Flowers don’t just inspire gardeners and florists, they inspire chefs and mixologists too. As The Chelsea Flower Show kicks off next week (21-25 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!
The ever-beautiful façade of The Ivy Chelsea Garden has been transformed into a wild flower meadow in celebration of the Flower Show. Yellows, soft pinks, light blues and lilacs are interspersed with green foliage, with a floral ceiling extending into the reception and nods to flowers throughout the venue. Pop in for a one of their special floral cocktail creations, spiced up with ingredients like dried lavender, ginger & lemongrass cordial and kaffir lime leaf.
Just down the road from the Chelsea Flower Show venue, Bluebird Chelsea is the perfect place to refuel. This year they’ve teamed up with celebrated doughnut company Crosstown to create a special floral afternoon tea. Served in the venue’s pretty courtyard, guests can enjoy a three-tiered afternoon tea of Crosstown doughnut bites, cakes, scones and sandwiches. Crosstown’s vegan orange blossom dough bite will take centre stage, but the selection of floral cakes from Bluebird’s pastry chef don’t sound too shabby either, with red velvet and rose petal cupcakes, caramel mocha choux buns and strawberry macaroons all set to feature. Available 21-25 May.
Located just round the corner from the Royal Hospital Gardens, Daphne’s is perfectly placed for some post-show respite (that’s still highly Instagrammable). This year they’ve collaborated with china and porcelain company Wedgwood to create a special wild strawberry cheesecake served on Wedgwood bone china. Enjoy after their Chelsea Flower Show set menu, which includes the likes of crisp courgette flowers with smoked mozzarella & sunflower pesto; roast Devonshire lamb with broad beans; and tagiatelle with gamberoni, zucchini trombetta & san Marzano. Available 15-25 May.
Transport to the lush green jungles of Mexico with Ella Canta’s new Wild Beauty menu: a bold, floral-inspired menu running in conjunction with the Chelsea Flower Show. Designed to reflect the delicate beauty of Mexico’s spring flowers, the five-course menu features dishes like pink tuna ceviche, and Mexican fideos with crème fraîche, avocado and morita chile sauce. Wash it down with a Mother Nature cocktail, a citrus-based cocktail featuring lime, Patron Silver, Grand Marnier and Freijoa. Available 16-31 May, £65pp.
This May, guests are invited to dine on Polpo’s Duke of York Square terrace beneath an installation of their signature octopus, made with thousands of brightly coloured flowers. Created by award-winning florist Hayford & Rhodes, the display is inspired by the square of La Serenissima, taking on an ‘Under The Sea’ theme. In this magical al fresco setting, a choice of Chelsea Flower Show specials are available to choose from, including a Venetian pea and mint risotto, a grilled asparagus, goat’s curd and speck bruschetta, and a strawberry panna cotta to finish. Available 20-26 May.
A three-course menu is being offered at Chelsea hotspot Tom’s Kitchen for the duration of the Chelsea Flower Show, featuring a selection of light and fragrant flavours. Begin with a crab and basil mayonnaise starter followed by a seared cod fillet with fennel, apricots, saffron broth and cucumber flowers, topped off with a fruity finale of poached cherries with elderflower and lavender panna cotta. Available 21-25 May, £35 for three courses of £55 with paired wines.
Newly opened Battersea restaurant The Oak SW11 will be getting into the floral spirit with dish specials and a new floral wall installation designed by owner Jasper Gorst. Their Chelsea Flower Show food offerings include a countryside-inspired ricotta, lemon and spinach ravioli topped with edible pansies, and grilled pork with purple sprouting broccoli and rhubarb ketchup, plated to reflect a zen garden. While the menu will only be available for the duration of the show, the flower wall will become a permanent fixture.
The four story façade of Mayfair institution Annabel’s has been adorned with a beautiful floral display in honour of the Chelsea Flower Show, with botanical-inspired celebrations taking place inside. Visitors can enjoy a floral-themed afternoon tea, with pastries including a strawberry and coconut panna cotta and sultana and orange blossom scones, with cocktail pairing from recently launched Ketel One Botanical.
Chelsea institution Cheyne Brasserie recently underwent a big renovation, re-opening as the very impressive No. Fifty Cheyne. Located by the river on Cheyne Walk, it’s perfectly placed for a bite to eat after the RHS Chelsea Flower. Dine on a three-course floral menu, with dishes on offer including poached chicken breast with spring vegetables, salmon tartare with a fennel & apple salad, and a lavender panna cotta to finish. Continue the sensory experience at their upstairs cocktail bar, where there are plenty of botanical beverages to choose from. 21-25 May.
Fine dining restaurant Indian Accent proves Indian food isn’t all heavy curries with their delicate flower menu, celebrating both the flower show and National Vegetarian Week. Begin with a dish of Kashmiri morels with marigold, walnut powder and parmesan papad followed by green peas kofta with sweet potato and dill flower oil. For dessert, it’s a basmati rice kheer with rose petals murabba and coconut jaggery. 13-25 May.
34 Mayfair have collaborated with Philippa Craddock, Meghan Markle’s wedding florist, to create a bright and beautiful floral display. A bespoke dessert is also being served, The Mayfair Garden, featuring a cherry blossom and elderflower parfait with fresh cherries and raspberries, alongside a refreshing Moët & Chandon Champagne cocktail. 18 May-3 June.
The Refinery Bankside has taken floral to new heights, creating a three-course fully vegan menu with plates made from seeded paper, meaning diners can take it away and grow their own plants at home. On the menu you’ll find things like beetroot rosti, crispy chickpea cake, vegetable biriyani and a mango, passion fruit and mint pavlova. Enjoy all this in their Silent Pool Gin Garden, created specially by award-winning gardener David Neale.
Located on the 31st floor of The Shard, Aqua Shard boasts one of the best views in London. To celebrate Chelsea Flower Show they’ve launched a new Floral Five menu in collaboration with Camellia’s Teahouse, featuring five cocktails, desserts and teas, all designed around iconically British Flowers.