Flowers don’t just inspire gardeners and florists, they inspire chefs and mixologists too. As The Chelsea Flower Show kicks off next week (22-26 May), we round up the best places in London for a floral feast… And don’t forget to check out our guide before stopping by!
All those flowers at RHS Chelsea Flower Show look good enough to eat. To avoid munching on the display gardens, head to The Dorchester’s pop-up restaurant for a fabulously floral afternoon tea. The most British of all combinations. The Dorchester’s specially-created afternoon tea can be found at The Drawing Room, £70 per person. Book at rhs.org.uk
Mexican influences are all the rage this season in London, especially since we’re drawing so close to the opening of the much-anticipated Frida Kahlo exhibition. It’s no surprise, then, that super chef Martha Ortiz has combined Mexico with Chelsea Flower Show to create new dishes marking the occasion at Ella Canta. The limited edition ‘Las Flores de México’ tasting menu is made up of 6 courses of modern Mexican cuisine with floral flourishes, perfectly paired with a fabulous new cocktail list. One Hamilton Place, Park Ln, W1J 7QY
With help from the experts at Flowerbx, the newly-reopened Annabel’s will be completely covered in fresh blooms both inside and out, as well as serving up bespoke floral menus and cocktails for members. What comes out of the kitchen is verging on a work of art, with a new ‘prawns on the lawn’ dish and beautifully decorated sushi plate. Annabel’s wouldn’t be Annabel’s without a few drinks to knock back, so try the new floral cocktails for a night to remember (or forget…). Getting involved with botanicals is easy and all the more enjoyable when all you have to do is eat and drink them. 46 Berkeley Square, W1J 5AT
The ultra-luxurious Baglioni Hotel has gone a slightly different route this year, by partnering with Acqua di Parma to create an Afternoon Tea inspired by the fresh and elegant citrus-based scent Colonia. The scent is one of the Italian brand’s most famous, and its complex bouquet of Sicilian citrus, lavender, bergamot, verbena and Bulgarian rose have inspired an Italian-style afternoon tea that’s an absolute delight. Guests will also be given a free mini sample of the scent to take home. From £47 per person. 60 Hyde Park Gate, SW7 5BB
The lunch hour menu at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester has been reimagined for the flower show – renamed ‘Lunch Flower Menu’ and featuring dishes such as the blossoming tartlet, hereford snails with wild mushrooms and an English rose garden dessert. Intrigued? So are we. Head over to the restaurant between 12-1.30pm on 22-26 May to try it out for yourself. £65 for 3 courses, 2 glasses of wine, 1/2 bottle of mineral water and coffee/tea per person. 53 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden has gone to town on the floral front by collaborating with designer Jenny Packham to create a show-stopping installation. Adorning the venue’s outside walls are English garden roses, peonies and lemon mimosas, while two new cocktails have been created for Chelsea Flower Show, too. Our favourite? The Queen Bee with Warner Edwards’ Honeybee Gin, apricot brandy, lemon juice and lemonade which is perfect for spring. Without doubt, the prettiest place to be next week. 195 -197 King’s Road, London SW3 5EQ.
Just down the road from the Chelsea Flower Show venue, the Bluebird Chelsea is the perfect place to refuel. This year the Bluebird has teamed up with Pearl & Groove, the famous Portobello Road bakery, to create a Chelsea Flower Show and Royal Wedding-inspired afternoon tea – could there be a more British combination? Take your tea in the sunny courtyard, where you can also enjoy Botanist gin cocktails. 350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU
Once you’ve had your fill of flowers, head down the road to the Saatchi Gallery where you can catch some of London’s best exhibitions. And afterwards, you must stop for a bite to eat at Gallery Mess, the museum’s restaurant which is serving up a floral feast in honour of Chelsea Flower Show. Sit on the al fresco terrace to make the most of the sunshine as you enjoy the special Bloom Menu of light, floral dishes. All in all, the perfect early summer’s day out. Duke Of York Square, 32 King’s Rd, SW3 4LY
Keeping with the ‘Summer of Love’ theme of this year’s Chelsea in Bloom, The Botanist in Sloane Square will be hosting a week-long pop-up bar with Chase Distillery. Sip on fragrantly floral cocktails including ‘Love is in the Square’ which combines Chase vodka, Chase elderflower liqueur, earl grey sugar syrup and topped with Crémant and edible flowers. Delicious! 7 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EE
For this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, Daphne’s has gone all floral – with a gigantic flower installation covering the arch of the entrance. Just around the corner from the Royal Hospital Gardens, Daphne’s is perfectly placed for some much-needed post-show respite (that’s still highly Instagrammable). And it’s one of the best Italian restaurants in town… 112 Draycott Avenue, SW3 3AE
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