A Festive Winter Wonderland at Aquavit, London

Visitors passing through St. James’ market may have noticed a slight change of scene of late. This November, that favourite Michelin starred-restaurant, Aquavit, was transformed overnight into a magical winter wonderland, complete with bushy Christmas trees, a generous helping of snow, heaps of glittering pea lights and a distinctive edge of cosy hygge and Scandinavian cool. […]

Giveaway: Win the New McQueens Apron!

Earlier this month we were delighted to unveil the fabulous new McQueens apron, the very first of it’s kind and a creative collaboration with artisan apron makers, Enrich & Endure. Made from hardwearing, 100% Irish linen and lovingly crafted in the UK, it’s the perfect attire for florists and even comes complete with a phone […]

Exhibition: Alice Mary Lynch at the Jonathan Cooper Gallery

Avid readers of the blog may recognise Jonathan Cooper Gallery from our recent articles featuring the exhibitions of renowned botanical artists Rosie Sanders and Fiona Strickland. Founded in 1988, Jonathan Cooper is a Chelsea-based contemporary art gallery specialising in representational drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Today, we’re delighted to announce their first exhibition of works from Somerset-born designer […]

Spotlight: Rachel Cecil Gurney of de Gournay

Invited into the spotlight today is Rachel Cecil Gurney, a woman for whom a passion for unique artefacts, antiques and luxurious artisan textiles was inspired by a childhood surrounded by beauty, art and intrigue. The daughter of an entrepreneur, Claud Cecil Gurney, who founded their family business, de Gournay, over 30 years ago, Rachel now co-directs the luxury textile […]

Life in Death: Rebecca Louise Law

Best known for her international installation artwork created with natural materials – flowers – Rebecca Louise Law’s most intricate large-scale artwork to date, Life in Death, is currently showing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She talks about her art, her influences – and her time spent at McQueens.  Rebecca, you grew up surrounded by […]

McQueens Featured in the Christmas 2017 Edition of Good Housekeeping

Here at McQueens we absolutely adore the festive season and as frequent readers of the blog will know, we have been busily preparing for Christmas for months. One such project, that we have kept under wraps until now, is a festive collaboration with that much-loved interiors magazine, Good Housekeeping.  We’re delighted to unveil the beautifully […]

The Language of Flowers: How to Order Your Perfect Bouquet

If you’ve ever found yourself on the phone to your florist, struggling for the right words to describe what you want, read on. With the help of our resident expert, Freddie Wahid-Staw, we’re going to explore the language of flowers and what terms you can use to order your perfect bouquet. “I think all florists […]

Enrich & Endure: the McQueens Apron

We are delighted to announce that after 26 years in the making, we have finally put the McQueens name to a gorgeous apron available in-store now. Created by apron artisans Enrich & Endure, we have long been seeking a wonderful British-made design created by a company that shares the same passion and attention to detail – […]

Spotlight: Master Sugar Flower Artist, Robert Haynes

As florists, we like to think we’re rather adept at spotting the real thing when it comes to flowers, and of course, in most scenarios, that would be correct. The sugar-based creations of Robert Haynes, on the other hand, are so extraordinarily lifelike you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t beguiled by their delicate […]

My McQueens Flower School Experience: Mette Klevnas

Attracting students from around the world is a huge honour and a testament to the reputation that McQueens Flower School has built over the past twenty years. It’s incredible to watch the progress of our students and we enjoy following their work on Instagram, as with have done with our talented guest today. We spoke to […]