Arguably the most famous flower show in the world, The Chelsea Flower show is a five day horticultural celebration showcasing the best and wackiest of England’s floral displays (a mini cooper made of flowers anyone?) from 19-23rd May. If you don’t manage to make it down to the show, then there are plenty of other ways to celebrate this staple of the social calendar…any excuse for an outing, right? Check out our list of the best ways to celebrate below!
Mayfair Indian restaurant Benares brings you a range of floral cocktails and an afternoon tea inspired by The Chelsea Flower Show. Collaborating with the renowned Miller Harris perfume brand, these cocktails look set to be a triple threat, pleasing the eyes, nose and taste buds. Which is just unfair on all the other cocktails out there really.
Where: 12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BS
When: Throughout the month of May.
After a truly British day out at the Chelsea Flower Show, why not round off your day with another English classic – afternoon tea. Just a short walk from the show itself, Alain Ducasse’s elegant Rivea at the Bulgari Hotel & Residences will be offering a summery and sweet afternoon tea throughout the duration of the Chelsea Flower Show. The flower-themed treats on offer will include lime flavoured vanilla cream and red fruits and flowers baskets. Just think of the Instagram likes.
Where: Bulgari Hotel & Residences, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW
When: 19th – 23rd May.
Break out your flared jeans and perfect your Farrah Fawcett hair, as TOZI’s takes you back to the 70’s with their spring cocktails, which contain a delicious blend of this season’s finest ingredients, fresh flavours and vibrant colours. This is a real quest to bring back flower power…and the flowers used will actually all be edible. Totally trippy dude.
Where: 8 Gillingham Street, London SW1V 1HJ
When: Open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 22:30 p.m.
Bringing the feel of Chelsea Flower Show 31 levels above ground will be a spectacular 18 foot installation of fresh flowers, foliage and greenery, complete with white picket fence and suspended giant moss watering can at Aqua Shard. The kitchen team has created an exclusive floral-themed menu echoing the scents and flowers within the installation, with options like an orange blossom and pink pepper panna cotta served with black olive crumble and a white chocolate sorbet.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
When: 18-24th May
Ice & Slice are celebrating the flower show by introducing some very special gelato flavours with floral themes including Violet Rose, Elderflower and Lavender. Topping the gelato will be edible flowers and fresh fruit to turn the ice cream into an edible garden! We just hope that after all these edible flowers, you don’t start chomping on the hydrangeas in your own back yard.
Where: Ice & Slice by Shot, 24 Jerdan Place, London SW6 1BH
When: 19th-23rd May
Bumpkin, a neighbourhood Great British Brasserie in Chelsea, will be offering a ‘Gentian White Lady’ cocktail inspired by, yep you guessed it, The Chelsea Flower Show. This floral cocktail will match up to Bumpkin’s beautiful terrace, so is the ideal place to enjoy this fragrant cocktail.
Where: 119 Sydney Street, London SW3 6NR
When: 19th-23rd May
You can’t get much more English than some good homemade jam and the Marriott County Hall has cottoned on to this, creating a bespoke range of jams that will feature in their new Chelsea Flower Show afternoon tea menu. Don’t worry though, it’s not three courses of just jam, (that would be slight overkill). There’s also floral delights on the menu, including pistachio and elderflower choux.
Where: London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
When: 11th-24th May
Co-owner of the newly refurbished Chelsea pub, Cross Keys, Mark Dyer is a trustee of Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale which will have a garden at the show named ‘Hope in Vulnerability’ to generate awareness and enthusiasm for their cause. The afternoon tea menu features floral themed food and drinks and has been launched to celebrate the charity’s garden and the Chelsea Flower Show as a whole.
Where: 1 Lawrence Street Chelsea SW3 5NB
When: 19-23rd May
Immerse yourself in the flowery spirit with the botanical garden cocktails being served at the Metropolitan Met Bar, all priced at £13.50 with Chase vodka. There are 4 to choose from with offerings like Honey Blossom: Chase Vodka and orange blossom water stirred with home-made sage honey syrup and served straight up a touch of fino sherry.
Where: Metropolitan at Como, 19 Old Park Lane, London W1K 1LB
St Pancras has partnered with Cloudy Bay to create an indoor garden installation where guests can also enjoy a floral inspired afternoon tea with treats like Crayfish cocktail on toasted brioche and a Lemongrass & Mango Dome on offer. The Garden Bar, designed by award winning landscape architects, The Rich Brothers, will be serving floral cocktails like First in show; Rosemary & sage infused Chardonnay, orange juice, orange bitters, Yellow Chartreuse and Cynar.
Where: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London NW1 2AR
When: Until 24th May
Newman Street Tavern’s supper club this month takes its inspiration from the garden, an English country garden to be exact and so the five course menu includes the likes of coddled duck eggs and asparagus and elderflower fritters and blossom jelly. They’ve also chosen a floral themed wine flight which features a Malbec with hints of violet, or if cocktails are your thing then order the Flower Seville, a blend of Kamm & Sons, Cointreau, lemon juice, elderflower cordial and cloudy apple juice.
Where: 48 Newman Street, London,W1T 1QQ
When: 19th May
Bluebird in Chelsea have collaborated with The Marshmallowist to pair together floral cocktails with marshmallows like no other. They’re being served up throughout the week but on the 19th you can join Oonagh (founder of The Marshmallowist) for a pairing evening. Cocktails include the Ever After Bloom, a mix of amaretto liquer, Mozart chocolate, caramel syrup and fresh raspberries and cream, which will be paired with an Earl Grey, lemon and Butterfly pea marshmallow – sure beats any Flumps we had as children.
Where: 350 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UU
When: 18th – 24th May with the pairing on the 19th
Skip the mains and go straight for the floral inspired puddings especially created by their Executive Pastry Chef with treats like rose and chocolate mousse, with hibiscus parfait and violet shortbread. Also sure to be a winner with all green-fingered guests are the bespoke spring-inspired cocktail, Flower & the Bee, a delicious blend of apricot liqueur, honey, lime, lavender and Prosecco.
Where: 37 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NE
When: 19-23rd May
The floral themed food continues with the lunch flower menu at the 3 Michelin Star restaurant Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester with offerings like a Blossoming vegetable tart with fresh herb condiment, a Soft boiled egg, brandade, red and yellow beetroot, and Frog’s legs on a Lily pad ‘our way’. Desserts include a Strawberry Field and the intriguing sounding, Apricot Surprise.
Where: The Dorchester Park Lane, London W1K 1QA
When: 19-22nd May
1000 ‘Talking Tulips’
The Chelsea Flower Show is about the celebration of all things floral with anyone mildly green fingered pottering by to get inspired with the creative displays so if its flowers you’re after then get yourself down to Leicester Square for the 100 Talking Tulips exhibition. The tulips will talk and respond to every passerby like the talking flower garden scene from Alice in Wonderland, in numerous languages and characters inspired by various historical facts about Leicester Square.
Where: Leicester Square
When: 22-25th May