‘I checked out the London backyard centre with a hidden gem café that is one of many metropolis’s most interesting breakfast spots’ – My London


Garden centres are sanctuaries of calm and greenery any place they’re located. In hectic, built-up areas like London, they might hold even more charm for citizens. Particularly when they’re home not only to an abundance of plants however likewise, another of Londoners’ favourite things: a well-rated place to eat.

There’s more than one in the city, obviously, however the hideaway eatery I’m discussing – and just recently paid a visit to – is Flotsam & & Jetsam at Clifton Nurseries . Located just a number of minutes’ away from Warwick Avenue station, in peaceful Little Venice, this cute spot is among 3 independent Antipodean-style cafés across London.

As Google and Tripadvisor evaluations affirm to, the trio has been applauded for using London’s ‘finest breakfast’ and ‘ideal lunch’ alternatives. The one at ancient London garden centre Clifton Nurseries – the city’s oldest FYI, running since 1851 – has the upper hand provided it’s set within a ‘beautiful garden’. Which’s a statement, not a claim.

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< meta itemprop =" url" content="https://i2-prod.mylondon.news/incoming/article24461814.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_Screenshot-2022-07-11-at-222339.png"> MyLondon Reviews Writer Tilly Alexander went to Flotsam & Jetsam, a well-rated breakfast and lunch spot in garden centre Clifton Nurseries(Image: MyLondon)Hopping off the Bakerloo line, I reached my destination in only a few minutes, even after missing out on the turning point half-way up Clifton Villas and requiring to double back. The entrance to the garden centre was as slim as any other London alley, but instead of tall, dark, claustrophobia-inducing walls, there was a welcome party of plant lining its sides and a vertical slant of bright light. The unusual brightness of this(semi)Central London passageway made more sense when I continued through the tree tunnel. As I emerged beyond the backs of Clifton Villas’ palatial homes, a broad, flat open-air space unfolded, roomy in spite of being stuffed in every corner with leafy plants, now rows of terracotta pots, now low, rustic wooden buildings and tinkling water feature. A signpost in the middle of a flowerbed administered instructions (‘Pavilion Gift Shop’, Toilets, ‘Flotsam & & Jetsam’)

The terraced exterior portion of Flotsam & Jetsam would have been a charming spot to dine were it not such a warm day
. The terraced outside portion of Flotsam & Jetsam would have been a charming spot to dine were it not such a warm day ( Image: MyLondon)The latter was easily determined as the high-ceiling, white-rimmed conservatory to the right. Nosing round and through the entryway exposed initially an outdoor portion -picturesque, sun-drenched and filled with brilliant, stubby columns, charming wrought iron tables and chubby ceramic pots sprouting green and white quiffs. The unseasonable heat of the day (31 degrees!)drove me further, through a set of open doors.

In here, the vibes were distinctly more brunch-y and beachy than the more classic garden centre, spring afternoon tea-suited outside of the terrace. I sat on what appeared to be a previous wooden church bench and considered the lunch break menu, which had been promptly provided to me along with a much-needed carafe of faucet water. (Alas, breakfast and brunch is just served all-day on weekends here.)

I can confirm that the Iced Latte (₤3.90) was delicious as it looks
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