Ask McQueens: How Did You Become a Florist?

Here at McQueens, we’re very familiar with the question of how to begin in the industry. Many of our students at the McQueens Flower School are just starting their floral journey or looking to change path and you’d be surprised how often we’re asked about floristry as a career while we’re out and about – […]

Flower Cake Recipe & Book Giveaway: The Natural Baker, Henrietta Inman

We’re huge fans of Henrietta Inman and her incredible talent for using fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices, flowers, nuts and seeds, to create truly unique bakes. With her flair for flavours and flowers, Henrietta has created the birthday cakes for many a McQueens birthday party, and we are huge fans of her first book, Clean […]

Our Top 10 Favourite Spring Flowers

Spring is the season for renewal as the days become longer, the evenings a little lighter and new colourful, scented varieties begin to make their way back into the flowers markets – and our floral creations. After a long winter, the explosion of colour and scent is a refreshing change of scene and a very […]

Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2018

Our tinsel-town adventure feels like a hazy dream now, having left snowy London behind for our trip to LA. We’ve barely had time to think about it, least of all share the juicy details right here on the blog and it’s hard to imagine that it was two weeks ago. It was back to reality with a […]

Spotlight: Photographer, Paulette Tavormina

Best known for her series, Natura Morta, inspired by 17th century Old Master still life painters, the work of New-York-based photographer, Paulette Tavormina brims with sumptuous detail, atmosphere and intrigue. Her photographs are displayed in museums, corporate and private collections and have been exhibited in France, England, Russia, Italy, and throughout the US. In 2016, she […]

McQueens Flower School Master-Class in Los Angeles

The success of McQueens Flower School is measured by the success of our students, so we were thrilled to accept an invitation from former McQueens student Kate Norris who has recently started a florist business in Los Angeles. Kate studied at McQueens on a four-week vocational course after she decided on a creative change of […]

Spotlight: Hitomi Hosono

Originally from Japan, Hitomi Hosono’s experience is rooted both in Japanese and European traditions. Before settling in the UK, she studied Kutani pottery in Japan and ceramics in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her beautiful and intricate porcelain creations are inspired by leaves and flowers from the garden; each petal, vein, stamen and intricate is noted, carved and […]

The Key to Colour: Our Top Tips on Choosing Floral Colour Schemes

Picking perfect floral colour schemes is an often overlooked aspect of the florist repertoire and, as any florist will tell you, it’s not always easy! The colour scheme can make or break a design and we all recognise the niggling feeling when you’re missing that perfectly-hued bloom (usually straight after you’ve sold the last few […]

McQueens Top 5 Mother’s Day Bouquets

With only days to go, we’re busily preparing for Mother’s Day 2018, this Sunday, 11 March. It is, of course, always a hectic time here at McQueens and following the launch of our new Nationwide delivery service we are ramping up for what’s set to be our busiest Mother’s Day yet. For those of you […]

Meet the Team: Alina Dheere Babaletsos

Part Greek, Belgian and Cypriot, Alina Dheere Babaletsos, has a background as impressive as her range of skills. A McQueens florist for over three years, Alina takes care of the weekly flowers and floral installations at some of London’s top restaurants and hotels. In her spare time, she combines the world of flowers with her […]