Iconic London florists McQueens share their essential tips
If you have followed our barbers' Valentine's grooming guidance, then you should be looking and feeling the part ahead of the 14th. Now is not the time to get complacent however. Don't ruin the hard work that you've already put in by stumbling at the hurdle that is romantic gift-giving.
To offer assistance at this point, we leave you in the reputable and assuring hands of McQueens, the iconic British luxury floral brand who continue to set the benchmark in floral style and elegance. Their expert team have kindly contributed some key advice on approaching one of the most traditional romantic gestures this Valentine's. This gentlemen, is how to achieve floral success on February 14th...
If your idea of a romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day is a bunch of something mixed from the same place you buy your petrol, your newspaper and maybe even your barbecue coals, it’s time to up the stakes in the flower department. We’re only interested in the Premiership here. Not League One.
All flowers are not equal. A wrap of baby pink carnations or a bunch of canary yellow chrysanthemums might not get quite the reaction you were hoping for on the big day.
“Simplicity is the key when choosing Valentine’s Day flowers,” says McQueens store manager Caleb Goh. “For a less-is-more approach, select a decent-sized bouquet of one type of flower, and stick to the same colour. You can’t go wrong.”
Feeling a little more adventurous? McQueens have selected some special Valentine’s Day bouquets available to buy online or in store for collection from their HQ in Bethnal Green, close to Murdock Shoreditch and also at Claridge’s in Mayfair, close to Murdock Soho. You can also order for delivery in the London area.
From an understated mass of deep red tulips, a wildly romantic bouquet in shades of lilac, a lush of pinks and reds, to the ultimate symbol of undying love: a bouquet of deepest red plump-headed roses. All are guaranteed to impress and set the scene for a heady evening of true romance.
The following McQueens bouquets can be delivered in the London area this Valentine's:
Truly, Madly, Deeply
“I loved you first: but afterwards your love Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song” - Christina Rossetti
Like the gentlest of kisses, each tulip has the power to seduce. Universally adored, tulips are a perfect understated romantic gift for the person that prefers simplicity and elegance.
Crazy In Love
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Pale pink and black baccara roses; the very essence of romance. You can’t go wrong with this classic romantic statement. Red and pink roses with tulips and seasonal foliage will impress your loved one this Valentine’s day.
“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it” - e.e. cummings
Lilac roses, lilac and clematis; true love in any language. A perfect choice for anyone looking to avoid the Valentine cliché. Shades of lilac, clematis and roses will be a chic romantic surprise.
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” - William Shakespeare
Large, luxurious, red, red roses. It’s all about love. When only the best will do! The ultimate symbol of love with this luxurious bouquet of red roses. Guaranteed to make someone’s day.