Petersham Nurseries is one of those must visit magical places but seems to be a secret. I’ve taken someone who lived in Richmond, UK to it and didn’t know it was there. But if you live in the UK or find yourself in London, I highly recommend a half day trip out to the countryside to visit this charming nursery, shop and cafe.
The best way to get there is to take the train into Richmond, walk along the high street to the river, walk along the river to the bridge, then walk along the foot path until the Nursery. Peterhams web site has the details but it’s a very easy and beautiful 30min walk that will quiet your mind and put you in the right head space for a proper visit.
I made brunch reservations because the food (which is local + organic) is truly worth the trip out for. And after a cold walk through the countryside I was ready for a hearty meal. The chippy paint, natural dirt floors, and all the greenery inside the once used greenhouse creates the most charming setting. I’m a huge fan of bringing the outdoors in but Petershams takes it to a whole different level.
After brunch I visited the cafe which is in a little room outside and serves the usual – tea, coffee, desserts, light lunch food. You get it on a tray and then bring it to another greenhouse which has been converted into a cafe. Coffee on a cold day was a very welcomed thing. As were all the dogs. I took a little video which shows a little of the walk and the cafe.
The nursery carries both garden tools/plants but also home decor and goods, and I didn’t leave empty handed.
And if you live in America and feel like you’ve seen this before, it’s because one of the co-founders of Anthropologie visited a long time ago and tried to re-create it as Terrain outside of Philadelphia. There are a lot of similarities although sadly, a lot of the rustic is gone in Terrain (IE Dirt floor in the cafe) as is some of the charm. But they’re eerily similar.