Where to Eat and Drink During Chelsea Flower Show
Flowers don’t just inspire gardeners and florists, but chefs and mixologists too. As Chelsea Flower Show kicks off next week (21 – 26 September), we round up the best places in London for a floral feast… And don’t forget to check out our guide before stopping by.
Where to Eat and Drink During Chelsea Flower Show
Want to end the week on a high note? Join Latin American restaurant Zuaya in celebrating the final day of the Chelsea Flower Show, as they will be giving away complimentary floral cocktails to all diners to commemorate the week’s festivities. Treat yourself to Zuaya’s famed London to Lima cocktail, which combines pisco, falernum, lime, agave syrup and egg white for a transatlantic taste sensation. Available on 26 September only.
Take the party from Chelsea to Mayfair with Rüya, the Anatolian restaurant who is celebrating the return of the Chelsea Flower Show with a new limited edition dessert and cocktail menu. Get stuck into a selection of sweet treats bursting with floral tastes and fragrances, with traditional Turkish dishes like Kunefe with rose ice cream and Firin Sutlac (a traditional Turkish style rice pudding) with rose water and ice cream. Those looking to celebrate the week with a bang can try out Rüya’s bespoke floral cocktails, which include tangy floral drinks such as the Violet Breeze, Rose Lokum and Piquant Flower. Available 21 to 26 September.
Daphne’s has partnered with distinguished event designer Fiona Leahy and Malfy Gin to create an enchanting tablescape takeover of its terrace, which will only be available to see during The Chelsea Flower Show. The terrace, which will be decorated in block printed floral tablecloths, matching napkins, floral hand painted plates, floral centrepieces and lamp shades by acclaimed British print designer Molly Maho, will also feature an autumnal floral installation of lavender, hollyhocks and cosmos. Sit back and relax amongst the flowers, preferably with a drink from the new limited edition Malfy Gin cocktail menu.
To celebrate the occasion, The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences in Mayfair has created a special afternoon tea. Available throughout the event, the limited edition menu was created by head pastry chef Sergei Kuzmin and features floral-themed confectionaries like the chocolate and blackberry ‘Pink Hydrangea’ and the mango and passionfruit ‘Sunflower’ (along with a selection of sandwiches and scones). 21 – 26 September, £39 per person
The ever-beautiful façade of The Ivy Chelsea Garden has been transformed into an ‘Enchanted Escape’ in celebration of the Flower Show. Autumnal blooms will decorate the restaurant’s entire exterior, alongside a magical wishing well and moon sculpture seat to mark the change in season. Make sure to visit after dark to see the display light up in a warm glow. Throughout September and October, guests can pop in to try a series of bespoke cocktails created in collaboration with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. And in the afternoon on 23 September, guests can enjoy an array of immersive performances in the brasserie and garden.
Celebrate Chelsea Flower Show in true British style with Number Sixteen’s afternoon tea. The venue’s award-winning garden, the Orangery, is the perfect setting to mark the occasion. Tuck into a selection of sandwiches, savouries, traditional homemade scones and floral-inspired cakes – the chocolate and cherry flower pots and apple and elderflower choux buns are not to be missed. Polish it all off with a piping hot cup of tea or get the bubbles going with a glass of Rathfinny Rosé. Thursday to Sunday 1-4pm, £50 per person
Taking the theme of ‘Floral Playground’ seriously this year is The Lanesborough, who will be introducing guests to a special edition of the Belgravia in Bloom cocktail accompanied by the Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea. The cocktail is a refreshing and floral fusion of St Germain elderflower liqueur and Belvedere vodka, with home-made grapefruit sherbet, raspberries and coconut water. Great for fans of Instagram and sweet treats alike. Until 11 November, afternoon tea is £71 per person
King’s Road restaurant Rabbit has partnered with Double Dutch drinks and premium gin brand Hendricks to launch a brand new menu to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show. Paying homage to local British produce as well as wild and organically produced dishes, the menu will be ‘a floral display in a burst of colours with dahlias, and fresh fruit reflecting the flavour profiles’. Double Dutch will take the lead on bright, floral arrangements and classic flavour combinations, while Hendricks will be visualised in a dreamlike skyscape with teacups and teapots amongst the display. Set menu for £28 per person
Head over to the King’s Road to see a huge dragon wrap itself around fusion restaurant Sticks’n’Sushi. The dragon, made entirely of sustainably sourced materials and maintained fresh flowers and foliage (in total 6,800 stems of flowers and foliage have been used for the display) by leading florists In Water Flowers, will slink over the building so that its tail and rear talons can reach into the restaurant. After you’ve taken it all in, head inside to try the exclusive floral cocktail, Chelsea’s Hana, created from Ultimate de Provence Rose wine and shaken with Bombay Sapphire, hibiscus liquor and fresh lemon. The drink is served with a hibiscus sugar rim and edible flowers as a reference to the Chelsea Flower Show. Building of the dragon starts 18 September
The newly reopened Cadogan Arms has taken a slightly different approach to the Chelsea Flower Show, with a tribute to the humble bumble bee. This is the first time the venue will be celebrating CFS, and it has gone all out with a grand floral installation on the exterior, plus a new cocktail selection and set lunch menu. All food and drink on the menu is made with produce that has been pollinated by bumble bees, honey bees, cellophane bees, and the other 20,000 species of bee that call this planet home.
Visitors to The Landmark London can try a limited edition cocktail if they want to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show with a bang. Head down to the Mirror Bar, where you can expect to find the Blooms Symphony Cocktail, featuring Hendricks gin infused with rose liqueur and summer berries. Guests booking into the hotel are also invited to experience a 45-minute flower facial treatment at the spa, so you can end the day in relaxation and luxury.
Just down the road from the Chelsea Flower Show venue, Bluebird Chelsea is the perfect place to refuel. This year, the venue has entrusted Bar Manager Almir with creating a floral cocktail menu inspired by Chelsea in Bloom. All cocktails are priced at £14 and feature flowery names and ingredients to get guests in the spirit of the event. Try the Never Enough Thyme cocktail, a mix of Havana 3, thyme infused pear nectar, lime juice and sugar. A zingy energiser to boost the day (or get the evening going).
London’s oldest hotel will be celebrating Chelsea Flower Show with a new afternoon tea menu in collaboration with the city’s oldest perfumer, Floris London. The Brown’s Floris Champagne Afternoon Tea will see the hotel’s in-house florist, Ellie Hartley Flowers, decorate the Drawing Room (where Queen Victoria famously took tea) with floral fancies and Floris delicately scented candles. Guests can enjoy bites from the new autumn winter menu, including The Floris Neroli Gateau, a sweet treat infused with bursts of ginger, lemon, almond and orange blossom. At the end of the meal, you can even take home a special gift from Floris. Available 17 September to 1 October 2021 (Monday to Sunday), 12 – 5pm, £75 per person
Featured image: The Cadogan Arms
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