With their friendly garden café, à la carte restaurant and tempting lifestyle shop, Petersham Nurseries in South West London is a wonderful place to spend time. But I’ve long been curious about its potential as a wedding reception venue. Last week I met with their events team to discover what they offer...
Considering how dry and dusty everywhere is at the moment, Petersham looked refreshingly green and lush! I felt as though I’d stepped into a secret oasis as I passed by their welcoming displays of colourful plants and shrubs.
The restaurant is well known for its exceptional food and their lunch menu certainly whetted my appetite when I visited! Their chef will curate your sharing menu using seasonal vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, many of which are grown either in the kitchen garden, or at Haye Farm, their sister company in Devon. Petersham cellar has a wide selection of fine Italian wines and prosecco to choose from, but you are welcome to bring in your own (there is a corkage charge of £25).
If you’re planning on hosting an intimate daytime wedding celebration, then the horticultural glasshouse would be a unique setting. Tables decorated with pots of herbs, mis-matched chairs and vintage mirrors give it a charmingly informal vibe. All floristry is done in-house, and their events team are happy to discuss any ideas you may have in relation to additional props and decorations.
For larger groups of up to 85, you can dine al fresco beneath the wisteria (depending on the weather of course!). Alternatively, the restaurant can seat up to 140 and there is room for a band and dancing. It is a bright and airy space, decorated with garden flowers and curious antiques collected by the owners from their travels abroad. Last week, it was ablaze with hot pink bougainvillea and looked very exotic.
This is undoubtedly a special wedding venue – elegant, in a casual and understated way. On a warm summer night, with flickering candles, floral scents filling in the air and perhaps a jazz band playing out, it would feel magically atmospheric. You'll have long-since forgotten you’re in London, but your guests will find it easy to get home or go off in search of a nightcap…
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For more information about Petersham Nurseries and to download their events brochure, please visit their website www.petershamnurseries.com.