Whatever the occasion, how better to tell someone you love that you’re thinking of them than with armfuls of gloriously scented wildflowers or an artful arrangement of single-stem blooms? From modern disruptors to go-to designers, there is a blooming floristry scene offering seasonal bouquets that would liven up any home. Read on for The Glossary’s definitive guide to the very best flower delivery services in London and across the UK.
UK flower delivery services
The Canada-born, London-based florist, who for years was responsible for the floral designs for Soho House, opened his eponymous boutique in 2020 after two years of working with clients ranging from The Dorchester to Brasserie Zedel. For Mother’s Day, Colbie has created four spring-inspired bouquets using seasonal blooms to create bright, elegant arrangements. The Belgravia bouquet is a classic assortment of powdery light blue and pink hydrangeas paired with peach garden roses, while the Balmoral bouquet takes inspiration from the Queen’s Scottish home with a regal blend of purple roses, larkspur and fountain grasses. In addition to the striking floral designs, Ronny Colbie also has a selection of new candles and hand soaps in scents ranging from the floral Cotswolds Garden to the warm, fresh Lake Muskoka blend.
Ronny Colbie launches his National Delivery service for his flowers, candles and hand soaps from the 11 March and is offering free national next day delivery to the UK for orders over £150.
The international studio has been creating striking bouquets since opening in Shoreditch in 1991, and has been the go-to florist for prestigious events such as Vanity Fair’s Oscars party and seasonal installations at Claridges and The Connaught. The famed florist specialises in hand-tied, seasonal blooms that are a particular favourite of the fashion crowd. Their online delivery service means you can bring one of their glamorous arrangements to your home, or that of a loved one, with elegant, black ribbon-tied single blooms or creative seasonal assortments.
The outdoor flower stand has stood on the corner of Fulham Road and Old Church Street for over a quarter of a century, and now they’re offering home delivery to bring their luxurious blooms across London. They pride themselves on sourcing flowers from the world’s best suppliers instead of relying on the Covent Garden market selection to create seasonal arrangements that range from the understated to bold bursts of colour. They also have an entire library of rose-based arrangements for a classic gesture of love and appreciation.
Launched in 2001 as a small flower shop in North London, today Flower Station is best known for its speedy deliveries of striking bouquets across the UK, with a promise of same day delivery in London within 3 hours and a late night service that ensures blooms can be delivered at any hour. The extensive selection of options covers every colour, seasonal flower, size and recipient, from a hand-tied assortment of hydrangeas to elaborate arrangements of roses, pale pink dahlias, white nigellas and more. Special bouquets are created for every occasion, and the regular Bouquet of the Week highlights the best seasonal blooms of the moment. A selection of rose boxes are available, too, as well as a range of potted plants for those who’d prefer something with a longer lifespan.
As the UK’s highest rated ethical florist, Arena Flowers only delivers blooms of the finest standard, working directly with Fairtrade farms and using special biodegradable packaging to create hand-tied bouquets that both look good and do good. As if that wasn’t enough, they also plant a tree in countries experiencing deforestation like Haiti, Mozambique and Madagascar, to restore and grow healthy forests and help alleviate extreme poverty every time someone buys a bouquet or signs up to their newsletter. This year, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, they’re also offering a 25% discount code for any key workers who use their flower delivery service. Guaranteed to brighten up anyone’s day, in more ways than one.
London-based florist Bloom has a plethora of colourful, elegant bouquets of seasonal, market fresh flowers available for order, as well as a subscription service for regular deliveries. The Beaulieu bouquet sees purple clematis, amethyst veronica and large lilac roses bundled with seasonal foliage and bursts of green, while the Vintage Dreams Bouquet is a softer arrangement of dusty purple roses in various shades and fluffy pink astilbe. For those feeling particularly creative, you can opt to design your own arrangement and pick the size, flowers and look of the bouquet that you want Bloom’s expert florists to create.
Working with a carefully curated selection of local florists across the UK, Direct 2 Florist organises same day flower deliveries created by some of the finest florists in the country. Whether you’re looking for a simple hand-tied design or an elaborate bouquet, every arrangement is handled by a skilled florist and tailored to your personal requirements. They’re famed for their excellent service, so much so that they’ve won the coveted Service Provider of the Year Award for the last two years running at the British Floristry Awards. Recently, they released a new collection of luxury flowers, an assortment of decadent blooms arranged by local florists across the country.
When she was a little girl, Nik Southern was mesmerised by the fig tree in her grandparents’ front room, a fascination which would culminate in the opening of her shop Grace & Thorn in 2011, in Hackney. Nik and her team pride themselves on being rule-breakers, challenging the idea of the conventional bouquet with an offbeat, bespoke approach to floristry. The signature of the brand is that all bouquets are bespoke, so even though you select a type of creation that gives an idea of size and colour palette, no two bouquets will ever be the same. Dried flowers, wreaths and imaginative floral gift boxes are all available to peruse, too.
Scarlet & Violet in Kensal Rise has been delighting customers since 2006. The shop is a glorious kaleidoscope of colour, overflowing with romantic blooms, the likes of peonies, roses and daisies selected daily from local flower markets, nestled amidst shelves stacked with retro vases and containers. You’ll always get a warm welcome from owner Vic Brotherson and her capable team, whose one-of-a-kind arrangements of British-grown flowers are breathtaking. The florist famously created the romantic vintage-inspired blooms at Kate Moss’ wedding to Jamie Hince (David Austin English Roses and lily-of-the-valley are Kate’s favourites).
The disruptor of the flower delivery industry, this innovative brand sources directly from the growers and delivers big bunches of single variety blooms straight to your door, thereby cutting out the middleman and associated costs. The streamline business model is the brainchild of Whitney Bromberg Hawkings – previously the communications director at Tom Ford for 19 years – whose exquisite taste has seen her build up a fashion-set client roster that includes brands such as Dior, Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton. The unique floristry service has a celebrity fan base too; David and Victoria Beckham have vase arrangements delivered to their west London home and to Victoria’s design studio on a weekly basis.
Flowers delivered straight from the grower to your door ensures that Bloomon bouquets are always fresh as a daisy. Established in Amsterdam, the home of horticulture, the flower delivery company also has offices in London and Berlin, where loyal customers value the eye-catching arrangements of high-quality blooms, created by the in-house floral stylists, which are delivered on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. And it’s all so simple: you simply order the size of bouquet you’d like, when and how often you want it, and they’ll do the rest. Flexible flower subscriptions are available, too for you to arrange a bi-weekly or monthly delivery of blooms to yours or a loved one’s door.
If you believe that flowers shouldn’t just be for special occasions, that they are in fact a daily necessity, then Freddie’s is for you. Each week they’ll deliver a box of fresh stems complete with a step-by-step guide on how to arrange them (there’s also a weekly arranging video on Facebook, Instagram or your account page), as well as flower food to ensure longevity. Flowers are all cut to order, and each delivery is different – one week it could be a vision of white avalanche roses, alstroemeria, avant garde tulips and aster, the next a soul-lifting bunch of sunflowers.
Petalon devotees will know that the company – which is based in a converted warehouse in Bethnal Green – uploads two different bouquets onto its website every Friday that they will deliver the following week. Both choices are always packed with interesting blooms, wrapped in natural hessian and delivered by bicycle across London or by post in a recycled card box to the rest of the UK (they also donate 5% of their profits to social-environmental enterprise Bee Collective and for every 100 bouquets delivered by post, they plant a tree).
Working as an executive PA at Burberry, Lana Elie was increasingly disillusioned with the uninspiring and uninspired choice of flower arrangements she was regularly asked to send out. So she set up Floom, a curated online floristry website that is fast becoming a favourite of the fashion set. The premise is simple: Lana handpicks local artisanal florists across the UK, who create their own unique arrangements and upload them to the site; you enter your postcode to find out which florist is in the vicinity and select your bouquet, which can be delivered same day.
This is quintessential country garden floral design at its best. JamJar was founded in 2009 by Melissa Richardson, who was inspired by the simple charm of the jars of wildflowers she’d collected in the Sussex countryside around her childhood home. This natural and unfussy way of displaying flowers informs everything that Melissa and her team, who are based in Kennington, do, whether it’s creating a ceiling of 6,000 hanging flowers at Sketch in Mayfair or delivering exquisitely-scented flowers and foliage in their signature JamJar (they also deliver in Enamel Buckets, Giant Jars, Kilner Jars, Pickle Jars…) From minimalist bouquets of single blooms to dramatic assortments of seasonal blooms, they have a style for every mood.
This boutique London florist specialises in seasonal hand-tied bouquet deliveries, each one tastefully arranged by an experienced florist and finished off with their signature black satin ribbon. As well as delivering same day blooms to select London postcodes, they also offer a next day delivery service throughout the UK, including letterbox flowers. Exclusively using seasonal flowers, bouquets cover every possible occasion, and the Couture Collection features a particularly tempting selection of statement arrangements for the home.