The Shard Christmas Tree

We have loved creating exciting festive installations throughout London in some of the capital’s fabulous landmark destinations. The thrill of creating elaborate displays at this time of year is tempered by the hard physical toll it takes on the team.

The Shard Christmas Tree

Monday: A Florists Weekly Wake Up

It is well known in flowery circles that, just like Dr Who, florists operate outside of the usual space-time continuum. Our days appear two and a half hours shorter than everyone else’s and we spend the majority of our time running around trying to squish everything we need to do with superhuman urgency. It is […]

The Thrill of Creating Wedding Flowers

There can be no more an honour or an accolade than being commissioned by a happy couple to be their designated florist of choice for a wedding or civil ceremony. We, florists, are lucky to have a window into every celebration in life and there can be no more a jolly affair than the union of […]

McQueens Flower School: One-Day Christmas Masterclass

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were sunning our bits in far-flung places, enjoying our summer holidays with no more pressing decisions than the strength of sun factor cream one should wear. Now we are suddenly faced with the looming prospect of Christmas and the tricky issue of where we should spend the […]

Our Top 5 Renaissance Flowers

Like fashion, flowers continually evolve with styles coming in and going out of favour as they align with trends in art, design and interiors.  OK, the swings might not be quite as swift as the changes in fashion where it often seems like this season’s must-have are next season’s bargain bin, still there are marked […]


Cornflower are having their moment today on the blog; they’re the perfect dainty summertime specimen that we adore here at McQueens. Centaurea cyanus (to give them their botanical name) certainly packs a punch considering its size and it’s hard to find anyone that isn’t beguiled by their beauty. They certainly instigate the loudest squeal in the workroom when […]

Claridge’s Hotel: The Changing Seasons

McQueens has a special relationship with Claridge’s hotel. We have our very own store based within the hotel  with a team who create flowers for guests. We also have a team who design, install and maintain the weekly flower installations in the public areas. Claridge’s is a much loved and respected landmark in Mayfair, known throughout […]

We Are Hiring

Looking for a new challenge in 2017? We are recruiting for exceptionally talented, experienced, creative and committed florists to join our team with two positions available based at our Bethnal Green HQ. We are looking for well presented, dynamic individuals with great communication skills. The positions will provide an exciting opportunity for progression within one of […]