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  • 5.0 star rating
    6/2/2013
    3 check-ins here

    This being a nursery, I have surprisingly little to add when it comes to the plants or garden equipment that they are selling...so why bother writing a review about this place anyway? - Well, because aside from this whole plant and gardening business, they also rent out one of their greenhouses for events.

    In fact, for our Christmas party last year, we actually did this and we had the most fun time: in conjunction with the folks behind Edible Experiences and The Two Hungry Girls (see separate reviews), we had the most memorable Gangnam Style Christmas party in a greenhouse...now, who can say that they've cooked, danced and drunk with their colleagues among palm trees in the middle of winter?

    The communication with the staff at Clifton Nurseries was flawless and it all went so smooth.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/3/2011
    First to Review

    I'm not sure how to rate a nursery, especially in a city with limited space, but Clifton is a high-end and well-stocked nursery for all the indoor and outdoor plants and tools you could need.  The service is also very help and happy to take their time with you, teach you about the plants and explain how exactly to take care of them.  I was leaning towards one particular plant that was 4x the costs of the others, and the man helping me said, 'I know it's pretty, but I think its a difficult one to look after, you should go with this instead'.  I like the honesty.  They also deliver the next day in London for only 10 pounds (for a tree 5 feet tall in a heavy pot...) which is huge for me as I don't drive.

    I'll definitely come back here for my next tree shopping adventure!

    • Qype User greenm…
    • Esher, Surrey
    • 173 friends
    • 270 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/7/2008

    Very stylish city garden centre, all at a price.
    But lots of plants suitable for local gardens, especially large specimens.

    • Qype User Global…
    • London
    • 11 friends
    • 143 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/1/2010

    A great place to go to for fun, to browse, buy and to get your plants sorted out.

    They have 1st class fantastic flowers, plants and gardening stuff.

    The staff really know their stuff, are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, they have saved a number of plants as I am not very good at knowing how to care for them.

    Some of their things are expensive and the top end of the market but definitelly worth the money for even the most discerning customer if you can afford it.

    • Qype User La_Int…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 6 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    10/3/2010

    At any time of the year, Clifton Nurseries is a great place to visit, you will find a beautiful display of whatever plants are in season, and you are always spoiled for choice.

    They now also have a cosy cafe where they serve breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea.

    The staff are knowledgeable and really helpful, whether you have just a window box or a huge garden, they will be always be willing to advise.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/4/2012

    What an amazing oasis in the middle of London!  Though not the largest nursery, for obvious reasons, Clifton manages to have quite the selection of all kinds of plants - indoor and out.  As well as a sweet little gift shop.  It is an absolute delight to visit.

    Wendy B.
    Comment from Wendy B. of Clifton Nurseries
    Business Manager
    11/9/2013 Since you left your lovely comment we now have a lovely cafe too- you may know if you've been in… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    27/5/2011

    Look, I have no idea how it is as a nursery or garden center, although for its location it does look big. But it has a cafe in the back that is just awesome to sit in and have breakfast. My companions had the soup of the day, which was a huge filling portion, while I had some lovely eggs and salmon. The cakes looked delicious, the staff was fast and pleasant, and it was just so lovely to sit there among the plants.

    • Qype User jennyr…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    4.0 star rating
    17/4/2010

    Clifton Nurseries is a lovely place to visit, whether you're there for just a browse and a coffee, or for more serious plant purchasing. For the former, the cafe is much better since they got rid of the Daylseford Organic outlet, and the range of gifts/cards etc in both the cafe and the shops is excellent. If you're looking for advice on plants, the staff are extremely knowledgeable and very passionate, and they seem to enjoy helping customers, which makes a change to the surly standard of service you get in many shops. I usually visit to buy plant and flower pots, as there is a distinct lack of places around Maida Vale where you can buy this sort of thing. And though they tend to be a little on the pricey side (as their products are generally), I don't mind paying a small premium for a wide selection of good quality, well chosen stock.

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Specialties

The most inspiring & beautiful place to visit , Clifton Nurseries is in the heart of little Venice, tucked down a narrow alley its like stumbling upon your own secret garden.  Enjoy a coffee or mouthwatering cake, then  browse from an extensive selection gift ideas and of course shrubs trees plants and flowers.

Clifton Nurseries is famous for its award wining garden design and maintenance. Principal garden designer Matthew Wilson is well known from his expert knowledge on radio 4 and his articles in the FT
Workshops take place at Clifton Nurseries-

History

Established in 1865.

An old document records our past. Our story begins with the 1851 construction of the houses along Clifton Villas. Unlike many of the streets in the area, which make up the four sides of a large communal garden, Clifton Villas squared off a plot of land that was already in use. In 1880Johannes Adam Krupp starts a nursery business at Clifton Nursery. Mr. Krupp was a thrusting young German who had served an apprenticeship as 'Artistic Gardener' in the Kaiser's gardens. He came to London in 1879 and purchased the lease for Clifton Nurseries shortly after1937

Mr Krupp's son Frederick takes over.Frederick Krupp was born at Clifton Nursery in 1899 and as a boy he helped his father in the family business. When the WW1 came he enlisted and it was at this point that he changed his name from Krupp to Kay due to the unfortunate connotations with the German munitions manufacturer of the same name
1944

Sydney Cohen buys the lease and creates the nursery we know today.A few years after the 1851 lea

Meet the Manager

Matthew W.
Matthew W. Manager

Matthew Wilson is MD of Clifton Nurseries he is well known for his work on Channel 4's Landscape Man and Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time,  he joined Clifton Nurseries as Managing Director, with a remit to lead one of London's oldest horticulturalist institutions forward into the 21st century.