7 of London’s best Chelsea Flower Show-inspired afternoon teas with floral fancies, botanical cocktails, edible flowers and some super Instagrammable flower installations
Lead image: Bluebird x Crosstown Doughnuts
1 Bluebird x Crosstown Doughnuts, Chelsea
Bluebird Chelsea and Crosstown Doughnuts are teaming up to celebrate Chelsea Flower Show with a special floral-inspired doughnut afternoon tea. The three-tiered afternoon tea will feature Crosstown doughnut bites (including a vegan orange blossom dough bite), floral cakes from Bluebird’s pastry chef, rose petal cupcakes, neroli blossom and strawberry macaroons and a flower pot of dark chocolate mousse with yuzu curd and chocolate soil (available from 21-25 May, priced £29.50). While there, pop out onto the iconic King’s Road venue’s courtyard terrace, which will be decked out with blooms as part of the the Chelsea Garden G&T in collaboration with Fever-Tree. As well as a bespoke Fever-Tree Perfect Serves Menu, there’ll be deck chairs, parasols and a swing, perfect for soaking up the sun (in place until the end of June).
350 King’s Road SW3 5UU; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
2 Sketch, Mayfair
Sketch, Mayfair’s iconic creative dining emporium, has been transformed into a spectacular oasis of colour and scent with six floral installations, including pieces by Belgian florist Thierry Boutemy and London florists Rebel Rebel, Jam Jar, Figa & Co and more. As well as an accompanying series of events and creative workshops throughout the duration of Chelsea Flower Show, sketch’s acclaimed afternoon tea is also having a floral makeover. The special floral edition afternoon tea, served in the Gallery, will include botanically inspired cakes and pastries including an Elderflower and Lemon Tart, alongside a Rose Flower Religieuse (available from 16-27 May priced £85pp).
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair W1S 2XG; sketch.london
3 The Petersham, Richmond
The Petersham in Richmond is celebrating London’s most prestigious horticultural event with a specially created floral-inspired afternoon tea. Head Chef Jean-Didier has hand-crafted a selection of exquisite floral-based desserts such as a hibiscus crème brûlée, a white chocolate mousse with rose, and a playful truffle lollipop with lavender and strawberry, each beautifully decorated with edible flora and fauna inspired garnishes. Traditional homemade scones and finger sandwiches also feature, alongside an extensive selection of light and fruity loose-leaf teas, with flavours ranging from White Pear & Ginger to Persian Pomegranate. Available 20 May-30 June 2019 priced £29.50 on weekdays and £32.50 on weekends.
Nightingale Lane, Richmond TW10 6UZ; petershamhotel.co.uk
4 Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair
Brown’s Hotel’s New Head Pastry Chef Reece Collier has partnered with British perfumer and Mayfair neighbour Ormonde Jayne to create a bespoke fragrance, Brown’s Floral Blend, which has inspired a special botanical afternoon tea. Enjoy Brown’s renowned afternoon tea with a selection of bloomin’ marvellous pastries, each created by Reece with a nod to the Chelsea Flower Show. Each tea stand will feature a beautiful bottle of the exclusive, spring-scented blend as a gift for guests to take home, and you can enjoy a glass of champagne or a non-alcoholic Lavender Me cocktail garnished with an edible flower. Available from 20-26 May priced £65pp.
Albemarle Street, Mayfair W1S 4BP; roccofortehotels.com
5 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel, Kensington
100 Queen’s Gate Hotel London, a stone’s throw away from the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea, is transforming its traditional afternoon tea into a floral flourished tribute to the Chelsea Flower Show. Sweet pickled heritage baby carrots, baby beetroot and courgette flowers will sit among a selection of delicate and botanical-inspired pastries, as well as cakes served on a bed of edible chocolate soil. Plus, it’ll be served in the hotel’s brand-new Botanica tea room, which is filled with plants and natural daylight, with a Flora cocktail that combines gin, prosecco and Aperol Spritz with an in-house blend of barrel rested Chelsea Flower and Bergamot tea. Available from 13 May-30 June priced £45pp. The hotel is also hosting a special guest lecture by horticulturalist and TV gardening presenter Tom Hart-Dyke on Thursday 23 May. For £55, you can enjoy afternoon tea followed by a tipple in the hotel’s ESQ bar, where the horticultural star will talk through his incredible journey as a modern plant hunter, a plant hunting expedition in Colombia that went dangerously wrong, and his first-hand experience at Chelsea Flower Show. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org
100 Queen’s Gate, Kensington SW7 5AG; 100queensgate.com
6 Egerton House Hotel, Knightsbridge
Egerton House Hotel has undergone a floral makeover inside and out courtesy of Chelsea Flower Show’s official florist, Jane Wadham. The exterior of the hotel will be decorated all summer long with fruit trees, perfumed flowers and English garden classics, while a pop-up garden will take over the reception area throughout May. The accompanying new Summer Garden Afternoon Tea includes a Rosewater Chocolate Brownie, Summer Fruit Vanilla Tart, Marigold Macaroons, Lavender Posset and a Spinach, Blackcurrant and Edible Flowers cupcake. Available all summer priced £48 or £64.50 with champagne. Vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
17-19 Egerton Terrace, Knightsbridge SW3 2BX; egertonhousehotel.com
7 The Dorchester, Mayfair
The Dorchester, Dorchester Collection’s prestigious London hotel on Park Lane, has created a Floral Champagne Afternoon Tea to celebrate the most exciting horticulture event of the year. Served in The Promenade, The Dorchester’s specially created afternoon tea will be decorated with beautiful seasonal blooms by in-house designer florist, Philip Hammond. Guests can expect a selection of exquisite flower show themed French pastries. Available from 20 May to 26 May priced from £70 per adult and £45 per child.
53 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA; dorchestercollection.com
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