Surprisingly not enough seems to have yet been said about Covent Garden’s newest lifestyle destination Petersham Nurseries, due to open this summer. Branding itself as a ‘refuge from the city’, and vowing to bring ‘nature and elegance’ to Covent Garden, there will be a lifestyle home and garden shop, a delicatessen with a wine cellar, (unsurprisingly) a florist, and two restaurants added to the Northbank’s plethora of cultural and foodie assets.

You may be familiar with Petersham Nurseries if you live in SW; the roots are planted in Richmond by Gael and Francisco Boglione, who took over the garden centre when the previous owners retired, thus saving it from property developers and the like. From here their garden grew into a Michelin-starred restaurant and lifestyle shop, with Laura Boligione taking the reins from her parents as Managing Director.

Petersham Nurseries will be set in the recently redeveloped Floral Court. We have to wait until the autumn to get a taste of the two new restaurants; La Goccia and The Petersham. Promises of fresh pasta under a canopy of blooms have been made, with a wine cellar from Lara Boglione’s husband, Giovanni Mazzei, who is a 25th generation Italian wine merchant. 

The announcement of the opening date is yet to come, but it is expected to be around late July to early August. In the meantime, you can visit the gardens of the Boglione family home in Richmond for just £4. /