We were discussing in the office what happens in an allotment, answers ranged from petty disputes between who has been stealing whose watering can to ‘surely the ideal place to bury a body? Down the allotments’ (for once, I wasn’t the only one to think this).
Why the allotment talk? The Handbook isn’t about to swap to growing prize carrots, it’s because the team behind Bourne & Hollingsworth is opening Beautiful Allotment inside the Victorian gardens of the Geffrye Museum. The space will be transformed with day beds, handcrafted potting sheds, BBQ areas, makeshift cocktail bars and handpicked pieces of furniture.
Cocktails will be made from fresh, seasonal and sustainable ingredients grown in the grounds and will be brought to you in a wheel barrow, so you don’t have to leave your sofa. Or if you want to start the drinking even earlier then there will be a travelling tractor with a vintage trailer, complete with onboard bar and bar-tender who will mix up cocktails for the the journey. To eat there’ll be BBQ platters of locally sourced meat, fish and vegan and vegetarian options.
Planning a party? There’ll be bookable garden areas with long flower tables that can sit up to 100 or you can book the potting shed, greenhouse dome or airy polytunnels. And check out the events throughout the summer including film nights, workshops and live music.
We’ll see you down there, pinching watering cans and definitely not burying bodies.
Beautiful Allotment opens on the 25th July 2018 and runs until 19th August Wednesday – Sunday at Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA