If you know me well, you know I’m someone that’s pretty keen on the idea of shopping for plants, especially when this means adding personal touches to your home and making it feel more…homely. Adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to different spots of the house is always exciting and has an incredible effect on not only the decoration and feel of our little London flat, but on our everyday mood.
Our house is slowly starting to look like a jungle and most of our plants are now having little plant babies! I get a little extra excited when I notice them growing a little leaf, so imagine how happy and proud I feel when they’re creating babies of their own! Funnily enough, I feel like I’m now at a point in my life where I’m legitimately playing grown ups. Being the plant lady that I am and needing some extra pots, it was only a matter of time before Sam and I headed up to Lower Clapton, where a new Conservatory Archives plant shop had recently opened.
If you know your houseplants, you’re probably well aware of their power in improving air quality by trapping pollutants and letting us breathe more easily. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve even been linked to a range of mental and physical health benefits! Houseplants like snake plants and peace lilies, for example, help you sleep so are great to have in your bedroom. I can assure you, a visit to a plant shop is the perfect medicine when you’re feeling down. It’s guaranteed to cheer you up and keep you as occupied as a buzzing bee.
Naturally, even though our priority was simply getting our hands on a handful of pots, we quickly found ourselves squeezing between the greenery and admiring the trendy décor. The second of two plant shops (with the first branch located on Hackney Road), Lower Clapton’s Conservatory Archives is stylishly laid out and oozes cool from the entrance. Wooden floors mix in with traditional Spanish style patterned tiles, while retro features are introduced through old cupboards, chairs, deep sinks and hanging lighting among the hundreds (if not thousands) of plants. There’s everything you might be looking for and more – from cacti and orchids to even fully grown lemon trees!
Conservatory Archives Café
For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll be happy to hear that Conservatory Archives is truly a place with a lot under its belt and definitely much more than a plant shop. Hidden among the beautiful greenery, there’s a cosy café serving delicious freshly baked goodies and warm drinks every day of the week. There is even a deli counter! Can this get even better?
Well, I have to say it certainly can. With every excuse to dig into a bit of cake and after purchasing a couple of new additions for our London flat, we sat down for what was the spongiest and tastiest of matcha cheesecakes, a chocolate tart, a latte and a cuppa. This ticked all the right boxes and somehow felt like eating in a rainforest, but without all the annoying bits that come with a hell of a lot of rain!
Conservatory Archives is certainly a hidden gem well worth discovering. Whether you’re after some new trendy plants for your home or simply fancy a yummy treat, look no further than Conservatory Archives. This truly is a must if you’re in Hackney – I know a special spot when I see one!
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Conservatory Archives | 3-7 Lower Clapton Rd, Clapton, London E5 0NS www.conservatoryarchives.co.uk
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