A bit of the English countryside will come to Covent Garden on Monday July 31 when Richmond’s beloved Petersham Nurseries opens its first urban outpost. Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden will unfold in stages and eventually include two restaurants, a home and garden shop, an Italian-inspired delicatessen with wine cellar, and a florist complete with workshops tailored to city gardeners.
Much like the Richmond site it will be a fully family-run affair, with founders Gael and Francesco Boglione working closely with their children Lara, Harry, Ruby and Anna on everything from growing organic fruits and vegetables to sourcing Murano glassware and handwoven British baskets for the shop and selecting wines from Italy’s Marchesi Mazzei (the estate owned by Lara’s in-laws). Created around a Grade II-listed space with architects Michaelis Boyd, Petersham’s Covent Garden incarnation will channel the homey, natural feel of the original property, with a central courtyard featuring seasonal themes and plants.
The delicatessen will be open from August 2, stocked with foods that the Bogliones, says Lara, “use in the kitchen and love – such as herbs grown by the farmer who lives next door to us in Chianti, and mozzarella di bufala produced by a friend in Tuscany”. The home and garden shop will also open on July 31 with an international array of artisan offerings. “We like to support craftspeople who make beautiful things and practice what are sadly often disappearing arts,” adds Lara, who is also Petersham’s managing director. Standout initial pieces include the Ampholia Poterie Anduze vases (from £75), vibrant Murano glass champagne flutes (all unique and individually priced), Astier de Villatte ceramics (from £80) and a two-seater Roll Top garden bench (£790). More portable picks include the small stone Etosha bowls by Wonki Ware (£40) and the Petersham Nurseries Giardino candles (£45).
The two restaurants – the refined Petersham and the casual La Goccia – will arrive later in the year, completing what Lara describes as “a translation of Petersham from Richmond into central London, but with the same ethos and ideology. There will be something for anyone who respects the environment and enjoys beautiful things and delicious, well-sourced food.”