Petersham Nurseries, the plant centre café that became one of London’s must-go dining destinations under former chef Skye Gyngell, is opening a two-restaurant showcase in the heart of Covent Garden this summer.
The project has been masterminded by Lara Boglione, who took over the business in Richmond, southwest London, from her parents Gael and Francesco Boglione in 2011.
Covent Garden’s redeveloped Floral Court will include The Petersham, a flagship restaurant using produce from the family’s organic Haye Farm in Devon, run by Lara’s brother Harry, and La Goccia, a Venetian-style bar serving cicchetti small plates and aperitives. Al fresco dining will be available at both restaurants in warmer weather.
There will also be a florist, a wine specialist, a delicatessen, a furniture and homeware shop and the Potting Shed, for horticultural demonstrations and events.
Francesco, an insurance broker, and his former model wife moved with their four young children into Petersham House in 1997. They bought the adjoining nursery three years later to prevent it from being built on, and opened the café under Gyngell, an Australian friend, in 2004. The cooking has suffered since her departure in 2012, although the shabby-chic setting remains “idyllic and unique”, according to the Harden’s Survey.