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Petersham Nurseries, Richmond

How did we get there?
Oh, well... we had to trek through grassland and jump over a fence!
Not to mention that beforehand, we had to navigate quietly around a herd of deer!
We could have, off course, walked through the tiny path, next to where we parked the car, but male stubbornness resulted to a fun alternative route... just this once!

Take: the river and rustic tables and mismatched chairs and cakes and flowers and nice people...shake them all together with a hint of sunshine and you have a happy Sunday in Petersham Nurseries!
Lodged between the edge of Richmond Park and river Thames, the glasshouses and little wooden structures all look so effortlessly rustic; but if you look closer you realise the effort that has put together this tasteful and trendy garden centre and café, for lack of a better definition! 
Queue at the Teahouse for the most intense flavoured, carrot, almond and my personal favourite: cappuccino! No need to reserve, just turn up and grab table.
If it's food you are after, you won't be disappointed; Italian sausages with fennel. Quiche with mushrooms and ham. Poussin with roast potatoes...everything you need for a happy tummy!
And wash it all down with sparkling elderflower or a splash of white wine, that comes in the cutest little carafe.
Navigate through the charming glasshouses filled with plants, antiques, oriental birdcages and garden tools, all on a reddish bare carpet of earth - "dirt" wouldn't sound as warm and welcoming - to find your perfect spot. 
This simply cannot be in London; but then it is, next to the ever-flooded Thames! 

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