Back in 1993, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea council decided to build a public loo in the middle of Westbourne Grove.
So – obviously – the locals banded together, commissioned an award-winning architect to design it, and can now spend a penny at one of the few listed loos in London.
Of course, if you want to spend more than a penny, you can do so at one of the most unusual florists in London.
Florist Nikki Tibbles fought off 70 other applicants to win the (apparently) coveted spot at the tip of this triangular public convenience. Three decades later, she’s now one of the most celebrated florists in the industry, with flower shops in Pimlico and Liberty’s – but her original shop is still the most unique, sitting at the prow of the Turquoise Island.
Open Monday to Friday, it’s a West London institution, where they’ll put together a bespoke bouquet for you on the spot. Alongside the rustic pails crammed with seasonal blooms, there’s also house plants and flowerpots for gifting, spilling out onto the outdoor countertop, as well as festive wreaths when nights start drawing in. Just be aware that this is Notting Hill, and you can expect the prices to match.
Best go when you’re feeling flush.
NOTE: Wild at Heart is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. You can find out more right HERE.
Wild At Heart | Turquoise Island, 222 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RH
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