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New Covent Garden Market is the most magical of melting pots where a myriad different people gather with just one common thread: their appreciation of flowers. Simon Lycett’s book ‘The People of Covent Garden Flower Market’ is a wonderful photographic record of the last year at the site of this legendary market, occupied since the 1960s before it moved to its new, more modern premises in 2017.
Simon has bought flowers for his floristry business from this Market for over 30 years, and it has become an essential, and much loved, part of his daily life. The market traders have become like family. Each day there, throughout the year, is different, as the ever-changing seasonal flowers and foliage of spring, summer, then autumn and finally Christmas arrive in the Market hall.
Simon’s talk will bring to life the stories behind the images, with personal accounts from over the years.
Since 1993 when Simon was asked to arrange the flowers for the smash-hit film 'Four Weddings And A Funeral', his work has been much in demand for every type of event from stunning yet modest parties to decadent dinners and magical weddings the world over, as well as TV, commercials, radio, films and premieres. This iconic film celebrated its 25 year anniversary in March 2019 with ‘One Red Nose Day and A Wedding’ when Simon reunited with the original cast and supplied in excess of 5,000 floral stems.
The names of Simon’s clients are synonymous with high profile and glamour such as Sir Elton John, Sir Ringo Starr and Thandie Newton. Simon has created the wedding decorations for Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Windsor Castle, David and Victoria Beckham, Viscount and Viscountess Weymouth, Cheryl Cole and most recently the State Entrance, the Grand Staircase and the Grand Reception Room for the wedding of HRH Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
To celebrate the 80th birthday of HM the Queen, Simon decorated the Royal Box at the Royal Opera House for a Gala Performance and the private dinner held at The Ritz. Simon and his team also provided the flowers for the party HM The Queen gave at the Mandarin Oriental the evening before the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge where more than 50 crowned heads of state were present. Simon created a magical setting for the Winter White’s Gala, the first party hosted by HRH Prince William at Kensington Palace and decorated the TUSK Conservation Awards at The Royal Society for the charity of which the Prince is patron. Simon created decorations for the private party held at Windsor Castle to celebrate HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th Wedding Anniversary.
Simon J Lycett Ltd has been involved in many high-profile events over the years including the International Rome Film Festival and the BAFTA Film Awards each year providing around 160 - 180 table decorations, each 6’ – 7’ tall and based on the nominated films. Any day of the week the workroom will be filled with endless trolleys carefully packed with decorations ready to be driven to one of the unique venues of London, or one of the Historic Royal Palaces, where they are proudly accredited as one of only two Cross Palace Suppliers.
Simon joined one of the UK’s most adored and venerated TV Cooks, in the new BBC1 series ‘Classic Mary Berry’. Viewers and Mary alike watched in awe as Simon and his Team created a sumptuous feast of flowers within the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall, Leeds Castle. Simon co-presented a documentary on BBC2 with Cherry Healey. Simon travelled the world filming for the one-hour documentary ‘The World’s Biggest Flower Market’ which revealed the secret world of the largest flower market on earth in Holland. Simon appeared countless times on ITVs The Alan Titchmarsh Show and also invited on ITVs This Morning, most recently during lockdown where he gave a Floral Masterclass to viewers from his garden. A regular contributor each year for the BBC during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Simon also creates the posies presented to the Royal Family. Simon was filmed by the BBC last year for the first ever virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show. As part of the RHS 150th anniversary celebrations for their highly regarded magazine The Garden, Simon designed a stunning floral installation for the cover page. Simon is a frequent visitor at the BBC Radio London studio on the Jo Good afternoon show, either as a guest, a Guest Presenter in Jo’s absence or as a co-presenter with Jo.
Simon is known for his spectacular event floristry and theatrical floral demonstrations. As well as the Spirit of Christmas fairs, Simon has frequently demonstrated at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, the Design Museum, the RHS Hampton Court Flower Shows, the RHS Tatton Park Flower Shows, at Ascot Racecourse, the York Bloom Festival, for NAFAS and the British Florists Association. Simon was delighted to be asked to create a spectacular fountain for the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and last year Simon demonstrated and ran a three day Masterclass on floral decoration at the world famous Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia. Simon was also asked to accept a new rose on behalf of the gynaecological charity The Eve Appeal at Gardeners’ World Live.
Simon is a passionate devotee of the New Covent Garden Flower Market and almost daily tweets photos from the Flower Market as @SimonLycett helping to raise the profile of British floristry and seasonal flowers. Simon sits on the Flower Market Advisory Committee for New Covent Garden Market. Simon is a member of the RHS House Plants & Cut Flowers Advisory Group which helps and advises the RHS and impacts its overall activities. His Excellency the Ambassador of the Netherlands, together with The Kingdom of the Netherlands, invited Simon to be one of four people to represent UK floristry at their Lunch Summit about Brexit and how it might affect the Dutch / UK Flower Trade. Simon is a member of the Garden Media Guild and has been appointed a Belmond Good Living Experience Maker. Simon published his sixth book ‘The Flower Market Year’ in 2019 and has just published his seventh, ‘People of the Flower Market’. He can be found on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest too.
Simon spent the early part of 2020 in Los Angeles filming the first series of a floristry arrangement competition for HBO Max featuring 10 of America’s budding florist vying to be voted America’s best, with Simon as serving as Host. Filming for a second series will start in March this year. Simon is also a guest judge in the eight part series The Big Flower Fight now available on Netflix.
Simon was voted Florist of the Year by New Covent Garden Flower Market in their inaugural awards. Simon had the honour of being awarded Honorary Fellowship status from the Institute of Professional Florists and went to the House of Commons to receive his certificate. Simon J Lycett Ltd is proudly listed at many stunning venues in London and throughout the UK, all of which can be seen upon the website and it enjoys an international reputation for being Europe’s finest floral decorating company.