London is the perfect destination for a special occasion or romantic getaway. What could be a better way to mark an important date than by sharing the gift of flowers? Here are 7 flower-themed activities to enjoy during your stay at Central Park Hotels.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
London’s premier botanical garden is located in Kew, southwest London. Exhibitions contain around 50,000 different species from all over the world. Key displays include the Japanese Garden, the Mediterranean Garden, and the Kew Kitchen Garden. Aa arrangements change seasonally, the attraction is suitable year-round. There is the option to purchase a ticket to visit Kew Palace.
Columbia Road Flower Market
If you want to purchase a bouquet to take home, the Columbia Road Flower Market is London’s number one retail spot. The open-air market occurs every Sunday, with the morning being the optimum time to shop for the freshest blooms. You can coincide your visit with grabbing coffee in the neighbourhood. Book Central Park Hotel now to secure the best weekend rates.
Sky Garden is located atop the “Walkie Talkie” skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London. The garden is housed within a giant conservatory while an external observation deck grants panoramic views over the streets and icons of London. Admission to the Sky Garden is free but you must reserve a slot in advance. Once at the top, you will find a bar where you can pick up champagne, wines, and soft drinks.
Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens
Regent’s Park, one of London’s prettiest parks, is a delight in the summer months when the Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens are in bloom. Laid out during the 1930s, the plot showcases close to 12,000 rose bushes of varying colours and varieties. The garden is best visited in May and June when the fragrant scent fills the air and surrounding trees provide shelter from the sun.
Wild at Heart
Wild at Heart is one of the longest-running luxury florists in London with a creative approach to floristry. Besides an outpost at Liberty London and a designated boutique in Notting Hill, the florist provides a delivery service to local residences and hotels. Speak to the friendly reception team at the Central Park Hotels Collection if you wish to schedule a special delivery.
London’s Garden Museum is sited within a former Church of St Mary beside Lambeth Palace on the banks of the River Thames. The museum celebrates British garden design and plants through its museum and garden. In addition, the institution hosts events and temporary exhibitions. Meanwhile, the gift shop is stocked with unique gifts and the cafe is a joy to enjoy a moment of solitude.
For a more hands-on experience, London Terrariums run workshops where you will fashion your own mini garden. Once you have all the practical knowledge, you – and your botanical travel buddy – can continue to perfect your technique back home. These workshops are busy: book your stay at Central Park Hotel now and reserve your place at the same time.