There’s just something about bringing the outside in that Londoners find particularly enchanting. We can’t decide whether it’s because you feel at one with nature without leaving the hub of the city or whether flowers inside just make things a whole lot prettier, but when said flowers come in the form of giant installations hanging from restaurant ceilings then we are all for it. Blossom is no longer reserved for the streets of Kensington, nor wisteria to desirable Victorian townhouses – now we can all get a fix of nature as we have our dinner.
ROKA Charlotte Street, has once again transformed its underground bar, Shochu, into a spectacular cherry blossom-filled hideaway. The installation will be up until Wednesday 7th June and encourages guests to take part in the Japanese tradition of Hanami, aka enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. Sip on bespoke cocktails inspired by the pop-up like the Sakura Sour – Hibiki Japanese Harmony, kumquat, peach and sakura and look up. Photos compulsory.
Over in Mayfair, Sake no Hana have appointed artist Rebecca Louise Law to create their spring installation. Thousands of white flowers hang from the ceiling, with Rebecca describing the restaurant as her canvas and the flowers as paint. The result is a stunning, delicate canopy of tiny flowers embedded in the bamboo and cypress wood ‘forest’.
Hanami doesn’t have to be reserved for Japanese restaurants. Top restaurant group, D&D London, has just launched their #BlossomCity17 campaign (which we wrote about here) – Jo Malone has inspired the cocktail menu at Bluebird Chelsea and Maître Choux have created a bespoke floral eclair for their Bluebird in Bloom afternoon tea. Chelsea Flower Show is taking place 23-27th May so the events conveniently tie in with that too. Elsewhere, The Old Bengal Bar and The Orrery have transformed their terraces into botanical havens, with petal-strewn, floral-inspired dishes and cocktails galore.
Finally, Dalloway Terrace, London’s favourite al fresco drinking spot and Narnia-esque winter wonderland is nearly back after months of being closed to the public. A floral installation has been promised so watch this space. Get booking, it’s expected to be ridiculously popular. Finally, hay fever sufferers will want to head to Aubaine in Selfridges for a very convincing canopy of lilac wisteria, covetable tiles and a tempting French-inspired menu.
Even if you’re a true Londoner it seems we all have a soft spot for a bit of nature. Throw in some cocktails and we’re sold…