29 September 2009

Green London!

It was market first thing this morning (I'll show you what we found in my next post) and as we hire a Street Car for the day, we usually try and make the most of having a car.

So after the market, we had lunch at Petersham Nurseries, which is an amazing place in South West London (near Richmond), if you haven't already been there then I hope you can one day!

Its not just plants and Wellies, there is a lovely cafe in the greenhouses, restaurant and a great shop for all luxury planty stuff.

They sell junk too (excuse me, antiques) for horrendous amounts of money, but somehow I don't think they are in a rush to sell them! We had lunch there... and then we went to...

Ham House. Also highly recommended. Amazing interiors and set on the river Thames, bootiful! We had a Cream Tea.

There are many Parakeets living around London, apparently they escaped from a green house in Kew Gardens (or something like that!)about 50 years ago and have lived happily in their new environment ever since...we saw (and heard!) loads of them today in the tree tops. Very tropical in South London y'know.

(photo from the Telegraph)

Next I'll post about what we found in the market...it was Marketus Maximus!


  1. Ooh Ham House is gorgeous.

    And I'm pretty sure a friend is considering having her wedding reception at Petersham Nurseries... do they do that sort of thing too?

  2. Oh I love that table at the garden centre made out of a tree stump!

  3. I long to visit Petersham Nurseries, keep reading wonderful things about it, and your photos have made me want to visit even more!

  4. That's funny the Kho's have been trying to get to Petersham for a few years now but still haven't made it. Ham looks like a great place for tea (the Kho's are also partial to a slice of cake and cup of tea!).

    Also funny you mention parakeets - I can hear them in a tree somewhere behind my house and saw some flying overhead on Sunday. Am I in deepest Brazil? No I am in South London. Always makes me smile!

  5. Serena,They might do wedding receptions there, it would be lovely Im sure!

  6. ooh, thanks for these tips! I just moved to Kingston recently so am not too far to go exploring these places!

    We seen the parakeets in Richmond Park on Sunday! very tropical! x

  7. Lovely post/photos. I've heard about the nurseries before,I'll have to try and go next time in London.

  8. well, this is all very swoonsome, i have been longing to go there for quite some time now. but come on, let's see the flea market haul? i'm so excited to see! i keep popping back to see if you've posted yet!

  9. Beautiful pictures, I do love reading your blog!

  10. Hi, what lovely photos! I particularly liked the reference to the parakeet story as there are quite a few in Sydenham, South London, where I live.
    Ham House is gorgeous - gets my vote!

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