Lead image: The Secret English Garden at Brown’s Hotel
1 Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester’s ‘Lunch Flower’ menu
The Dorchester is also hosting Chelsea Flower Show-themed eats at the hotel, with Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester’s limited-edition floral-inspired ‘Lunch Flower’ menu reimagined by Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet. Highlights include playful dishes such as the flowering vegetable garden with fresh herb condiment; watercress velouté with lily pad ‘our way’; fillet of brill with red and yellow beetroot; and potato gnocchi with courgette blossom. Whimsical floral displays created by The Dorchester’s designer florist Philip Hammond will span the length of the restaurant’s panoramic windows to keep the green-fingered foodie in good spirits. Available from Tuesday 23 May to Friday 26 May from 12noon-1.30pm priced £65 for 3 courses (with two glasses of wine, 1/2 bottle of mineral water and coffee/tea per person).
2 Spring Afternoon Tea at The Savoy
The Savoy’s Executive Pastry Chef, Ludwig Hely, and his team introduce a signature selection of fresh and fragrant pastries and cakes specifically designed to awaken guest’s senses this spring. The menu includes apricot délice (Génoise sponge, vanilla cream and apricot jelly with Pinot Gris mousse), raspberry tart (lemon crémeux, vanilla scented short crust pastry, fresh raspberry) and strawberry macaroon (almond encrusted macaroon shell filled with strawberry whipping ganache and compote). Spring Afternoon Tea at The Savoy is served in the magnificent surroundings of Thames Foyer with stunning glass dome overhead and a pianist to serenade guests. Priced from £52.50pp.
3 The Bulgari Hotel Berry Planter
Rivea London at Bulgari Hotel pays homage to Chelsea Flower Show with another delicate, floral-inspired dessert. A playful take on the traditional plant pot, the Bulgari Hotel Berry Planter is a delicately constructed dessert bursting with the taste of seasonal berries. The pot, made from white chocolate, encloses a vibrant red berry sponge topped with a light cheesecake-style mousse with a sprinkling of fresh berries. Framing the pot is a decorative bed of berries, sugar flowers and pistachio powder. Priced £8. Available from 22-28 May.
Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge SW7 1DW; bulgarihotels.com
4 Blossom Afternoon Tea at Bluebird
Bluebird’s Blossom Afternoon Tea, served in the courtyard and restaurant, will feature a floral feast including a bespoke Bluebird Maître Choux éclair. The sky blue eclair, created by Michelin-starred pastry chef Joakim Prat, is inspired by childhood afternoons spent picking berries and eating creamy yogurts in grandmother’s kitchen. Made with violet essence and mixed wild berry mousseline cream and a dash of yogurt, the éclair will be served alongside an array of elegant bites from Bluebird Executive Chef, Liam Smith-Laing. The éclair will also be sold in store at Maître Choux during the Chelsea Flower Show. Bluebird will also be teaming up with Jo Loves, the new fragrance brand created by Jo Malone, to transform the space into a magical Blossom City. The lush secret garden, overflowing with foliage, flavour and fragrance, will be in bloom until the end of June and is accompanied by a playful and interactive cocktail menu inspired by Jo’s exquisite signature scents. The Blossom Afternoon Tea is available from 23-28 May.
350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU; 020 7559 1000; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
5 Summer Garden Afternoon Tea at Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel’s new Executive Chef Roberto Mercandino has created a beautiful floral-inspired Summer Garden Afternoon Tea with an edible garden including an indulgent white chocolate cone filled with strawberry ice cream, a dark chocolate cone with Chantilly ice cream, white chocolate roses and milk chocolate butterflies. The Summer Garden Afternoon Tea is accompanied by traditional egg and cress sandwiches alongside modern twists of smoked salmon and cream cheese on charcoal bread, sirloin steak and horseradish served on orange bread, and beetroot paniers with prawns and lime. Other floral fancies includes chocolate choux choux, passionfruit mousse, Victoria sponge and chocolate and caramel ganache. From £34.95 in the Lounge Bar. Available until 30 August.
6 The Botanical Garden Menu & Gardener’s Tea at Gallery Mess
Gallery Mess, located handily close to the action, will serve a Botanical Garden Menu from 22-27 May (£34.50 for two-courses or £39.50 for three, including a floral cocktail on arrival). Dishes include a spring vegetable garden with nettle panna cotta, plus bergamot and juniper-cured sea trout to start. Mains will feature roasted corn-fed chicken breast with minted Jersey Royals and wild garlic pesto; and dill gnocchi with burnt lemon dressing and glazed hispi cabbage. For dessert, choose from Earl Grey brûlée with crystallised violet, or lily-of-the-valley and dark chocolate tart with jasmine ice cream. There’s also the Gardener’s Tea (£17.50 per person or £27.50 with a glass of Pommery Champagne), with finger sandwiches of beetroot cured salmon and chicken with garden herbs, as well as homemade scones, chocolate toadstools, floral macarons, and apricot panna cotta.
Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com/gallerymess
7 D&D London’s #BlossomCity
D&D London once again celebrates the arrival of spring with a range of flower-inspired menus, cocktails and floral installations throughout its London restaurants. Sponsored by luxury champagne producers Moët & Chandon and London fashion boutique Beulah, the #BlossomCity initiative showcases the vibrant colours and flavours of the new season, running from 2 May until the end of June. Look out for Coq d’Argent’s gluten and soy free plant-based dishes as part of the One Part Plant restaurant programme, which encourages guests to enjoy at least one purely plant-based meal daily, as well as Quaglino’s rainbow-coloured meringue masterclasses, with a martinis and meringues pop-up dessert bar, hosted by the Meringue Girls. Each terrace will also be transformed into a verdant oasis, adorned with fresh flower decorations – check out the grand floral installations at German Gymnasium, Quaglino’s, Angler and Aster.
For further details see danddlondon.com
8 Lancaster London’s Flower Afternoon Tea
Lancaster London’s Flower Afternoon Tea is a beautifully botanical arrangement of sweet delights including a creamy Lavender chocolate mousse cake, white chocolate macaroons topped with crystallised violets, and a tangy lime and elderflower trifle with edible flowers. There’s also traditional and raisin scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, plus a delectably nectar-sweet orange blossom jam. Savoury treats include home-smoked salmon roses on rye bread and Coronation chicken served on sweet cranberry bread, a warm tartlet of English asparagus with saffron and sun-blushed tomatoes, while the delicious sunflower seeded choux buns with wild mushroom, truffle oil and cream cheese are full of wild British woodland flavours. Served 2pm-5.30pm from 3-31 May priced £30pp (£45 with a glass of Pommery Champagne).
9 Edible Garden Menu at Rabbit & Nutbourne
Rabbit restaurant in Chelsea and sister venue Nutbourne in Battersea will both be growing their very own Edible Garden Menu to celebrate the world’s biggest flower festival. Enjoy a set menu filled with edible flowers that includes dishes like Grilled Sussex Asparagus with 62 Degree Egg, served with Toasted Almond and Allium flowers. Both Rabbit and Nutbourne will also be creating a floral daily ‘loosener’ for the occasion.
Nutbourne, 29 Ransomes Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea SW11 4NP; 020 7350 0555; nutbourne-restaurant.com
Rabbit, 172 Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 4UP; 020 3750 0172; rabbit-restaurant.com
10 Secret English Garden at Brown’s Hotel
Brown’s Hotel is transforming The Library into a Secret English Garden this May, dressed by Brown’s Hotel’s talented resident florist Ellie Hartley with an abundance of peonies, sweet peas, delphiniums, lilacs and English-scented country garden roses. The beautiful surroundings will be accompanied by a specially created menu of floral dishes, from marinated Manx scallops adorned with cucumber flowers to blackcurrant and hibiscus tea and cocktails garnished with flowers and flavoured with violet, dandelion, lemongrass and rose. Also, on Tuesday 16 May Brown’s Hotel is hosting a Ruinart Champagne Tasting and Floral Masterclass with Ellie Hartley herself (7pm, £45pp).
33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair W1S 4BP; roccofortehotels.com
11 The Royal Garden Hotel’s Botanical Afternoon Tea
The Royal Garden Hotel’s Park Terrace restaurant is offering a special afternoon tea with a selection floral-inspired deserts. As well as the usual freshly prepared sandwiches, indulge in the likes of orange blossom palmiers, elderflower posset and honey cake served with bee pollen created by Executive Head Chef Steve Munkley and his talented team. The hotel has also partnered with Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin to serve up two unique cocktail pairings: the Chelsea Tree and the Pink Ambrosia have been fashioned using Masons’ Yorkshire Tea and Lavender editions, to produce a bouquet of fragrant tasting notes. The Park Terrace restaurant also has gorgeous views of Kensington Palace Gardens. Available 15-28 May. £31pp or £41 with champagne. Afternoon tea plus cocktail pairing £49pp.
Park Terrace Restaurant, Royal Garden Hotel, 2 – 24 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PT; royalgardenhotel.co.uk
12 Botanical Brunch at Ritorno
Chelsea hotspot Ritorno London will launch a fantastic ‘Floral Safari’ installation featuring a 3.5 meter giraffe made of 3,000 flowers on Monday 22 May. Created by award-winning floral designer Ricky Paul Flowers, the installation will transform the outdoor terrace into the perfect place to enjoy a Grand Central Italia cocktail, a new series of cocktails inspired by Italy’s major train stations and neighbouring botanical gardens, created using one of Italy’s finest aperitivo wines, Cocchi (available from 22 May until 30 September priced £13). Then, on Wednesday 24 May, Ritorno will be serving an exclusive Botanical Brunch co-hosted by creative workshop specialists The Makery, where you can undertake an hour-long floral jewellery workshop followed by brunch and a complimentary Grand Central Italia cocktail (£45pp for two courses, cocktail, soft refreshments and workshop – to book contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
442 King’s Road, Chelsea SW10 0LQ; 020 3301 6333; ritorno.co.uk
13 Peggy Porschen Cakes and Jo Loves
Peggy Porschen Cakes and Jo Loves, the new fragrance brand created by Jo Malone, have teamed up to offer the Jo Loves x Peggy Porschen Rose & Lemon Cupcake Experience. Based on the fresh, elegant and subtle citrus notes of Jo Loves White Rose And Lemon Leaves, visitors to the Peggy Porschen Parlour in Belgravia can indulge in a fragrant treat during the Chelsea Flower Show. The moist tangy lemon sponge cupcake is infused with lemon syrup and iced with smooth rose scented meringue buttercream, presented alongside an edible white wafer rose, a mini atomizer of rose mist and a small dish of lemon infused pearl sugar dust. To complete the experience, the Peggy Porschen Parlour will also be offering Rose & Lemon themed drinks including Floral Rose & Lemon Ice Tea, available with or without a spritz of Prosecco. The Jo Loves X Peggy Porschen Rose & Lemon Cupcake Experience is available from 23-27 May priced from £7.95pp.
116 Ebury Street, Belgravia SW1W 9QQ; peggyporschen.com
14 Berners Tavern’s Plant-Based Dining Experience
The award-winning Berners Tavern at The London EDITION has created a special plant-based dining experience, featuring the restaurant’s first vegan menu. The menu includes roasted fennel and courgette salad with avocado tartare; chargrilled broccoli with toasted buckwheat salad and broccoli pesto; sweet and sour artichokes with crispy shallots and smoked chilli; as well as desserts like coconut panna cotta and almond and chocolate ganache. To complement the plant-based dishes, try a Botanical Gardens cocktail, made with The Botanist Gin, Cocchi Americano, Rose Syrup, Violet Liqueur, Lemon Juice and Egg White. To add to the experience, guests will be surrounded by a bespoke vegetable and flower installation created by The Tuk Tuk Flower Studio, named Bodegones. Available from 23 May until the end of June. The five-course set menu is priced at £65pp including a cocktail.
10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3NP; editionhotels.com/London
15 The Dorchester Afternoon Tea at the Chelsea Flower Show
For those lucky enough to actually be at the Chelsea Flower Show, you’ll be in good company, because The Dorchester will be there too, offering a quintessentially British afternoon tea experience. As well as finger sandwiches, warm scones, handmade preserves and a glass of chilled champagne, The Dorchester Afternoon Tea will showcase the renowned talents of The Dorchester’s head pastry chef, David Girard, with four new pastries designed especially for show. New for 2017 is the addition of The Dorchester Bar, which will serve floral cocktails, exclusive spirits and champagne. The Dorchester Bar and afternoon tea will be available at The Drawing Room, an on-site bespoke pop-up restaurant that evokes the glamour of the hotel’s Promenade with its iconic urns and palms.