick Street Market
If flower shopping is somewhat of a weekend tradition for you, then you’ll love this Soho spot. Dating back to 1778, this market turns flower picking into a real occasion. Parade your precious new posies through the streets, before you enjoy the selection of street food also on offer in the area.
To get involved, simply hop on a train to London Waterloo. From there, it’s a 12-minute journey on the Bakerloo line to Piccadilly Circus station.
Best flower shops in London
Whilst some prefer the buzz of the flower markets, there is a decided charm about the local flower shop. Dive into the enticing aroma of these delectable blooms and explore some of the best flower shops that London has to offer.
Jam Jar Flowers
Founded by Melissa Richardson, this local flower shop offers an incredible variety of flowers, alongside an equally impressive standard of service. Although life today allows you to order these handcrafted bouquets right to your door, be sure to pop in and marvel at the splendour of their displays.
If you fancy this floral excursion, take a train to London Waterloo, then hop on the Northern tube towards Battersea Power Station and ride for 13 minutes.
If you’ve ever admired the flowers that adorn the stage at the Royal Opera House, then look no further than Bloomsbury Flowers. Renowned for its award-winning displays, these gorgeous hand tie bouquets are the perfect way to make that grand gesture.
To get here, catch the train to London Waterloo, then cross the Thames and walk for 22 minutes towards Soho.
The Flower Station
Searching for a last-minute bouquet? With a range of locations across the UK, and over 20 years of experience in the floral industry, the Flower Station is the perfect pitstop for all your needs.
Offering an impeccable delivery service, as well as hands-on advice in store, this is the place to seek out your next bouquet. Let your quest take you to London Waterloo station, and this gem in Marylebone is only a 16-minute tube journey along the Jubilee line.
Best flower shops and markets in the South West
Although there are few flower markets located outside of London, local and independent florists really make their mark in the South West. From lilies to lilacs, sunflowers to snowdrops – there is an oasis to explore on our SWR network.
Marvellous Markets, Bournemouth
With a mixture of fun and florals, this market in Bournemouth truly lives up to its name. Although not solely focused on dispensing your favourite blooms, it has everything you need for the perfect family day out. So, whether you want to feast your eyes on their marvellous displays or grab a bite to eat at their selection of food stalls, this is the place for you.
On your next weekend adventure to Bournemouth, this market is only a 14-minute walk from the central train station.
Bramble & Moss, Richmond
On the hunt for some fresh blooms in Richmond? Look no further than this local offering, which is hailed as one of the best flower shops in this corner of the country. Brighten up your day by getting lost amongst the displays, and make sure to pick up a bunch or two to spread the joy around.
If you take the train to Richmond, this local gem is only a 10-minute walk from the area’s rail station.
Floral Couture by Jay, Weymouth
With so many incredible blooms on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Floral Culture. Known for its welcoming atmosphere and attention to detail, this flower shop is the perfect place to pick up a beautiful bouquet.
To get here, simply hop on a train to Weymouth, and you’re only a 10-minute walk from the store.
The Secret Garden, Guildford
With gorgeous floral displays tempting you inside, this family-run florist certainly lives up to its name. Whether you have an eye for roses or a fixation on daffodils, these local experts will guide you towards the perfect arrangement.
Located only a 10-minute walk from the station, this is the dream spot to pop into on your next trip to Guildford.
Flowers are the way to the heart, so why not take a trip to one of the places in our guide sometime soon? If you’re ready to get planning, then explore our flexible range of ticket types to find the right one for your journey and book your train tickets today. And remember that if you have a Railcard, you could save even more on your fare.