WE just fell in love with Botanique Artisan Store and Flower Shop on a recent trip to Exmouth Market. Sister shop to In with the Old, this pop-up concept shop opened this month and will be in residence in one of London's best streets for the next five months. Open seven days a week, it is the perfect store for truly inspiring blooms and unique gifts. including some must-have tableware and artisan products, some of which are produced onsite. Beautifully curated, Botanique is a sheer delight. As they say, "we are making bouquets for you".
37-39 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL
Mon– Sat: 10.00 - 19.30; Sun: 11.00 - 17.00
I'VE been a little absent from the site this month as I have been guest editor for Food&_ for their special edition of Community. I finished the editing today, so as they say, normal programming will resume this week. In the pipeline is our monthly London producer interview - we will be featuring our profile of The Marshmallowist as well as a return to our A-Z guide to London.
FOR this weekend inspiration, we travel outside of London to Kent, after spotting these delicious pears and apples at Neal's Yard in Covent Garden.
KENT is the celebrated garden of England and for over 50 years it has also been home to the UK’s National Fruit Collections at Brogdale Farm. Growing on 150 acres of land near Faversham are over 2220 varieties of apples from almost every county in Britain as well as varieties from over the world. Funded by Defra, this extraordinary living collection is made up of two trees per variety essential to preserving the genetic diversity of fruit crops. The collection also includes pears (550 varieties) as well as cherries, plums, quinces, nuts and currants. You can even visit the farm, with its National Apple Festival being held on 17-18 October. You can find out more here.
ADDRESS: Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Road, Faversham Kent ME13 8XZ