Yes chaps, it’s that time of year again. The time when no matter who you are, what you do or what your interests may be, you’ve got to come through with a bunch of flowers and a restaurant reservation. There’s no two ways about it, I’m afraid.
If you’ve left things to the last minute (no one’s perfect), there is a way out. We’ve found five London florists that will deliver on the very same day – so that’s one less thing to think about. Take our advice, bookmark this page and have it ready for those moments when an oversized bouquet is the only thing that can save the day.
1. Dawson Flowers
Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, Dawson Flowers is an independent florist that offers the kind of romantic, slightly excessive creations that are sure to please your Valentine. From the classic dozen red roses to contemporary arrangements, every bouquets is hand-tied and carefully delivered. You can also opt to include champagne – don’t settle for anything other than the Moët & Chandon – and chocolates along with the flowers, for the kind of gesture that will definitely make your date’s day. They do same-day delivery to most London postcodes; all you need to do is order before 1pm.
Petalon is the kind of florist that makes you want to give up your day job and move to the countryside. A husband, wife and Great Dane team based in Hackney, they create gorgeous handcrafted bouquets that are delivered by an army of bike couriers. They’re offering a choice of two bouquets this Valentine’s Day or – if you really want to push the boat out – Petalon also has flower subscriptions that will deliver fresh flowers to your amore on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Order before noon to take advantage of same-day delivery.
3. Grace & Thorn
Why not Valentine’s flowers a little differently this year? Founded by Nik Southern in 2011, Grace & Thorn is a florist with swagger. Drawing on the worlds of art and fashion, the brand’s bouquets play with unusual combinations of textures and patterns, so no two arrangements are ever the same. What’s more, there’s a whopping eight choices of floral gifts for Valentine’s day, so you’re sure to find something that’ll do the trick. From the sumptuous St Valentine’s bouquet – think deep red roses mixed with dark, leafy foliage – to a box of succulents for a flower refusenik, this is the modern way to do romance. Order by 1pm.
The Deliveroo of the florist world, Floom has shaken up how to send flowers for good. Order through the brand’s website for Valentine’s Day and your bouquet will be handcrafted by one of Floom’s chosen independent florists, all of which approach their work with passion and creativity. Simply enter the delivery postcode and a generous roster of available bouquets will appear to choose from. Founded by Lana Elie (above) in February 2016, Floom is an intelligent way to support independent businesses, and we couldn’t be more behind it. Simply order by 12pm for same-day delivery.
5. Botanique Workshop
Here’s an idea: you could even do flowers and gifts in one fell swoop this Valentine’s Day, thanks to Botanique Workshop’s same-day delivery service. Now based at three locations across London – Exmouth Market, Stoke Newington and Brixton – the company was founded by Alice Howard with the aim of combining a florist’s usual offering with a curated collection of handcrafted products. As well as the traditional bouquets, they’ve got great gift selections for Valentine’s Day, too. Our pick is the gift set with a bouquet; a heart-shaped Hoya succulent and Botanique Workshop’s handmade Himalayan bath salts infused with fig, lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus oils. Order by 12pm for same-day delivery in London. Day saved.