Nothing says Christmas quite like a beautiful wreath hanging on your front door, and there’s something even more magical about making one yourself. Some of London’s finest florists are offering up their expertise this winter by hosting special masterclasses where you can create your own festive arrangement, whether you’re looking for a traditional option studded with dried orange slices and winter berries or hoping to craft something a little more quirky. We’ve curated the best wreath making classes and workshops in London.
McQueens Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop
Known for their seasonal installations, which have appeared everywhere from Claridge’s to the Vanity Fair Oscars party, wreath making workshops with McQueens are a hot ticket every Christmas. For the third year running, they have joined forces with Perrier-Jouët Champagne to create a series of evening masterclasses at the Mayfair flagship.
Expert tutors will be on hand to teach the McQueen artisanal method of arranging as you create a wreath of festive greenery incorporating hints of gold and white, accompanied by an ice-cold glass of Blancs de Blancs NV cuvée. Masterclasses will also be available for the first time during the day at the florist’s Bethnal Green outpost.
Tickets cost £175 for the day masterclass; £225 for the evening masterclass
229 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0EL
29 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6WK
Ronny Colbie Wreath Making Workshop
Balham-based florist Ronny Colbie is renowned for his bright, elegant arrangements that have adorned London’s most stylish establishments from Soho House (he was Lead Floral Designer for the Soho House Group) to The Wolseley and The Hoxton. As you’d expect, Colbie is master of the festive wreath; his exquisite creations burst with pinecones, cinnamon sticks, berries, dried orange slices and seasonal foliage, with cedar, eucalyptus, balsam and juniper giving them a wonderful wintry scent. This Christmas, create your own iteration by joining Colbie’s team in the florist’s SW12 studio for a wreath making workshop. During the three-hour Saturday evening workshops (6pm – 9pm) you’ll learn all the professional techniques to create a stunning adornment for the season ahead.
Tickets cost £125 per person.
271 Cavendish Road, Balham, London SW12 0PH
JamJar Wreath Making Workshops
JamJar Flowers is hosting two special workshops on 4 December – one in the morning, the other in the evening – where you’ll learn to create a gloriously natural-looking wreath from scratch. Over the hour-and-a-half session you’ll work with seasonal foliage, twisted branches, sculptural seed heads, fruits and winter berries to craft a show-stopping creation for your door. Afterwards, take a stroll around Peacock Yard, Iliffe Yard and Clements Yard and have a snoop inside the artists’ studios, all of whom have thrown open their doors for the Pullen’s Yards Christmas Open Studios weekend to sell their handmade products.
Tickets cost £125
10a Peacock Yard, Iliffe Street, Kennington, London SE17
Grace & Thorn Deluxe Christmas Wreath Workshop
Hackney-based florists Grace & Thorn pride themselves on being rule-breakers, challenging the idea of the conventional bouquet with an offbeat, bespoke approach to floristry, and that philosophy translates to their Christmas wreaths too. In addition to the usual suspects of pine, orange pomander and dried fruits, expect to be making a 12” deluxe wreath with more unusual foliage, the likes of dried rosehip, beech, hydrangea, eucalyptus seed pods and celosia. Wine and festive cheer included.
Tickets cost £100
Studio 1, 5 Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, London, E8 3PN
Festive Wreath Making at Petersham Nurseries
Petersham Nurseries is known for its dramatic, wild and impressive arrangements, and that same ethos carries through into their wreath making masterclass, this year taking place at both their Richmond base and their Covent Garden offshoot. Guided by experts, and fortified by light refreshments, you’ll learn the art of building a wreath using a willow base and adorning it with wild British foliage, winter berries and seed heads (everything is biodegradable and compostable) – all of which you could, should you want to put your newly acquired skills to the test next year, forage yourself from woodland or gather from your garden.
Tickets cost £150
Covent Garden, Floral Court, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JD
Church Lane, Petersham Road, Richmond, London, TW10 7AB
Lavender Green Botanical Wreath Making Masterclasses
Spend an evening in the gorgeous Lavender Green flagship store in Chelsea creating a bespoke organic wreath. A florist will be on hand to guide you step-by-step through the process, using a wide selection of seasonal, fresh, British foliage such as eucalyptus, grevillea and Scotch pine with a hint of waxflower, dried lavender, lichen twig, finished off with grouped pine cones and luxe ribbon. Choose from the 12, 14 or – for full-on fabulousness – the 16-inch wreath. All tools and materials are provided, while a glass of English sparkling wine and mince pie add to the yuletide spirit.
Tickets cost £95 – £165
239 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EJ
Moyses Stevens Christmas Wreath Making
Royal Warrant holders Moyses Stevens – who just so happen to be Britain’s oldest and most prestigious florists – do Christmas with aplomb. And this year looks to be no different with courses in everything from creating seasonal bouquets to a classic Christmassy tablescape. Their wreath making workshops are super popular. Taking place at the Moyses Stevens flower school at their Battersea branch, the two-hour sessions are relaxed-yet-informative, geared towards both beginners and those looking to improve their wreath-making skills. You’ll learn how to create a foliage-filled design to your liking, whilst enjoying mulled wine and mince pies.
Tickets cost £95
Circus Road West, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, London, SW11 8EZ
Wild at Heart Wreath Making Masterclass
Nikki Tibbles’ Wild at Heart has been the in-house florist at Liberty London since 2008, her boutique at the store’s entrance on Great Marlborough Street the go-to for wonderfully decadent blooms and bouquets. So what could be more festive than heading to the iconic department store for a masterclass in wreath making?
As you’d expect, you’ll be working with the highest quality spruce, pine and fir and, under the tutelage of Wild at Heart’s head florists, pulling together a wreath that promises to be the talk of your street. All materials, drinks and nibbles included. Wild at Heart is also hosting an Autumnal/Thanksgiving wreath workshop on 18 November and a Christmas wreath workshop on 1 December at Soho Home on Westbourne Grove (£130).
Tickets cost £150
Regent Street, Westminster, London, W1B 5AH