London’s prettiest week is back, Chelsea Flower Show. If you can’t get down to the show then there are still plenty of ways to get involved with the floral celebration. We’ve rounded up ten of the best ways, and yes they do all revolve around food and drinks… but at least they’re inspired by flowers…
Capturing the Taste of Italy
Bocconcino is celebrating the Chelsea Flower Show with a floral dish that captures the taste of Italy. The Fior di Zucchini Ripieni aka baked courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta and fresh truffles will be available as a starter throughout the whole event and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to The Royal Horticultural Society.
Until 27th May
Where: 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8ED
Make the Most of Your Lunch Flower
Inspired by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester will offer a floral-inspired Lunch Flower Menu created by Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet and his talented team for the duration of the show. Dishes include a Hereford snails with wild mushrooms and parsley butter; lemon sole fillet with red and yellow beetroot and for pudding an English rose garden. The floral puddings is made from a rose ganache covered in a thin layer of chocolate, moulded into the shape of a rose, with a filing of fresh strawberries, strawberry gel and fresh mint, and decorated with crystallised rose petals, mint powder and served with a strawberry sorbet.
Available 22nd May – 26th May
Where: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, The Dorchester, Park Lane, W1K 1QA
Peas and Love
Rabbit restaurant have taken inspiration from the flower show’s Seedlip Garden and partnered with none other than Seedlip themselves, to create a Peas and Love tasting menu and cocktail pairing. The menu will include peas in each dish (surprise, surprise), whilst celebrating local and wild food. Carefully thought-through dishes include Rabbit’s Edible Pea Garden, that includes a terracotta pot filled with a sprouting pea plant, allowing guests to secateurs off as many peas as they please. Coming to an Instagram feed near you.
Until 27th May
Where: 172 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 4UP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Sloane Square (0.8 miles)
Inspired by Elderflower
Refresh yourself post day-in-the-office with a palette of floral flavours. With Britishness at the helm, enjoy an elderflower-inspired cocktail and dessert to celebrate the flower show, whilst taking in the city from up-high. The cocktail consists of TEN gin, infused with elderflower and lotus leaf, elderflower tincture, lemon juice, blue cornflower and lavender syrup – flavourful to say the least. Or if you’re more of a main- dessert instead of starter-main type person, why not try the elderflower and lime cheesecake cream dessert, with white chocolate, meringue, strawberry parfait, fresh cream and summer berries.
Until 27th May
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
The Afternoon Tea Flor-All
Horticultural enthusiasts can indulge in an afternoon tea blooming with floral- inspired desserts, as a nod to the Chelsea Flower Show. After a selection of sandwiches, guests can enjoy a bouquet full of treats, including jasmine tea macarons, lemon, thyme and chocolate operas, elderflower panna cottas, mini honey and lavender cheesecakes and strawberry and rhubarb tarts, curated by Executive Head Chef Steve Munkley and team. Balancing out the sweet-tooth selection will be a range of fifteen fragrant teas, Peach Flower Blooming Jewel, Gardenia and Snow White.
Until the 27th May
Where: 2-24 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 4PT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.4 miles)
Wright Brothers X St Germain
Wright Brothers Battersea have teamed up with ST Germain to create two limited edition cocktails. First up is the Madame St Germaine, served in carafe it’s made from St Germain, prosecco and soda water and the second is the Elderflower Harvest a mix of St Germain, Bombay Sapphire, Tio Pepe En Rama, Peychaud Bitters and a pinch of salt. St Germain is continuing its takeover with a flower installation that will cover the restaurant with helichrysum, immortelle, larkspur, preserved ivy and eucalyptus and outside, one for the lovers, a swing adorned with flowers.
Where: 26 Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW8 4NN
Chelsea Flower Show Tea
This season, the tipsy tea at the Perception at W London has come over all floral. Inspired by the English garden, each cake is paired with a crystallised version of one of their signature cocktails. We’ve got our eye on the Queen Bee, it’s a white chocolate covered sponge cake, layered with lemon thyme, avocado, pistachio and locally sourced honey from Walthamstow topped with pandan icing and bee pollen and served with the Hayfever cocktail. The classic carrot cake is reimagined as a layer of carrot and cardamom cake sandwiched between two crispy meringue clouds matched with the Pull The Pin cocktail.
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Cakes and Cocktails
Creatively flavoured pastries in hibiscus, violet, jasmine and rose, make up a fresh and oh, so floral afternoon tea. Britishness at its best can be enjoyed through sandwiches and scones too, alongside mixologist-devised signature cocktails. The cocktails will blossom with floral flavours, including a mix of lime juice, Rose, Violette and Aperol. Now that’s a flower arrangement!
Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
A Very British Affair
Portobello Bakery Pearl & Groove have joined floral forces with Bluebird for this floral afternoon tea, that will see the royal wedding theme feature in force. As Meghan and Harry indulge in an elderflower and lemon cake, Pearl and Groove and Bluebird have decided they want a slice of the action. On offer will be a royal wedding tasting cake, alongside poppy seed and lemon cupcakes, three tiered Victoria sponge cakes, traditional scones with jam and cream and a selection of delicate sandwiches. Cakes can be enjoyed with Botanist gin cocktails, champagne or tea.
23rd – 27th May
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
Hendrick's Gin Presents a Plant-Based Panorama
If you go down to Berners Tavern at The London EDITION you’ll be able to sip your Hendrick’s gin cocktail surrounded by a vast variety of verdant vines, radiant roses and glorious gourds – all celebrating the very essence of Hendrick’s Gin, infused as it is, with rose and cucumbers. The menu will also feature floral cocktails like the BT Summer Cup with chamomile, fennel, strawberry and mint and a chilled cucumber soup.
Until 27th May
Where: 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)