New – McQueens Flower School Announces Spring Workshops

Although we love the magical elements of winter – the crisp mornings, cosy evenings, not to mention the arrival of some of our all time favourite flowers such as the anemone and ranunculus – we can’t help but feel a slight tinge of excitement as the very first signs of spring appear. Right now, sweet […]

It’s Not All About Red Roses on St Valentine’s Day

Red is, without doubt, the predominant colour around the world for many choosing flowers as a romantic gift for St Valentine’s day. This huge spike in the demand for red flowers and, in particular, red roses can increase the auction price of certain varieties by as much as 400%, such is the clamour or premium […]

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 […]

The Thorny Issue of Love

Crazy in love. Love is a mysterious thing.  Love will tear us apart, apparently. What could one add to the topic that has bewitched, bothered and bewildered us since time begun? Art, literature, and even Beyoncé Knowles have been inspired by the eternal flame of love, and most of us will have been bitten (or are […]

Staff Picks: Summer Bouquet

The season of hazy days, balmy nights, and lashings of strawberries and cream is well underway and the calendar of classic British events continues apace with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Ascot, Glastonbury and the Henley Royal Regatta all duly despatched –  and we’re still weeks away from August bank holiday – hurrah! Summer is a […]

What is your Bouquet Personality?

Everyone is special in their unique way; just ask your mum, she’s bound to agree. But the choices we make throughout our lives for things like fashion, hairstyle and the way we dress our homes can tell a lot about who you are and how you will be perceived by others. Flower lovers are a particular […]

Win Friends and Influence People

We, florists, are a lucky bunch (pun intended). We have such a unique job working with the flowers and don’t we know it. The tactile nature of the job, the scent, the colour and the physicality isn’t something that you will find in a 9-5 job pushing bits of paper around the office. Despite the […]

The Simple Charm of Clematis

Continuing the joyous but never ending task of featuring our favourite seasonal flowers, today we focus our attention on the nimble and dexterous charm of clematis. And what a beauty it is. Cultivated in pink and purple shades, it typically stands around 60cm with a long, delicate stem and a plethora of nodding star-shaped flowers […]

How We Adore Sweet Pea

The flower displays in our Bethnal Green HQ and McQueens at Claridge’s store in Mayfair feature the dainty, wispy pastel-coloured delights of sweet pea. A florist shop in May wouldn’t seem right without them. Sweet pea has successfully transitioned from Granddad’s favourite allotment flower to the queen of high spring and THE must-have flower of the season. They are […]

Not Just For Mother’s Day!

A beautiful bouquet of flowers is a vital component to a special Mother’s Day – it’s as important as breakfast in bed, a slap up lunch in a favourite restaurant, or a hand-made card with felt tip and lashings of glitter. The latter is most successful when it’s been created by someone under the age of 10, it has to be said, but flowers should be a life long annual requirement that shows how much you care and a humble token to make recompense for any bad behaviour in those ‘difficult’ years.

Not Just For Mother’s Day!