A brand new flower show is set to wow the UK’s capital in 2016. Set to be held next September, the inaugural London Flower Show will be hosted at the wonderful Osterley House and Park, which is often hailed as one of the last great houses of London.
At approximately nine miles from Charing Cross, Osterley House and Park manages to feel very much like a countryside retreat, largely thanks to its vast park and gardens. This countryside feel paired with the grandeur of the house make it an incredibly exciting venue for the first London Flower Show.
Running from September 9th to 11th 2016, the green-fingered celebration is designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in horticulture, from keen amateur gardeners and experts to those who are simply interested in getting started with their first spot of planting.
As such, the attractions on offer to visitors will be incredibly varied. Guests will be able to stroll through glorious show gardens, perhaps getting some inspiration for their own plots when they do so, alongside enjoying live entertainment.
The more green-fingered visitors will be able to see just how good they really are by taking part in fun growing competitions. Trade stalls and much more will be available to enjoy across the three days.
Official opening times are yet to be announced, but tickets – with prices starting at just £15 – are going on sale form 7th March – 2016 for this exciting new event.
Of course, in addition to the appeal of the event itself is the draw of the house and grounds, which are a joy to discover. Indeed, Syon has a fascinating heritage, and has actually been in the family of its current owners for more than 400 years.
Dating all the way back to 1415, Syon has grand classical interiors and an impressive array of artworks. It was acquired by Henry Percy, ninth Earl of North Cumberland, in the late 16th century and has remained in the family since then.
Both the house and the estate were extensively redesigned in the 18th century. The owner, first Duke of North Cumberland Hugh Percy, hired the now-famous landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and the architect and interior designer Robert Adam to carry out the work.
However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the house began to open its doors to the public. In the 1990s, it became even more accessible to visitors when the 12th Duke opened up the family rooms for viewing too.
The London Flower House can be found at Osterley House and Park, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF. The nearest tube stations are Gunnersbury (complete your journey from here with the 237 or 267 bus to Brentlea Gate), Ealing Broadway (followed by the E2 bus), and Boston Manor (followed by the E8 bus).