Whether you’re looking to up the romance stakes at home or to let a loved one far away know that you’re thinking of them, a beautiful flower delivery this Valentine’s Day will undoubtedly be well-received. From grand bouquets of red roses to more modern arrangements of seasonal wildflowers artfully displayed, British florists have created a rich assortment of romantic blooms to suit every style. Here, discover The Glossary’s pick of the best florists in London and flower delivery services that deliver nationwide.
Perfect for a partner who’s environmentally conscious, Arena Flowers are the UK’s highest rated ethical florist, exclusively using flowers from Fairtrade farms and biodegradable packaging. The Valentine’s selection ranges from simple, minimalist bunches of soft pink tulips to decadent bouquets of roses, lisianthus and more. Available to be delivered as vase displays, go dramatic with the Amore, a burst of antirrhinum and Victorian roses, or effortlessly chic with Pure Love, an all-white, fragrant assortment of lisianthus, veronica and eucalyptus.
With the Hackney florist shop’s characteristically off-beat design approach, Grace & Thorn’s Valentine’s collection is a truly unique assortment. The romantic bouquets use seasonal flowers to create whimsical and unusual displays, from The Master, an abundant bouquet inspired by the 17th century Dutch painters, to the New Romantic, an ethereal arrangement of soft tones. For a more unusual gift, there are the boxes of flowers divided into 4-8 jam jars of smaller arrangements, allowing the recipient to spread the Valentine’s love around their home. Opt for the Heart-shaped Box, which takes inspiration from meadows with sprigs of seasonal wild flowers, or send a friend the Valentine’s Succs! box, with a selection of succulents.
For statement romantic blooms, renowned London florist McQueens have you covered. Traditional red roses are available in a variety of styles, from Amour, a tightly packed, sculptured bundle of red Naomi roses, to Symphony, a decadent bouquet of 120 stems that include ten varieties of rose. There’s a selection of less traditional options, too, such as Eden, a glorious garden-style artisanal arrangement of deep plum coloured anemones, fuchsia and crimson roses with burgundy snapdragons and Venus, its natural hues making a modern alternative to the classic brights of Valentine’s; pale pink anemones amongst frilly lisianthus, plump roses and sumptuous calla lilies. For London-based orders, there are also plenty of romantic add-ons to accompany the blooms, including Pink Marc De Champagne truffles, Perrier-Jouët pink champagne and love heart balloons.
The innovative flower delivery business is famed for its single stem arrangements, which have proven so chic that they’re a standard order for the likes of Victoria Beckham. Founded by Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, previously the communications director at Tom Ford, her stylish eye is reflected in the abundant Valentine’s collection. In Flowerbx’s signature minimalist style, the bouquets are available in reds, pinks or whites, and feature vases of roses, tulips, Italian ranunculus or anemones. Understated but incredibly elegant, there are also a selection of gift sets, such as the Asprey Rose Vase Set – 50 stems of Flowerbx’s very best roses placed within a hand-carved crystal Four Seasons Vase for a cool £15,000, as well as Baccarat Vase Sets.
The beloved flower stall that has been on the corner of Old Church Street since 1966 has become a landmark in Chelsea famous for its colourful, vibrant floral displays. Featuring the finest blooms from Italy, France and Holland, the team of talent florists has created an extravagant selection of bouquets that promise to make a grand gesture. While there are classic options of roses and tulips, there are also plenty of other dramatic blooms to brighten up a loved one’s home, like the Colombian White Hydrangea bouquet, the Goddess, a lively bouquet of lush spring flowers in yellow, this year’s signature colour, and the Nobile, a summery arrangement of Avalanche roses and nigella.
If you’re looking to support local floral businesses across the UK, Direct 2 Florist is the answer. They source from a carefully curated selection of florists and organise same day deliveries, which has proven so effective that they’ve won the coveted Service Provider of the Year Award for the last two years running at the British Floristry Awards. Traditional red roses can be delivered in a letter-shaped gift box (the Love Letter) or wrapped in brown paper with a sprinkling of carnations (Smooch). There’s also a selection of more alternative bouquets, such as Strawberries and Cream, a pastel-toned mix of tulips and lilies or Hot Tropics, a vase of tropical flowers and foliage.