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Despite everything that’s currently going on across the city and beyond, Spring is a season of new growth and change. It’s a season that sees us welcoming renewal, rebirth and of course, it marks the arrival of flowers in full bloom and trees with glistening green leaves.

To help add a little colour to the grey news that we’ve slowly become so used to seeing, we’ve rounded up the best of spring floral installations making their way across the city.

Dalloway Terrace

At The Handbook, we have the changing seasons down to a T and we have Dalloway Terrace to thank for that. Every season sees the Insta hotspot flourish their walls with a new set of blooming florals. 

This spring sees the arrival of their quintessentially English garden, abrim with sweet peas, entwined tulips and rivalling roses, adorning the walls and ceiling. The terrace has been transformed by renowned florist McQueens Flowers, who drew inspiration from Virginia Woolf’s garden in their 16th-century countryside retreat.

To coincide with the installation, the restaurant can be seen bursting with fragrant botanicals and with aromas of herby lavender, thyme, mint and rosemary, which follows its way onto the cocktail menu too. Our favourite off the menu is the bluebell, a mix of Ciroc vodka, Supusawa, Muyu Chinoto Verde, italicus and soda water.

Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN
Website:  www.dallowayterrace.com

South Place Hotel

We can always count on South Place Hotel for bringing a splash of colour into the dreary winter we’ve grown to loath. The boutique hotel hotspot launched their ‘Mystical Garden’ back in January, celebrating female empowerment and body positivity through a season of inspirational art, life drawing and floral cocktails. 

Launching in partnership with drinks brand St-Germain, the world’s first French elderflower liqueur, there’s a whole host of tempting cocktails on offer centered around the French countryside. For a simply refreshing hit, enjoy the St-Germain spritz, a classic combination of St-Germain liqueur, sparkling wine and club soda. Perfect.

WherE: 3 South Place, Finsbury, EC2M 2AF
Website: www.southplacehotel.com

Linnaean

We’re cheating a little bit here but we just had to include this floral destination.

This concept store delivers on every account of Instagrammable. From the health focused menu, the natural beauty treatments, through to the pastel adorn walls, it’s almost as if it’s been crafted around an Instagram feed. Where it really wins serious points however is the floral adorn ceiling sprouting pretty wisteria and pink roses. While away your afternoon with a glass of white, vegan smoky ribs and gazing up at the blooms.

Where: 2 New Union Square, Embassy Gardens, SW11 7AX
Website: www.linnaean.co.uk

Sakagura

Sakagura, our favourite spot for a light bite and glass of sake, is celebrating the return of sakura season. Until 2nd May, the restaurant will be adorn with a blanket of pink petals and floral themed cocktails.

Drop by to try your hand at the Yakiniku-style BBQ and explore the pink wonderland, cocktail in tow.

Drop by to try your hand at the Yakiniku-style BBQ and explore the pink wonderland, cocktail in tow.

34 Mayfair

If your last name isn’t Kardashian or Jenner then you probably haven’t had the luxury of being surrounded by thousands of rosy red roses at one time, but 34 Mayfair may have just granted your wish. 

Following their flamboyant bauble extravaganza at Christmas, 34 Mayfair introduced a new installation and it’ll satisfy all of your floral desires. Expect over 4,000 red and pink posies residing above you as you wine and dine into the night. 

Running until the end of April

Where: 34 Grosvenor Square, S Audley Street, Mayfair, W1K 2HD
Website: www.34-restaurant.co.uk

Drunch

If you love brunch you’ll fall in love with Drunch, the floral hotspot serving brunch classics all-day.

Just one look at the neighbourhood eatery and you’ll fall in love with their blooms across every ounce of the walls. We’d happily spend our spring mornings meeting up with the gals for an Insta-worthy Gucci coffee, or whiling away our afternoons engrossed in a chick-lit and munching through every millennials staple, the avo-on-toast.

where: Mayfair / Regent’s Park
website: www.drunch.co.uk

The Churchill Arms

Whether you’re a lover of the British boozer or not, The Churchill Arms is a must-visit come Spring. Although it’s adorn with florals all year round (or Christmas trees come December), it’s Spring that’s our favourite time to visit this classic pub as the flowers begin bursting their way out into full bloom.

It’s a perfect spot for taking an Insta or two, so take a gander and enjoy a pint while you’re at it too!

where: 119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, W8 7LN
website: 
www.churchillarmskensington.co.uk

Get Your Floral Fix At One Of These Cherry Blossom Restaurants 

March marks the arrival of cherry blossom, or sakura season, and London’s restaurant scene has gone a little pink petal crazy. From cherry blossom infused cocktails to blossom trees making their way into the restaurants, here’s our favourite restaurants dolled up for the sakura season.

The Handbook has teamed up with The Grill at The Dorchester for an exclusive competition. Entrants will have the chance to win a dinner for two at The Grill at The Dorchester when it re-opens! www.dorchestercollection.com